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My worst moment: Frank Caliendo on an early comedy disaster

What happens when comedian Frank Caliendo comes face-to-face with celebrities he has incorporated into his act over the years? “Most of the time they’re not sure how to take it until you do the impression in front of them and they find out the kind of person you are,” said Caliendo, who comes to...

Who's a monster now? 5 thoughts recapping 'The Walking Dead' Episode 3

What is left in this world, Rick asks a young man he is trying to talk into surrendering, but a man’s word? And so Rick gives the guy his solemn promise that he’ll be free to go after spilling information, and -- spoiler alert, and then, thwap! -- Daryl frees him to go to the afterlife. That was...

On 'SNL,' Baldwin's Trump chats with Manafort in the shower - and goes after Weinstein

It's been nearly a year since Donald Trump was elected president, yet the Alec Baldwin portrayals on "Saturday Night Live" won't let up. This week's show opened with Baldwin's Trump visiting his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who has just been indicted and is under house arrest. ("SNL's"...

'SMILF' is another cable dramedy that has the moves, but not the meaning

Showtime's "SMILF," an intriguing yet contextually challenged new dramedy premiering Sunday, is entirely a product of the era we live and make television in: Snapped up at Sundance, where it garnered a few rave responses and a jury award as a short film, this semi-autobiographcial series is created,...

Corey Feldman names one alleged abuser, then defends a man with a similar name

Corey Feldman went on "The Dr. Oz Show" on Thursday to name one of the men he alleges abused him when he was a child actor. Later in the day, he found himself defending a man with a similar name after people on social media started going after the wrong guy. Feldman accused Cloyd Jon Grissom, a...

Jennifer Lawrence interviews Kim Kardashian: Here are five things we learned

On Thursday, Jennifer Lawrence guest hosted "Jimmy Kimmel Live," where Kim Kardashian was a guest. The Oscar-winning actress and self-proclaimed "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" fan pulled no punches in asking the reality star "deeply personal questions." Among her inquiries: So, do you and Kanye,...

'The Late Show' drops Jeremy Piven interview amid sexual harassment allegations

A pre-taped interview with "Wisdom of the Crowd" actor Jeremy Piven will no longer air on Friday's episode of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" amid sexual harassment allegations against the actor. According to a spokesperson from CBS, the interview was taped on Monday, Oct. 30, before news...

'Alias Grace' adapter Sarah Polley on age-old injustice and Harvey Weinstein

Based on the 1996 novel by Margaret Atwood, who is already having a major small-screen triumph thanks to Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the six-part Netflix series “Alias Grace” gives viewers a starkly compelling reason to forget about 21st-century gender nightmares for a while, and to focus instead...

Two provocative dramas show how a feminist story need not always be a triumphant one

The air is electric with courageous women striking back at the awful acts of powerful men. Disgrace is being dragged out into the harsh light of day and, in very short order, we've seen boldface, showbizzy media names inducted into a newly built Hall of Shame. There's more to come, no doubt, with...

The allegations against Kevin Spacey got 'House of Cards' canceled - good riddance

There are few shows with the pretensions to and patina of greatness that I hate more than Netflix's "House of Cards." And after Anthony Rapp's allegation that the series star Kevin Spacey propositioned him when Rapp was just 14, production on the show has been halted, and Netflix has announced...

CBS 'looking into' groping allegations against Jeremy Piven

CBS is "looking into" sexual harassment allegations leveled by reality star Ariane Bellamar against Jeremy Piven. Bellamar accused the "Entourage" star of groping her in a tweet posted Monday using the hashtag #metoo. "Hey [Jeremy Piven]!" she wrote. "'Member when you cornered me in your trailer...

'Mindhunter' is the perfect horror story for a year so full of reports about men who hate women

Early in the first season of "Mindhunter," Netflix's new show from David Fincher about criminal profiling and the invention of the serial killer, FBI agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) finds himself trying to understand why crime doesn't seem to make sense anymore. Beset by spree killers, men who...

Megyn Kelly wanted to host a 'fun' show, but sexual harassment stories put her back in fierce mode

On the premiere of her NBC morning show five weeks ago, Megyn Kelly said viewers should expect "to have a laugh with us, a smile, sometimes a tear, and maybe a little hope to start your day. Some fun! That's what we want to be doing. Some fun." Last Monday - and on five consecutive episodes after...

Netflix suspends production on 'House of Cards'

Netflix and the maker of "House of Cards" say production on the show starring Kevin Spacey is suspended. The political satire is filming its sixth and final season amid fallout from a 1980s sexual abuse allegation leveled at Spacey by a former child star. In a joint statement Tuesday, Netflix and...

Wendy Williams passes out, collapses on-air during chat show

Wendy Williams gave viewers a scare Tuesday morning when she passed out on-the-air during a broadcast of her syndicated chat show. Williams was introducing a segment while wearing a Statue of Liberty Halloween costume when her speech suddenly became slurred. She began shaking and seconds later...

Jon Seda talks 'Chicago Justice' cancellation, 'Chicago P.D.' return

Though “Chicago Justice” was canceled in the spring after one season, Jon Seda isn’t dismissing the NBC courtroom drama just yet. “You never want to see a show fail, but I don't really think it failed. For whatever rhyme or reason, it just had the one season. But it's interesting, you know, (creator)...

'Chicago Med' star Oliver Platt says Mayor Emanuel is a 'natural' actor

If Mayor Rahm Emanuel is looking for a career change, he might consider acting. “Chicago Med" star Oliver Platt said Emanuel — who made a brief guest appearance as himself on the 2015 premiere of the NBC medical drama — is “a natural, man. Yeah, he started to like riff and stuff like that and (co-creator)...

2 with ties to U. of I. competing in 'Jeopardy' Tournament of Champions

Two of the 15 contestants in the “Jeopardy” Tournament of Champions have ties to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Pranjal Vachaspati, an Ohio native who lives in downstate Urbana, is a doctoral student who studies the construction of evolutionary trees from genetic sequences. Seth...

Katey Sagal open to 'Married ... with Children' revival

“Superior Donuts” star Katey Sagal said she is open to reviving the Chicagoland-set sitcom “Married … with Children,” but acknowledged “it probably won’t happen.” “I thought it would be really fun to do it like on Netflix where we could swear,” Sagal told the Los Angeles Times in a new interview....

My worst moment: John C. McGinley on Oliver Stone, juggling two jobs at once

  From “Scrubs” to his current horror-comedy series “Stan Against Evil,” John C. McGinley has built a career playing outwardly assured, amusingly cranky men with a talent for the withering putdown or cantankerous rant. IFC’s “Stan Against Evil” is back for a second season with McGinley as a former...

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