| Jul 14, 2011
| 7:02 AM
Quite a few TV actors were likely surprised early Thursday when they heard about their Emmy nomination, but none more visibly than Plainfield native Melissa McCarthy.
"Yikes," said McCarthy, 40, who was announcing the nominees live when her own name came...
| Jul 14, 2011
| 4:13 AM
Welcome to the pack, "Game of Thrones" and "Parks and Recreation"!
Nominations for the 2011 Emmys were announced Thursday morning and a group of newbies are deservedly joining the pack of usual suspects. HBO's "Mildred Pierce" led overall noms with 21,...
| Jul 15, 2011
How do you argue with any master list that includes Jane Lynch, Kathy Bates, Margo Martindale, Melissa McCarthy, Martha Plimpton, Kelly MacDonald, Betty White, Kristen Wiig and Joan Cusack?
There were a number of surprises, both heartening and...
| Feb 23, 2011
| 11:48 AM
Asked her hobby, Cloris Leachman, briefly and rarely silent, rises. She makes her way over to a grand piano in a Beverly Hills hotel lobby and starts playing "Rhapsody in Blue."
That pretty much sums up the Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress. Leachman needs...
| Oct 1, 2012
| 2:05 PM
If you compare working on a TV show to going to school, "Raising Hope" star Lucas Neff had a heck of a summer break.
"It's a lot of sleep deprivation, but it's good," Neff told me during a phone conversation Sunday. "It's a lot of fun."
| Oct 2, 2012
| 9:30 AM
October's TV programming might be heavy on the Halloween-themed stuff, but that's not all the networks have to offer. "30 Rock" and "Community" return for their final seasons. "Happy Endings" is back, as well as a new season of "American Horror Story,"...
| Jun 18, 2012
| 11:35 AM
Chicago TV viewers get their first look at Fox's new Chicago filmed and set drama, "The Mob Doctor," on Sept. 17, the network announced Monday.
The series, about--you guessed it--a doctor for the mob, stars Jordana Spiro of "My Boys" fame as the...
| Oct 30, 2012
Alan Kirschenbaum, 51, a television producer and comedy writer who worked on such shows as "Raising Hope," "My Name is Earl" and "Yes, Dear," which he co-created, was found dead Friday at his Burbank home.
Early reports indicate he may have committed...
| Oct 30, 2012
| 7:12 AM
Few network shows celebrate Halloween as well as sitcoms, and Tuesday's Fox lineup is going all out for the holiday.
"We've got a great Halloween episode," Chicago native and "Raising Hope" star Lucas Neff told me recently. "Burt [Garret Dillahunt] and I...
| Mar 8, 2012
| 3:08 PM
Want to see how a TV star approaches his work? Lucas Neff, star of the Fox comedy "Raising Hope," is coming home to Chicago Friday to present a workshop on "Acting for the Camera" at his alma mater, the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The public is...
| Mar 13, 2012
| 9:34 AM
Lucas Neff wants you to tune in to his Fox comedy, "Raising Hope," and he offered an extra incentive to watch the March 13 episode.
"You have me getting spanked a lot," he told me Sunday at the Coffee Studio in Andersonville. (Watch the video above.)...