Television Q&A: What makes a TV 'season'?

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Q: How are TV seasons determined? I see some shows say it’s season 34 and I know they haven’t been on that long.

A: It used to be that the calendar determined a prime-time TV show’s season in the U.S. – that it consisted of episodes airing from September to May, when most people were watching TV...Read more


Netflix's 'Queer Eye' recreated for groundbreaking Lego set

The “Queer Eye” guys are getting miniaturized.

This week, Lego Land announced its new collaboration with the Emmy Award-winning Netflix series, “Queer Eye.”

The iconic Danish toy company has created mini-figure versions of Karamo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France, Bobby Berk, Antoni Porowski and the show’s dog, Bruley.

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Filming of IMDb TV series 'Sprung' makes waves in Pittsburgh suburbs

PITTSBURGH — When a movie or television show films on location, it’s common to cover the signage of local businesses with names that fit the time period or setting of the production. The Amazon Prime Video series “A League of Their Own” recently did that with the old Schwartz Market on the South Side while shooting there in July.

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Kanye West rushed 'Donda' to compete with Drake's 'Certified Lover Boy,' Rundgren says

Todd Rundgren is offering up some background information about the sketchy release of Kanye West’s newest music.

The Grammy Award-nominated classic rock artist — who was enlisted to work on “Donda” — says the opus was rushed in order to compete with Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy.”

“My involvement went on for a year, and in the...Read more


How 'Nine Perfect Strangers' hopes to make psychedelic therapy mainstream

Midway through Hulu’s limited series “Nine Perfect Strangers,” created by David E. Kelley, the guests at a luxurious wellness retreat on a remote stretch of the California coast realize that their host, Masha (Nicole Kidman), has been drugging them with psychedelics. They’re initially upset: They hadn’t given consent for this.

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Breaking down 'The Card Counter' ending: Here's what that final shot means to Paul Schrader

LOS ANGELES — For nearly 50 years, writer and director Paul Schrader has been unsparingly examining the dark side of human nature. From the screenplays to “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull” for Martin Scorsese to his own films as director such as “Hardcore,” “American Gigolo,” “Light Sleeper” “Affliction” and “First ...Read more

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Olivia Jade nears 'Dancing with the Stars' debut amid social media backlash

Olivia Jade’s return to “Dancing with the Stars” comes in lockstep with controversy.

The YouTuber — and daughter of “Full House” star Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli — is one of the contestants on the reality dancing competition show, which returns for its 30th season Monday.

Her parents both did time behind bars for their ...Read more


After swearing off vaccine, Wendy Williams tests positive for COVID-19; talk show premiere further delayed

Wendy Williams has tested positive for COVID-19, and her eponymous talk show’s season 13 premiere has been delayed until next month.

The Debmar-Mercury-produced show announced Williams’ diagnosis on its official Instagram account late Wednesday afternoon.

“While continuing her health evaluations, Wendy has tested positive for a ...Read more


Review: With a return to Westerns, 'Cry Macho' is a sunset rodeo for Clint Eastwood at 91

This “macho thing,” says Clint Eastwood in his latest film, is “overrated.” Same with grit, he says.

What? What is this, some sort of rickety, sweet-tempered road movie about an old man, a boy and a rooster?

“Cry Macho” is exactly that, in addition to be a few other things. It is Eastwood’s 39th film as credited director. If you ...Read more

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'Ted Lasso' dominates TV critics awards; is Emmy next?

“Ted Lasso,” Apple’s beloved comedy series about a team of British soccer misfits and their perpetually optimistic American football coach dominated the 2021 Television Critics Association (TCA) awards, it was announced on Wednesday.

Bolstered by a standout lead performance by Jason Sudeikis and an exceptional ensemble cast, “Ted Lasso�...Read more

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Fauci weighs in on Nicki Minaj's COVID-19 vaccine misinformation

Dr. Anthony Fauci has debunked Nicki Minaj’s controversial comments about the COVID-19 vaccine.

The country’s authority on infectious diseases is the latest medical expert to call out “misinformation” found in the hip hop star’s public remarks about the shots.

On Monday, Minaj — whose given name is Onika Tanya Maraj — came under ...Read more

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What's up with Harry and Meghan's 'strange,' 'plasticky' Time cover photo?

Prince Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are back in the headlines yet again, this time after being honored this week as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2021.

The honor comes with a glowing writeup by their friend, World Central Kitchen chef and founder Jose Andrés, who said that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “turn ...Read more

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Chicago's Goodman Theatre artistic director Robert Falls stepping down after 35 years

CHICAGO — After a 35-year run leading Chicago’s most prestigious theater company, Goodman Theatre artistic director Robert Falls is to resign, effective at the end of the current season in August 2022.

“It feels right,” Falls said in an interview. “I’ve had the greatest job. I feel like I’ve accomplished everything at the theater ...Read more

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Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett to release more content in new ViacomCBS deal

Get ready to go goo-goo for Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett — a whole lot more often.

Fresh off their “One Last Time” concerts in New York, the singing duo has partnered with ViacomCBS for a new slate of original programming, the entertainment company announced Wednesday.

The content deal kicks off Friday with MTV debuting the video for Gaga ...Read more

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Julianne Hough knows you already hate 'The Activist.' And she welcomes the backlash

LOS ANGELES — Actor and dancer Julianne Hough does not “claim to be an activist.” So why did she agree to cohost a reality-TV show about activism?

On Tuesday, Hough embraced the “powerful” backlash to CBS’ forthcoming series “The Activist” and explained her decision to join Usher and Priyanka Chopra Jonas as emcees of the ...Read more

Review: 'Eyes of Tammy Faye' offers grace, empathy to an iconic televangelist

If there’s an image that can signify American tabloid culture of the 1980s, it just might be the iconic eyelashes of Tammy Faye Bakker, a groundbreaking televangelist and the wife of charismatic preacher Jim Bakker. Tammy Faye was a pioneer in the world of televangelism, known for her puppets and powerful singing, but the Bakkers suffered a ...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases


Rated R for language throughout and some violence.

What it’s about: A Louisiana man adopted from Korea faces deportation after an incident with law enforcement.

The kid attractor factor: This is an adult drama, so there's not much appeal for kids.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Family is the most important thing, never abandon your...Read more

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Seth Meyers remembers Norm Macdonald's favorite thing about 'SNL'

Late-night TV hosts Jimmy Fallon, James Corden and Seth Meyers all paid tribute Tuesday to fellow comedian Norm Macdonald, who died that morning at age 61 after a long, private battle with cancer.

“We have lost an absolute comedy legend,” Corden said on “The Late Late Show.” “Norm Macdonald passed away today, far too soon, far too ...Read more


Movie review: Clint Eastwood confronts his own legacy -- again -- in the creaky, meandering 'Cry Macho'

Macho is the name of a rooster, an expert cockfighter and a plucky companion to a wayward teenager named Rafo (Eduardo Minett). Rafo, in turn, finds himself playing sidekick to Mike Milo, a faded rodeo star played with a familiar dyspeptic wince by Clint Eastwood. Making their way from Mexico to Texas in a rusty old truck sometime in 1980, the ...Read more

Sound Advice: Mix and match components when building a new system

Q. I want to buy myself a retirement gift. In my youth I had a wonderful Technics system with loud volume, deep lows, clear highs and great sound throughout. Back then you could go to the store and buy a complete, perfectly matched system like that. Today I have no idea where to even start.

My LP collection is gone so I will listen to CDs and ...Read more