| Oct 1, 2012
| 8:00 AM
A Raisin in the Sun tells the story of a family's struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world on Chicago's South Side in the 1950s. It's based on playwright Lorraine Hansberry's own battles against racial segregation, it's name taken from the...
| May 23, 2012
| 1:37 PM
School is winding down and the days are stretching out, which is the perfect time for fun at the old ballpark, beach, street fair, and all the other seasonal frolics that Chicagoans dream about during the dreary winter months. But don't forget that...
| Mar 9, 2012
| 6:56 AM
The most influential show in the history of television never finished a season among the 20 most popular programs in the Nielsen ratings.
In its most popular season, "Hill Street Blues," which ran from 1981 to 1987, came in 21st place. And yet, according...
| Jan 24, 2012
There is no shrewder scribe than that ideologically slippery, made-in-Chicago fox David Mamet, who deftly figured out that the one problem with all those very careful, earnest and politically correct plays about America struggling to come to terms with...
| Jan 19, 2012
| 8:30 AM
Fans who tuned in last week to the fourth-season premiere of TNT's Tuesday LAPD police drama "Southland" may have noticed that many of the players were the same, but the pairings have been shuffled a bit.
Former rookie cop Ben Sherman (Ben McKenzie)...
| Dec 14, 2011
| 2:36 PM
When I first read about a reality TV show featuring the everyday lives and struggles of Muslim Americans, I immediately added it to my short list.
But my reaction to the first episode of "All-American Muslim" on TLC was mixed.
I liked some elements,...
| Nov 3, 2011
The show before the show, part two. Play classic prime-time TV opening sequences, then vote for number one....
| Oct 2, 2011
| 9:46 PM
When I was little, I remember constantly having to defend "The Cosby Show" as realistic. My parents have been married for 31 years. My grandparents were married for 49 years before my grandmother passed away. My brother has been married for 11 years. My...
| Aug 5, 2011
| 11:27 AM
Fox's Animation Domination line-up of Sunday comedies will be dominated by guest stars this fall, the network announced Friday. That's nothing new, but there are a few surprises among the people lending their voices to "The Simpsons," "Family Guy," The...
| Jul 14, 2011
| 9:09 PM
From Weezer to Chicago to Steve Miller, the 2011 Orange County Fair will feature musical acts and other shows for every generation.
Organizers said the fair, which is expected to attract more than a million visitors, strives to have something for...
| Jun 2, 2011
Clarice Taylor, an actress best known for portraying the self-possessed Grandmother Huxtable on the hit television sitcom "The Cosby Show," died Monday. She was 93.
Taylor died of congestive heart failure at her home in Englewood., N.J., said Ulysses...