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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 …

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


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


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


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.

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


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

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Larenz Tate - headed for ‘Scandal’?

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


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.

Lori’s List: Halle Berry intrigues on ‘Extant’


LORI RACKL: The best of the week’s new shows are “Finding Carter” on MTV and “The Strain” on FX.

Lori Rackl: My 7 picks for Emmy nominations


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.

‘Mystery Girls’ reunites old friends from ‘90210’


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.

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.

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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.

Dick Cavett celebrates career of soliciting opinions, giving his own


As he heads to Chicago for a Museum of Broadcast Communications tribute, the writer and comedian turned talk show host quips that he’s seldom honored, “so I won’t know how to behave.”