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  • Jay and Mark Duplass' 'Togetherness' explores brotherly love Jan 21, 2015 11:06 AM
    Jay and Mark Duplass' HBO comedy 'Togetherness' explores romance, work and brotherly love

  • Nielsen's top programs for Jan. 12-18 Jan 21, 2015 1:06 PM
    A list of the top 20 prime-time programs in the Nielsen ratings for Jan. 12-18

  • Rainn Wilson returns to TV in Fox crime series 'Backstrom' Jan 21, 2015 11:50 AM
    Rainn Wilson knows he'll be remembered as Dwight Schrute, the odd, overly confident character lacking social graces that he played on NBC's "The Office" for nine seasons. He's hoping that his newest role will also make an impression. Wilson stars in Fox's "Backstrom," premiering at 8 p.m. Thursday.

  • Comedy Central to roast Justin Bieber Jan 20, 2015 3:49 PM
    Comedy Central says Justin Bieber will be the victim of its next roast. The channel said Tuesday that the pop star will face the music at a taping in Los Angeles on a still-unannounced air date.

  • TV networks make unequal progress toward on-screen diversity Jan 20, 2015 10:06 PM
    15 years after outcry, major TV networks make uneven progress toward ethnic diversity

  • Annie Lennox: 'Strange Fruit' criticism 'painful,' unfair Jan 20, 2015 10:12 AM
    Annie Lennox says online criticism leveled at her remarks about the anti-lynching song "Strange Fruit" was hurtful and unfair. "It was so painful. I can't even begin to tell you. I'm the last person who would disrespect that history," Lennox said.

  • ‘Food Court Wars’ eatery closing in West Dundee Jan 20, 2015 5:40 PM
    Winning a Food Network show wasn’t enough to save Taco in a Bag at Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee from closing, but its owners say they are working on opening a new spot in Chicago. “When people go to a mall, people want something that they are used to — a big slice of pizza, a pretzel. Something new, or a light twist on gourmet doesn’t have a place there,” co-owner Tim Brown said.

  • TV networks make unequal progress toward on-screen diversity Jan 21, 2015 6:21 AM
    Kenya Barris, creator of ABC's "black-ish," was motivated to write the comedy about an African-American family's efforts to honor its heritage in part by the unreality of what he grew up watching on television. His show comes 15 years after civil rights groups, galvanized by a lineup of new network series almost entirely devoid of minority characters, sought and ultimately won agreements from major broadcasters to put programs on the air that better reflect the nation's population.

  • Cancer documentary was late actor's last project Jan 19, 2015 5:06 PM
    Actor Edward Herrmann, who died of cancer, narrated documentary on the disease as last project

  • Wilmore taking his own path as Colbert replacement Jan 19, 2015 5:30 AM
    One of Larry Wilmore's strengths as he prepares to replace Stephen Colbert in the time slot on Comedy Central following “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart is that he's got a resume and maturity that a 28-year-old joke slinger can't match. And he's planning a show that's not afraid to mix the serious with the silly. “The Nightly Show,” which premieres Monday, will be about the news itself.

  • Expect twists, turns as 'Justified' blasts through final season Jan 19, 2015 4:23 PM
    As the sixth and final season of FX's "Justified" begins, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) is jonesing to pull up stakes and move to Florida to join his ex-wife and their baby daughter. First, though, he has to help the Feds build a strong enough case against longtime nemesis Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) to keep him behind bars for the foreseeable future. The series returns Jan. 20.

  • Arlington Hts. native goes face-to-face with wolves Jan 20, 2015 5:34 AM
    Growing up in Arlington Heights, E.J. Horstman always had an interest in animals and the outdoors, and television shows like “Crocodile Hunter” and its star, the late Steve Irwin, helped fuel his passion. Now in his mid-20s, Horstman is living his dream. Not as a crocodile hunter, mind you, but as a wildlife filmmaker, with segments on the National Geographic and Animal Planet cable television channels to his credit. Horstman left last week to film his latest project, “Big Cats of India,” for Animal Planet, but when he returns he plans to resume his main passion: filming wolves.

  • FX orders pilot with Adlon of 'Louie' Jan 18, 2015 2:06 PM
    Pamela Adlon of 'Louie' to get a show of her own with FX

  • Scooter Braun’s real breakout hit is ‘Scorpion’ Jan 18, 2015 5:30 AM
    If Scooter Braun’s name sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’ve read that he’s Ariana Grande’s manager. Or that he represents pop stars gone viral, like Carly Rae Jepsen or Psy. But he’d rather talk about his larger portfolio, which involves producing movies, investing in start-ups and producing one of the few hits of the fall TV season, CBS’ “Scorpion.”

  • Ready your DVR for the midseason TV onslaught Jan 18, 2015 7:00 AM
    The programming onslaught continues, with more new shows this winter than any of us will ever have time to watch. Among the highlights: "Breaking Bad" prequel "Better Call Saul," starring Naperville's Bob Odenkirk.

  • ABC Family's 'Chasing Life' focuses on young adult cancer Jan 18, 2015 12:01 AM
    Italia Ricci plays a twenty-something journalist who is battling leukemia on ABC Family's "Chasing Life." It's not an easy role, the actress says. "I just feel really guilty when I get to come home and not have cancer and all of the people who have cancer can't turn it off," she said in a recent interview. "It just doesn't feel fair and so that hits me harder than what I have to work out on (the) set."

  • Verizon CEO foresees big profits in mobile pay TV Jan 17, 2015 7:33 AM
    Verizon Chief Executive Officer Lowell McAdam has long wanted to become a force in mobile television. Now he’s poised to make that happen so McAdam is exploring deals with AOL and other companies that are leaders in so-called programmatic advertising.

  • Houston's estate criticizes Lifetime for movie on singer Jan 17, 2015 4:06 PM
    Houston's estate says fans should 'brace themselves for the worst' with Lifetime movie

  • New Fox TV chiefs look for showmen to rescue network Jan 17, 2015 3:05 PM
    Executives: Fox TV needs 'showmanship' of 'Empire,' 'Glee' producer to end ratings slump

  • Lee Daniels says he wants to expose homophobia Jan 17, 2015 10:06 PM
    'Empire' creator: Time to blow the lid off homophobia in black community

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