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The week in watching: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ bad move, late night’s new face, Emmy anticipation

Globe critic Matthew Gilbert’s guide to what’s on television.

In new Netflix series, an ‘Unbelievable’ true story of injustice

Showrunner/co-creator Susannah Grant and star Kaitlyn Dever discuss their new Netflix series, about a rape victim’s years-long path to justice after police accuse her of making a false report.

This reality show is guaranteed to be ‘Legendary’

The forthcoming Warner Media streaming channel, called HBO Max and due sometime next spring, has just ordered a new 10-episode dance competition.

The new shows to watch — and the ones to avoid — this fall

Critic Matthew Gilbert sorts through the best and worst of fall TV’s plethora of choices.

Maria Menounos on her mother’s health, her favorite Boston restaurants, and starting a family

“Celebrating her 65th birthday three years after her brain cancer diagnosis is such a gift.”

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Angela Kinsey (in white) and Jenna Fischer (in red) will revisit “The Office” in a podcast.

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With podcast, Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey put in a little ‘Office’ overtime

The actresses, who played Pam and Angela, respectively, will host “Office Ladies,” a weekly podcast that will feature the pair breaking down episodes and telling behind-the-scenes stories.

(L-r) Chloe Fineman, Bowen Yang and Shane Gillis will join Season 45 of

‘SNL’ adds 3 to its cast, including an Asian-American comic

“Saturday Night Live” is adding three new cast members for its upcoming 45th season, including the show’s only Asian-American performer.

Ken Burns' PBS program COUNTRY MUSIC

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‘Country Music’ is a grand ole epic from Ken Burns

With his 16-hour PBS documentary, the filmmaker presents a vivid aural portrait across the 20th century.

Scott Ryan writes and stars in “Mr Inbetween.”

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It’s time to catch up on ‘Mr Inbetween’

Season one of the poignant Australian comedy-drama about a brutal street thug is a quick binge, and you might want to get on it, because the second season premieres on FX Thursday at 10 p.m.

Highclere Castle in Hampshire, England, is the location used for filming

Christopher Muther

A visit to Highclere Castle and the wonderful world of Downton

Christopher Muther loves “Downton Abbey” so he, too, wanted to be surrounded by ancient tapestries and tufted velvet sofas. This was his chance — and he almost blew it.

A TV anchor gave an on-air rebuttal to a viewer who criticized her clothes

A TV reporter in Portland, Oregon, is doubling down on her preference for high-waisted pants after a male viewer told her to “dress like a normal woman” in a Facebook message.

Eva Longoria walks the carpet at the Farrah Fawcett Foundation's


Eva Longoria writes letter in support of Felicity Huffman ahead of admissions scandal sentencing

Longoria says Huffman helped her get a raise on the ABC series “Desperate Housewives” and protected her from a bully on the set.

Jonathan Groff as FBI profiler Holden Ford in “Mindhunter,” which has become a more rewarding show in season two.


This week on TV: When shows improve, Kelly Clarkson chats, and Dems look for viral moments

Globe critic Matthew Gilbert’s guide to what’s on television.

SAN PEDRO, CA - AUGUST 31: John Krasinski premiere of


John Krasinski confronts a nuclear threat in explosive first trailer for ‘Jack Ryan’ season 2

The Newton native is tougher and meaner in the upcoming season of the Amazon action drama.

Ann Dowd attended Hulu’s “Handmaid’s Tale” celebration last month in Westwood, Calif.

TV Critic’s Corner

Ann Dowd has another tale to tell

The actress has participated in the audiobook version of Margaret Atwood’s sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” called “The Testaments,” which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2019, file photo, actor Kevin Hart gestures during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers in Los Angeles. Hart has been injured in a car crash in the hills above Malibu on Sunday, Sept. 1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

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On the Internet, microaggressions can be freeze-framed and studied

In our digital world, interruptions and slights become case studies in bias.

Ryan Murphy is heading into his $300 million deal with Netflix — and finishing up his FX deal — with many new series in the works.

TV Critic’s Corner

Ryan Murphy is an American success story

The man behind “Glee,” “American Horror Story,” “American Crime Story,” “Feud,” and “Pose,” among others, is heading into his $300 million deal with Netflix — and finishing up his FX deal.

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Margaret Atwood’s powerful ‘The Testaments’ picks up 15 years after ‘Handmaid’s Tale’

In the 34 years since its publication, Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” has become a literary and political juggernaut. Its sequel arrives September 10.

American actor Adam Sandler speaks during a press conference for the Netflix film 'Murder Mystery' in Mexico City, Thursday, June 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Cristina Baussan)


Adam Sandler thanks Mass. after wrapping up ‘Hubie Halloween’ filming on North Shore

“Thanks for all the hospitality this summer, Massachusetts. It was a blast.”

This combination photo shows author Margaret Atwood at 2018 Equality Now's

Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie among Booker Prize finalists

Margaret Atwood’s “The Testaments,” her highly anticipated sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” is among six works shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction.

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2016 file photo, Harrison Ford arrives at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday announced that the planned fifth installment in the “Indiana Jones” franchise will be released in July 2021 instead of July 2020. The film was originally scheduled for release in the summer of 2019. Steven Spielberg is set to direct the latest film, with Ford also reprising his role. Ford will turn 79 years old in July 2021. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)


Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart were back in Mass. over the weekend

The “Indiana Jones” star was bringing their son to college.

Mary Tyler Moore (left) and Valerie Harper reprised one of television’s most iconic friendships in the 2000 made-for-TV movie “Mary and Rhoda.”


The week in watching: Rhoda and TV besties, couples on the couch, and Sacha Baron Cohen, seriously

Globe critic Matthew Gilbert’s guide to what’s on television.

Actress-model Garcelle Beauvais will become the first black housewife on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” in the upcoming season.

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Upcoming season of ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ will have show’s first black housewife

Actress-model Garcelle Beauvais is joining the cast.

A portion of a trail near the Hockomock Swamp in Easton.

FX creating series based on ‘Bridgewater Triangle,’ an alleged hotbed of paranormal activity

The approximately 200-square-mile region has been home to reports of UFOs, Bigfoot, and other strange sightings. Now, some of those legends could make their way to television.

Suranne Jones plays landowner Anne Lister in HBO’s “Gentleman Jack.”


The greatest overlooked TV performances of the last 20 years

Maybe the Emmys didn’t notice you, Suranne Jones, but I definitely did. Here are a few others who were wrongfully ignored.

From left: “BH90210” stars Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green, Shannen Doherty, Ian Ziering, Jennie Garth, and Tori Spelling in Beverly Hills, Calif., earlier in August.

TV Critic’s Corner

‘90210’ reboot could benefit from another reboot

Despite the cleverness of being a show about a show that was a show a long time ago, the story lines are fairly dumb.

“Jeopardy!” posted a video Thursday on Twitter showing Alex Trebek back on set and promising ‘‘a good year’’ ahead.

Alex Trebek, saying he’s on the mend, is back at ‘Jeopardy!’

“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek has returned to work, saying he’s “on the mend” following treatment for pancreatic cancer.

Jonathan Groff as Holden in Netflix’s “Mindhunter.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Mindhunter’ consistently captivates in season 2

After a middling first season, with high (Cameron Britton as Ed Kemper) and low points (Jonathan Groff’s Holden in a flat love affair), they have come up with a somewhat stunning second round.

Gary Gulman has a new HBO special debuting in October.


Gary Gulman sets HBO special ‘The Great Depresh’ for October

The Peabody-bred funnyman– who won comedian of the year at the 2018 Boston Comedy Festival – will headline “The Great Depresh,” debuting on HBO Oct. 4.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 2, 2018 US film director Martin Scorsese arrives at the 17th Marrakech International Film Festival. - Netflix on July 31, 2019 unveiled the trailer for Martin Scorsese's long-awaited new film,

Netflix to give Martin Scorsese’s crime epic ‘The Irishman’ exclusive theatrical release

“The Irishman” will get a theatrical release for about four weeks, providing theaters most of November to screen the big-budget Martin Scorsese film before it lands on Netflix.

Margaret Atwood.


Margaret Atwood, Lynn Nesbit among 2019 Center for Fiction honorees

Atwood and some of the forces behind the Hulu adaptation of her novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” will be this year’s honorees at the Center for Fiction’s benefit and awards dinner.

US singer-songwriter Taylor Swift performs on stage during 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on August 26, 2019. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images

Taylor Swift wins top prize, Missy Elliott honored for lifetime achievement at VMAs

Elliott performed a medley of her hits over the last two decades at the 2019 MTV Music Video Awards, where she earned the Video Vanguard Award.


Elizabeth Warren’s book made an appearance in her favorite TV show

The final season of HBO’s “Ballers” began with a shoutout to one of its biggest — and most surprising — fans.

Bob Odenkirk stars in “Better Call Saul,” a prequel series to “Breaking Bad.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Prequel, sequel, revival series: Will they ever end?

Shows never really end; they just return to TV in different iterations, with no particular shame attached to them. That’s the way it is, from the lousy shows to the good ones.

Actor Mark Wahlberg poses during the Photo Call for Mile 22, on July 28, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images


Even Tom Brady is impressed with Mark Wahlberg’s latest shirtless photo

“We are looking for some skill players.”

Aaron Paul will return as Jesse Pinkman in “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” on Netflix Oct. 11.


The week in watching: Surrendering to the ‘Breaking Bad’ sequel, vacuous VMAs, and Disney+ goes old school

Globe critic Matthew Gilbert’s guide to what’s on television.


‘The Bachelor’ star gets suspended sentence in fatal crash

A farmer who appeared on ABC’s “The Bachelor” has accepted a suspended two-year prison sentence for his role in a 2017 Iowa crash that killed another man.

Bob Odenkirk in the “Breaking Bad” spinoff “Better Call Saul.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Bob Odenkirk: The ‘Breaking Bad’ movie has already been filmed

The actor, who plays Saul Goodman-Jimmy McGill in “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” said he “can’t wait to see it” in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

From left: Jason Priestley, Brian Austin Green, Gabrielle Carteris, Ian Ziering, Jennie Garth, and Tori Spelling in “BH90210.”

Matthew Gilbert

The best and worst of TV this summer

There was much to celebrate and enjoy this summer. But then there’s “Big Little Lies.”

From left: Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Meadow), Drea De Matteo (Adriana), and Vincent Pastore (Big Pussy) of “The Sopranos” are among the presenters at the Video Music Awards.

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Sopranos’ stars among presenters at MTV Video Music Awards

The annual event will take place Monday night in Newark, N.J., at their Prudential Center.

Zack Gottsagen, Dakota Johnson, and Shia LaBeouf in The Peanut Butter Falcon.

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The Weekender: ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon,’ ‘The Tempest,’ and The Boss

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Kirsten Dunst and Alexander Skarsgard in Showtime’s new “On Becoming a God in Central Florida.”

Television Review

Kirsten Dunst breaks bad in ‘Florida,’ and it’s good

If you can’t remember the title of “On Becoming a God in Central Florida,” just call it “Kirsten Dunst’s show,” since it fully belongs to her.

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 file photo, Bobby Allen, from top left, director Steven Bognar, Jill Lamantia, Wong He, director Julia Reichert, bottom left, and producer Yiqian Zhang pose for a portrait to promote the film

First Netflix project endorsed by Obamas debuts today

A documentary about an Ohio auto glass factory that is run by a Chinese investor debuted Wednesday on Netflix as the streaming service’s first project backed by Michelle and Barack Obama’s new production company.

Brian Cox plays media mogul Logan Roy in “Succession.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Succession’ is more ‘Dynasty’ than it is ‘King Lear’

The HBO series really is a family soap opera, with some of the excesses that go along with that genre.

From left: Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwim-mer, Matthew Perry, and Courteney Cox in “Friends”

Could we be any more excited? ‘Friends’ merch arrives ahead of 25th anniversary

See your “Friends” on the big screen. Deck out your place with “Friends” furniture. Wear your “Friends” as jewelry. Heck, buy the “Friends” Lego set and pretend it’s for your kid.


HBO orders pilot based on Alice Hoffman’s ‘Magic’ novels

HBO Max, the cable channel’s forthcoming streaming service, has ordered a pilot for “The Rules of Magic,” based on Hoffman’s novels “The Rules of Magic” and “Practical Magic.”