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  • Reality-based networks venturing into scripted TV Nov 26, 2014 5:45 AM
    Can a zebra change its stripes? Not likely. But these days numerous reality-based networks are sporting new stripes in the form of scripted fare as they move to stretch their brand and freshen their look.

     
  • “Happy Days” writer to speak in Schaumburg Nov 25, 2014 5:56 PM
    Mark Rothman, a writer for “The Odd Couple” and “Happy Days” and co-creator of “Laverne and Shirley,” will present “Tales from the Sitcom Trenches” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, in the Rasmussen Room of the Schaumburg Township District Library. Rothman will share his experiences in Hollywood and stories of working with Oscar, Felix, Fonzie, Lenny and Squiggy.

     
  • ‘Booze Traveler’ host explores how world drinks Nov 24, 2014 11:41 AM
    Jack Maxwell drinks for a living. From moss schnapps in Iceland to gut-busting raki in Turkey and home-brew in the Himalayas, he’s learned the hard way that tippler’s truism: “It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere.” Maxwell says shining shoes as a kid in the barrooms of South Boston helped prepare him to host “Booze Traveler,” which debuts at 9 p.m. Monday on the Travel Channel.

     
  • Katy Perry to perform at Super Bowl halftime show Nov 24, 2014 7:33 AM
    Will Katy Perry be a firework at the Super Bowl? Will she show them what she’s worth? Will she let her colors burst? NFL announced late Sunday — after rumors swirled for weeks — that the pop star will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. It will air on NBC.

     
  • Animal lover Hilary Swank co-hosts ‘Fox’s Cause for Paws’ Nov 24, 2014 5:45 AM
    Hilary Swank is going to the dogs.The two-time Oscar winner actually went there some time ago as a longtime animal advocate, and she brings that personal passion to television on Thanksgiving night as a co-host (with Jane Lynch) and executive producer of the new Fox special "Fox’s Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular" Thursday, Nov. 27. The two-hour show’s aim is to inspire the adoption of rescue animals, but it also selects the "cutest puppy"’ and "best howler," among other categories.

     
  • ‘Today’ looks to rebound from tough week Nov 24, 2014 9:04 AM
    It’s rarely a good sign when morning television hosts are painfully bantering about whether they are keeping their jobs. That’s where Willie Geist and Natalie Morales found themselves during the most difficult week for NBC’s “Today” show in two years. At its end, an NBC News executive was fired after two months on the job and the network was tamping down reports of mutinies, firings and transfers at the lucrative morning franchise.

     
  • ABC to celebrate Disney on Broadway in TV special Nov 23, 2014 7:00 AM
    Disney will celebrate 20 years of making Broadway magic with a prime-time, hour-long special next month on ABC that highlights many of its musicals, including “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Aida,” “Tarzan,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Mary Poppins,” “Newsies” and “Aladdin.” “Backstage with Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years,” will air at 7 p.m. Dec. 14.

     
  • AMAs are good to Iggy Azalea, Taylor Swift & One Direction Nov 24, 2014 12:04 AM
    One Direction won artist of the year at the American Music Awards, taking home three honors and was the night's big winner next to Katy Perry, who didn't attend the show. One Direction also won favorite band, duo or group — pop/rock and favorite album — pop/rock for “Midnight Memories” at the fan-voted show on Sunday night. “This has been a real perfect day ... America feels like a second home to us,” Liam Payne said onstage with his band mates when they won the night's first award.

     
  • Matt Czuchry previews his biggest ’Good Wife’ episode in ‘emotionally taxing’ season Nov 23, 2014 6:03 PM
    The approximately 11 million people who tune in every week to watch “The Good Wife,” the gripping CBS drama that’s also possibly the best show on television, know that Cary Agos has had quite a yeall. After all, it’s been a long road for the character. He started as the nemesis of Alicia Florrick, played by Julianna Margulies, but worked his way up to friend and business partner, as the two pulled off a thrilling coup last season and started their own law firm. Actor Matt Czuchry talks about the challenge of anchoring such a tough storyline this season.

     
  • With ‘The Flash’ and ‘Jane the Virgin,’ TV rediscovers niceness Nov 23, 2014 7:15 AM
    For a long time, most prominent television shows have drawn their dramatic juice from the idea that all characters have big, bad secrets. But, delightfully, two of fall’s best new dramas. “The Flash” and “Jane the Virgin,” are running creative laps around their grimmer competitors by demonstrating that the conflicts produced by good intentions are just as gripping as the misdeeds of people who conceal their worst selves rather than conquering them.

     
  • James Nesbitt explores grief as a father whose child disappears Nov 22, 2014 6:01 AM
    “The Missing” is a thriller etched into a portrait of the parents of a 5-year-old boy who, with his family on holiday in a quiet French village, disappears without warning. During the series’ eight episodes, the action pingpongs between 2006 and 2014, by which time the child’s mother (Frances O’Connor) has mounted a desperate effort to move on. She exists in stark contrast to Tony, the father (James Nesbitt), who in the ensuing eight years has only grown more fixated on finding his son as he grasps at evermore slender straws.

     
  • DVD previews: ‘November Man,’ ‘Expendables 3’ Nov 22, 2014 6:30 AM
    Roger Donaldson makes efficient hack work of a script adapted from a book by former Daily Herald columnist Bill Granger. "The November Man" stars former James Bond Pierce Brosnan as a former CIA agent lured back into duty. The movie hits DVD Tuesday.

     
  • National Geographic's 'EAT' offers a lot to digest Nov 21, 2014 5:45 AM
    National Geographic Channel's miniseries “EAT: The Story of Food” was a topic so broad that executive producer Pam Caragol Wells quips, “it's almost like making a series about 'The Cosmos.' Nobody's done that — except for our channel.” Indeed, the six-episode event that airs Friday through Sunday, Nov. 21-23, covers a lot of ground in its six hours.

     
  • Don Lemon regrets comments to alleged Cosby victim Nov 20, 2014 8:12 AM
    CNN newsman Don Lemon apologized Wednesday for his sexually charged interrogation of one of the women who has accused Bill Cosby of assault.

     
  • Network TV shows won't be delayed by Obama's speech Nov 20, 2014 1:49 PM
    ABC, CBS and NBC decided against covering President Barack Obama's speech on immigration live on Thursday, although the Spanish-language Univision network is delaying its telecast of the Latin Grammy Awards to show the address.

     
  • What to watch now that you’ve seen ‘Interstellar’ Nov 20, 2014 6:00 AM
    “Interstellar” joins a legacy of thoughtful sci-fi epics that began in 1968 when Stanley Kubrick changed the movie landscape forever. Here are some of Sean Stangland's favorites.

     
  • Netflix postpones launch of Cosby comedy special Nov 19, 2014 10:23 AM
    Netflix said it is postponing Bill Cosby’s upcoming standup comedy special, a decision that followed a growing number of allegations that the famed entertainer sexually assaulted women. In a brief statement late Tuesday, the company said the scheduled Nov. 27 premiere of the special, “Bill Cosby 77,” was being postponed but did not address why or when it might debut.

     
  • TV Land pulls ‘Cosby Show’ from lineup Nov 20, 2014 7:30 AM
    NBC has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development and TV Land will stop airing reruns of “The Cosby Show,” moves that came a day after another woman came forward claiming that the once-beloved comic had sexually assaulted her.

     
  • ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ renewed with changes Nov 18, 2014 7:49 AM
    Fox has renewed “So You Think You Can Dance” for a 12th season. For the upcoming season, dancers who advance from auditions will be divided into two teams: stage dancers who are trained in styles like jazz, tap or ballet and street dancers who have mastered hip-hop, break dancing or animation. One dancer from each genre will be sent home each week leading up to the finale.

     
  • Sounds good: Jacobs grad records audio for TV’s top reality shows Nov 18, 2014 1:56 PM
    Adam Dobosz modestly describes himself as “the guy that puts all the microphones on everyone and records the dialogue.” But his job as a TV audio mixer and supervisor is not that simple. Dobosz, who grew up in Gilberts and West Dundee, has recorded sound on more than 80 TV shows including “The Hills,” “The Biggest Loser,” “Storage Wars” and “The Real Housewives of OC.”

     
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