| Jan 3, 2012
| 1:28 PM
"Jersey Shore" Season 5 premieres Thursday, so we asked our staff and guests to reveal which show they think is so done.
"Weeds" started off funny and unique, but quickly ran out of plot lines that didn't feel forced. It's time for Nancy Botwin to end...
| Jan 5, 2012
| 1:14 PM
Two drunk, loud and usually obnoxious "families" are vying for viewers on the midseason TV schedule: The guidos of “Jersey Shore” and the Gallaghers of “Shameless.”
Some might say comparing a reality show to a scripted drama is...
| Jan 8, 2012
For brief moments, Cassie Stanley can forget her precarious relationship with death.
She forgot on Christmas morning when her family opened presents. At other times, she forgets by immersing herself in watching the Bulls or Cubs on TV in her family's...
| Jan 12, 2012
| 8:42 PM
Here we go, everyone: Episode two of the fifth (and probably final) season of "Jersey Shore." Did we get a hair-pulling, kooka-flashing, Situation-bashing bomb of an episode this week? Well …
- I’m not going to lie – I dozed off for...
| Jan 13, 2012
| 9:39 AM
The buzzword from Episode 2 of "Jersey Shore 5" was definitely "anxiety." And no, not because I was having an anxiety attack (from watching the show), but because our favorite Staten Island guido, Vinny, was.
Thursday's episode started off with the...
| Jan 19, 2012
| 8:10 PM
So, here we are, friends. Episode 3 of "Jersey Shore." If you’re like me, you’ve been putting toothpicks in your eyelids to stay awake. We fared a little better this week, though:
- The night starts with a somber Pauly heading to Karma to...
| Jan 25, 2012
| 8:04 AM
LeAnn Rimes and husband Eddie Cibrian didn’t live in Chicago very long, but the celebrity couple was here long enough to lease a Gold Coast condo and have it featured on an episode of HGTV’s new interior design series, “Interiors, Inc.&...
| Jan 26, 2012
| 8:20 PM
In what seems to be the longest week of my life, the arrival of my Thursday-night obsession couldn’t have come soon enough. We were tempted with a halfway-decent episode last week, which set us up for a 75 percent OK episode this week. How did it...
| Jan 27, 2012
| 10:03 AM
“Jersey Shore” really is bringing the cliffhangers this season.
The latest episode started off with the gang’s sugar daddy, Danny, barging into the shore house and alerting them that part of the deal to stay there involves them pimping...
| Feb 2, 2012
| 8:12 PM
Here we are at the fifth episode: Still waiting on a physical altercation between the roommates, and hoping for some sort of monumental event that will bring us back next week. I think the producers took a different route and decided to tempt us as if...
| Feb 7, 2012
| 12:02 PM
There's rarely a day off in the bar industry and that's just how Ben Brengle likes it. As the general manager at Power Plant Live's Luckies Tavern for the past three years, the 29-year-old Federal Hill resident has seen everything from big national acts...