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Scandal-plagued CBS grants $20m to 18 women’s rights groups

CBS acknowledged this week that it reached a $9.5 million confidential settlement last year with actress Eliza Dushku.

TV therapy that’s worth tuning into

Here’s a list of my favorite TV shrinks.

As a weapon of mass consumption, Netflix’s aim is true

The streamer spent $8 billion on a tsunami of series in 2018. But its reputation for quantity over quality remains stubbornly intact.

CBS made secret $9.5 million deal with Eliza Dushku after harassment claims

Dushku says she was written off the show “Bull” after she spoke up about misconduct on the set. The settlement came to light after CBS’s chief resigned when he was accused of harassment.

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Janet Jackson joins her brother Michael and the Jackson 5 as members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, earning induction on Thursday along with Stevie Nicks and Def Leppard, the top fan vote-getter.

Holiday Arts Preview 2018

Holiday arts preview 2018

// Best things to see, do this holiday season

From dancing sugarplums to a musical “Grinch,” there’s a bounty of theater, music, TV, and other attractions to enjoy.

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// A new ‘Star Wars,’ plus a bevy of real-life heroes on screen

Many of the fall’s biggest films have stories based on fact.

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CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 21: Ayla Brown performs the National Anthem during the opening of the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)


Ayla Brown is coming to the Boston airwaves

The “American Idol” finalist will be a co-host on “Jackson and Ayla Brown” on Country 102.5.

Peter Parker (Jake Johnson) and Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) in Sony Pictures Animation's SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE.

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The Weekender: Holiday gift guide edition!

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

The best books of 2018

Our critics share their favorites in fiction, general nonfiction, mystery, sports, and graphic novels.

This image released by Warner Bros. shows Bradley Cooper, left, and Lady Gaga in a scene from the latest reboot of the film,

‘A Star Is Born’ tops SAG Awards nominations, snubs abound

“A Star Is Born” received four nods including best ensemble, firmly establishing Bradley Cooper’s romantic revival as this year’s Academy Awards front runner.

Protesters picketed outside of CBS’s shareholders meeting in New York Tuesday. No one at the meeting brought up sexual harassment.

With new board in place, CBS will decide on Moonves’ exit pay after scandal

The newly elected CBS board faces daunting tasks: deciding whether former CEO Les Moonves gets a $120 million exit package following a sexual-misconduct investigation.

Kathie Lee Gifford has been part of the “Today” show for 11 years.

Kathie Lee Gifford to leave NBC’s ‘Today’ show in April

Kathie Lee Gifford will put aside her morning glass of wine and step away from NBC’s “Today” show in April.

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Local meteorologist Pamela Gardner is switching TV stations

She is leaving WBZ and heading to NBC10 Boston and NECN.

FILE- In this July 26, 2018 file photo, Kathie Lee Gifford attends Hallmark's Evening Gala during the TCA Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. Gifford will be putting aside her morning glass of wine and will step away from the NBC’s “Today” show in April. NBC News chief Noah Oppenheim told staffers Tuesday morning, Dec. 11 that Gifford will leave after 11 years on the show, most recently hosting the 10 a.m. hour alongside Hoda Kotb and sipping plenty of reds. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Kathie Lee Gifford will leave NBC’s ‘Today’ show in April

Kathie Lee Gifford will be putting aside her morning glass of wine and stepping away from the “Today” show in April.

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 26: Jessica Mendoza of ESPN speaks on set the day before Game 1 of the 2015 World Series between the Royals and Mets at Kauffman Stadium on October 26, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images)

ESPN signs Jessica Mendoza to multiyear extension

Mendoza has already been a fixture on ‘‘Baseball Tonight’’ for many seasons but the new agreement means she will appear more regularly on ‘‘SportsCenter’’ and ‘‘Get Up!’’

A scene from Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma.”

TV Critic’s Corner

With Netflix’s ‘Roma,’ it’s viewers’ choice

Right after the streaming service debuted the Oscar contender in theaters, it’s making it available in Netflix homes.

Eminem (left) and Joyner Lucas. Lucas, a Worcester native, has been nominated for two Grammys, including Best Rap Video for his viral hit, “I’m Not a Racist.”


Worcester rapper Joyner Lucas nominated for two Grammys

One nod is for his viral music video, “I’m Not Racist,” which has been viewed more than 104 million times.

Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar contender “Roma” just debuted in theaters but will be available to Netflix subscibers Friday.


The week in TV: ‘Roma’ at home, Springsteen on Broadway, and therapists on screen

Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert’s take on what to watch this week.

Elisabeth Moss stars in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which is up for its second straight best written drama series award.

TV Critic’s Corner

One view of the Writers Guild of America’s TV nominations

There are no acting prizes, which makes the WGA list a little less exciting perhaps. But there are knowledgeable voters in the WGA, which makes their list worlds more legit.

From top: A talk show hosted by Alec Baldwin (with Robert De Niro), Jim Carrey’s “Kidding,” and “Murphy Brown” struggled for viewers.


A chill has set in for many of fall’s new shows

Amid plenty of duds, some hits and some in-betweens.

Billy Porter was nominated for best actor in a drama series for his role in “Pose.”

TV Critic’s Corner

The Golden Globes got a few things right

Occasionally, amid the absurdity and the kissing up to stars, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association makes a good move.

Brooklyn, NY - 28 July 2017. A crowd estimated at 9,000 filled the Prospect Park Bandshell, with an estimated 3,000 outside the fence, for a concert by Esperanza Spalding and Andrew Bird at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. Esperanza Spalding on stage. (Photo by: Ed Lefkowicz /VW Pics/UIG via Getty Images)

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The Weekender: Visionary singers, stirring stories, and RuPaul’s ‘Holi-slay Spectacular’

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



Critic Matthew Gilbert’s top 10 TV shows of the year

The best shows of 2018 are . . .

Two scripted series based on the work of John Grisham will be coming to Hulu.

TV Critic’s Corner

It’s John Grisham’s world, and Hulu is living in it

The streamer is moving forward with “The Grisham Universe,” a broad programming move that will, at first, include two intersecting series.

Les Moonves

Report details new allegations of Moonves’ sexual misconduct

A report by CBS lawyers outlines more allegations of sexual misconduct by longtime chief Les Moonves.

Seth (Adam Brody) and Summer (Rachel Bilson) basked in the warm glow of Chrismukkah on “The O.C.”

TV Critic’s Corner

A holiday intermarriage pioneered by the ‘O.C.’

The hybrid celebration was dubbed “Chrismukkah” by a one of the show’s characters, the son of a Jewish dad and a “Waspy McWasp” mother.

Actress Priyanka Chopra (right) and singer Nick Jonas during the mehendi Friday, a day before their Western-style wedding ceremony at Umaid Bhawan palace in Jodhpur, India.

Here are photos and videos from Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra’s elaborate wedding(s) in India

Singer Nick Jonas and actress Priyanka Chopra tied the knot this past weekend — and photos and videos are being released of the dayslong celebration.

TV Critic’s Corner

End-of-year Top 10 lists hold gifts for readers — and critics

They are particularly valuable nowadays, as more content than ever rains down on us.

Getting Salty

Getting Salty with Brian Young of Cultivar and ‘Top Chef’

He will become executive chef at The Emory, a neighborhood bar and kitchen slated to open in April in the Scollay Square space.

Elle Simone Scott, a food stylist who joined America’s Test Kitchen in 2016, has her sights set on becoming the #CulinaryOprah.

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Meet the America’s Test Kitchen star who dreams of being the culinary Oprah

Elle Simone Scott’s star is on the rise, and she’s opening doors for other women of color.



The week in TV: Pondering a Top 10, Chrismukkah season, and farewells to Bush

Globe critic Matthew Gilbert guides you through this week in television.

Olivia Colman in “Broadchurch.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Lots of reasons why Olivia Colman rules

The actress has done some fine work before taking on the role of the older Queen Elizabeth in “The Crown.”

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When Broadway ruled the top 40 charts

Todd S. Purdum’s latest book, “Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution.”

David Allan Boucher at Magic 106.7 in Brighton.

The man behind ‘Bedtime Magic’ would much rather be heard than seen

David Allan Boucher has been lulling listeners for 35 years and has worked at Magic 106.7 since its launch in 1982

From left: Congressman Dan Crenshaw, Pete Davidson, Colin Jost, and Michael Che on “Weekend Update.”

TV Critic’S Corner

A season full of drama for ‘Saturday Night Live’

In terms of content, the show has been, as always, a mixed bag.

Juan Pablo Castaneda and Radha Mitchell in Matthew Weiner’s Amazon series “The Romanoffs.”


Falling out of love with ‘The Romanoffs’

After openly praising the show, I feel frustrated that I may have led readers down the wrong path.

Boston, MA 11-28-18: Lawrence Rines as the Bear is pictured during a dress rehearsal of the Boston Ballet's Nutcracker held at the Boston Opera House. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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The Weekender: ‘Nutcracker,’ ‘Grinch,’ and endangered elves

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

‘SpongeBob’ creator Stephen Hillenburg, 57

Mr. Hillenburg used his dual loves of drawing and marine biology to spawn the absurd undersea world of “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

Margaret Atwood is writing a sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

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Now it’s Margaret Atwood who’s succumbing to sequel-itis

I can’t help but be disappointed at the news that the author plans a follow-up to “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

From left: Mike Farrell, William Christopher, Harry Morgan, Alan Alda, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr, and David Ogden Stiers on the set of “M*A*S*H.”

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Alan Alda invites his ‘M*A*S*H’ pals in for a chat

The surviving cast members — Loretta Swit, Mike Farrell, Gary Burghoff, and Jamie Farr — will join Alda on his podcast.

Matt Damon appeared as Judge Brett Kavanaugh during “Saturday Night Live” on Sept. 29.


Matt Damon will host ‘Saturday Night Live’ in December

Will the Cambridge native once again lampoon Brett Kavanaugh?

“Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi


Padma Lakshmi explains what prompted her to write about being a rape survivor

The “Top Chef” host spoke on the “Today” show Monday morning about her decision to disclose her story in The New York Times.

“Judge Jerry,” a half-hour daily syndicated series starring Jerry Springer, is on the way.

TV Critic’s Corner

Disorder in the court, with ‘Judge’ Jerry Springer presiding

He’ll put his law degree to use and take on real cases in his new series.

Jerry Springer in 2010.

Jerry Springer is getting his own court show

The 74-year-old TV host will hear testimony and render verdicts before a studio audience in “Judge Jerry,” which will be taped in Connecticut.

Rachel Brosnahan as Midge Maisel in the Emmy-winning “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”


The week in watching: ‘SNL’ melodrama, ‘Maisel’ marvelousness, and John and Chrissy adorability

Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert navigates the week ahead.

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‘Morning Joe’ hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski get married

The couple wed Saturday in a small ceremony attended by family and friends at the National Archives in Washington.

Natasha Lyonne at the 70th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles in September.

TV Critic’s Corner

Natasha Lyonne’s ‘Russian Doll’ is set for Netflix

Natasha Lyonne’s new comedy series, “Russian Doll” has been filmed for Netflix but does not yet have a release date.