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  • Elgin’s Emmy Award-winning ‘Shark Tank’ producer Oct 13, 2014 2:24 PM
    Before entrepreneurs pitch their products on ABC's "Shark Tank," they work with producer Heather Dreiling. Dreiling, 33, who grew up in Elgin, is an Emmy Award-winning producer on the show and just started her fourth season doing what she calls the best and most fun job she’s ever had. “I’ve done cop shows, dance shows, home makeover shows,” said Dreiling, who now lives in Los Angeles. “(This) job is cool because it changes all the time. But it’s the most rewarding to see these companies doing well.”

  • DVD previews: ‘X-Men,’ ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ Oct 11, 2014 8:20 AM
    “X-Men: Days of Future Past” centers on the efforts of the mutant superhero Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) to forestall World War III by traveling back in time — from the 2020s to the 1970s — to stop the assassination of an industrialist that leads to a dystopian future. It's one of the summer movies heading to DVD Tuesday.

  • ‘Twin Peaks’ is back on TV, so what’s next? Oct 10, 2014 5:30 AM
    "Twin Peaks" is coming back to TV in 2016, Jack Bauer already came back this summer. Wouldn't you like to see new episodes of some other favorites like "Star Trek," "The Wonder Years" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"?

  • ABC’s ‘Cristela’ captures comic quest for American dream Oct 10, 2014 5:30 AM
    It’s hard to resist a force of nature. ABC executives found that upon meeting Cristela Alonzo, a stand-up comic whose buoyant personality put her on the fast track to becoming a series star. The result is the semiautobiographical “Cristela,” premiering Friday, Oct. 10 ... and casting her as a law-school student who works several jobs to pay her tuition while sharing too-crowded quarters with several relatives.

  • Chelsea Handler special debuts Friday on Netflix Oct 10, 2014 11:40 AM
    Chelsea Handler is proud of herself for knowing when to say when. And the outspoken comedian says she knew when it was time to say goodbye to her E! talk show, “Chelsea Lately.” Handler ended the seven-year run of the show in August. “The last two years were not pleasant for me,” she said in a recent interview. “It wasn’t brutal. It was an easy job, but I was just bored. I was bored of myself. I was bored of the topics. I was bored of being at work and I just needed to spread my wings. I just needed to get out of there.” Handler announced in June that she had struck a deal with online TV network Netflix. A stand-up performance based on her best-selling book and comedy tour “Uganda Be Kidding Me” debuts Friday. Next year, she’ll create four docu-comedy specials on topics like Silicon Valley and the NBA draft, where she’s a “fish out of water,” and then she’ll star in a talk show on Netflix in 2016. “I wanted a year to figure out what I want to do. I didn’t want to just step right into another talk show, nor did Netflix,” the 39-year-old Handler said. “They said, ‘No, we want you to have your next phase of your career.”’ Handler said she will feature celebrities on her talk show if there’s a reason to do so. “It has to be my choice. There has to be some intrigue there. It can’t be just somebody promoting something.” Her favorite part about the show: there’s no template; she’s in unchartered territory. “I want to do something that I’ve never seen anyone do before because I don’t want to follow anyone, I don’t want to pale in comparison to anyone else. ... I trust myself implicitly. I know now that when I have a hesitation, it’s a reason and I should follow my instincts.” ——— Alicia Rancilio covers entertainment for The Associated Press. Follow her online at http://www.twitter.com/aliciar

  • Jan Hooks joins a sad roster of fallen ‘SNL’ alum Oct 10, 2014 11:40 AM
    During its four decades, “Saturday Night Live” has been populated by nearly 150 cast members. A handful have met with premature death, most recently Jan Hooks, a member of the “SNL” troupe from 1986-91 who died Thursday at age 57.

  • Former ‘SNL’ cast member Jan Hooks dies at age 57 Oct 10, 2014 11:41 AM
    Former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Jan Hooks has died. The 57-year-old Hooks died Thursday in New York, according to The New York Times. The comic actress was a versatile performer whose impressions ranged from Nancy Reagan to Sinead O’Connor to Tammy Faye Bakker. She moved into prime time in 1991 as a cast member on the sitcom “Designing Women.”

  • Nielsen finds errors in TV ratings Oct 10, 2014 8:53 PM
    Previous discrepancies weren’t large enough to reveal the error, which executives of New York-based Nielsen said on a call were minuscule for the vast majority of shows.“What we saw as we went into fall season with new lineup is a difference between affiliate ratings and network ratings we could not explain,” Pat McDonough, Nielsen’s senior vice president of planning policy and analysis, said.

  • ‘Walking Dead’ mullet has its own fan base Oct 10, 2014 11:43 AM
    Josh McDermitt says “Walking Dead” fans may like his character, Eugene Porter, but when it comes to his hairstyle — that’s the real talker. “Everybody wants to know about the mullet,” says McDermitt. “They want to take pictures with the mullet and not me.”

  • ‘The Vampire Diaries’ shifts tone for season 6 Oct 9, 2014 3:12 PM
    “The Vampire Diaries,” known for its plot twists and supernatural lore, is doing some shape-shifting. The sixth season of The CW series (7 p.m. Thursdays) about vampires, witches, werewolves and the humans who love (or hate them) has a change in tone, with more focus on characters. “What we tried to do ... is boil the mythology down to a basic idea,” explained show runner Julie Plec in a recent interview.

  • Actor Collins has scenes cut from ‘Scandal’ Oct 9, 2014 3:05 PM
    Actor Stephen Collins’ real-life scandal has cost him a role on “Scandal.” ABC said Thursday that Collins, who was supposed to repeat a one-time role as a television anchorman on the hit Thursday drama, will have his scenes eliminated. The network said it isn’t clear how the episode will be rewritten. It was scheduled to air later this season.

  • Mike Rowe’s series CNN’s latest entry into reality Oct 8, 2014 6:00 AM
    Mike Rowe never expected his new travelogue series “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” premiering at 8 p.m. Wednesday, to land on CNN. Yet when you think about it, Rowe fits what has become the network’s mold for nonfiction entertainment programming: well-known personalities making series related to the work they are best known for, with a twist or two. “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” broadens the “Dirty Jobs” franchise that Rowe led on Discovery for eight years.

  • Police: ’7th Heaven’ actor accused of molestation Oct 7, 2014 5:35 PM
    New York police say they have an open investigation into allegations that veteran TV actor Stephen Collins molested a teenage girl in the early 1970s. Police spokesman Stephen David says the complaint was filed in 2012 accusing Collins of forcing a then-14-year-old girl to commit a lewd act in 1972. David says the case remains open, but no charges have been filed.

  • Simpson case to launch FX’s ‘American Crime Story’ Oct 7, 2014 3:13 PM
    The FX is joining with “American Horror Story” producer Ryan Murphy on a true-crime anthology miniseries. First up: the O.J. Simpson murder case. Each season of the miniseries, “American Crime Story,” will focus on a different crime that captured the public’s imagination, FX said Tuesday.

  • Grant Gustin suits up as ‘The Flash’ in new series Oct 7, 2014 5:45 AM
    When Grant Gustin found out he got the role of a lifetime, the lead of The CW series “The Flash” (7 p.m. Tuesday) as Barry Allen, a young man who gets struck by lightning and becomes the fastest person alive, his wait to begin shooting was anything but quick. It was a good nine months before he would suit up and head to set. TV viewers got a sampling of Gustin as Allen last year, when he appeared in two episodes of The CW’s “Arrow” (before his character becomes “The Flash.”) That in itself was a big deal.

  • ‘American Horror Story’ ready for ‘Freak Show’ Oct 6, 2014 11:45 AM
    Hollywood rolled out the red carpet on Sunday for the premiere of “Freak Show,” the fourth season of the FX network’s “American Horror Story” series. Debuting at 9 p.m. Wednesday, this “AHS” chapter set in Jupiter, Fla., in 1952 revolves around one of the last touring companies of physically different humans. The attraction includes a bearded lady, a woman with two heads and another with three breasts. The problem is that business is bad, forcing owner Elsa Mars (portrayed by Jessica Lange) to go to great lengths to assure that the show goes on.

  • New episodes of ‘Twin Peaks’ coming in 2016 Oct 6, 2014 4:12 PM
    Showtime Networks will produce a new limited run of “Twin Peaks,” the cult TV show created by filmmaker David Lynch and screenwriter Mark Frost. The nine new episodes will air in 2016 to mark the 25th anniversary of the final episode of its initial run, the network announced today. “Twin Peaks” chronicled FBI agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) and his investigation of the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) in the fictional Washington town that gave the drama its name. The show elicited praise from critics when it began airing on ABC in 1990, and was one of the highest-rated programs in its initial season.

  • Actor Michael Sheen likes variety in his roles Oct 5, 2014 5:30 AM
    Michael Sheen can mold himself into just about any kind of role. He's played British Prime Minister Tony Blair, interviewer David Frost and a vampire in the “Twilight” films. Sheen says that with public figures like Blair and Frost, the roles are daunting, but he feels less pressure playing sex researcher William Masters on Showtime's “Masters of Sex,” now in its second season.

  • Caroline Manzo’s new Bravo show all about family Oct 5, 2014 6:30 AM
    It’s Sunday afternoon at Caroline Manzo’s house, and the family has gathered for an early dinner. Caroline (of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” fame), says she was ready to leave “Housewives” before the idea for their own show came about. “We never asked for (a show.) It came to us."

  • Pop culture paints poor picture of women and technology Oct 4, 2014 7:35 AM
    There has been plenty of recent discussion about women and the Internet, from what law enforcement can do to make it safe for women to live, work and write online to economic schemes for rescuing the internet comments sections from their own worst tendencies. Pop culture this fall seems to have a novel and sour twist on the question, suggesting that women should stay away from the Internet and social media or risk turning into narcissistic, obsessive, mercenary morons.

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