| Nov 29, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Matt Cherniss is turning to the past to define WGN America's brand identity for the future.
The cabler's president and general manager has moved quickly in his quest to redefine the Tribune Broadcasting flagship as an outlet for provocative original...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Beer and spirits ads have long graced the airwaves, but these days some networks are serving drinks with a noticeable twist: beverages mixed into scripts and sets, or liquor ads that take an extra splash of the spotlight.
"Spirits and beer have never...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 11:19 AM
To celebrate the ending of "Breaking Bad," I've drawn up a list of the 50 greatest drama series to air in the United States.
I based the selections on the programs' quality, their influence, the length of their original runs and their continuing...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 7:30 AM
Hello, America! Here are your boys Michael J. Fox and Robin Williams back again on television, each with a series of his own (each premiering Thursday), each with the dust of many roads upon him.
They have had their triumphs, their tribulations, their...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 7:07 AM
With the new TV season upon us, let's step back and look at the new shows based out of Chicago (an unprecedented six TV series are here this fall), plus shows filming elsewhere that feature Chicago actors.
First, what's shooting in town:
| Sep 18, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Early in "The Michael J. Fox Show," the central character -- who is not exactly Michael J. Fox, but close enough -- tells his wife of an appearance on the "Today" show: "I'd just be a feel-good story to them." And therein lies the nagging problem with a...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Guest star gigs let Michael J. Fox dip his toe into the acting waters after walking away from his starring role on "Spin City" in 2000 due to symptoms from Parkinson's disease.
"The guest shots were great," Fox says. "It really brought me to a place...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 5:15 AM
Veteran character actor Jack McGee, known for his stints on "NYPD Blue" and "Rescue Me," is in a shoe-box-sized room gobbling like a turkey — to the immense pleasure of four grown men.
"Sound a little more defeated," the writers and producers...
| Jun 23, 2013
| 4:21 PM
There's a good chance you will cross paths with one of the many projects filming in Chicago this summer — especially if you work or live downtown. After all, there are three major-studio movies and five (possibly six) TV series scheduled to shoot in...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 1:54 PM
Welcome to Questions of Characters, the 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.
| Jun 6, 2013
| 3:00 AM
The Thursday highlights include Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the season premiere of "Burn Notice" and a visit by the new Superman, Henry Cavill.
It will be a big night for South Florida. The San Antonio Spurs take on the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals at 9...