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On WGN Radio: HollywoodChicago.com’s Brian Tallerico on ‘The Amazing Race,’ ‘SNL: Backstage,’ ‘Shedding For the Wedding’

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CHICAGO – HollywoodChicago.com content director Brian Tallerico speaks with WGN Radio host Bill Moller on Feb. 19, 2011 about the ratings for “The Chicago Code” and the premieres of “The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business,” “SNL: Backstage,” “America’s Next Top Model,” and “Shedding For the Wedding.” Other programs discussed include “Survivor: Redemption Island,” “Blue Bloods,” and “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.”

TV Review: ‘The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business’ Offers Second Chance

CHICAGO – The Emmy Award-winning CBS hit “The Amazing Race” returns tonight, Feb. 20th, 2011, with a group of familiar faces, most of them red from embarrassment at the mistakes they made last time and looking to correct them on the new season, appropriately titled “Unfinished Business.”

‘Two and a Half Men’ Star Charlie Sheen Preaches to UCLA Baseball Team on Drugs

Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen

CHICAGO – When most people think of UCLA sports, they think of the NCAA basketball team (and the NCAA basketball odds by BetUS for how they’ll do in March Madness). Then it’s UCLA football, then UCLA dorm girls and somewhere down the line it’s UCLA baseball.

TV Review: Talented Cast Gives Promise to CBS Sitcom ‘Mad Love’

CHICAGO – After years of suffering through abysmal failures (“Rules of Engagement,” “Worst Week,” “Gary Unmarried”) and mediocre offerings (“Mike & Molly,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine”), it seems like CBS may have finally found a new relationship comedy worth a look on Monday nights in the very-promising “Mad Love,” debuting, of course, on Valentine’s Eve, Feb. 14, 2011.

On WGN Radio: HollywoodChicago.com’s Brian Tallerico on ‘The Chicago Code,’ ‘The Sunset Limited,’ ‘Mad Love,’ ‘Survivor’

WGN Radio

CHICAGO – HollywoodChicago.com content director Brian Tallerico speaks with WGN Radio host Bill Moller on Feb. 12, 2011 about the ratings for “The Chicago Code” and the premieres of “The Sunset Limited” and “Mad Love.”

DVD Round-Up: ‘The Mentalist,’ ‘Dollhouse,’ ‘Lost Boys: The Thirst’

The Mentalist

CHICAGO – The DVD Round-Up is back to do some catch-up around the HollywoodChicago.com office of a few titles that either arrived a bit past their fresh-by date or we couldn’t find time to cover with full reviews. We still think you might want to know the details about these releases as you begin your holiday shopping, and so the DVD Round-Up returns. We hope you didn’t miss us too badly.

TV Review: New Season of ‘The Amazing Race’ Hardly a Game-Changer

CHICAGO – There is absolutely nothing amazing about “The Amazing Race.” There’s also nothing that’s exciting, innovative, insightful or original about this long-running reality contest, despite the fact that it’s garnered twelve Primetime Emmys.

TV on DVD Round-Up: ‘C.S.I.,’ ‘Desperate Housewives,’ ‘Scrubs’

Scrubs: S9 DVD

CHICAGO – With most TV on DVD releases now scheduled for August and September, how does one buyer work through all of the options? We’ve covered a number of the choices in recent weeks (and have a few more planned next week) along reviews of every new series, but it’s easy for some titles to fall through the cracks, especially for shows that might not have the cultural cachet they once did.

TV Review: Tom Selleck’s Epic ‘Blue Bloods’ Has Some Potential

CHICAGO – Tom Selleck is back on series television, portraying the patriarch of a New York City cop dynasty in “Blue Bloods” (not a bad pun), but this time he is the Chief of Police over the whole city. He still has time for Sunday dinner with the family, and he’s inviting TV fans to the table.

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  • 47 Ronin with Keanu Reeves

    CHICAGO – If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between a director and a producer, let “47 Ronin” explain how the hierarchy of creativity hinders the evolution of even the most straightforward-sounding pitches. “47 Ronin” is the type of samurai movie set in Japan that features native actors speaking only English, while Keanu Reeves stars as an outsider clearly plunked into the picture for stateside star power.

  • A Field in England (teaser)

    CHICAGO – I can’t recommend this more. “A Field in England” is a flashback and a flash forward all at once. It’s impossible to watch without thinking of great counter culture cinema. In fact when I saw it at Fantastic Fest 2013 it played as part of a double bill with Ken Russell’s “The Devils” (1971). They made perfect cinematic companion pieces. Russell’s film concerned a wayward priest desperate to protect his 17th century city from corruption in the Church only to fall victim to group hysteria when he is, ironically, accused of witchcraft by a jealous nun.

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