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Chicago actors poised to claim lots of Emmy gold

LORI RACKL: Though he predicts defeat, former West Sider Andre Braugher is in winning form, as are Allison Tolman, Anna Gunn and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

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Longtime ‘Saturday Night Live’ announcer Don Pardo dead at 96

Don Pardo, one of TV’s best-known announcers for his work on “Saturday Night Live” and the original “Jeopardy!,” has died at the age of 96. “There was no greater thrill than hearing Don Pardo bellow your name for the first time in the opening credits of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ ” said longtime cast member Tina Fey. With his death, Fey said, “Late night will never sound as cool again.”

Father of ‘Homer Simpson’ voice actor dead at 99

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Louis Castellaneta, who raised a creative family that includes son Dan Castellaneta, the voice of countless animated characters including Homer Simpson and Krusty the Clown on TV’s “The Simpsons,” died Friday at his home in the Chicago suburbs. He was 99. Dan Castellaneta said his father was “a wonderful, creative and talented man” — and funny, too.

Neal Brennan, a vegan comic from Wilmette, chews the fat on TV

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LORI RACKL: On his Sundance TV chatfest “The Approval Matrix,” the writer-director leads panel discussions on pop culture.

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Uzo Aduba, Joe Morton, Jimmy Fallon among creative arts Emmy winners

Uzo Aduba was among the winners of creative arts Emmy awards announced Saturday. Aduba was honored for her breakout role as a prisoner known as “Crazy Eyes” in Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black.”

South Side high schooler featured on CNN’s ‘Chicagoland’ series shot, wounded

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A South Side high school student who was featured on the CNN series “Chicagoland” was shot and wounded Saturday, his family said.

‘American Idol’ contestant Michael Johns dead at 35

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Michael Johns, the rock ‘n’ soul singer and Australian heartthrob who was a fan favorite on Season 7 of TV’s “American Idol” singing competition, has died. The Hollywood Reporter and other news outlets reported that Johns, 35, died Friday from a blood clot in an ankle.

David Suchet wraps up ‘Poroit’ series

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British actor David Suchet has spent a quarter-century bringing to life a certain fussy Belgian sleuth with a mustache as impeccable as his intellect and crime-solving skills. For Suchet’s dedication to Hercule Poirot through 70 television adaptations of Agatha Christie’s works, he has been rewarded …

‘Dating Naked’ doesn’t faze La Grange man

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Suburban programmer ‘all in’ as he strips down for relationship show

‘Naked’ ambition can help you make it in reality TV

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The “Dating Naked” series is the latest example of reality television’s newest trend. Nudity is hot, no longer confined to late-night premium cable.

‘Sharknado’ sequel has bite and lots of laughs

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NEW YORK — Don’t worry about me. The Sharknado Evacuation map supplied by Syfy network places me, as a resident of Lower Manhattan, smack in the zone most in peril this sharknado season. But I’ll be ready. You might as well batten down the hatches, …

Desmin Borges credits ‘Chad Deity’ role as his big break

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LORI RACKL: The Logan Square native, co-star of FX’s new comedy series “You’re the Worst,” remembers Mace as the character who launched his career.

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Alexandra Shipp to portray Aaliyah in Lifetime biopic

Alexandra Shipp has very little time to get ready for her new role as the late R&B singer Aaliyah. Lifetime spokeswoman Kannie Yu LaPack confirmed Friday that Shipp will play the singer, who died in a plane crash in 2001. Shipp replaces Zendaya in the …

LORI RACKL: ‘Underground BBQ Challenge’ looks for neighborhood gems

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The Travel Channel show’s Chicago producer promises real people in a “down and dirty” competition.

Larenz Tate - headed for ‘Scandal’?

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The West Side native, starring on USA’s new “Rush,” plays it coy about rumors he’ll be the next gladiator on the hit he calls “an incredible show.”

Analyzing the Emmy nominations: 10 head scratchers and slow claps

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With the overall quality and quantity of television at an all-time high, it couldn’t have been easy narrowing down the field of this year’s Emmy nominees.