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  • 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

  • 'American Idol' talks of working with 'Empire' Jan 18, 2015 9:51 AM
    "American Idol" producers have talked about a cross-promotion with "Empire," Fox's hot new series about a music industry family, perhaps getting some of the contestants on the scripted show, producers said Saturday.

  • Amazon’s Golden Globes wins put TV strategy in the spotlight Jan 17, 2015 6:55 AM
    The Inc. original series “Transparent” picked up two Golden Globe Awards, beating rivals such as HBO and highlighting the progress the online retailer has made as a player in Hollywood. The awards will likely encourage the Seattle-based e-commerce company and other online entertainment networks to continue investing in original programming.

  • Netflix won’t say how many people watch their series Jan 17, 2015 6:41 AM
    Even as Netflix continues to pump out more original programming, its bosses say they will continue to keep secret details on how many people are actually watching. The ratings “arms race” on traditional television has a negative effect on creativity, an executive says.

  • Netflix drops hints on where streaming service may expand Jan 17, 2015 6:41 AM
    Netflix Inc., the world’s largest subscription streaming service, is dropping hints about where it may expand next. In a research note, Citibank analyst Mark May pointed out a LinkedIn job posting seeking people fluent in Arabic, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish and Vietnamese.

  • DVD previews: ‘Boxtrolls,’ ‘The Drop’ released Tuesday Jan 17, 2015 5:30 AM
    “The Boxtrolls” creates a feast for fans of old-school animation art, and the story is a delight as well. It comes to DVD Jan. 20.

  • TV stars draw fans to cycle show in St. Charles Jan 17, 2015 8:14 PM
    Television show “Sons of Anarchy” cast members Kim Coates and Theo Rossi were one of the draws Saturday at the 31st annual Chicago Style Cycle Show at the Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Hard-core fan Jeff Sperandio of Lake Bluff got inked with a tattoo because he likes the show so much.

  • Diversity important for follow-up to 'The Bible' Jan 16, 2015 7:06 PM
    Producers for 'A.D. The Bible Continues' say it was important to get a diverse cast

  • Angela Bassett brings 'Whitney' story to Lifetime Jan 16, 2015 6:00 AM
    Not only did Angela Bassett know Whitney Houston, she knows what it’s like to play a music icon. Those two factors work in the star’s favor as she makes her directing debut with the Lifetime movie "Whitney"’ Saturday, Jan. 17. The teleplay focuses largely on the passionate, sometimes stormy relationship the late Houston (played by Yaya DaCosta) had with Bobby Brown, framed by Houston’s career trajectory as a star of records and movies.

  • Clarification: TV-Ann Curry-NBC story Jan 16, 2015 10:06 AM
    Clarification: TV-Ann Curry-NBC story

  • ‘Boyhood,’ other top films already available at home Jan 16, 2015 6:01 AM
    Sunday’s Golden Globes winners and Thursday’s announcement of the Academy Awards nominations gave us plenty of moviegoing ideas: “Selma,” “Birdman,” “The Imitation Game,” “The Theory of Everything” and other awards-season favorites are still exclusive to your local moviehouse. But many of 2014’s most acclaimed films and underseen films are already available to home viewers, beginning with the Globes’ big winner, “Boyhood.”

  • Yaya DaCosta gained new confidence starring in 'Whitney' Jan 16, 2015 2:06 PM
    Yaya Dacosta gained new confidence starring in Lifetime's 'Whitney'; also hosts PBS' 'AfroPop'

  • Wonder, Parton, Longoria projects part of NBC's slate Jan 16, 2015 3:06 PM
    NBC sets projects with Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton and Eva Longoria; 'The Wiz' in the wings

  • Lorre throwing love in direction of Charlie Sheen Jan 16, 2015 3:06 PM
    Chuck Lorre throwing love in direction of Charlie Sheen as 'Two and a Half Men' finale nears

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