| 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...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 7:59 AM
This old dog is still open to new tricks, witness this year's Golden Globes nominations.
Fresh blood was the theme of this year's TV portion when nods for the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards were announced Thursday.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn....
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Dec 20, 2012
| 2:59 PM
It was a notable year for Chicago's film and TV industry, both for projects that came — and those that didn't. First, the good news. The city was home to four television series in 2012. That is an unprecedented number.
TV, however, is a fickle...
| Nov 1, 2012
| 6:20 PM
"SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden" (7 p.m. Nov. 4, Nat Geo; 2 stars) does the impossible: It makes the clandestine and no doubt harrowing U.S. mission that killed Osama bin Laden kind of dull.
Republicans have complained that the...
| 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...
| Nov 20, 2012
| 11:22 AM
The "Boss" wasn't powerful enough to keep his Starz series on the air.
Kelsey Grammer won a Golden Globe for his role in the series as fictional Chicago Mayor Tom Kane, a ruthless survivor in the cutthroat world of city and Illinois politics.
| 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...