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‘The Americans’: How Will It End?
Culture, Today

Share your theories about how the spy drama will wrap up its story — we’ll publish some of the best submissions just before the May 30 series finale.

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Ryan Murphy and Janet Mock on ‘Pose,’ Diversity and Netflix
Arts & Leisure, Today

Mr. Murphy, the TV creator, and Ms. Mock, the transgender activist, discuss the new FX series about the vogue ball scene in ’80s New York.

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‘Fauda’ Returns on Netflix, Guns Blazing
Culture, Today

The second season of the down-and-dirty Israeli counterterrorism thriller is a lot like the first, but this time with ISIS.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Be Awarded Mark Twain Prize for Humor
Culture, Today

The “Veep” star will receive one of comedy’s highest honors in the fall after several decades of a celebrated television career.

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Stephen Colbert Isn’t Sure This Is a Constitutional Crisis
Culture, Today

“A constitutional crisis technically requires that one branch of the government push back against another branch,” Colbert said of the move to investigate the Russia inquiry.

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What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘The Split’ and ‘Black Panther’
Culture, Today

In “The Split,” a London law firm deals in divorce. And the blockbuster “Black Panther” is available for streaming.

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It Was ‘Roseanne’ vs. ‘Roseanne,’ in a Polarizing Revival
Culture, Yesterday

The sitcom’s revival was a topical hit, but the political pot-stirring — onscreen and off — overshadowed the show’s strengths.

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Clint Walker, Western Star Tall in the Saddle, Is Dead at 90
Obits, Yesterday

The 6-foot-6 Mr. Walker played the title role in the long-running ABC series “Cheyenne” and was also seen in movies like “The Dirty Dozen.”

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‘Fauda,’ an Israeli TV Hit, Lets Viewers Escape — Into the Conflict
Arts & Leisure, Yesterday

The show about a team of counterterrorism operatives allows Israelis to engage, safely, with subjects that they ordinarily avoid on TV.

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Hiro Murai Doesn’t Want to Get on a Soapbox
Magazine, Yesterday

The “Atlanta” director on “This Is America,” surrealism and horror.

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What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘Tig Notaro: Happy to Be Here’ and ‘Beerland’
Culture, Yesterday

The “One Mississippi” star Tig Notaro gets a new Netflix special. And “Beerland” returns for a third season.

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Three Shows to Watch This Week
Watching, May 21

A new stand-up special and two great foreign series, all contemplations on the ties that bind.

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What’s on TV Monday: ‘The Final Year’ and ‘Sando’
Culture, May 21

“The Final Year” focuses on the foreign policy team of the Obama administration. And a mother tries to make amends with her family in “Sando.”

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‘Trust’ Season 1, Episode 9 Recap: The Final Act
Culture, May 20

Primo might be a ruthless, coldblooded murderer, but he understands that a kidnapping like this deserves a “stylish” ending.

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‘Westworld’ Season 2, Episode 5 Recap: Pretty Lies
Culture, May 20

“Westworld” expanded into Shogun World this week, and the self-aware hosts must ask themselves: What parts of their programming do they want to keep?

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‘Westworld’ Season 2: Seven Big Things We Still Don’t Know at Midseason
Watching, May 20

Just when the dots were starting to connect, Season 2 introduced a whole new batch of mysteries. Here’s what we hope gets answered.

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‘Billions’ Season 3, Episode 9 Recap: Bear Market
Culture, May 20

Their focus off each other, Bobby and Chuck enter into new high-stakes rivalries — this time with fish significantly bigger than themselves.

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Tina Fey Reprises Sarah Palin in the ‘S.N.L.’ Season Finale
Culture, May 20

Robert De Niro, Donald Glover and John Goodman were just a few of the big celebrities who helped wrap the 43rd season of “Saturday Night Live.”

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What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ and the Billboard Awards
Culture, May 20

Brooklyn Nine-Nine wraps up its fifth season. And Kelly Clarkson will host the Billboard Music Awards.

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What the Oscars Can Learn from the Royal Wedding
Culture, May 19

If the varied and even decent live coverage of the royal wedding has anything to teach us, it’s that moving off the red carpet is the way to go.

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Bill Cosby Trial Judge Releases Names of Jurors
Culture, May 18

The judge said that while he worried about further disrupting the jurors’ privacy, he felt bound by a court ruling that held juror names are public.

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What’s on TV Saturday: ‘The Royal Wedding Live with Cord and Tish!’ and ‘Saturday Night Live’
Culture, May 19

Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon take on the royal wedding in a new special. And the season finale of “Saturday Night Live” airs on NBC.

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Tig Notaro Doesn’t Want to Hear About Disgraced Men Coming Back
Culture, May 18

The comic, who’s back with a special about her family happiness, is relieved she’s no longer “tied to such a negative person,” a.k.a. Louis C.K.

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Steve Martin and Martin Short on Friendship and What’s Truly Funny
Arts & Leisure, May 18

The two comics kid, but they’ve been through ups and downs together. Their latest adventure is a Netflix special.

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‘Dietland’ is Violent, Disruptive and Surreal. And Funny.
Arts & Leisure, May 18

This AMC show, based on the 2015 Sarai Walker novel of the same name, is a makeover story glimpsed through a series of distorting mirrors.

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‘Cheers’ Said Goodbye 25 Years Ago: Raise a Toast With These 9 Essential Episodes
Watching, May 18

Whether “Cheers” is an old favorite or you still need an introduction, these nine standout episodes provide a great time-lapse portrait of the show.

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Two Dudes With a Camera
Book Review, May 18

In their first book, “Like Brothers,” the indie filmmaker siblings Jay and Mark Duplass recount their unlikely path to Hollywood and tell readers how to follow suit.

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How Meghan Markle Makes Me Feel About Race and the Crown
Culture, May 17

As I consume all things Ms. Markle in the lead-up to her marriage to Prince Harry on Saturday, I struggle with conflicting feelings of ambivalence and awe.

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Behind the Battle Over the Future of MTV and ‘Big Bang Theory’
Business, May 17

The idea of combining CBS and Viacom has created quite a drama. The characters include a once-estranged father and daughter and the executive that turned around a network.

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What’s on TV Friday: ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and ‘Bombshell’
Weekend, May 18

Marvel’s small-screen heroes battle evil. And Hedy Lamarr battles a messy legacy.

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Miss America Appoints Women to Top Positions, Months After Email Scandal
National, May 17

The organization is “ushering in a new era of progressiveness,” it said, after former top leaders stepped down over emails that insulted pageant winners.

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 10, Episode 9: The Wickedest Witch
Culture, May 17

This week, the girls were called upon to cosplay as their 50-years-from-now drag selves.

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Host of MTV’s ‘Catfish’ Suspended After Sexual Misconduct Allegation
Culture, May 17

The network is conducting an investigation of Nev Schulman after a guest on the show posted two videos accusing “the main person” of harassment.

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Joseph Campanella, 93, Ubiquitous Character Actor, Dies
Obits, May 17

Mr. Campanella found his stride on television as a frequent guest star, playing doctors, lawyers, criminals, cops and judges.

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Never Watched ‘Rick and Morty’? This Is What You Need to Know
Culture, May 17

Adult Swim’s animated comedy was recently renewed for 70 episodes. Dark and absurdist, it remains one of the more popular shows among young viewers.

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Which TV Shows Aren’t Coming Back?
Culture, May 17

Here’s a handy guide to all the television shows that recently received the ax.

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Shari Redstone and Leslie Moonves Have Starring Roles in a Corporate War
Business, May 17

In the morning, a judge’s decision went against the CBS executive. Later in the day, there was a tense board meeting at the CBS Building.

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Suzanne Scott Named First Female Chief Executive of Fox News
Business, May 17

The appointment of Ms. Scott by the Murdoch family elevated an executive closely tied with the Roger Ailes regime that became mired in a sexual harassment scandal.

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How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?
Watching, May 17

A comedy begins, a drama ends its season, and a multitalented woman gets her due.

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Netflix Counts the Reasons Teens Should Watch ‘13 Reasons Why’
Culture, May 17

Ahead of the controversial drama’s second season, Netflix executives try to convince parents the show is a catalyst for conversation with their teens.

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Listen to ‘Still Processing’: We Unpack Black Male Privilege
Podcasts, May 17

We explore how Donald Glover evolved from a likable comedian to a cultural provocateur and authority on blackness. Who gets left out when we apply the label, “genius,” so liberally to men?

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‘Jane the Virgin’ Creator on the Show’s End: ‘We’re Going to Close Things Up’
Culture, May 17

The show’s fifth season will be its last, the CW announced Thursday. In an exclusive interview, the showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman discusses her hopes for Jane’s send-off and dream guest stars.

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A Battle for Control of CBS, With Far-Reaching Consequences
Business, May 16

No matter who wins in the fight over the proposed reunion of CBS and Viacom, both companies will be profoundly affected and the media landscape will be transformed.

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CBS Tries to Sell Its TV Dramas as Its Own Battle Heats Up in Court
Business, May 16

Shari Redstone hopes to merge the network with Viacom. But the CBS head, Leslie Moonves, has other ideas. Now, a judge is working to settle the dispute.

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What’s on TV Thursday: ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ and ‘The Carbonaro Effect’
Culture, May 17

The stars of “Broad City” are guest judges on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” And “Mamma Mia!” is now on Netflix.

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‘The Americans’ Season 6, Episode 8 Recap: Elizabeth Comes Around
Culture, May 16

It’s a time of sudden transformations on “The Americans,” which is what happens when you’re down to your last few episodes.

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2, Episode 5 Recap: Seeing Red
Culture, May 16

June began this week’s episode a broken woman, having fully reinhabited her role as Offred. Odds are she won’t stay that way for long.

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How to Watch the Royal Wedding
Watching, May 16

No matter where you are or how you’re watching, you’ve got options. These are some of the best, based on whatever you’re in the mood for.

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Lachlan Murdoch Named Head of Family’s Shrinking TV Empire
Business, May 16

Being named chief executive and chairman cements Mr. Murdoch, 46, as the successor to his father, Rupert Murdoch. No mention was made of Lachlan’s brother, James, the current C.E.O. of 21st Century Fox.

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Lesley Manville Has Waited Long Enough
Arts & Leisure, May 16

England’s hardest-working actress finally gets her star moment in America, playing Mary Tyrone in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.”

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‘Serial’ Case to Get Reopened in HBO Documentary
Culture, May 16

“The Case Against Adnan Syed” will revisit the 1999 killing of Hae Min Lee and the conviction of her boyfriend, Mr. Syed, a case made famous on the “Serial” podcast.

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‘Fahrenheit 451’ Has Fire and Fury but Sheds Little Light
Weekend, May 16

Ray Bradbury’s dystopian warning about mid-20th-century media and conformity gets a muddled HBO update for the emoji era.

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Forget Watching the Royal Wedding, Here’s the Royal Dirt
Watching, May 16

The royal family isn’t all fascinators and “happily ever after.”

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‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ Returning to TV in 2019
Culture, May 16

The larger than life bloodhound, the subject of dozens of children’s books, is coming back to television.

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ABC Plays Up ‘Roseanne’ and Product Placement at Annual Presentation
Business, May 16

The network lets advertisers know they are welcome to get in on the act during its presentation in New York.

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What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘The Goldbergs’ and ‘Riverdale’
Culture, May 16

Several series, including “The Goldbergs” and “Riverdale,” wrap up seasons tonight. And watch Serena Williams get married.

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How Betting Will Change the Sports Media Business
Sports, May 15

With sports gambling poised for a boom, media rights to major sports likely are about to get even more valuable.

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It’s Roseanne’s America, Not Trump’s
Op Ed, May 15

The “Roseanne” reboot is transgressive because it’s devoid of the ham-fisted agenda politics of so many other shows.

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‘Lethal Weapon’ Rift Goes Public After Co-Star Is Fired
Culture, May 15

Damon Wayans deleted his Twitter account on Monday after deriding Clayne Crawford, his recently replaced co-star, as abusive and “uninsurable.”

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Royal Rumble: 7 Meghan and Harry Specials Face Off, and We All Lose
Culture, May 15

One thing I learned after watching seven specials meant to illuminate the impending nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: These shows should be avoided.

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As Disney Sale Looms, Fox TV Chiefs Are Said to Discuss Extending Contracts
Business, May 15

Dana Walden and Gary Newman, co-chief executives of the Fox television group, are negotiating extensions of their contracts until the sale to Disney is done, according to people briefed on the talks.

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Did ‘Sex and the City’ Inspire Your Move to New York?
Styles, May 15

Twenty years ago, HBO broadcast the first episode. It was a cultural phenomenon, prompting single women everywhere to move to New York and live out their own “Sex and the City” stories. Share yours.

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CBS Escalates Its Fight With Redstones
Business, May 15

Les Moonves and his team at CBS sued the Redstones’ National Amusements in what amounts to its biggest step yet to block a merger with its corporate sibling, Viacom.

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Fox Trots Out Jamie Foxx and Tim Allen in Bid to Woo Advertisers
Business, May 15

With its ownership in limbo, the network enlists Sean Combs and Ryan Murphy for its presentation at the Beacon Theater in New York

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What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘Steven Tyler: Out on a Limb’ and ‘New Girl’
Culture, May 15

A new documentary captures Steven Tyler’s transition from Aerosmith frontman to country solo artist. And “New Girl” wraps up its seven-season run.

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Three Shows to Watch This Week
Watching, May 14

Two weddings, and some adventurous house-building.

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For the Comedy Iconoclasts of ‘SCTV,’ a Joyful Reunion Tinged With Loss
Culture, May 14

Living members of the influential sketch comedy series gathered for an afternoon of memories and laughs, filmed for a Martin Scorsese-directed special.

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An Evangelical Journalist Finds His Calling at the White House
Politics, May 14

David Brody has unusual access to the president. In return, Mr. Trump gets a direct line to the evangelical audience he depends on.

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On That ‘Barry’ Finale and Why Some Shows Are So Good, They Need to End
Culture, May 13

Some fresh TV ideas have an expiration date. That means letting go of the idea that loving a thing always means we should get more of it.

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Why Traditional TV Is in Trouble
Business, May 13

Dropping ratings, especially among young people, and more viewing options mean broadcast TV is in a precarious position as it pitches itself to advertisers.

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To Sway Trump on Trade, Businesses Turn to Cable TV
Business, May 14

The National Retail Federation is planning an advertising blitz on “Fox & Friends” to persuade Mr. Trump to back away from his tariffs plan.

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What’s on TV Monday: ‘Royal Wedding Watch’ and ‘What Haunts Us’
Culture, May 14

A nightly program on PBS follows the lead-up to the Royal Wedding. And “What Haunts Us” reveals a South Carolina school’s dark past.

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‘Trust’ Season 1, Episode 8 Recap: Sacrificial Lamb
Culture, May 13

People are willing to overlook a lot when there’s money involved. Particularly when it involves the local mafia boss.

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‘Westworld’ Season 2, Episode 4 Recap: The Cognitive Plateau
Culture, May 13

This week’s episode exposed yet another layer in Delos’s far-reaching plans to exploit its own technology. It was also the best of the season so far.

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‘Billions’ Season 3, Episode 8 Recap: ‘Downright Gubernatorial’
Culture, May 13

Now that Chuck and Bobby’s battle seems to have been set aside, the focus is on the future. But the future is changing fast.

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A TV Season Full of Lessons
Business, May 13

Some first-year shows surprised in the 2017-18 season, while broadcast networks proved they could still pull big audiences for events like the “60 Minutes” interview with Stormy Daniels.

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Doreen Simmons, Unlikely Voice of Sumo Wrestling, Dies at 85
Obits, May 13

Born in England and educated at Cambridge, she found her true calling on Japanese television analyzing the quintessential Japanese sport.

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‘Saturday Night Live’: Amy Schumer Hosts, Mothers Say ‘Enough With the Trump Jokes’
Culture, May 13

In an opening sketch celebrating Mother’s Day, the “S.N.L.” cast members appeared with their moms, who comically chided them about the show’s political humor.

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What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife’ and ‘Little Women’
Culture, May 13

Mother-child relationships abound on television. You can laugh with Ali Wong or cry with Nicole Kidman.

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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Is Picked Up by NBC, and Fans Rejoice
Culture, May 12

A day after Fox announced it was canceling the show, the peacock network swooped in and picked it up for 13 episodes.

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What’s on TV Saturday: The Eurovision Song Contest and ‘Mum’
Culture, May 12

Watch contestants sing their hearts out in the Eurovision Song Contest finale. And celebrate Mother’s Day with the slow-burn comedy “Mum.”

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‘Atlanta’ Skips a Grade
Culture, May 11

In its aggressively ambitious second season, the FX series was like a rapper obsessed with his own brilliance. The show became cinema.

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‘Little Women,’ Through British Eyes
Culture, May 11

PBS’s “Masterpiece” offers yet another adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, this time in a production from the BBC.

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Still Thinking About the ‘Atlanta’ Season 2 Finale? Here’s What to Read
Watching, May 11

The second season of this surreal and brilliant comedy finished strong, adding to a strong run of recent successes for its creator, Donald Glover. Here’s what the critics had to say.

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Gabrielle Union Fights Back Onscreen, and in Life
Arts & Leisure, May 11

Ms. Union, the star of “Breaking In,” talks about getting her second wind, the end of “Being Mary Jane,” and those who would criticize Bill Cosby’s accusers.

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From a ‘New Girl’ to the Next One’s Champion
Arts & Leisure, May 11

Liz Meriwether has become one of the most powerful producers in television — and she’s using her clout to champion projects made by women.

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What’s on TV Friday: ‘Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition’ and ‘Evil Genius’
Weekend, May 11

Gabby Douglas goes undercover. And “Rocky and Bullwinkle” adapts to a new era.

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‘Atlanta’ Season Finale Recap: Earn Turns a Corner
Culture, May 10

The Season 2 finale eschewed the surrealism and shock tactics and replaced them with thoughtful tête-à-têtes and straight talk.

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How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?
Watching, May 10

Exploding robots, pregnant stand-up and a money launderer with some seriously great fingernails: It’s a weekend for unexpected juxtapositions.

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‘Rick and Morty’ Gets 70 New Episodes Under Huge Renewal Deal
Culture, May 10

The order is an element in a long-term deal between Adult Swim and the show’s creators, Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland.

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‘Patrick Melrose’ Is Flat Despite a Peerless Benedict Cumberbatch
Weekend, May 10

In this mini-series, beginning Sunday, an idiosyncratic actor tackles the troubled hero of Edward St. Aubyn’s celebrated series of novels.

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What’s on TV Thursday: ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘Safe’
Culture, May 10

Ring the bells for Amy and Sheldon on “The Big Bang Theory.” And Michael C. Hall stars in “Safe.”

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‘The Americans’ Season 6, Episode 7 Recap: Stan Picks the Lock
Culture, May 9

This week “The Americans” presented a profound moment in a surprisingly offhand manner.

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Dream Logic: Hiro Murai on the Look of ‘Atlanta’
Culture, May 9

Mr. Murai, the primary director of “Atlanta,” channeled David Lynch, the Coen brothers and “Alice in Wonderland” to create an intense second season.

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With ‘The Weekly,’ The New York Times Gets Serious About TV
Business, May 9

“The Daily” has given rise to “The Weekly,” a documentary series for FX (and Hulu). The show is part of a Times initiative in the entertainment world.

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‘Extra’ Cardinals Invade the Vatican (Blessings Not Included)
Foreign, May 9

Tourists and even some Vatican officials were baffled as the realistic-looking cardinals — extras in a Netflix production — seemed to take over the streets.

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2, Episode 4: Opportunity
Culture, May 9

Newly recaptured, June faces a future that looks mighty bleak — and short. But as Offred, her options are somewhat different.

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The Brazen Bootlegging of a Multibillion-Dollar Sports Network
Sports, May 9

A Qatari broadcaster paid hundreds of millions of dollars for exclusive rights to major events. Its officials believe someone in Saudi Arabia is pirating the broadcasts.

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Disney’s Strong Quarter Is Shadowed by Comcast’s Maneuvers for Fox
Business, May 8

Driven by “Black Panther,” the company reported its best quarterly results in two years. But Comcast is weighing a hostile bid that could upend Disney’s deal to buy most of 21st Century Fox.

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What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘Brockmire’ and ‘Iron Chef Gauntlet’
Culture, May 9

Hank Azaria stars as a foul-mouthed baseball announcer on “Brockmire.” And Michelle Wolf stops by “Late Night With Seth Meyers.”

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Beyond TV and EVOO: Rachael Ray Looks for Her Next Act
Dining, May 8

The woman who made millions teaching America to cook dinner in a half-hour is facing 50, and a new digital world, with a pantry full of big plans.

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What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘Warn Your Relatives’ and ‘SuperMansion’
Culture, May 8

Hari Kondabolu gets his first Netflix comedy special. And an outlandish band of superheroes returns for the third season of “SuperMansion.”

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Four TV Shows to Watch This Week
Watching, May 7

Two season finales, a newly available Welsh show and the “Karate Kid” web series revival.

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‘Arrested Development’ Will Return May 29
Culture, May 7

The show comes back to Netflix for its fifth season and may court controversy thanks to the presence of one of its stars, Jeffrey Tambor.

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What’s on TV Monday: ‘No Man’s Land’ and ‘God’s Own Country’
Culture, May 7

David Byars documents an armed standoff in “No Man’s Land.” And Francis Lee’s 2017 debut feature streams on Netflix.

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‘Trust’ Season 1, Episode 7 Recap: Crucifixion
Culture, May 6

This week’s episode gave us Paul Jr.’s back story and, thus, insight into why he resents his father. Let’s just say he has his reasons.

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‘Billions’ Season 3, Episode 7 Recap: Street Punks
Culture, May 6

This week’s episode demonstrated once again that guilt is a state of being, if not of facts. Like history, it is determined by the winners.

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‘Westworld’ Season 2, Episode 3 Recap: ‘Just Words in My Head’
Culture, May 6

Dolores clearly views some of her fellow hosts as disposable. Is she any better, then, than the humans she seeks to punish?

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The Racial Spectacle of DNA Test Result Videos
Culture, May 6

As DNA test results are shared publicly, they become a tool for talking about race, often in ways that obscure its realities.

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Stormy Daniels Makes a Surprise Appearance on ‘Saturday Night Live’
Culture, May 6

Stephanie Clifford, the pornographic film actress known as Stormy Daniels, played herself in an opening sketch that also featured Alec Baldwin, Ben Stiller and Martin Short.

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What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Dateline,’ With Meek Mill, and ‘Vida’
Culture, May 6

Meek Mill talks to Lester Holt on “Dateline.” And “Vida” explores gentrification in Los Angeles.

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What’s on TV Saturday: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction and ‘Warrior’
Culture, May 5

The 2018 Hall of Fame ceremony airs on HBO. And estranged brothers face off in “Warrior.”

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Jeffrey Tambor Will Return to ‘Arrested Development’
Business, May 4

Mr. Tambor left his Emmy-winning role on “Transparent” amid harassment allegations, which a spokesman said became public after shooting for “Arrested Development” was completed.

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A Boom in Filming Gives Atlanta Stage Actors Room to Maneuver
Arts & Leisure, May 4

Thanks to Tyler Perry’s studio and a flurry of big-budget movie shoots, theater performers have an easier time supporting themselves.

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Carol Burnett Taps Into Her Inner Child for Adult Advice
Arts & Leisure, May 4

Ms. Burnett talks about her new Netflix series, “A Little Help”; her role as a female comedy pioneer; and what she never wants to hear mentioned again.

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What’s on TV Friday: ‘Last Flag Flying’ and ‘A Little Help With Carol Burnett’
Weekend, May 4

Richard Linklater’s meditation on war arrives on Amazon Prime. And Carol Burnett hits Netflix.

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‘Atlanta’ Season 2, Episode 10: ‘FUBU’
Culture, May 3

This week’s episode revealed that Al has a decades-old history of carrying his cousin.

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 10, Episode 7: Citizens Divided
Culture, May 3

There simply is no excuse for a drag queen to not know the words to a lip sync.

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Food and the City in ‘Sweetbitter’ on Starz
Weekend, May 3

Stephanie Danler turns her best-selling novel, about a young woman who comes of age while working in a New York restaurant, into a three-hour TV season.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Just Crossed the Last Role Off His Bucket List
Arts & Leisure, May 3

He portrayed Hamlet. With “Patrick Melrose,” adapted from Edward St. Aubyn’s novels, Mr. Cumberbatch plays another messed-up rich kid with daddy issues.

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The Strategic Mind of Ali Wong
Arts & Leisure, May 3

Thanks to sharp bits about gender roles, she’s on the cusp of stand-up comedy’s A-list, the rare working mother to make the cut. Every step of the way has been carefully considered.

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Conan O’Brien’s Talk Show Will Shrink to a Half-Hour
Culture, May 3

“Conan” on TBS will be reduced by half in 2019, as Mr. O’Brien focuses on off-site segments and courting a digital audience.

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Swamp Thing Will Rise From the Muck on DC Streaming Service
Weekend, May 3

The service, DC Universe, is to go live later this year. “Titans” and “Young Justice: Outsiders” are also on the roster.

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Camille Cosby Compares Husband to Emmett Till and Blames Media
Weekend, May 3

In her first comments since Bill Cosby was found guilty of sexual assault, Mrs. Cosby invoked Emmett Till and called for a criminal investigation of prosecutors.

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What’s on TV Thursday: ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘Salome’
Culture, May 3

Sheldon visits his big brother on “The Big Bang Theory.” And Jim Gordon tries to quell chaos in “Gotham.”

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Why the Creator of ‘Dear White People’ Is Doubling Down on Identity Politics
Weekend, May 2

For Season 2 of the satirical Netflix comedy, the writer and director Justin Simien wanted to answer one question: “How did we get here?”

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‘The Americans’ Season 6, Episode 6 Recap: The Noose Is Tightening
Culture, May 2

This week marital drama took place against a backdrop of sudden danger.

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Before the Tonys, SpongeBob Seized the Culture With Memes
Express, May 2

The musical based on the Nickelodeon cartoon picked up 12 Tony nominations, in another sign of the character’s persistent cultural relevance.

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2, Episode 3 Recap: The Dress and the Wings
Culture, May 2

June finds herself torn between two distinct longings: one for her daughter and another for her freedom.

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In ‘Vida,’ Home Is Where the Gentrification Is
Weekend, May 2

In the Starz series, a sudden death returns two sisters to confront a changed Los Angeles neighborhood and some painful memories.

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‘Vida’ Flips the Script on Gentrification
Arts & Leisure, May 2

TV gentrifiers are usually white and serve as comic relief. But in a new drama on Starz set in Los Angeles’s Boyle Heights, they’re Mexican-American.

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Streaming This Week, a Short History of Scandinavian TV
Culture, May 2

New offerings of Icelandic, Swedish and Danish shows, including the Netflix eco-thriller “The Rain,” present a timeline of Nordic drama.

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What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘Being Serena’ and ‘The Americans’
Culture, May 2

“Being Serena” looks at the pregnancy and marriage of the tennis champion Serena Williams. And Elizabeth gets a new assignment on “The Americans.”

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‘Simpsons’ Creator Says of Apu Criticism, ‘People Love to Pretend They’re Offended’
Express, May 1

The comments from the creator, Matt Groening, followed complaints that Apu, an Indian-American character, was a racist stereotype.

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What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous’ and ‘The Insult’
Culture, May 1

The versatile comedian John Mulaney returns for a third Netflix special. And “The Insult” lands on streaming platforms.

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The Stealth Success of John Mulaney
Culture, April 30

More of a comic’s comic than a household name, he is capping a year of triumphs (“S.N.L.” host, sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall) with a Netflix special.

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A Reckoning for Apu, ‘The Simpsons’ and Brownface
Editorial, April 29

Hank Azaria said he’s willing to step away from the character he has voiced for nearly 30 years. The show’s writers and network executives should let him.

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The Duplass Brothers: The First Time We Got Cable TV
Arts & Leisure, April 30

Dark dramas on HBO inspired Mark and Jay Duplass to make their first movie, ages 8 and 12, about a karate master who battles a robber.

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What’s on TV Monday: ‘James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction’ and ‘Elementary’
Culture, April 30

Mr. Cameron gathers fellow sci-fi buffs to explore the genre’s rich history in a new series. And “Elementary” returns for Season 6.

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‘Trust’ Season 1, Episode 6 Recap: A Dead Body Focuses the Mind
Culture, April 29

Getty Sr. finds himself uncharacteristically shaken, his business sense having seemingly misled him. The consequences appear very, very dire.

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‘Billions’ Season 3, Episode 6 Recap: Eat or Be Eaten
Culture, April 29

Axe and Wags have a Last Supper of sorts. Yes, it is absolutely as weird and profane as you might expect.

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‘Westworld’ Season 2, Episode 2 Recap: No Judgment
Culture, April 29

This week, the series shed the video game analogy and morphed into an ingenious allegory for the internet.

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What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Parts Unknown’ and an Avengers Marathon
Culture, April 29

Anthony Bourdain heads to Trump Country in a new season of “Parts Unknown.” And watch one of opera’s fastest-rising stars in performance at the Met.

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Doris Burke Has Game
Sunday Business, April 28

The ESPN personality, the first female full-time analyst on national N.B.A. broadcasts, has broken one of the highest glass ceilings in TV. So why does her status still feel so precarious?

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What’s on TV Saturday: White House Correspondents’ Dinner and ‘78/52’
Culture, April 28

The comedian Michelle Wolf hosts the White House Correspondents’ dinner. And the streaming documentary “78/52” examines the shower scene in “Psycho.”

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Starring Serena Williams as Herself
Sports, April 27

She is newly married, embracing the challenges of motherhood and embarking on a difficult tennis comeback. And her private life is about to become much more transparent with a new documentary series on HBO.

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Cliff Huxtable Was Bill Cosby’s Sickest Joke
Culture, April 26

Mr. Cosby’s signature TV character was a patient, wise father figure. In other words, our critic writes, the ideal cover for terrible behavior.

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What’s on TV Friday: ‘Bobby Kennedy for President’ and ‘Vice’
Weekend, April 27

A new documentary explores the rise and fall of Robert F. Kennedy. And “Vice” examines efforts to arm teachers in classrooms.

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 10, Episode 6: Merch Madness
Culture, April 26

This week RuPaul proclaimed that “to separate the pros from the cons,” the queens needed to concentrate on branding themselves.

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‘Atlanta’ Season 2, Episode 9: Al Is Ready for a Change
Culture, April 26

In true “blood is thicker than water” spirit, Al gives his cousin one last chance to prove his chops as a manager. It doesn’t go well.