| May 11, 2013
| 6:00 AM
ABC's "Scandal" revolves around a beautiful, law-breaking Washington power-fixer with killer instincts and a matching wardrobe. She's madly in love with the very flawed president of the United States, who, among other things, recently murdered a Supreme...
| May 15, 2013
| 4:00 AM
A loud screeching sound echoed across the oval racetrack as a driver burned rubber, revving the engine of a silver Mercedes-Benz and spinning the vehicle a full 360 degrees while kicking up a cloud of dust and smoke.
This wasn't a stock car race, but...
| Apr 28, 2013
| 2:19 PM
In two previous posts, I discussed the Amazon pilots, a slate of proposed series by the cyberspace bookseller turned virtual moving-picture studio, now streaming online for viewer comment and ratings. (Thousands have already chimed in.) The first post was...
| May 1, 2013
| 7:09 AM
After the coffee. Before a long morning of earnings calls.
The Skinny: I got through the season finale of "The Following" last night. It wasn't easy. Fortunately, afterward I watched the premiere of Comedy Central's "Inside Amy," which was a tad...
| May 1, 2013
| 12:00 PM
Sundance Channel's first original series, "Rectify," has received glowing reviews for its short season of just six episodes. So it's good news for fans that the legal drama has been renewed for a longer, 10-episode second season.
"Rectify" stars Aden...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 9:14 AM
"The Island President" (PBS, Monday, 10 p.m.). Comprising 2,000 pancake-flat islands in the Indian Ocean, with a mean elevation of about five feet above sea level, the Maldives will be the first nation to go, literally, when the oceans rise. Jon Shenk's...
| Apr 21, 2013
| 4:32 PM
In the second hour of Sundance Channel's incredibly absorbing new series "Rectify," Daniel Holden takes off his shoes and socks in the outfield of a baseball diamond. He revels at the feel of grass between his toes and the sun on his face, two...
| Apr 27, 2013
| 6:00 AM
If "House of Cards" were an actual television show, this would be the day after its finale — a time to analyze the cultural impact of the E-ticket D.C. thriller starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, and to painstakingly mine the end of the first...
| Nov 8, 2012
| 11:48 AM
Here are some places where you can see live storytelling in Chicago:
Story Club (storyclubchicago.com)
8 p.m. Wednesday: Five open mic slots, the theme is "Community." Held at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S Morgan St. Sign-up for slots begins at 8pm, show...
| Oct 4, 2012
| 2:55 PM
As a genre, the celebrity interview hasn't changed much over the years. The standard talk show appearance is home to the carefully sculpted anecdote. In-depth magazine profiles tend to pivot around a contrived field trip or two, or leave you with the...
| Oct 22, 2012
| 2:03 PM
Sometime between Melanie Griffith as "Working Girl" and Hillary Clinton as presidential contender, the pantsuit retired from the ranks of high fashion, as well as from most women's closets.
Make room for its resurgence. Pantsuits commanded designer...