| Oct 3, 2014
If we are to believe Bob Zmuda, and why not, since to believe him makes for more fun than not, then the comic Andy Kaufman did not die of cancer at the age of 35 at 6:20 p.m. on May 16, 1984, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
If we are to...
| Oct 31, 2014
| 3:49 PM
TALLAHASSEE — Never, ever watch all 56 Rick Scott ads in a row.
Since I'm suddenly such a fountain of wisdom, avoid the temptation to curl up with some popcorn, YouTube and the 27 commercials that Charlie Crist has cut.
With this $100 million...
| Nov 2, 2014
| 1:28 PM
With Chris Rock as host and Prince as musical guest, "Saturday Night Live" this weekend earned its highest ratings since February, according to early Nielsen numbers.
The NBC show averaged a household rating of 4.9/12 in Nielsen's 54 metered markets and...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 6:34 AM
It is remarkable in this celebrity-obsessed age that it has taken so long to receive a full-length biography of Phil Hartman.
Given the heat of his fame — in the 1980s and '90s he was a bright star of "Saturday Night Live," "The Simpsons" (his...
| Sep 28, 2014
| 6:44 AM
The National Football League may be having big troubles these days, but the league really helped "Saturday Night Live" start its 40th season this weekend.
You know the routine: Hand "SNL" a public-relations disaster and watch the show rip the hypocrisy....
| Sep 29, 2014
| 12:47 PM
As cellist Allen Whear pointed out during his typically droll welcome to the audience Sunday afternoon at Towson University's Center for the Arts, there are two big 40th anniversary seasons this year: "Saturday Night Live" and Pro Musica Rara.
| Nov 8, 2014
| 7:00 AM
It was just after 11:30 a.m. when Aaron Sorkin rose from the hulking leather club chair in his office to light a cigarette and announce his retirement from television.
The man known for dexterous, incisive dialogue was taking a break from the throes...
| Nov 9, 2014
| 5:28 AM
The week's highlights include the "Castle" wedding (finally), the last "Blacklist" on Monday, a "Voice" expansion (it's the November sweeps!) and a "Shark Tank" celebration.
The Top 20 perform on "The Voice," which offers viewers five...
| Nov 8, 2014
| 6:11 PM
I wrote this review for Amy Poehler's "Yes Please" on the Red Line to my cubicle job in the South Loop. I wrote it on a plane to a conference in Nashville, Tenn. I wrote it in the car, waiting for my 6-year-old son to finish school. I kept trying to...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 8:09 AM
As Thomas Wolfe once wrote (and I believe I'm accurate here): You can go home again despite the fact your new sitcom on Fox just pulled a 0.7/2 rating among viewers 18 to 49, attracting 1 million fewer eyeballs than your lead-in, a "Family Guy" repeat. Of...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 10:56 AM
Britney Spears has a new man, y'all.
The "Work Work" songstress revealed on Wednesday that she's dating someone. Charlie Ebersol, to be exact, the son of "Saturday Night Live" co-founder Dick Ebersol.
"Yes, there is a special someone," the pop star...