| Aug 22, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Any group of awards bestowed by one group of humans on another will inevitably be considered arbitrary, political, meaningless, myopic or absurd (unless, of course, you win one, at which time they become shiny symbols of wisdom and insight).
| Jul 11, 2014
| 4:00 AM
In this year's Emmy race, "Orange Is the New Black" embodies the most important change in television in recent years.
No, not Netflix. Women.
"Orange," with multiple-nominee "House of Cards," does give Netflix an Atlas-like stance over the...
| Aug 24, 2014
| 5:00 AM
A prison guard locks a drug-addled inmate in a closet. When he returns to check on her, she's slumped against the wall, dead. The guard panics, ties an electrical cord around her neck and hangs her from a pipe, trying to make her overdose look like a...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 5:30 AM
A word or two about binge-watching: As a long-term sustainable business model, it works only if the original content being produced is binge-worthy, i.e. any good. Sure, people will spend a day nursing the flu or a breakup by tearing through multiple...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 12:44 PM
"Doctor Who." Out with the old, in with the … old? There's a new Doctor in the house and he's a doozy. Having survived more than 900 years, countless battles and a 25th anniversary that got a little crazy, our gallant Time Lord has regenerated...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 6:42 AM
You love Aaron Paul. Drake loves Aaron Paul. The critics love Aaron Paul. But there was no guarantee the hostile, sold-out crowd of 18,000-plus at WWE’s “Monday Night Raw” at Allstate Arena on March 3 would love Aaron Paul.
| Sep 26, 2013
| 1:55 PM
Steve Aoki had his doubts about his Lollapalooza DJ set in Grant Park August.
The 35-year-old electronic dance music star known for throwing cake into the crowd was performing at the same time as The Killers, Nine Inch Nails and Lana Del Rey. He was...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 8:53 PM
Aaron Paul is coming to the Chicago area, and it’s not even Lollapalooza weekend.
WWE announced Monday that the “Breaking Bad” star and Lolla regular will host “Monday Night Raw” March 3 at Allstate Arena. Paul will promote...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 8:08 AM
Entertainment Weekly's home page trumpets its main coverage subjects directly beneath its logo: TV, TV Recaps, Movies, Music, Books, Video.
The addition of TV Recaps came in late April, and its presence — independent of TV and ahead of Movies...
| Jun 25, 2014
Some people like to watch.
I have a more embarrassing admission.
I prefer to re-watch.
Re-watching TV shows may seem downright irresponsible here in television's new golden age, when there are so many good shows, so easily available, that even a...
| Oct 10, 2013
It's been 30 years since the release of "The Big Chill," the ensemble drama about baby boomers pining for their lost youth while sprawled out on the floor of a vacation house and playing a lot of Motown music. If this reference eludes you, it's safe to...
| Oct 20, 2013
I've missed a few episodes of "Breaking Bad." All of them, to be precise.
I haven't caught much (any) of "Scandal," "Orange Is the New Black" or "The Good Wife."
I love TV — the dialogue, the narratives, the way characters and their conflicts...