| Apr 8, 2014
| 6:30 PM
NBC aims to find fresh comedy voices through a talent-search initiative dubbed "Comedy Playground."
The Peacock is inviting aspiring writers to submit short video pitches for original comedy projects to the website NBCComedyPlayground.com starting on May...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 12:30 PM
ARC Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to the family drama "Louder Than Words," helmed by Anthony Fabian and penned by Benjamin Chapin.
"Louder Than Words" stars Golden Globe winner David Duchovny, Hope Davis and Oscar winner Timothy...
| Apr 13, 2014
| 12:17 PM
The first seven episodes of the "Mad Men" final season (9 p.m. April 14, AMC; 3 stars out of 4) have been titled "The Beginning." But this isn't the beginning at all, really -- it's the beginning of the end, both of the 1960s and the show itself.
| Mar 31, 2014
| 4:30 PM
David Duchovny won't be out of the series game long after "Californication" finishes its seven-season run on Showtime this year. The actor will star in a period NBC drama as a police detective on the trail of the Los Angeles-area hippie cult leader who...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 10:00 AM
Meyer Lansky is one of the gravitational centers of Zachary Lazar's new novel, "I Pity the Poor Immigrant" (Little, Brown and Company: 256 pp., $25). Not so much the dapper, "Boardwalk Empire"-era gangster as Lansky in 1972 in Israel, seeking to retire...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 1:00 PM
By 1991, Mike Kelley had emerged as a crucial artist in Los Angeles, at the head of a pack that had pushed into prominence in the previous decade.
His riveting sculptures reassembled from ratty stuffed animals, crocheted dolls and other tattered...
| Mar 21, 2014
In 1993, I persuaded the Tribune's then-arts editor to send me to Columbia, Mo., to report on the first show in almost 20 years of a cult band that loomed huge for those of us under its spell. Two University of Missouri undergrads had phoned the ever-...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 9:26 PM
Joe McGinniss, the adventurous and news-making author and reporter who skewered the marketing of Richard Nixon in "The Selling of the President 1968" and tracked his personal journey from sympathizer to scourge of convicted killer Jeffrey MacDonald in the...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 11:27 AM
Every political party, civic organization, team and business firm could learn some valuable lessons in leadership from three persons in very diverse fields - basketball, politics and professional wrestling: Chicago Bulls Center Joakim Noah; Congressman...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Writer Bret Easton Ellis and director Rob Zombie have teamed with Alcon Television to develop a project for Fox that will revisit the people and events connected to the Manson Family murder spree in August 1969.
The project is envisioned as a limited...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 8:32 AM
En route to becoming America's preeminent Broadway composer-lyricist, Stephen Sondheim took a few darkly hued detours into the lives of murderously deranged historical characters, probably his best known being "Sweeney Todd."
An even more arresting,...