Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ FIERY FACEOFF ]]> Lead story image

In an epic underdog tale, 33-year-old Lake Zurich native Jason Zepaltas has gone from perhaps the shortest-lived contestant in “Hell’s Kitchen” history to a top two finalist. Tonight, he and Woodstock’s Scott Commings will face off on Fox-TV for the chance to be head chef at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, a $250,000-a-year dream job that season 11 winner Ja’Nel Witt declined due to “personal matters.” But that’s just on television. Zepaltas and Commings already know who wins, and must remain tight-lipped about their status until the final episode has aired — a task … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:00:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ David Suchet wraps up ‘Poroit’ series ]]> Lead story image

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 with the sort of critical praise — “miraculous” and “splendid” are among the applied adjectives — that any fellow classically trained actor would envy. Fan reaction can be similarly fervent. “The most extreme example happened to me in Newfoundland in Canada,” Suchet recalled recently. He was there taking a coffee-shop break during production of a … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:46:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Dating Naked’ doesn’t faze La Grange man ]]> Lead story image

Suburban programmer ‘all in’ as he strips down for relationship show ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 02:18:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Naked’ ambition can help you make it in reality TV ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:15:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Sharknado’ sequel has bite and lots of laughs ]]> Lead story image

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, too. “Sharknado 2: The Second One” (which, if you hadn’t guessed, is an encore follow-up sequel to last summer’s campy classic) premieres Wednesday (8 p.m. CDT). The original “Sharknado” depicted a weather aberration on the Southern California coast that caused bloodthirsty sharks to rain on hapless Angelenos. But hunky beach-bar owner Fin Shepard (get it: … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:17:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Desmin Borges credits ‘Chad Deity’ role as his big break ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:30:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Alexandra Shipp to portray Aaliyah in Lifetime biopic ]]> Lead story image

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 Lifetime biopic “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B.” Zendaya pulled out of production last month. The project was briefly halted, but filming will start later this month, leaving the 23-year-old Shipp little time to prep. She has played roles on Nick show “House of Anubis” and the movie “Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.” The biopic will … ]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:01:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ LORI RACKL: ‘Underground BBQ Challenge’ looks for neighborhood gems ]]> Lead story image

The Travel Channel show’s Chicago producer promises real people in a “down and dirty” competition. ]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:46:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Larenz Tate - headed for ‘Scandal’? ]]> Lead story image

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.” ]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:04:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ Analyzing the Emmy nominations: 10 head scratchers and slow claps ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:55:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lori’s List: Halle Berry intrigues on ‘Extant’ ]]> Lead story image

LORI RACKL: The best of the week’s new shows are “Finding Carter” on MTV and “The Strain” on FX. ]]> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 20:53:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lori Rackl: My 7 picks for Emmy nominations ]]> Lead story image

Practice your indignant face and get ready for a tsunami of snark on Twitter: Nominees for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced bright and early Thursday morning. ]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:21:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Mystery Girls’ reunites old friends from ‘90210’ ]]> Lead story image

When thinking of a scene from their new ABC Family sitcom, Jennie Garth giggles at the memory of Tori Spelling going for it, making a funny face and using a strange voice. ]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:15:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lori’s List: A look at this week’s notable TV shows (VIDEO) ]]>

Illuminating documentaries about weddings and the ’90s rank among the week’s best TV. ]]> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 22:11:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Flaps after ‘Big Brother’ left winner Andy Herren ‘stressed out’ ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:41:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lori’s List: ‘Tyrant,’ ‘The Leftovers’ the best of week’s 4 new TV series ]]> Lead story image

Cable premieres top the unimaginative network shows “Taxi Brooklyn” and “Reckless.” ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:12:18 -0500