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  • NBC has signed Pharrell Williams as a coach for the upcoming seventh season of its musical competition series “The Voice.”

    Pharrell Williams named as coach on ‘The Voice’ Apr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    NBC has signed singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams as a coach for the upcoming seventh season of its musical competition series “The Voice.”

     
  • Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Josh Radnor share their lives in “How I Met Your Mother.” The series opened with kids on a couch impatiently listening to narrator Bob Saget, as Ted circa 2030, explains how their parents met.

    ‘Mother’ of all endings for CBS sitcom?Mar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    In its final episode on Monday, the CBS comedy “How I Met Your Mother” finally revealed the mystery contained in its title and then ended with a twist designed to reward longtime fans. Creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas say they knew the plot for the final episode when the series premiered nine years ago. Success kept them stringing along the story, even though part of Monday’s finale was filmed in 2006 for fear that the teen-aged actors who played Ted’s children would become unrecognizable.

     
  • TV personality and fashion designer Nicole Richie at the launch of SK Planet’s Styletag fashion app at Henri Bendel in New York. Richie’s “#CandidlyNicole,” based on her popular AOL web series, is coming to VH1 and will feature 8 new episodes premiering July 17.

    Nicole Richie bringing popular Web series to VH1Mar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Nicole Richie’s Twitter feed has launched her return to television. The 32-year-old former reality TV star-turned-designer, who is also an author and actress, is heading to VH1. "#CandidlyNicole" is based on her popular AOL Web series, which was adapted from her Twitter feed, made up of her musings about everything from parenting to pop culture to random observations.

     
  • ABC’s top-rated “Good Morning America” has suffered its second personnel defection in four months, with news anchor Josh Elliott telling the network on Sunday that he’s leaving for a job at NBC Sports.

    ABC’s Josh Elliott leaving show for NBC SportsMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    ABC’s top-rated “Good Morning America” has suffered its second personnel defection in four months, with news anchor Josh Elliott telling the network on Sunday that he’s leaving for a job at NBC Sports.

     
  • Fans will say goodbye to “How I Met Your Mother” on Monday. Part of the CBS sitcom’s allure was the chemistry of its cast: Robin (Cobie Smulders), Lily (Alyson Hannigan) Marshall (Jason Segel), Ted (Josh Radnor) and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris).

    Legen-dary: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ wraps long runMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    "How I Met Your Mother" wraps up its nine-season run Monday. But how it concludes was never the point. All along it was about the journey.

     
  • Single Kate (Zoe Lister Jones), left, spends time with newly engaged couple Lowell (Rick Donald) and Jules (Brooklyn Decker) in CBS’ new sitcom “Friends With Better Lives.”

    Old premise gets fresh treatment in new CBS sitcomMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Right after one group of friends signs off, new friends will be introduced ... by a former writer-producer of “Friends,” no less. Immediately following the series finale of CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother” Monday, March 31, the network will debut the sitcom “Friends With Better Lives.” The premise of longtime acquaintances in amusing situations — mainly revolving around their differing relationship levels — may seem familiar, but it’s served up by a fresh ensemble cast merging established TV faces and relative newcomers.

     
  • Actress Kate O’Mara, best known for her role in the 1980s soap opera “Dynasty,” has died at the age of 74. Her agent Phil Belfield said O’Mara died Sunday in a nursing home in southern England after a short illness. The actress, who began her television career in the 1960s, became a household name for playing Alexis Colby’s scheming sister Cassandra “Caress” Morrell in “Dynasty.”

    Former ‘Dynasty’ star Kate O’Mara dies at age 74Mar 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    British actress Kate O’Mara, best known for her role in the 1980s soap opera “Dynasty,” died Sunday at the age of 74, her agent said. The actress, who began her television career in the 1960s, became a household name for playing Cassandra “Caress” Morrell, sister to Joan Collins’ Alexis Colby, in “Dynasty.”

     
  • Actress Eva Marie Saint attends the world premiere of “Winter’s Tale” in New York. The Oscar-winning actress of “On the Waterfront” and “North by Northwest” fame talks about her career in the TCM special airing Monday.

    Eva Marie Saint dishes on Hollywood in TCM specialMar 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Eva Marie Saint has a perfect right to act like Hollywood royalty. She won an Oscar for her film debut in “On the Waterfront,” holding her ground against Marlon Brando in his prime. She was Cary Grant’s dangerously sexy squeeze in “North by Northwest,” conquered Paul Newman in “Exodus” and counts greats Alfred Hitchcock and Elia Kazan among her directors.

     
  • Lauren Cohan, left, plays Maggie Greene in AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” Cohan says being on the series for three seasons has changed her temperament after being immersed in dark material.

    Cohan says ‘Walking Dead’ changed her temperamentMar 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Spending your days killing zombies apparently takes its toll. Actress Lauren Cohan said being on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” for three seasons has had an effect on her. “My temperament has changed since I’ve been on the show because of being immersed in this dark material all the time,” Cohan said. The show's season finale airs at 8 p.m. Sunday.

     
  • TV personalities Joan Rivers, left, and daughter Melissa Rivers at the 2013 Matrix New York Women in Communications Awards in New York. Rivers, who for more than a half-century has turned her life inside out for comedy, is starting her fourth season doing it for the reality show she shares with her daughter, Melissa. “Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?” airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. on WEtv.

    No lazy Rivers: ‘Joan & Melissa’ return to actionMar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Joan Rivers, who for more than a half-century has turned her life inside out for comedy, is starting her fourth season doing just that for the reality show she shares with her daughter, Melissa. “Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?” finds Joan making a sex tape. Attending a lacrosse game where Melissa picks a fight with her teenage son’s coach. Consoling Melissa after her boyfriend is caught in a compromising position. She also mourns the death of her beloved dog, Max, then stages a splendiferous funeral that includes a chorus, an avant-garde poet and a male ballerina in a tutu.

     
  • Keanu Reeves stars in “47 Ronin,” out Tuesday on DVD.

    DVD previews: ‘47 Ronin,’ ‘Anchorman 2’Mar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    "47 Ronin" battle supernatural beasts, while Ron Burgundy takes on the graveyard shift at a 24/7 news station in "Anchorman 2." Both films head to DVD April 1.

     
  • Public access television host Jerry Markbreit of Skokie, left, runs some dialogue with guest Mike Lieber, center, of Wilmette, before taping the program “Talking Sports” at the Comcast studio facility in Skokie.

    In YouTube era, public access TV still on the air in suburbsMar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    You Tube. Facebook. Instagram. Three reasons out of many why you might expect public access television to have gone the way of the 8-track. But public access is still going strong, even with Comcast consolidating its production facilities in Mount Prospect. “You can just do your own thing,” Jerry Markbreit said. “We can talk about whatever interests us in the world of sports. We can say what we want, how we want. It’s great.”

     
  • Amazon says it has no plans to offer a free streaming media service.

    Amazon says no plans to offer free video serviceMar 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Amazon says it has no plans to offer a free streaming media service, addressing speculation ahead of a media event in New York next Wednesday. Spokeswoman Sally Fouts said Thursday that Amazon runs ads ahead of movie and game trailers, but the company has no plans to offer a free streaming media service.

     
  • Robbie Rivera, left, Frank Margini, David Gaffke, Ashley Vargas and Brandon Swan at Complete Bridal Salon in East Dundee will be the subjects of a new reality show, “Best in Bridal,” airing on a new network launching July 7.

    East Dundee bridal salon headed for reality TVMar 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    David Gaffke, owner of an East Dundee bridal salon, complained the reality show “Say Yes to the Dress” was out of touch with reality as evidenced by the pricey gowns on the show. Now, the owner of Complete Bridal Salon and his all-male staff are getting their own show. “We're not pretty, we won't have the chandeliers, but you're paying 45 percent cheaper than retail and we're not paid a commission,” Gaffke said.

     
  • Danni Allen of Wheeling wins the grand prize on the 2012 season of “The Biggest Loser.”

    ‘Biggest Loser’ auditions in Itasca on April 19Mar 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    NBC’s reality series “The Biggest Loser” is launching a seven-city, cross-country search for new contestants and will be in Itasca for Chicago-area auditions on Saturday, April 19.

     
  • Paul Rudd, left, with host Jimmy Fallon during an interview on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” in New York. One month in, and NBC’s generational trade of Jay Leno for Jimmy Fallon at the “Tonight” show is succeeding beyond the dreams of network honchos.

    Jimmy Fallon off to fast start on ‘Tonight’Mar 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    One month in and NBC’s generational trade of Jay Leno for Jimmy Fallon at the “Tonight” show is succeeding beyond the dreams of network honchos. Fallon’s fast start is clear in television ratings and even more so in social media metrics.

     
  • Viewers of “The Good Wife” were gobsmacked by the sudden, unexpected death of its dashing attorney, Will Gardner (Josh Charles), on Sunday’s episode of the CBS legal drama.

    ‘Good Wife’ leaves viewers shocked, bereavedMar 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Viewers of “The Good Wife” were gobsmacked by the sudden, unexpected death of its dashing attorney, Will Gardner, on Sunday’s episode of the CBS legal drama. Gardner, a prominent character portrayed by Josh Charles since the series’ debut five seasons ago, was gunned down in a Chicago courtroom by his unhinged client. He was pronounced dead shortly afterward. Once the episode had aired, Twitter lit up with astonished, sorrowful and even irate posts.

     
  • Jeff Perry, Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn in a scene from “Scandal.”

    Second thoughts on TV’s second-screen experienceMar 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Whatever happened to watching TV alone? Just me and my TV. No multiscreen experience. No smartphone or tablet horning in on the action. With my hands, excused from any laptop obligations, free to reach for my snacks and hoist a brew. I mean me, chilling out, in pleasant isolation.

     
  • The five-part series, “The Story of the Jews With Simon Schama,” airs over two nights on PBS.

    PBS airs five-part ‘Story of the Jews’Mar 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Telling the story of the Jews is such an impossible task, it sounds like a routine Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks cooked up. The five-part series “The Story of the Jews With Simon Schama,” though, is completely legitimate and scans further back than a mere couple of millennia.

     
  • Taylor Schilling, who stars as Piper Chapman in “Orange is the New Black” on Netflix, is also starring in the new movie “Stay” with Aidan Quinn.

    Taylor Schilling on ‘Orange,’ new passion projectMar 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    When Taylor Schilling arrives on the set of “Orange is the New Black,” her make-under begins. The popular Netflix original series follows Schilling’s character, Piper Chapman, as she adjusts to life in a women’s correctional facility. Before the hit show’s second season debuts June 6, fans can catch her out of the orange jumpsuit in the new indie drama “Stay.”

     
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