| Mar 7, 2013
The assassinated Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak, who died 80 years ago this week, is often portrayed by official histories as just an innocent victim of bad luck and bad aim.
But Chicagoans don't believe in coincidences, not even us chumbolones,...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 9:40 AM
If you're going to fictionalize a Chicago political dynasty, this is the way to do it. Jon Steinhagen's thrillingly clamorous, altogether astute comedy of family manners captures what it means to comes from a long line of bust-around...
| May 13, 2013
| 11:11 AM
Ever used a phony accent to fool somebody?
Yeah, me too.
When I was an 18-year-old college student, in 1963, my buddy Steve and I tried to impress girls at the beach with our English accents. We'd recently appeared in a Shakespearean production on...
| Nov 20, 2012
The Chicago-based Showtime dramedy "Shameless" can either be seen as a small victory for Chicago's TV and film community or a missed opportunity, depending on how you want to look at it.
The series films most of its exterior scenes in Chicago (unlike...
| Nov 20, 2012
| 11:22 AM
The "Boss" wasn't powerful enough to keep his Starz series on the air.
Kelsey Grammer won a Golden Globe for his role in the series as fictional Chicago Mayor Tom Kane, a ruthless survivor in the cutthroat world of city and Illinois politics.
| Nov 28, 2012
| 8:15 AM
Kelsey Grammer: "I can't afford all of these homes!" TMZ's on it. Read about it here.
| Nov 28, 2012
| 8:19 AM
Kelsey Grammer: Broke?
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| Mar 8, 2013
| 6:07 AM
The sophomore season of the Starz drama series turned out to be its last, but not for any lack of memorable acting by Kelsey Grammer, still ferocious as imperious - and secretly ill - Chicago Mayor Tom Kane. The saga resumes with a shocking attack that...
| Apr 20, 2011
| 2:30 PM
Apparently Chicago politicians are hot—at least the fictional kind. They appear in Fox’s “The Chicago Code,” CBS’ “The Good Wife” and, this fall, in “Boss,” a new Starz series that will begin filming...
| Oct 21, 2011
There is something essentially likable about Kelsey Grammer as a performer. That broad scholar-like forehead, the strong jaw and mild blue eyes all conspire to create the image of a sometimes bumbling but still powerful guy, best embodied by his most...
| Jun 8, 2012
| 4:32 PM
First published on Dec. 25, 2011. Revised and expanded in early 2012.
Pity the rubes. Those wayward tourists who dawdle in their cars and tour buses along Beachwood Drive, enraging the locals as they haltingly seek that perfect Hollywood sign photo op...
| Sep 7, 2010
| 2:34 AM
Bravo is cleaning house.
The network announced Monday that Danielle Staub, the firestarter on "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," would not be returning to the show. Throughout the tumultuous second season, Staub enraged Caroline Manzo, her sister-in-...