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  • Late-night TV gets 2015 makeover

    Late-night TV gets 2015 makeover
    As the new year gets underway, most of the TV talk is focusing on new and returning shows for the winter 2015 season. But later this year viewers will witness major changes in late night TV: Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman, Larry Wilmore will...
  • Big moments in theater in 2014

     Big moments in theater in 2014
    In 2014 ... Chicago's Jessie Mueller snagged the role of Carole King in "Beautiful" on Broadway. By June, she had a Tony Award and the Mueller family was on its way to becoming a national theater brand. Seth Meyers, first spotted doing a little show...
  • To close the year, 10 great performances of 2014

     To close the year, 10 great performances of 2014
    Here's a great way to end the year with this column, a celebration of 10 of the great performances of 2014. In alphabetical order: Amy J. Carle in "Gidion's Knot": Viewed in the intimate confines of Profiles Theatre, Amy J. Carle's performance as the...
  • Lance Barber on his long-awaited 'Comeback'

    Lance Barber on his long-awaited 'Comeback'
    It is almost unheard of for a TV series to get a second season nearly 10 years after the first. But with so many recent changes in the viewing landscape, nothing about television is business as usual anymore. Which brings us to "The Comeback," a spiky...
  • Stephen Colbert departs, and his Nation mourns

    Stephen Colbert departs, and his Nation mourns
    Watching the first episode of "The Colbert Report," I remember thinking, He cannot possibly sustain this. Mine wasn't the early-days concern I have heard expressed most often as Stephen Colbert prepares to deliver his final "Colbert Report" Thursday:...
  • Final 'Colbert Report': Colbert confers self immortality, sings 'We'll Meet Again'

    Final 'Colbert Report': Colbert confers self immortality, sings 'We'll Meet Again'
    So, apparently, there might be more of “Stephen Colbert,” the fictional wing-nut talk show host portrayed so winningly by Stephen Colbert during nine-plus years of “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central. What else are we to make of...
  • TV Picks: 'Happiness,' Poehler, Banksy, 'Missing,' Khrushchev

    TV Picks: 'Happiness,' Poehler, Banksy, 'Missing,' Khrushchev
    "Happiness" (PBS, Monday). I am, as a rule, a fan of the films that make up the PBS documentary series "Independent Lens," which tend to spend intimate quality time with the kinds of people TV usually ignores for being too far off, too foreign, too poor...
  • Richard Schaal dies at 86; character actor was a Second City pioneer

    Richard Schaal dies at 86; character actor was a Second City pioneer
    Actor Richard "Dick" Schaal, a pioneer at the Second City comedy theater in Chicago and a familiar face from character roles on movies and television, including "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Rhoda," has died. He was 86. Schaal died Tuesday at the...
  • Dick Schaal, a Second City pioneer and former husband of Valerie Harper, dies at 86

     Dick Schaal, a Second City pioneer and former husband of Valerie Harper, dies at 86
    Richard "Dick" Schaal, a pioneer at the Second City comedy theater in Chicago, the former husband of the actress Valerie Harper and a familiar face from a plethora of character roles on movies and television, including "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and...
  • Dick Schaal, Who Appeared on 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show,' Dies at 86

    Character actor Richard "Dick" Schaal, who appeared on numerous TV shows including "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Bob Newhart Show," died Tuesday at the Motion Picture and Television Fund home in Woodland Hills. He was 86. Schaal was a familiar...
  • Drink this: Da Chicago cocktail

    Drink this: Da Chicago cocktail
    Da Chicago: The Second City is second to none when it comes to dining and imbibing, and West Town's Mott St. restaurant, an Asian-fusion follow-up to chef Edward Kim's Ruxbin, is proud to make a delicious cocktail out of his hometown. Da Chicago, $13,...