| Sep 17, 2014
| 6:30 AM
Last year, NBC came at the fall with "The Blacklist," a series smartly leveraging certain narrative trends (quasi-criminal genius seeking redemption) to showcase the talents of popular television star James Spader. The result? Bull's-eye.
This year, NBC...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Raunchy, gravelly-voiced and self-deprecating comedian Joan Rivers, who rose from Greenwich Village standup to occasional host of "The Tonight Show" and star of TV's "Fashion Police," died Sept 4. She was 81.
"She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m....
| Aug 29, 2014
| 12:30 PM
"Action!" the word is said quietly but emphatically, and the cast and crew on the set of "Masters of Sex" jump into motion. The man behind the video monitor is longtime actor Adam Arkin, and it's clear he commands respect from the director's chair....
| Jun 20, 2014
| 6:30 AM
With his trademark showmanship, director Michael Bay is back in full summer mode, presenting another epic, global story fueled by heroic characters, spectacular explosions, and machines awesome in size, majestic in power and capable of mass destruction....
| May 11, 2014
| 12:13 PM
NBC presented its 2014-15 prime-time lineup Sunday, introducing three new comedies and three new dramas.
The fall schedule also moves crime drama "The Blacklist" to Thursday nights in February. In total, NBC picked up five new dramas, seven new comedies,...
| May 8, 2014
| 7:11 PM
NBC's 2014-15 lineup continued to take shape Thursday, as the network picked up three new series, "Constantine," "A to Z" and "The Mysteries of Laura."
Solidifying a trend for shows adapted from comic books, "Constantine" is based on the “...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 1:16 PM
Welcome to Questions of Characters, the monthly column that puts a name to some of the most familiar faces in movies, on television, the stage and commercials who either hail from Chicago or have spent enough time here to consider it home.
| Apr 8, 2014
| 10:08 AM
Netflix is going around the world for its next original series. The streaming service and the Weinstein Company announced Tuesday that production has begun on "Marco Polo."
Based on the life of the 13th century adventurer Marco Polo, the 10-episode...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Robin Williams cried when he found out that his new show, "The Crazy Ones," which premiered this fall on CBS, got picked up for a second season. At least that's the way his co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar tells it.
Sitting in her trailer late last year...
| Feb 22, 2014
| 2:00 PM
Harry Hamlin wasn't supposed to touch the food on the table during the conference scenes on "L.A. Law," NBC's Emmy Award-winning 1986-94 legal series.
The sandwiches were strictly props. But Hamlin, who played attorney Michael Kuzak, the serious-...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 9:12 AM
While executive producer David E. Kelley was winding down this ABC series, he also was using it to gear up for his subsequent show, "Boston Legal," to the degree that James Spader (now enjoying a huge TV hit with "The Blacklist") and William Shatner...