| May 8, 2013
| 7:26 AM
"The Wire" as a reality show?
That appears to be what the cable news channel CNN is thinking with "Chicagoland," a new unscripted series about the Windy City from Robert Redford's Sundance Productions.
"Chicagoland," which is set to premiere on CNN...
| May 10, 2013
| 12:30 PM
NBC added another comedy and two dramas, including the "Chicago Fire" spinoff, to its new series roster for the 2013-14 season.
Laffer "Undateable" marks the Peacock's fifth new comedy series. "Ironside" (pictured) is a remake of the 1970s series,...
| 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 2, 2013
| 3:00 PM
Jamila Ward and Lionel Jennings had been house hunting on and off for two years when their agent pointed the couple in a new direction: a formerly condemned property in a revitalized area of Baltimore.
Some city neighborhoods, just years ago marked by...
| May 5, 2013
| 5:30 AM
Among the pleasures of seeing an August Wilson play, it's often said, is just listening to the people talk.
As Los Angeles Times theater critic Charles McNulty has noted, Wilson stocks his scripts with "natural raconteurs" and lets them soar in...
| May 3, 2013
| 11:11 AM
Just when you thought literary awards season was over, there were not one but two occasions to get dressed up and applaud great writers and their publications Thursday. They both took place in New York -- meaning we didn't have to hit the dry cleaner --...
| Jan 5, 2012
| 5:40 PM
For almost two decades, Baltimore was mainly seen by the TV industry as a place to make shows about cops and crime. But now, the city is looking more like the nation's capital to some of Hollywood's top producers.
On Thursday, Gov. Martin O'Malley...
| Oct 15, 2012
The first thing you notice about the 1905 mug shot of Laura Scott is her Sunday-go-to-meeting hat, large with wayward bows. Then, you take in the information surrounding the photograph that reveals her physical measurements and describes her as a 40-year-...
| Jan 1, 2012
| 4:38 PM
A special extended episode of prime-time TV opening sequences—part three, 1990–2011. Play the clips, vote for the best...
| Jul 19, 2012
I recently attended a lecture by a distinguished man of letters. A poet, novelist, playwright and literary critic, this man also edits journals, directs literary festivals, collaborates on documentary projects, teaches full time at a university and is...
| Nov 9, 2012
| 9:21 AM
Now that the elections are over, what's good on TV?
There are many fine and steamy political dramas set in Chicago. "The Good Wife" and "Boss" are two of my favorites. Yet these shows, like so many others, revolve around white characters. If the...