| Feb 27, 2015
| 4:15 AM
Vince Gilligan, who created "Breaking Bad," and David Shore, who created "House," have a new show together, a semi-comical, sometimes dramatic police show called "Battle Creek."
Based on a 10-year-old unproduced script by Gilligan, it premieres Sunday...
| Apr 22, 2015
| 2:48 PM
How unquestionably cool would it be to have Chicago filmmaker Colleen Griffen as a mom?
Case in point: After she playfully noted her teenage son and his friends resembling a young, male musical group, Griffen then imagined, wrote and directed a 30-...
| May 17, 2012
| 5:46 AM
When the CBS television series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" was in expansion mode, it was fun to think about a potential "CSI: Orlando." Surely, the writers could work up murder mysteries using distinctive elements of The City Beautiful, such as the...
| Jan 23, 2015
| 4:23 AM
This has become much less an episode of "CSI" and much more an episode of "Hogan's Heroes." How Patriots coach Bill Belichick and, more important, Tom Brady could stand there Thursday in separate press conferences and play the "I know nothing" card is, in...
| Jan 11, 2015
| 4:40 PM
MTV, that not especially musical network for high school and college students and people who wish they were back in high school or college, premieres its first scripted crime drama Monday night.
Based on an adult novel by popular young-adult author R.L....
| Jan 4, 2015
Scarcely have the holidays departed, the last bite of figgy pudding or sip of egg nog cycled through our system, the last present sorted for use or reuse, than the winter television season comes crashing down upon us, laden with gifts of its own. Yes,...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 12:53 PM
"Scorpion," an adventure series beginning Monday on CBS, would like you to know, first of all, before a character speaks a word or a camera so much as takes an establishing shot, that it is based on a true story. Producers love this claim, which makes a...
| Jul 9, 2011
| 8:56 PM
If Casey Anthony had been tried 30 years ago in that same Orange County courtroom, she probably would be facing a death sentence today instead of the few measly years she spent awaiting trial.
The 25-year-old mother who last week slipped out of a...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 8:59 AM
Finally! A romantic comedy that works. And not just because of Shakespeare.
There's a disarming home-movie vibe to adapter/director Joss Whedon's small-scale, black-and-white contemporary version of "Much Ado About Nothing." He shot it in 12 days in his...
| Feb 26, 2013
| 12:51 PM
William Petersen, the actor with longtime roots on the Chicago stage, is to appear this summer at the Steppenwolf Theatre in a two-person show about a teenager and her reculsive uncle in Costa Rica.
Titled "Slowgirl" and penned by Greg Pierce, it will...
| Oct 2, 2013
Mark Fajardo's first weeks in the very public job of Los Angeles County coroner coincided with the deaths of two TV actors — one from "That '70s Show" and another from "Rizzoli & Isles" — and the toxicology report from the car-crash death of...