| Nov 4, 2008
| 4:30 PM
The big TV news - besides that little thing called an "election" today - has to be what popped out of "EW" last night, where Brooke Smith announced that she had just been fired from "Grey's Anatomy." Fired. Not......
| Nov 13, 2008
| 4:30 PM
Yeah, that's Wentworth Miller, at the end of season three, looking to the future, which now seems very very tenuous. The big headline in a Hollywood Reporter story this morning is that "Prison Break" is over, and if you......
| Dec 11, 2008
| 4:30 PM
Da boys did good at da Globes... The Golden Globes - Hollywood's silliest awards - seemed to me kind of un-silly in the TV categories, but a coupla exceptions. Check 'em out below... Observations? The obvious ones. "30 Rock"......
| Aug 14, 2013
| 1:15 PM
"Didn't he play a serial killer?" an editor asked when I brought up Gary Cole's name not long ago. Not a serial killer, but the 1984 TV miniseries "Fatal Vision" was Cole's first major role. Playing Jeffrey MacDonald, the real-life Army doctor who was...
| Sep 17, 2013
Chemical weapons are evil, but you could also say they're cursed. They have a talismanic power to bend and distort U.S. foreign policy. You can ask George W. Bush or Barack Obama.
In 2003, then-Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz gave a lengthy...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 7:17 PM
Much of the talk in TV viewing lately has been about binge viewing, the consumption of 13- or 20-episode series in a single — or, at most, a few — sittings.
"Binge viewing" is now a buzz phrase, a programming strategy, and, I suppose, a...
| Nov 2, 2011
| 1:15 PM
Kal Penn and John Cho aren't all that much like their stoner characters in the “Harold & Kumar” franchise, but you wouldn't know it by the way the two co-stars bantered back and forth about their favorite Christmas songs at the Park Hyatt...
| Jul 19, 2012
| 8:18 AM
Nominees for the 64th Primetime Emmys include several former Chicagoans, continuing a trend from years past. The 2011 winner for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, Plainfield native and “Mike & Molly” star Melissa McCarthy, was again...
| 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 20, 2013
Forget Barack Obama.
This inauguration isn't about him. It's all about Eva Longoria.
Of the five Desperate Housewives who might have turned into political power brokers, I would have bet last on Gaby.
Susan maybe, with her bright smile and loyalty...
| Oct 3, 2011
| 4:39 PM
The CBS schedule was delayed 23 minutes by a football overrun. Here are the prime-time averages: NBC with 14.6 million, CBS with 12.9 million, ABC with 7.6 million and Fox with 5.8 million. NBC also won the 18-to-49 age group by a wide margin, and CBS...