CHICAGO – The issue of gender identity, especially for those who are born with a vagueness as to what to call themselves between/beyond boy and girl, has come front and center in the U.S., both with the legalization of gay marriage and the callous repudiation of identity by trying to pass laws dismissing it (the North Carolina “bathroom” laws). The performance companies of The Living Canvas and Nothing Without a Company is currently staging “[Trans]formation,” which presents gender identity art by six performers, who perform most of the play in the nude.
Dancing With the Stars
CHICAGO – One of the big hits on Netflix is the updating of the Gen-X classic sitcom, “Full House,” naturally entitled “Fuller House.” Taking on the role of Stephanie Tanner in both incarnations is Jodie Sweetin, who has just started a stint as a fan favorite on the 22nd season of “Dancing With the Stars.”
CHICAGO – Chicagoland was cooking last month as former Food Network star and culinary icon Paula Deen was at the Old Orchard Barnes & Noble in Skokie, Ill., to promote her new book, “Paula Deen Cuts the Fat: 250 Recipes Lightened Up.“ The queen of southern-style cooking has reworked her popular recipes with ingredients with less calories.
CHICAGO – “Dancing with the Stars,” “The Voice,” “Castle,” “2 Broke Girls,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Bones,” “Revolution” — Monday nights have officially become the most crowded and competitive night of the week. And, as is often the case when a night gets overcrowded, ratings dropped across the board last night, the first official night of the Fall TV season.
CHICAGO – After an incredibly successful 2011-2012 season, ABC is doing something of a victory lap by not changing much of what worked about a season that saw the network create a number of new hits, including “Revenge,” “Once Upon a Time,” and “Suburgatory.”
CHICAGO – Season 14 of “Dancing with the Stars” is officially underway after the announcement this morning of the competitors. While some may be excited to see the celebrities hit the stage, others may be waiting for celebrities to actually be announced as competitors on the show.
CHICAGO – Fans of “Pan Am,” “Man Up!,” and “Cougar Town” better be sitting down. None are on ABC’s mid-season schedule, announced today. It’s unclear for sure what the heck is going on with “Cougar Town,” a show that was announced as returning mid-season months ago, but one hopes it will still return in the spring. Stay tuned for further updates. The fact that the sliding “Pan Am” and “Man Up!” appear less and less likely to make it through their first seasons should come as a surprise to no one.
CHICAGO – If you’re gonna cut loose, “Footloose,” it is best to do what the production team and cast did in cutting this remake of the 1980s kitschy classic – pay deep homage to the source and modify it with a energetic and contemporary spin on the dance floor.
CHICAGO – Last month, the famous retailer Macy’s participated in “Fashion’s Night Out” in Chicago, at both their Michigan Avenue and State Street Stores. Among the special events was an appearance by Kelly Osbourne (”The Osbournes,” “Dancing with the Stars”) and Kyle Richards (”The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”).
CHICAGO – Well, that was predictable. As expected, audiences were curious about how “Two and a Half Men” would handle the departure of Charlie Sheen and the arrival of Ashton Kutcher. The most important demo numbers aren’t in yet but the overall household ratings (the first numbers released) were ludicrously high with season premiere numbers for the CBS hit that doubled last year’s first episode.
CHICAGO – The official results are in. The cast for the thirteenth season of the ABC reality series “Dancing with the Stars” was announced tonight during the commercial breaks of the show “Bachelor Pad.”