| May 14, 2013
| 12:44 PM
It's taken eight seasons, but "How I Met Your Mother" finally delivered on Monday night its essential promise: the identity of "the Mother" was revealed.
For those who don't want to know, turn away here.
On the show's eighth season finale, the...
| May 1, 2013
| 9:20 AM
Don't count on being able to subscribe to Time Warner's HBO as a stand-alone service anytime soon.
Speaking to analysts on an earnings call for its first-quarter results, Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes threw cold water on the idea that it might...
| Nov 9, 2012
| 9:21 AM
Now that the elections are over, what's good on TV?
There are many fine and steamy political dramas set in Chicago. "The Good Wife" and "Boss" are two of my favorites. Yet these shows, like so many others, revolve around white characters. If the...
| Jul 19, 2012
I recently attended a lecture by a distinguished man of letters. A poet, novelist, playwright and literary critic, this man also edits journals, directs literary festivals, collaborates on documentary projects, teaches full time at a university and is...
| Jul 23, 2012
| 4:34 PM
The Corleones. People have been talking about them, obsessing on them, quoting them and referencing them for more than 40 years, since Mario Puzo’s pulpy little bestseller first took hold of the reading public. But it was the story’s...
| Jan 3, 2012
| 4:36 PM
Steven Van Zandt of "The Sopranos" and The E Street Band stars in a new Netflix series, "Lilyhammer"...
| Mar 9, 2012
| 6:56 AM
The most influential show in the history of television never finished a season among the 20 most popular programs in the Nielsen ratings.
In its most popular season, "Hill Street Blues," which ran from 1981 to 1987, came in 21st place. And yet, according...
| Feb 26, 2012
| 1:45 PM
It's that most wonderful time of year, Oscar season, when all the film writers spend their time dissecting or championing the various nominees while the TV reporters reach for grim boilerplate bemoaning the telecast's ratings. Which, despite the obvious...
| Nov 3, 2012
| 12:12 PM
Steven Van Zandt's gig on "Not Fade Away" began with a disappointment.
The first feature from "Sopranos" creator David Chase, the film follows a group of New Jersey high-school kids as they put together a garage band in the wake of the British Invasion....
| May 30, 2012
| 6:57 AM
The abs of Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino have been immortalized in comic book form. The "Jersey Shore" personality and Wizard World unveiled the cover of his new comic Wednesday, in which Sitch is a superhero.
Created by Sitch and artist Greg Horn, the...
| May 20, 2010
| 4:32 PM
It was pretty clear that Jon Michael Hill, the youngest Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble member, was going to attract attention once he arrived in New York with "Superior Donuts." And so it has gone. The University of Illinois graduate has......