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Lori Rackl

Lori Rackl is the TV critic for the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Flaps after ‘Big Brother’ left winner Andy Herren ‘stressed out’

LORI RACKL: The Chicagoan says he apologized to his fellow houseguests for saying “nasty things” and intends to return to his old job at College of DuPage.

Lori’s List: ‘Tyrant,’ ‘The Leftovers’ the best of week’s 4 new TV series

Cable premieres top the unimaginative network shows “Taxi Brooklyn” and “Reckless.”

Take a walk on the wildlings side: A ‘Game of Thrones’ tour through Northern Ireland

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is the biggest thing to come out of Northern Ireland since the Titanic, and tourism officials know it. They’re hoping the fantasy drama based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels will work the same kind of magic on their visitor numbers as “Lord of the Rings” did for New Zealand.

May the best twin win on HGTV’s ‘Brother vs. Brother’

LORI RACKL: Jonathan and Drew Scott’s competition show shores up the rivalry between the ‘Property Brothers’ stars.

Northbrook Yankee plays on another court

LORI RACKL: Local native Juliet Angus gets catty with British socialites on Bravo’s “Ladies of London.”

Lori’s List: Rahm Emanuel visits Jimmy, ‘Orange Is the New Black’ springs a new batch

Netflix’s prison series comes to Chicago to start season two.

John Malkovich talks TV, Blackbeard and puffy shirts

Veteran stage and screen star John Malkovich has jumped ship to television, where he does a turn as legendary swashbuckler Blackbeard in the new NBC series “Crossbones,” premiering at 9 p.m. Friday.

South Sider must pretend to like Detroit on ‘Undateable’

Comedian Ron Funches of the new NBC sitcom has “fond memories” of his childhood in Woodlawn.

Chicago area women found Fox’s fake prince ‘charming’

LORI RACKL: Royal or not, the imposter amused two local contestants who were flown to England for “I Wanna Marry ‘Harry.’ ”

Lori’s list: ’80s techies more fun than doctors, pirates

LORI RACKL: Skip NBC’s “The Night Shift” and “Crossbones” and save your TV time for the AMC period piece “Halt and Catch Fire.”

Lori’s List: a gimmick on ‘The Bachelorette,’ four stars for ‘The Normal Heart’

LORI RACKL: The week also includes a chaotic wedding wrapping up the season for “Modern Family.”

Lori’s list: a gimmick on ‘The Bachelorette,’ 4 stars for ‘The Normal Heart’

LORI RACKL: The week also includes a chaotic wedding wrapping up the “Modern Family” season.

Chicago meets princely pretender from ‘I Wanna Marry Harry’

LORI RACKL: Matthew Hicks, who tries to convince women he’s Prince Harry on the Fox reality show, says it wasn’t easy keeping up the royal ruse.

Notre Dame star’s daughter ‘a better person’ after ‘Bad Girls Club Chicago’

LORI RACKL: Alex Rice, a model, has had a rocky relationship with her dad, former Fighting Irish quarterback Tony Rice.

Lori Rackl: “Chicago Fire’s” bar set a lot like Bucktown’s Lotties

A Bucktown bar called Lotties used to double as Molly’s Pub, the favorite watering hole of the firefighters and paramedics on “Chicago Fire.” ¶ The NBC drama built its own Molly’s at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios this season, which has its finale at 9 p.m. …

Lori’s list: Triumphant returns for Jack Bauer, Louis C.K.

LORI RACKL: Fresh episodes of “24” and “Louie” highlight a week also marked by a “Rosemary’s Baby” remake and Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful.”

A furry fire survivor nails her TV debut

LORI RACKL: Smokey, a labrador-retriever mix from downstate Jacksonville, beat out roughly 100 firehouse canines to win a cameo on Tuesday’s “Chicago Fire.”