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‘Black Lightning’ delivers a jolt of reality to CW’s superhero lineup

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 4:35 p.m.

Cress Williams as Black Lightning in the CW series “BLack Lightning.” (The CW)
The new year isn’t even a month old, and a new superhero is charging onto the scene, smashing into the jam-packed universe already occupied by Superman, Batman, Thor, Wonder Woman and a seemingly endless parade of costumed crime fighters. But the producers of “Black Lightning,” the new CW series based on the DC Comics character that launched Tuesday, have a broader agenda than creating another fantastic world where good battles evil.

Around the remote: Meyers hosts 75th Golden Globes

Seth Meyers rolls out the red carpet at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards preview day on Thursday. (Willy Sanjuan / Associated Press)
Normally, this celebration of the year’s best movies and TV shows is a fun, free-wheeling and booze-filled bash. But as Hollywood continues to be rocked by claims of sexual harassment and assault, it’s unclear how current events will affect the proceedings. Of course, a sense of unpredictability often can make for good TV.

’Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek on leave after brain surgery, says ‘prognosis is excellent’

Longtime Jeopardy host Alex Trebek had surgery for blood clots on the brain, but says he’ll be back behind the podium soon. (Chris Pizzello / Associated Press)
Alex Trebek’s no-nonsense tone is something of his trademark. The “Jeopardy!” host has employed it in more than 6,800 episodes of the game show, doling out kind rebukes and droll affirmations to players. Trebek used that same tone Thursday to announce on YouTube that he’s on a leave of absence from the show after undergoing brain surgery for blood clots – medically known as subdural hematoma – that were “caused by a fall I endured two months ago.”

Seth Meyers ready to be celebratory and serious at Globes

Seth Meyerswill host the 75th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday on NBC. (Willy Sanjuan / Invision/AP)
Seth Meyers regularly blends bad news with comedy on his nightly talk show, but as the host of Sunday’s Golden Globes, he has the unenviable task of setting the tone for Hollywood’s awards season as the sexual harassment crisis continues spreading throughout the industry and beyond.

Angela Bassett’s new action role in ‘9-1-1’ shows us ‘what 59 can look like’

Angela Bassett plays an L.A. cop in “9-1-1.” (Mathieu Young / FOX)
Angela Bassett turns 60 this year and she’s determined to act her age. So she’ll be starting the year getting shot at and assaulted by bad guys, and defending herself accordingly. It’s all part of her role as an L.A. street cop named Athena Grant in “9-1-1,” a new series about first responders that premiered Wednesday on Fox.

HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines expecting 5th child

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018, 10:16 a.m.

Joanna and Chip Gaines pose for a portrait in New York to promote their home improvement show, "Fixer Upper," on HGTV. Chip Gaines announced Tuesday, on Instagram that he and Joanna are expecting their fifth child. (Brian Ach / Invision/AP)
Chip Gaines announced Tuesday on Instagram that he and his wife, Joanna Gaines, are expecting their fifth child. He shared a photo of the couple with the caption “Gaines party of 7.”

Hoda Kotb is named co-anchor of NBC’s ‘Today,’ replacing Matt Lauer

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 2, 2018, 6:32 p.m.

In this Nov. 29, 2017, file photo, Savannah Guthrie, right, and Hoda Kotb appear with the Rockettes during the 85th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in New York. NBC News opened the new year by appointing Kotb as co-anchor of the Today shows first two hours with Guthrie, replacing Matt Lauer following his firing on sexual misconduct charges in late November. (Charles Sykes / Invision/AP)
NBC News Chairman Andy Lack announced that Kotb will team with co-anchor Savannah Guthrie for the 7 a.m.-to-9 a.m. segment of the program. It marks the first time in the 65-year history of “Today” that two-female co-anchors have led the program during its flagship hours.