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  • HBO, Showtime dominate Golden Globe TV nods Dec 11, 2014 9:31 AM
    HBO and Showtime dominated the television nominations for Golden Globe awards on Thursday, illustrating how the archrival pay cable networks have evolved to have very specific strengths. HBO programs and actors were responsible for 15 nominations, with two-thirds of them in the movie or miniseries category. Three HBO productions — “The Normal Heart,” “Olive Kitteridge” and “True Detective” —were among the five nominees for best miniseries or TV movie. The others were FX’s “Fargo” and Starz’s “The Missing.”

  • ‘Birdman’ tops Golden Globes with 7 nominations Dec 11, 2014 9:31 AM
    “Birdman” squawked loudest in the Golden Globes nominations, flying away with a leading seven nods including best picture in the comedy or musical category. In nominations for the 72 annual Golden Globes announced Thursday morning by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, “Boyhood” and “The Imitation Game” trailed with five nods apiece. Those two films led a best drama category that also included “Foxcatcher,” “Selma” and “The Theory of Everything.”

  • HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’ to end on polarizing note Dec 10, 2014 6:00 AM
    Aaron Sorkin’s much-panned “The Newsroom” has had a fraught relationship with critics since its inception, mostly because of the tendency of the HBO drama’s many insufferable characters to repeatedly, condescendingly explain what journalism really is. “The Newsroom” is set to end Sunday after a six-episode third season, and at first, it appeared it might go out quietly. Then Sunday’s episode happened — and any goodwill the show collected was instantly blown up with an unnerving-if-timely story about rape on college campus.

  • Davis and Chmerkovskiy, together again Dec 10, 2014 5:17 PM
    “Dancing With the Stars” 2013 champions Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy will sign autographs and take pictures with guests from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14 at the Vera Bradley store in Deer Park Town Center, 20530 N. Rand Road, Deer Park.

  • Real drama casts shadow over ‘Chrisley Knows Best’ Dec 10, 2014 6:00 AM
    On camera, the family on USA’s “Chrisley Knows Best” has briefly addressed son Kyle’s second-season absence, saying he’s “going through a difficult time.” Off camera, the drama is much more intense. Heading into next Tuesday’s season finale, patriarch Todd Chrisley said his 24-year-old son is off his medication for a diagnosis of bipolar disorder and is estranged from the family. Kyle confirms he’s not taking his medication but said he has seen a new doctor who questions his diagnosis.

  • CBS sets Letterman’s last show for May 20 Dec 10, 2014 12:11 PM
    More than 32 years of late-night talk will pass into history next May 20, with CBS’ announcement Wednesday that David Letterman will host his final “Late Show” on that day. If Letterman makes all of his scheduled broadcasts until then, CBS said he will have hosted 6,028 versions of the “Late Show” and its NBC predecessor, “Late Night.” Letterman moved to CBS in 1993.

  • ‘Full House’ star in Rolling Meadows next week Dec 9, 2014 4:18 PM
    One of the stars of the television show “Full House” will be in Rolling Meadows next week to discuss her faith and celebrate the holidays with other suburban women. Candace Cameron Bure, who played DJ Tanner on the 1990s TV show, will speak at “Behind the Glitter,” a women’s Christmas celebration at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at Harvest Bible Chapel.

  • BET to honor Kanye, Usher, Phylicia Rashad Dec 9, 2014 5:29 PM
    Someone other than Kanye West is confirming his visionary status. The superstar rapper will receive the Visionary Award next month at the BET Honors. West — who has called himself a visionary and more — will be one of five luminaries honored at the eighth annual event hosted by Wayne Brady.

  • ‘Downton’ producer open to taking show to New York Dec 9, 2014 2:15 PM
    Could the Crowley family of “Downton Abbey” — and their loyal servants — ever come to America? Executive producer Gareth Neame says he’d like to see it happen. PBS hosted a Q&A with Neame and some of the cast members Monday in New York where a portion of the season five premiere was screened.

  • Deerfield ‘Family Guy’ mom now stars on HBO series Dec 8, 2014 7:48 PM
    Deerfield native Alex Borstein does such unique and funny voices on TV that fans often ask to record her speaking into their phones. “They’ll say, ‘Oh, do the voice!’” she said. “They’ll have me leave voice mails for their friends.” Borstein, who voices Lois on FOX’s “Family Guy” and Ms. Swan on MADtv, is also starring in the HBO series "Getting On." She plays a nurse in the dark comedy about a women's extended care facility.

  • Rebecca Romijn joins ‘Librarians’ team in saving the world Dec 7, 2014 7:00 AM
    Rebecca Romijn says what sold her on joining the new TNT series “The Librarians” was the description given her by executive producer and co-star Noah Wyle: “It’s Indiana Jones if Indiana Jones is played by Don Knotts.” The comedy/sci-fi series, which premieres Sunday, Dec. 7, is a continuation of the trilogy of successful TV movies that starred Wyle as Flynn Carsen — aka the Librarian — an eccentric career college student who protects historical and often magical artifacts housed in a secret chamber beneath New York’s Metropolitan Public Library.

  • Obama set for ‘Colbert Report’ visit Dec 6, 2014 5:45 AM
    Comedy Central says President Obama will be on hand next week as Stephen Colbert begins his final two weeks as the fake cable news bloviator on “The Colbert Report.” Obama is scheduled to appear on Monday, Dec. 8 during Colbert’s one-day visit to Washington. Colbert is taking over for David Letterman on CBS’ “Late Show” next year and his last appearance in character on Comedy Central will be on Dec. 18.

  • DVD previews: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Dolphin Tale 2’ Dec 6, 2014 6:45 AM
    “Guardians of the Galaxy” manages the trick of being both an unironic sci-fi action-adventure flick and a zippy parody of one. The hit film comes to DVD Tuesday.

  • Gift Guide: Gadgets for avid TV viewers Dec 6, 2014 7:33 AM
    For avid television viewers out there, the standard digital-video recorder that comes with your cable TV box just isn’t enough. TiVo and SlingTV can add to the TV watching experience. Here’s a look at what each does — and why you might want both.

  • CBS pulls signal off Dish network after fee negotiations fail Dec 5, 2014 8:14 PM
    CBS Corp., owner of the most-watched broadcast network, pulled its signal from the Dish Network Corp. satellite-TV service after the companies failed to reach a new agreement on program fees. The blackout was imposed in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and other major markets at 6 p.m. Central time, CBS said today in a statement. Dish is the third-largest U.S. pay-TV provider, with 14 million subscribers. The blackout, in markets where CBS owns stations, highlights the growing divide between pay-TV services like Dish and media companies like CBS and Time Warner Inc. that are seeking higher rates for programming in every new negotiation. Programmers are also seeking compensation for digital services like the one Dish is trying to start. “What CBS seeks is appropriate compensation for the most- watched television network with the most popular content in the world, as well as terms that reflect the developing digital marketplace,” the New York-based network said in a statement. Bob Toevs, a Dish spokesman, didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment. The blackout means subscribers of Englewood, Colorado-based Dish will lose shows including “NCIS,” “60 Minutes” and some National League Football games. Companies on both sides of the negotiating table have pursued multi-billion-dollar mergers to increase their bargaining leverage. Government regulators are examining Comcast Corp.’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc., which would unite two of the largest cable operators in the country, while 21st Century Fox Inc. failed in its quest to acquire New York-based Time Warner, owner of HBO and CNN. In addition to NFL games this weekend, CBS is scheduled to air the championship football game of the Southeastern Conference, routinely one of the most watched college games of the season. If the dispute drags on through March, it could affect viewing of some National Collegiate Athletic Association March Madness basketball tournament games. Dish is also negotiating a new programming pact with Time Warner Inc.’s Turner Broadcasting, owner of TBS and TNT. A blackout could be costly for Dish. Time Warner Cable lost 300,000 customers in one quarter last year after dropping CBS in a contract dispute. After a public standoff, Time Warner Cable agreed to pay CBS significantly more for its programming. Adding to the stakes, Dish has been seeking rights to stream TV over the Internet to computers, tablets and phones. Dish plans to be one of the first pay-TV companies to start a streaming service. The company made a deal with Walt Disney Co. in March to gain online rights for the Disney Channel, ABC and ESPN.

  • Bill and Giuliana Rancic light Lombard tree, meet fans Dec 5, 2014 10:41 PM
    There’s one way just about everyone waiting in line to meet Bill and Giuliana Rancic at Yorktown Center Friday described the reality TV couple: down to earth. Many fans waited more than an hour in the cold to see Bill — famous for winning the first season of Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice” — his wife and longtime E! News anchor, Giuliana, and their 2-year-old son, Duke, light a 30-foot Christmas tree outside the Lombard shopping center.

  • Are you still infected with ‘Frozen’ fever? Dec 5, 2014 6:00 AM
    More than a year after its release, the world is still infected with “Frozen” fever. The theatrical release made $1.27 billion, the all-time champ among animated films. DVD and Blu-ray sales in North America have brought in another $280.8 million in a year when the No. 2 elease, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” made less than half that figure. And then there’s the merchandise, which includes ... duct tape?!

  • Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting to be shown live Dec 3, 2014 10:30 AM
    The heart of Manhattan will soon be ablaze with 45,000 LED lights gracing an 85-foot-tall Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. On Wednesday evening, the air will reverberate with the voices of Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Mariah Carey, Cyndi Lauper and other music stars for the nationwide live broadcast. Tens of thousands of people are expected to stand behind police barricades to watch the annual spectacle. Since the Great Depression, the Rockefeller Center tree has represented Christmas in New York City. The lighting ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC starting at 7 p.m. The Norway spruce from central Pennsylvania will be on display through Jan. 7.

  • Nielsen report: American watch less TV, stream more Dec 3, 2014 1:34 PM
    Americans are turning away from live TV on the tube and tuning in to streaming services, a Nielsen report says. That’s bad news for cable and satellite TV providers. Americans are increasingly watching TV shows and movies on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon streaming and other services. CBS and HBO have announced standalone streaming services as well.

  • Forever young, NBC’s ‘Peter Pan’ is live and aloft Dec 3, 2014 6:00 AM
    NBC is recapturing its youth for a revival of “Peter Pan,” broadcast live at 7 p.m. Thursday and starring Allison Williams (“Girls”) as Peter, the cocky young champion of Neverland, and Christopher Walken as the deliciously evil pirate, Captain Hook. Why “Peter Pan” this go-around? “It’s a classic, a really great musical, that has its DNA in live television,” said Neil Meron, who with his partner, Craig Zadan, are back as executive producers.

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