| Nov 13, 2013
| 2:16 PM
In "Check, Please!," WTTW-Ch. 11's long-running hit foodie series, the stars of the show are the chefs who tell the cameras about their restaurants and the real-people guests who spend an episode as food critics.
The host — newcomer Catherine De...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 9:21 AM
Until recently I assumed the statute of limitations on my chances of becoming a "Doctor Who" fan had long since expired — sometime around the decline of communism and the rise of Sir Mix-A-Lot, if I had to guess.
Simply put, the series —...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 1:11 PM
TV networks will reflect on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela in various new or rebroadcast specials. Here's an incomplete list of TV tributes to the former South African president who passed away Thursday at age 95. (All times are Central; most...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 9:32 AM
Sci fi and fantasy TV get their due in November with the premieres of Fox's robot-action thriller "Almost Human," the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary special, "The Day of the Doctor," and BBC America's mythology series "Atlantis." Two sitcoms, Fox's...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 2:35 PM
Chicago history comes in layers.
Thinking about the spot in southern Grant Park from which Barack Obama delivered his 2008 presidential victory speech, Geoffrey Baer realized that, four decades earlier, the Democratic National Convention protesters...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 3:17 PM
TV's theme this week appears to be outlaws with two new miniseries debuting: TNT's "Mob City" and A&E Networks' "Bonnie & Clyde." Here are some highlights from the TV schedule for Dec. 2 to Dec. 8.
Monday, Dec. 2
CMA Country Christmas
| Nov 3, 2013
One night in Chicago, a young man turns on a television set — which is unusual, since he isn't much of a TV watcher, preferring books instead — and finds himself transfixed by the host of a local restaurant review program. She's a well-known...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 11:37 AM
Chicago Opera Theater audiences are accustomed to being transported to places they've never been before. But even at that, the company's upcoming performances of Ricky Ian Gordon's "Orpheus and Euridice" will ask them to take a very big plunge.
| Nov 4, 2013
| 6:09 AM
Here are some notable shows on TV during the week of Nov. 4 to Nov. 10.
Monday, Nov. 4
Mike & Molly
8 p.m. Monday, CBS
A freshman comedy whose name I've already forgotten was canceled, so "Mike & Molly" is back! Chicago-area native Melissa McCarthy...
| Nov 6, 2013
Lincoln-Way North world language teacher Linda Egnatz tells her students they're way ahead of her when it comes to speaking Spanish.
Egnatz didn't learn the language until she went off to college at Olivet Nazarene, she said. Today, she is a fluent...
| Nov 11, 2013
It was wild how many people recognized Ben Hollis.
He strode through the Loop wearing his signature safari jacket and pith helmet, waving at people and handing out announcements for this Sunday's screening of the newly completed DVD "The Golden Age of...