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  • Fourth fun from home — hot dogs included Jul 4, 2014 6:00 AM
    If the weather and the crowds keep you away from your town’s Independence Day events this weekend, you can still enjoy the trappings of the holiday from your couch with TV shows that feature both gastronomic and pyrotechnic fireworks.

  • Hoffman H.S. band heard on Travel Channel show Jul 2, 2014 5:47 PM
    The 2008 Hoffman Estates High School Symphonic Winds’ performance of a John Philip Sousa march, “Foshay Tower,” will be used as part of the soundtrack for a segment on the Travel Channel show “Monumental Mysteries” at 8 p.m. Friday, July 4. In the episode, the story behind the building of Foshay Tower in Minneapolis will be featured.

  • Lisle native to replace Jillian Michaels on ‘Biggest Loser’ Jul 2, 2014 5:37 PM
    Former American Gladiator, health trainer and Lisle native Jennifer Widerstrom will replace longtime trainer Jillian Michaels on the upcoming season of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” Widerstrom, a former Naperville North High School gymnast, will help the show’s obese contestants shed weight and reclaim their health when the show’s 16th season debuts Sept. 11. Filming began last week.

  • HBO’s ‘112 Weddings’ explores marriages from their start Jun 30, 2014 5:45 AM
    As filmmaker Doug Block sat in a coffee shop talking about his “112 Weddings” documentary, a stranger interrupted him to talk — at great length — about the state of her marriage. She wasn’t even aware of the film, which debuts at 8 p.m. Monday on HBO. The conversation she eavesdropped on enthralled her. As Block gets more exposure for “112 Weddings,” during which he revisits couples for whom he shot wedding videos to ask how marriage has gone, he’d better get used to such interactions.

  • King writes for new season of ‘Under the Dome’ Jun 30, 2014 5:00 AM
    The fictional Maine town of Chester’s Mill is “Under the Dome” for a second season, and author Stephen King, on whose novel the popular show is based, has written the first episode for this summer’s run. The CBS miniseries that led the ratings much of last summer returns for another 13 episodes beginning Monday, with King telling viewers that no one in Chester’s Mill is assured of making it through the season alive.

  • ‘NY Med’ producer directly sees impact of work Jun 30, 2014 5:45 AM
    Two of the nurses who treated ABC News producer Terence Wrong when he was hospitalized for a minor ailment recently told him they traced their interest in medicine directly to his work. That’s a profound point of pride. Wrong has established a niche as the maker of rigorous nonfiction television series that go behind the scenes at institutions, more often than not hospitals, ever since his first series on Johns Hopkins Hospital aired in 2000. The latest, “NY Med,” debuted at 9 p.m. Thursday.

  • Summer TV: It should come with danger warnings Jun 29, 2014 5:45 AM
    It’s a frightful world on TV these days. A rash of scripted summer thrillers cautions viewers to batten down the hatches. Watch out who you let nibble on your neck! Hold your loved ones tight before they vanish into thin air! And with all the deadly viruses at large, you better bathe in Purell! A certain brand of TV drama has always kept its audience on high alert. But these days viewers are sitting ducks for the titillation of dramatized threats to offer welcome distraction from the real thing.

  • Anna Wood returning to her roots in new TV series Jun 29, 2014 5:45 AM
    Charleston, South Carolina, is in the spotlight in the new CBS series “Reckless,” starring Anna Wood and Cam Gigandet. Wood plays Jamie Sawyer, a beautiful litigator transplanted to the Deep South from Chicago. She hides a mutual attraction with a charming Southern attorney as a police scandal threatens to tear Charleston apart. The series premieres at 8 p.m. Sunday.

  • Review: How to follow World Cup beyond live video Jun 29, 2014 7:04 AM
    Every World Cup game is being shown on television and online in the U.S., but many will require a cable or satellite TV subscription, even for Internet streaming. What if you don't have one? Good news: In 2014, there are more apps and other options than ever before. Here's a look at how to keep up on everything to do with the tournament in Brazil.

  • App Watch: FilmOn has much more than broadcast TV Jun 28, 2014 8:25 AM
    FilmOn offers over-the-air TV channels through a website and mobile apps. While Aereo’s monthly service starts at $8, FilmOn is free. But you have to put up with a short video ad before you start watching. You can watch on Windows and Mac computers, iOS, Android and BlackBerry 10 devices and Roku’s streaming player.

  • DVD previews: ‘The Lunchbox,’ ‘The Unknown Known’ Jun 28, 2014 5:45 AM
    In writer-director Ritesh Batra’s beguiling romance "The Lunchbox," a virtual relationship blossoms not through a sexy operating system as in “Her,” or email as in “You’ve Got Mail,” but the old-fashioned way, through carefully written notes delivered by hand every day. The film comes to DVD Tuesday, July 1.

  • ‘The View’ prepares for change with new hosts Jun 27, 2014 6:33 AM
    Sherri Shepherd is leaving “The View” after seven years and freshman co-host Jenny McCarthy said she’s right behind her, a major upheaval for the daytime talk show a month after creator Barbara Walters’ retirement from on-camera duties. In a written statement Thursday, Shepherd said that after “careful consideration” she has decided it’s time to move on.

  • Talking to princess’ sis part of Lauer’s busy week Jun 27, 2014 3:33 PM
    In her first TV interview, Pippa Middleton told NBC News she had no idea how big her sister Kate’s 2011 marriage to Prince William would be, since she saw it as just another family wedding. “That stopped me in my tracks, that she looked at this as, ‘Oh, my sister is getting married,’ not that, ‘Oh, I’m the maid of honor in the royal wedding,’” said NBC’s Matt Lauer, who conducted the interview. “Today” is airing Lauer’s report in two parts Monday and Tuesday.

  • HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’ begs the question: What on Earth? Jun 27, 2014 5:30 AM
    What has happened to the world? The question can be asked generally, but it has a more specific application in the case of “The Leftovers,” HBO’s series adaptation of Tom Perrotta’s novel about the aftermath of the so-called Sudden Departure, a possible Rapture that has taken 2 percent of the population — or 140 million people — from the planet. Developed for television by executive producers Perrotta and Damon Lindelof (“Lost”), the drama premieres Sunday, June 29.

  • Muir replacing Sawyer at ABC’s ‘World News’ Jun 25, 2014 2:39 PM
    ABC News is making a generational change at the top of its evening newscast, replacing Diane Sawyer with 40-year-old understudy David Muir in an attempt to take a run at longtime ratings leader Brian Williams at NBC’s “Nightly News.” ABC also announced Wednesday that George Stephanopoulos will add the role of chief anchor for live news events and election nights to his current jobs as “Good Morning America” co-host and host of the Sunday-morning “This Week” political show.

  • Robots, roller coasters and nostalgia Jun 25, 2014 5:30 AM
    Wanna see giant robots? Sean has found a deal for you. How does an $8 coupon to see the new "Transformers" movie sound? Or, wanna relive the fun parks of your youth? Sean has found a TV show for you.

  • MTV bringing ‘TRL’ back for 1 day with Grande Jun 25, 2014 6:53 AM
    MTV will reprise its former “Total Request Live” countdown show for a day with breakthrough pop singer Ariana Grande. The network announced Wednesday it will bring back the series July 2. The 20-year-old will perform her latest hit on “Total Ariana Live,” debut her follow-up single and discuss her upcoming sophomore album.

  • Justices rule for broadcasters in fight with Internet TV service Jun 25, 2014 4:47 PM
    The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a startup Internet company has to pay broadcasters when it takes television programs from the airwaves and allows subscribers to watch them on smartphones and other portable devices. The justices said by a 6-3 vote that Aereo Inc. is violating the broadcasters’ copyrights by taking the signals for free. The ruling preserves the ability of the television networks to collect huge fees from cable and satellite systems that transmit their programming.

  • NBC: Jillian Michaels exiting ‘Biggest Loser’ Jun 25, 2014 11:52 AM
    Jillian Michaels is exiting “The Biggest Loser,” NBC and the producer of the weight-loss competition series said Wednesday. In a statement, the network and production company Shine America said they and trainer Michaels have decided to part ways, and she won’t be back on “Biggest Loser” this fall.

  • Daytime Emmys red-carpet banter turns dark Jun 24, 2014 6:53 AM
    The Daytime Emmys are facing criticism for pre-show interviews that included bawdy humor about rape and an actor’s race. The ceremony’s organizers had drafted four women it described as respected “social media gurus” to chat with celebrities before the awards Sunday. The red carpet and backstage interviews were seen online as part of the streamed event.

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