| Jan 23, 2014
| 8:30 AM
After all the G- and PG-rated pirates brought to life in the Disney-ride-turned-movie era, the prospect of pay-cable buccaneers, complete with all the expected violence and debauchery that entails, sounds promising. Yet "Black Sails" never quite takes...
| Nov 20, 2012
The Chicago-based Showtime dramedy "Shameless" can either be seen as a small victory for Chicago's TV and film community or a missed opportunity, depending on how you want to look at it.
The series films most of its exterior scenes in Chicago (unlike...
| Dec 12, 2012
| 1:13 PM
"Over My Dead Body"
The Waltzing Mechanics made their local bow with "El Stories," a series based on true-life transit tales. But their latest foray into documentary theater takes them to a final destination that fell victim to a different form of...
| Oct 16, 2012
Sanaa Lathan: The Sunday Conversation interview with Sanaa Lathan in the Oct. 14 Calendar section said that her TV series "Boss" would be airing its season finale that night. The season finale airs Friday.
Fracking study: An article in the Oct. 15...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 3:15 PM
FX has struck a deal for a new sitcom starring Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer as lawyers who form an unlikley partnership.
Under the terms of the deal with Lionsgate Television and Debmar-Mercury, FX has agreed to air ten episodes of the untitled...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 8:19 PM
Courteney Cox and her ex-husband, David Arquette, have put their Beverly Hills home in the Multiple Listing Service at $19.5 million.
The pristine property, designed by modernist architect A. Quincy Jones and built in 1959, was renovated during their...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 12:49 PM
Jeff Hephner loved filming "Boss" in Chicago so much, he asked NBC to cast him in "Chicago Fire."
"I think I poured it on enough," the actor said during my Aug. 20 visit to the show's firehouse location. "I'm like, 'Listen, I really want to work there...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 10:21 AM
Figuring out Chicago isn't always easy for new residents, but cast members of "Chicago Fire" are here to help.
Six TV shows currently are filming full-time in Chicago and one part-time. Besides "Fire," its NBC spin-off, "Chicago PD," is shooting around...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 9:00 AM
For all the Chicago acting talent that turns up on TV each season, a steady number of local playwrights are landing TV work as well. Particularly women. Laura Jacqmin recently joined the staff of the new ABC series "Lucky 7" (which co-stars fellow...
| May 31, 2013
| 9:19 PM
Talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, actress Portia de Rossi, have bought a 13-acre estate in Montecito that had been listed at $26.5 million. The purchase price has not yet appeared in the public record.
The restored Tuscan-style villa and...
| Jan 11, 2013
| 8:30 AM
Last month after a screening, even as the lights came up in the theater, I could feel "Zero Dark Thirty" fading, its images and impact already softening in my head. No, no, wait: not fading — mingling. If our cultural experiences rub shoulders at...