| Feb 3, 2012
| 3:56 PM
"Michael Feinstein's American Songbook" kicks off its second season on PBS tonighjt with a visit to Hugh Hefner's pad in search of musical treasures.
The first of three episodes in the series begins tonight.
The series, as was last season, is produced...
| Feb 23, 2012
Barney Rosset, the renegade founder of Grove Press who fought groundbreaking legal battles against censorship and introduced American readers to such provocative writers as Harold Pinter, Samuel Beckett, Eugene Ionesco and Jean Genet, died Tuesday in...
| Mar 4, 2012
On March 4, 1837, exactly 175 years ago, Chicago was incorporated. Not that Flashback needed a reason, but we took this occasion to compile a very long list of events, year by year and decade by decade, that helped shape this great city.
| Mar 6, 2012
| 5:35 AM
The Battle Rounds began on “The Voice” this week, complete over-singing and bogus drama from the judges. “Oh, I just can’t choose!” Yes, you can, so quit pretending to complain.
Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina...
| Jul 7, 2011
| 6:48 AM
"The Playboy Club," NBC's Chicago-filmed drama about the famed 1960s nightclub of the title, will premiere Sept. 19, the network announced.
"The Playboy Club" takes place in Chicago at the swinging hideaway for Playboy fans built by publisher Hugh...
| Jul 8, 2011
| 1:15 PM
In 2009, FAMILY GUY earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series, making it only the second animated series in television history to be honored with such a distinction. Since its debut in 1999, the animated series has attracted an...
| Aug 18, 2011
Stan Lee is one proud father these days. You'd be proud, too, if your progeny included Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor and the Fantastic Four — characters whose films routinely bring in a few hundred million dollars at the movie box office.
Not that Lee...
| Sep 22, 2011
Perhaps it's been brought to your attention that this is a big week for retrograde representations of women on television. Monday marked the premiere of NBC's "The Playboy Club," a noir-ish look at Hugh Hefner's flagship Chicago club in 1963, and Sunday...
| Sep 23, 2011
The curious, vulgar tale of Clarence "Blowfly" Reid and his music can be best understood through an interaction between him and Miami electronic producer Otto Von Schirach near the end of "The Weird World of Blowfly," a documentary celebrating the life of...
| Oct 2, 2011
| 10:17 AM
Before sitting down with reality TV star Kendra Wilkinson at Macy’s on State Street Tuesday to discuss her book, “Being Kendra: Cribs, Cocktails, And Getting My Sexy Back,” I was given three instructions so that her camera crew could...
| Oct 4, 2011
| 10:28 AM
NBC said Monday it will replace "The Playboy Club" with its news program "Rock Center with Brian Williams" beginning Oct. 31.
After three low-rated episodes, NBC has axed the Chicago-set sudser about Bunnies in the first of Hugh Hefner's Playboy Clubs in...