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- — Kristina Dorsey

Not Dead Yet 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, ABC

After striking gold with “Abbott Elementary,” ABC has another winner in its newest sitcom, “Not Dead Yet.” The writing is so good, you’ll want to rewind each scene to enjoy the rat-a-tattat dialogue again. And the cast provides a deep bench of talent. The fabulous Gina Rodriguez stars as Nell, an investigat­ive reporter who leaves Europe and a boyfriend behind … only to be consigned to writing obituaries for her former paper in California. She’s thrown off balance by the turn of events, but that’s nothing compared to what happens next: she’s visited by the deceased people she’s writing about. On episode one, she had great comic back-and-forth with Martin Mull as the first ghost she encounters. Meanwhile, Lauren Ash, late of “Superstore,” plays Nell’s supercilio­us boss and nemesis. Hannah Simone is Nell’s former bestie who has befriended Ash. These are characters and actors you want to spend time with. After each “Not Dead Yet” episode airs on ABC, it becomes available on Hulu.

— Kristina Dorsey

Jack Ryan Season 3 Prime Video

It’s been a while (2019) since John Krasinski hopscotche­d across our troubled world as the titular CIA operative based on Tom Clancy’s novels. Thank goodness he’s back! The Russians have resurrecte­d a Soviet-era nuke program that threatens the whole universe. As usual, Ryan’s superiors don’t believe his danger assessment, and it isn’t long before he’s burned by his own agency and has to go rogue. Still, he’s got a few loyal pals including retired agent Mike November (Michael Kelly) and former boss James Greer (Wendell Pierce — and, yes, I thought he died of a heart attack at the end of season 2, too). The subterfuge is exciting, the locales exotic and the bureaucrat­s are maddening. Everything you need!

— Rick Koster

Stella Maris Cormac McCarthy

The acclaimed author’s “Stella Maris” wants to be deep and challengin­g. But there’s less to all this than it seems. The novel is structured as transcript­s of sessions between a male therapist and his 20-year-old female patient. It’s 1972, and she’s a genius who pontificat­es on math theories and who has elaborate hallucinat­ions. Is she schizophre­nic? Suicidal? She occasional­ly speaks about her brother, who is in a coma, and father, who worked on the Manhattan Project. It’s an onerous read. Stella feels like a construct rather than a person. I haven’t read McCarthy’s companion novel, “The Passenger,” and, well, now I doubt I will.

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