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New series 'Love Blows' follows drama of Chicago-area matchmakers

Love is patient, sure, but the real struggle seems to be in making a reality show about finding love. "Love Blows," a new series that follows the drama of a Chicago-area family's matchmaking service, is scheduled to premiere at 11:05 p.m. Friday on WE tv after years of development. The Bravo network...

Amazon renews 'Transparent' for Season 5

Amazon has renewed its signature comedy series "Transparent" for a fifth season in 2018. News of the renewal comes a month before the show's fourth season bows on Amazon Prime Video, starting Sept. 22. "We are extremely grateful to Amazon Studios for their continued trust and support and to our...

When political satire — whoops! —reinforces ideas it means to skewer

What are the perils when political satire leaves too much open to interpretation? That was running through my mind after Tina Fey’s recent appearance on “Weekend Update: Summer Edition,” which is “Saturday Night Live’s” bid to stay relevant amid a summer hiatus and a news cycle churning faster...

'Married at First Sight' couple from Chicago area splits

Chicago dietitian Danielle DeGroot and her husband Cody Knapek announced their split Tuesday, just weeks after they were shown recommitting to their marriage on the "Married at First Sight" Season 5 finale. "It hasn't been an easy year, but it has been one of a lot of personal growth and of meeting...

Streaming now: If you like 'Closer' or 'Homeland,' try these series

As the streaming universe expands, the premium cable channels no longer have a monopoly on quality series. Take in these shows on SundanceNow, BritBox and Acorn for proof of that. "The Bureau," Season 3 (SundanceNow). Like "The Wire," the superb French espionage series "The Bureau" unfolds like...

'Hypocrite preaching feminist ideals': Director Joss Whedon's ex-wife accuses him of cheating

Joss Whedon made his name directing cult television shows such as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and big-budget action movies, which often featured women in empowering roles. Many applauded him for being a champion of women, a feminist in an industry accused of misogyny and sexism. That image was challenged...

Chicago CEO barely gets a 'Bachelor in Paradise' exit

Chicago consulting firm CEO Iggy Rodriguez was sent home without fanfare on Monday's episode of "Bachelor in Paradise." The quiet exit mirrored Rodriguez's low-key time on the show. Over five hours of the ABC network series, he was shown making an uncomfortable pitch for kisses, grunting while...

Showrunner: New 'Chicago P.D.' season to be more socially charged

The upcoming fifth season of the NBC drama “Chicago P.D.” (returning Sept. 27) will aim to hew a bit closer to reality, according to new showrunner Rick Eid in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter. “There’s a lot going on there socially, politically,” he told the publication, “certainly as...

The feel-good Hallmark Channel is booming in the age of Trump

There's a very good chance that you or someone in your close circle of friends watches the Hallmark Channel. Ratings are booming. Hallmark was the only non-news channel in the top 15 to see substantial viewership growth last year. In November and December, when Hallmark aired Christmas movies almost...

The 'Big Brother' Paul situation shows why returning players are a bad idea on reality TV

On an episode of CBS' "Big Brother" this weekend, contestant Paul Abrahamian made an observation. "I don't even know how I've made it so far, or why these people have not even considered putting me up on the block," he marveled to the camera. "But I'll take it." It's an excellent point. Paul is...

Battlefield losses: 5 thoughts on Episode 6 of 'Game of Thrones’

If “Game of Thrones” were a person, instead of a television series, we’d be looking right now for the tell-tale signs of addiction. Is there a little powder around the nose? Have valuables been disappearing from the “GoT” house? Is it time for an intervention? I bring this up because this series’...

Meet the Chicago-area men competing on 'American Ninja Warrior'

Five Chicago-area men compete in a series of grueling obstacles on Monday's episode of "American Ninja Warrior" to earn a spot in the show's finals and advance closer to the $1 million prize. The locals are part of a group 30 contestants facing 10 obstacles — including floating steps and flying...

'Game of Thrones' used to be all about the journey. Now it's about the destination.

The boats and horses on "Game of Thrones" are moving faster than ever. On Sunday night's episode, Daenerys dispatched Tyrion and Davos to King's Landing and, moments later, the men were rowing to its shores. But that was just the start of Davos pinballing around Westeros. During the same episode,...

Lin-Manuel Miranda, James Corden strip down for 'Crosswalk: The Musical'

"Hamilton" mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda and James Corden let it all hang out in a new installment of the "Late Late Show" segment "Crosswalk: The Musical." Corden and crew were joined by Miranda to perform a rendition of the classic 60's counter-culture musical "Hair," complete with Corden and...

Tina Fey urges Americans: Stay home from neo-Nazi rallies. Eat a sheet cake instead.

Tina Fey is fuming about last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, home to her alma mater, the University of Virginia. In response, the former "Saturday Night Live" comedian and writer is spearheading a movement: "sheet caking." WATCH TINA FEY'S "WEEKEND UPDATE" SPOT HERE. In a surprise appearance...

Can't make it outside to watch solar eclipse? Try TV

For the first time in 99 years, a total eclipse of the sun will span the entire United States crossing from the West Coast to the East Coast on Monday. The event will be turning day into night for just a little more than two minutes. The phenomenon is basically the moon's orbit taking it in front...

Potential spinoff of legal drama 'Suits' to be set in Chicago

When the USA lega drama “Suits” closes out its seventh season in early 2018, the finale will also be a backdoor pilot for a potential spinoff starring Gina Torres, an original cast member on the show who left last season. If picked up, the spinoff would have Torres reprising her “Suits” character...

Buried by streaming TV. Send help.

What was your first reaction when you heard Disney was ending its deal with Netflix to launch a streaming service of its own? Was it … exhaustion? Well tuck in, because yet another major player — that would be Apple — is elbowing its way into the streaming game in the coming months. More choice...

'Clinically insane,' '7th circle of hell': Late-night hosts process Trump's news conference

On Monday, the late-night TV hosts got serious as they talked about the horrific events in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend - and President Donald Trump's delayed reaction. On Tuesday night, their disbelief continued after the president's "off-the-rails" afternoon news conference, in...

Creators of 'The Walking Dead' say AMC is ripping them off, lawsuit alleges

AMC's zombie apocalypse drama "The Walking Dead" quickly became one of the most successful shows in television history after its debut in 2010. But its creators are now claiming they haven't gotten their fair share of its record-setting profits. On Monday, many key members of the show's creative...

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