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Stephen Colbert to host CBS’s ‘The Late Show’ until 2023

Colbert has become the highest-rated late-night host since he signed on for five years as David Letterman’s successor in 2015.

Tom Brady makes a cameo in Paul Rudd’s new comedy, ‘Living With Yourself’

It’s a cute bit, as they say, although the fact that a New England Patriot is in a scene involving a spa may trigger a raised eyebrow or two.

On NBC, ‘Sunnyside’ is over early and ‘Will & Grace’ is back early

“Sunnyside” has had the lowest ratings of any NBC show this fall. The final season of “Will & Grace” had been due next year but instead will premiere Oct. 24.

A helicopter jailbreak, a Hollywood madam, and a billionaire: A look inside Felicity Huffman’s prison

Patty Hearst. Michael Milken. Heidi Fleiss. A former prime minister of Ukraine. With the addition of Oscar nominee Felicity Huffman, the list of infamous inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, Calif., grows.

Reading the tea leaves for fall series

Most of the networks’ fall series have already arrived and, while it’s still much too soon to know which ones will ultimately perform well, a few things seem clear based on how interested audiences were initially.

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Paul Rudd plays two versions of his character in Netflix’s “Living With Yourself.”


The week in watching: Who’s up, who’s down this fall, a dozen Dems debate, and lots of Paul Rudd

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

Sarah Silverman speaks onstage during a talk with Andrew Marantz at the 2019 New Yorker Festival on October 12, 2019 in New York City.

Sarah Silverman discusses empathy, mental health, and what’s more important than being funny

The comedian, who was born and raised in New Hampshire, spoke at this year’s New Yorker Festival and appears in documentary “Laughing Matters,” about comics who live with mental illness.

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James Comey’s ‘A Higher Loyalty’ is being turned into a miniseries

Jeff Daniels will star as Comey and Brendan Gleeson will portray Donald Trump in the four-hour adaptation, which will land on Showtime or CBS All Access, or both.

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.”


‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’ is a well-done sequel that didn’t need to be made

The Netflix movie extends Jesse Pinkman’s story arc past an already-perfect ending.

The actors who played the kids on “The Brady Bunch” helped renovate the split-level residence that served as the exterior of the Bradys’ home.

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Here’s a story, about the Bradys, and how we just can’t seem to quit them

One thing that’s clear is that “The Brady Bunch” means different things to different people.

HBO series Succession, Season 2, Season 2, episode 2 (debuts 8/18/19): Jeremy Strong. photo: Peter Kramer/HBO

Inside the role of Kendall Roy, ‘Succession’ sad boy

Ahead of the season finale of the HBO hit series, Boston-born Jeremy Strong goes deep on Kendall’s suffering, what lies ahead for him, and his now-infamous rap.

As Darlene, Sara Gilbert continues to bring low-key style to “The Conners.”

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Taking stock of lead characters on ‘The Conners’

Lecy Goranson is now second lead to Sara Gilbert, and she delivers some of the best zingers every week.

BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 08: Actress/producer Mindy Kaling speaks onstage during Producers Guild Of America's 11th Annual Produced By Conference at Warner Bros. Studios on June 8, 2019 in Burbank, California. (Photo by JC Olivera/Getty Images)


Mindy Kaling accuses TV academy of ‘humiliating’ discrimination during her time on ‘The Office’

“This was like ten years ago. Maybe it wouldn’t happen now. But it happened to me.”

Diahann Carroll was remembered by her TV son after the actress’s death last week.

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A bittersweet story behind the scenes on ‘Julia’

“Diahann Carroll Was the Only Mother I Knew” was written in The New York Times by Marc Copage, who played her son on the groundbreaking sitcom

This promotional photo, released in 2006 by NBC Universal, shows actors John Krasinski as Jim, and Jenna Fischer as Pam in the NBC comedy series


The original script for Jim and Pam’s ‘Office’ wedding had a strange subplot

“The entire staff and actors were yelling at me: ‘Don’t ruin Jim and Pam’s wedding with a horse!’”


Post Malone dines out in Boston, greeting fans in the Seaport Tuesday night

The chart-topping rapper greeted fans and restaurant staff at Strega.

Mia Kirshner stars as Bethany Slade in Lifetime's feature The College Admissions Scandal, premiering Saturday, October 12 at 8pm ET/PT.

That was fast: ‘College Admissions Scandal’ movie to air on Lifetime on Saturday

Even by Lifetime’s standards, ‘‘The College Admissions Scandal’’ came together fast. The network began working on the film just weeks after the scandal broke in March.

In the final episode of CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” two of the main characters win the Nobel prize in physics.

‘Big Bang Theory’ gets shout out at Nobel Prize announcement

The announcement of the winners of this year’s Nobel in physics began with a nod to an unlikely cultural reference: the opening lyrics to the show’s theme song.


Watch: This Worcester singer had ‘The Voice’ judges on their feet

Twenty-nine year old Ricky Duran had the judges cheering Monday night during his performance of “River.”

Ellen DeGeneres walked on the field during warmups before the Green Bay Packers took on the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday.


‘I’m friends with George Bush’: Ellen DeGeneres defends sitting with Bush at Cowboys game

Ellen DeGeneres defended sitting next to former president George W. Bush at the Packers-Cowboys game on Sunday — and turned it into a teachable moment for the rest of America.

MASTERCHEF: L-R: Contestants Subha and Nick in the “10th Season Pool Party!” episode of MASTERCHEF airing Wednesday, June 19 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Greg Gayne/ FOX


‘MasterChef’ auditions to be held in Boston Oct. 19

If all goes well, you could find yourself on the Fox cooking competition show, enraging celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and vying for $250,000.

Nat Faxon, pictured in 2013.

Nat Faxon scores role in HBO Max pilot ‘Delilah’

The Boston-bred Oscar winner (for co-writing “The Descendants”) has a main role in the comedy series about a young woman reconnecting with her maybe-birth father.

Gary Gulman discusses mental illness and basketball in his new HBO special “The Great Depresh.”

Peabody-bred comedian Gary Gulman discusses his recent HBO special, ‘Joker’ cameo

Gary Gulman spoke by phone about “The Great Depresh,” getting help, and his surprising cameo in “Joker,” now in theaters.

Luke Perry as Fred Andrews in “Riverdale.” The CW series opens its season Wednesday with an episode that mourns the character played by the late actor, who died in March.

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This week’s TV: The ‘Breaking Bad’ movie, ‘Riverdale’ grieves, and would impeachment be a ratings hit?

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

At the Boston Athenaeum, Ben Platt and Julia Schlaepfer, stars of Netflix's


In Netflix’s ‘The Politician,’ Ben Platt and Julia Schlaepfer are a winning ticket

In Boston to promote “The Politician,” the Broadway breakout and rising actress discussed Ryan Murphy and their mutual thirst for power.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 10, 2019, (L-R) British television producer Nicola Shindler, British television producer Russell T Davies and British actor and cast member Russell Tovey of “Years and Years” TV series, pose on the pink carpet during the closing night of the 2019 Cannes International Series festival Canneseries, at the Palais des festival, in Cannes southern France, on April 10, 2019. - Nuclear catastrophe, rising populism, bank failures...Imagine a fiction that summed up these scary scenarios and you will get the amazing “Years and years”, a dystopian series on the background of Brexit, following a family of Manchester over several years. The series will be broadcast on Canal + at the rate of two episodes per evening starting from September 2, 2019. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images

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‘Boys’ miniseries to look back on AIDS in ’80s

The cast includes Neil Patrick Harris, Keeley Hawes, Stephen Fry, and Olly Alexander.

US actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband writer/producer Brad Falchuk arrive for the Netflix premiere of


Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk got married a year ago, but moved in together last month. She explained why.

The actress said she and her husband, a Newton native, had others to consider when making a move.

Front, from left: Fisher Stevens, Holly Hunter, Matthew Macfadyen, and Sarah Snook in HBO’s “Succession.”

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How ‘Succession’ has made the games terrible people play so much fun

It turns out that moral ugliness is massively entertaining.

Sakurako Konishi, left, and Masataka Kubota in

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The Weekender: GlobeDocs, presidential drama, spooky sounds, and a love supreme

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

Erinn Hayes lasted one season as the wife of Kevin James’s character in “Kevin Can Wait.”

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AMC comedy series will champion the sitcom wife

The show will take apart the overused trope of the sitcom wife.

Comic Gary Gulman in “The Great Depresh.”

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Gary Gulman’s ‘Great Depresh’ is no joke

In the HBO film — a mix of stand-up and documentary footage — the Peabody native reveals the truth about the illness.

Tyler Perry received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Tuesday.

Tyler Perry believes his studio rivals Hollywood’s best

The actor and filmmaker remembered shedding tears when he saw an Atlanta highway exit bearing the name of his television and film studio for the first time.

The president of Ukraine used to be a TV star, so we watched his show. Here’s what we learned

Before running for office, Volodymyr Zelensky was best known for his role on “Servant of the People,” in which he played a goofball teacher who’s elected president.

Walton Goggins in “The Unicorn,” a new CBS sitcom.

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Make a date with ‘The Unicorn’

Walton Goggins heads a likable cast in the CBS comedy about a widower and his two adorable daughters.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s “Fleabag” won big at the Emmys.

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In wake of Emmy success, Amazon hopes for more ‘Fleabag’

But producer and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge has insisted the comedy is over after two seasons.

From left to right, top to bottom: Tina Fey, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Kenan Thompson, Amy Poehler, and Jason Sudeikis. (NBC)


Ranking the top 10 ‘SNL’ stars since 2000

Who made us laugh the hardest this millennium? Here’s a highly subjective ranking (and a few tough omissions).

Controversial comic Shane Gillis was hired by “Saturday Night Live” and then fired.

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After publicized hiring blunder, ‘SNL’ returns for a new season

This week’s host will be Woody Harrelson, with Billie Eilish as the musical guest.

Winner Jackson Michie took home half a million dollars — and assured his parents he’s not racist.

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‘Big Brother’ superfans led charges of racism, sexism against season 21 winner

On the “Big Brother” season finale, the victor was hard to mistake for a winner.

British actress Jodie Comer poses with the Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series award for


Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s next film may have its lead actress: Jodie Comer

Only days after her Emmy win, no less.

Renée Zellweger,

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The Weekender: ‘Judy’ in the flesh, yetis in the snow, and Jomama in the spotlight

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

Caitlin McGee (center) with costars Michael Luwoye and Jayne Atkinson at the Boston Film Festival.

Newton’s Caitlin McGee toasts new NBC series ‘Bluff City Law’

Ahead of the legal drama’s network premiere Monday, McGee walked the red carpet with co-stars Michael Luwoye and Jayne Atkinson.

Ben Platt stars in “The Politician.”

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A high school election makes for hit-or-miss satire in Netflix’s ‘The Politician’

Ben Platt stars as an ambitious candidate for class president who obsessively calculates how to win the hearts and minds of teen voters.

Merritt Wever won an Emmy in 2013 for her role on “Nurse Jackie.” She plays a detective on Netflix’s “Unbelievable.”

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Merritt Wever is an ‘Unbelievable’ talent

The actress says worlds with her wry expressions on the Netflix crime drama, when her Detective Duvall deals with an inept cop, with her sweet husband, or with Toni Collette’s much cooler Detective Rasmussen.

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2016 file photo, Tom Hanks arrives at the premiere of


Tom Hanks to receive Cecil B. DeMille Award at Golden Globes

Hanks became one of Hollywood’s beloved actors through an array of likable roles, from “Big” to “Forrest Gump,” and will be presented with one of the industry’s highest honors next year.

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Plunge in Emmy Awards viewership not a surprise

The hostless ceremony Sunday night drew the smallest audience for any Emmys ever, marking a 32 percent drop from last year’s Monday airing and a 39 percent drop from 2017’s Sunday airing.

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Emmy Awards viewership plunges to 6.9 million people

That represents a drop of 32 percent from last year.