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‘Fargo’ the place to be for Chicago’s Allison Tolman

Before “Fargo” star Allison Tolman relocated to Chicago from Texas in the first half of 2009, she was a standout on the Dallas theater scene, acting frequently and earning awards.

Lori’s list: Compelling ‘Fargo,’ thrilling ‘Orphan Black’

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The week also offers a documentary about Muhammad Ali’s legal fight and a series reimagining witches in Salem.

‘Mad Men’ conspiracy theory file: Does all of that airplane imagery signal doom for Don Draper?

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“Mad Men” launched its seventh and final season Sunday with “Time Zones,” an episode heavily laden with airplane imagery (spoilers ahead). Read more here.

Then and now — TV’s late night landscape since 1993

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Let’s try for a little historical perspective by comparing the late night landscape that greets Stephen Colbert’s announcement against the world in which “Late Show” was born.

‘Mad Men’ changes with the times

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Hemlines shrink, drug use grows and New York ad man Don Draper struggles as “Mad Men” closes out the tumultuous ’60s.

Lori’s List for April 7-13: ‘Deadbeat,’ ‘Mad Men’

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The week’s other small-screen highlights include a pair of Food Network debuts and a star-powered series about climate change.

Lori’s list for March 31: ‘HIMYM,’ ‘Game of Thrones’

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The long goodbye of “How I Met Your Mother” is finally here, plus the return of “Game of Thrones” and a documentary featuring Loyola Ramblers in one of the most important basketball games in collegiate sports history.

Geeky Thomas Middleditch gets the last laugh

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Former Chicago-based improviser Thomas Middleditch recently landed the biggest role of his career playing computer nerd and budding tech titan Richard Hendricks in the HBO drama “Silicon Valley.” In the role, Middleditch brings the geekiness from his life to his art.

Taraji P. Henson means business on TV show shooting in Chicago

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Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson is gracious when describing how she has been dealing with a Chicago winter. She’s here for one more week filming the Fox drama pilot “Empire,” from director Lee Daniels, and she is too well bred to say it has been …

‘Game of Thrones’ stars don’t find inspiration from George R.R. Martin novels

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NEW YORK — Like every “Game of Thrones” fan, Charles Dance was gobsmacked by last season’s next-to-last installment.

That episode, “Red Wedding,” made good on its title with a massacre staged by the bride’s father, Lord Walder Frey, who meant to settle a score with …

Star returns to Chicago to find ‘Cooley High’ still rings true with fans

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“I had no idea is was gonna be a landmark film,” says Glynn Turman, who revisted the 1975 comedy for a TV One special.

‘The Good Wife’ and a new breed of atheism on TV

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Will Gardner’s unexpected, violent death last week on “The Good Wife” qualifies as one of TV’s OMG moments. Sunday’s episode of the CBS drama had what you could call a No My God moment.

Now’s the best time to binge on TV’s addictive ‘Orphan Black’

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LORI RACKL: Networks and streaming services are making it easier to catch up between seasons of great shows like BBC America’s sci-fi thriller.

Lori’s List: ‘Surviving Jack,’ Hannibal Buress, ‘Mr. Selfridge’

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“SURVIVING JACK” (7:30 p.m. Thursday, WFLD-Channel 32): Television needs another nostalgic family comedy with a “Wonder Years”-style voiceover like it needs another singing competition. But there’s an acerbic charm to Fox’s 1991-set sitcom that elevates it above similar newcomers “Growing Up Fisher” and “The Goldbergs.” …

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In final season, ‘Mad Men’ will explore ‘consequences’

By LORI RACKL TV Critic Next month marks the beginning of the end for “Mad Men.”AMC’s ’60s-set drama about the advertising world and the characters who populate it begins the first half of its seventh and final season April 13. Showrunner and creator Matthew Weiner …

Chicago poses as D.C. in NBC’s intriguing ‘Crisis’

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LORI RACKL: The series stars Gillian Anderson and Dermot Mulroney, who promises some “old-fashioned cliffhangers.”