| Jan 30, 2015
| 10:37 AM
The reconstruction of NBC's Thursday night lineup begins with the kickoff on Super Bowl Sunday. The Peacock has as much at stake in the telecast of the big game on Feb. 1 as do the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots.
NBC is relocating its most...
| Jan 4, 2015
| 12:24 PM
A shifty lawyer, a whiskey-loving clergyman, a dashing knight, secret agents, hackers, lovers, cops and music moguls are among the new characters TV viewers will meet as the winter season launches scores of new and returning shows.
As far as I'm...
| Jan 21, 2015
| 10:01 AM
"Backstrom," it turns out, is just 2015-ese for "House," with Rainn Wilson's Dwight Schrute elevated to the leading-man role the character always thought he deserved in "The Office." A mildly defective detective (sorry, Monk) with a bad attitude, Wilson's...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 4:45 AM
"Backstrom," which premieres Thursday on Fox, is Rainn Wilson's way back to television, some 16 months after the end of "The Office." It is good to see him, and all in all, good to see him here.
In some ways, Wilson hasn't fallen far from the tree where...
| Jan 18, 2015
'BACKSTROM' PREMIERES THURSDAY ON FOX
1 Dwight from NBC's "The Office" was an arrogant and obnoxious paper salesman/beet farmer. Turn him into a drunk, put him into a raincoat and make him a detective and you get Everett Backstrom.
| Jan 14, 2015
| 6:48 PM
Bilateral breast cancer and a double mastectomy would be a serious matter for most people.
But Tig Notaro's cancer fight became the perfect fodder for her humor.
"Before I had a double mastectomy I was pretty flat-chested," Notaro said during an...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 4:21 PM
This summer, singer-songwriter Josh Groban carved out two weeks for an orchestral tour of East Coast amphitheaters. It's one of his favorite things to do.
"I grew up in L.A., with the Hollywood Bowl and the L.A. Philharmonic," Groban says. "It's the...
| Nov 21, 2014
| 9:12 AM
You'll be hearing a lot more about returning series, but the FX announcement certainly is worth celebrating. The channel is home to some of TV's best dramas.
"Justified," the superb modern Western, begins its sixth and final season at 10 p.m. Jan. 20....
| Oct 4, 2014
| 4:26 PM
John Mulaney has the benevolent wide-set eyes, cresting hair and copacetic choirboy appearance of a superhero who has taken a spa day. He is trim to the point of receding, and as angular as Peter Parker. He walks with his hands plunged deep in his...
| Nov 24, 2014
| 2:32 PM
Writer, director and actor B.J. Novak makes a special stop in Chicago to discuss his bestselling book “One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories” with Jennifer Day, editor of Printers Row Journal. Best known for his work on...
| 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...