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'Vikings' Ep. 209 preview: It's Bjorn Ironside

'Vikings' Ep. 209 preview: It's Bjorn Ironside

The penultimate episode of "Vikings" Season 2 airs Thursday, and it's packed with fighting, infighting and treachery.

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'Vikings' Season 2 photo gallery

'Vikings' Season 2 photo gallery

Here's a first look at "Vikings" Season 2, which premieres at 8 p.m. Feb. 27 on History.

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Lupita Nyong'o named People's Most Beautiful: video

Lupita Nyong'o named People's Most Beautiful: video

People magazine has named Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o its most beautiful person for 2014. The announcement was made on the Today show Tuesday morning. The former Yale drama student, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in “12 Years a Slave,” talked to Savannah Guthrie...

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'Utopia' casting at c2e2

'Utopia' casting at c2e2

Any Chicagoans fed up with the way they're living these days, or how society works in general, have a chance to create a brave new world—if they make it through auditions for Fox's "Utopia" reality series.

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'Falling Skies' Season 4: Great battle is coming

'Falling Skies' Season 4: Great battle is coming

With the fourth season of "Falling Skies" just two months away TNT has dropped an epic trailer that shows new characters, a changed Anne Glass and a very different baby Alexis.

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'Star Wars Rebels' teaser debuts at WonderCon

'Star Wars Rebels' teaser debuts at WonderCon

"Star Wars Rebels" gave fans a sneak peek of the upcoming series over the weekend at at WonderCon 2014 in Anaheim, Calif.

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'Orphan Black' review: Time to join Clone Club

'Orphan Black' review: Time to join Clone Club

Consider me a loyal member of the Clone Club—the name "Orphan Black" (8 p.m. Saturday, BBC America; 3.5 stars out of four) fans gave themselves last year as their passion turned this sci-fi thriller into a cult hit.

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'Orphan Black' Season 2 photos: Meet the characters

'Orphan Black' Season 2 photos: Meet the characters

TV's hottest clone war doesn't involve outer space at all. Clone sisters Sarah, Alison and Cosima will battle for answers about their origins when "Orphan Black" returns for Season 2 at 8 p.m. April 19 on BBC America.

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Something wicked brewing in 'Salem'

Something wicked brewing in 'Salem'

Witches are out for revenge in "Salem," WGN America's retelling of the occult panic that swept 17th century Massachusetts and led to the infamous Salem witch trials.

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'Salem' photos: Meet the witches, others

'Salem' photos: Meet the witches, others

"Salem," TV's latest witch series, tells the "real" story of the notorious Salem witch trials in 17th century Massachusetts, suggesting that witches caused the panic on purpose. "Salem" premieres 9 p.m. April 20 on WGN America.

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'Vikings' preview: Shirtless fighting, that's exciting

'Vikings' preview: Shirtless fighting, that's exciting

After the shocking developments in last week's episode of "Vikings," I thought it might be fun to highlight a lighter for fans this week. May I present this week's Shirtless TV Men of the Week: Alexander Ludwig and Clive Standen?

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Zac Efron, Seth Rogen flash the 'Workaholics'

Zac Efron, Seth Rogen flash the 'Workaholics'

"That was a great dick. That was a great dick. That was a great dick."

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'Orange is the New Black' Season 2 trailer released

'Orange is the New Black' Season 2 trailer released

The official trailer for Season 2 of "Orange is the New Black" is out, and it looks like the latest Litchfield inmate will have Red seeing red.

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New teaser for 'The Strain' is an eyeful

New teaser for 'The Strain' is an eyeful

Cover your eyes, "The Strain" is coming. The latest teaser from FX's upcoming horror series gives viewers an eyeful of creepiness.

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Kate Walsh pole dances for Twitter followers

Kate Walsh pole dances for Twitter followers

Some people will do anything to gain Twitter followers.

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Billy Bob Thornton brings menace, humor to 'Fargo'

Billy Bob Thornton brings menace, humor to 'Fargo'

Billy Bob Thornton has played his share of wonderfully wacky characters. His latest might be the most bizarre, menacing and poorly coiffed.

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Efron hot: Zac Efron shows off abs in MTV awards win

Efron hot: Zac Efron shows off abs in MTV awards win

Zac Efron promised to strip off his shirt if he won the Best Shirtless Performance award at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, and Rita Ora made sure he followed through.

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'Mad Men' review: Times, they are a-changing

'Mad Men' review: Times, they are a-changing

The first seven episodes of the "Mad Men" final season (9 p.m. April 14, AMC; 3 stars out of 4) have been titled "The Beginning." But this isn't the beginning at all, really -- it's the beginning of the end, both of the 1960s and the show itself.

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'Vikings' creator on frightening, spiritual death

'Vikings' creator on frightening, spiritual death

If one thing is true in "Vikings," it's that you shouldn't cross Ragnar Lothbrok. (Spoilers ahead if you haven't seen Episode 207.)

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'Vikings' Episode 207 preview: 'Extraordinary'

'Vikings' Episode 207 preview: 'Extraordinary'

The latest episode of History's "Vikings" is creator Michael Hirst's favorite of the season.

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Hoo boy, 'Fargo' works on TV

Hoo boy, 'Fargo' works on TV

Lorne Malvo, Billy Bob Thornton's sinister hitman in "Fargo" (9 p.m. April 15, FX; 3.5 stars out of 4), doesn't have doubts. He doesn't ask himself the question posed on a poster in the FX series' first episode: "What if you're right and everyone else is wrong?"

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Stephen Colbert taking over for David Letterman

Stephen Colbert taking over for David Letterman

Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman as host of CBS' "The Late Show."

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'The Bletchley Circle' review: Everyday heroines kicking butt

'The Bletchley Circle' review: Everyday heroines kicking butt

My childhood recently came flashing back to me when I was flipping channels and landed on Me-TV: "Wonder Woman" was on.

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Anne Hathaway, Jimmy Fallon rap Broadway-style

Anne Hathaway, Jimmy Fallon rap Broadway-style

Now this in my kind of hippity-hop. On Tuesday's "The Tonight Show," Jimmy Fallon and Anne Hathaway performed Broadway versions of famous rap songs.

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WGN-TV airing 'Wrigley 100: A Century Celebration'

WGN-TV airing 'Wrigley 100: A Century Celebration'

Wrigley Field is celebrating its 100th birthday this year, and WGN-TV is joining the party with "Wrigley 100: A Century Celebration."

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Amazon reveals 2 new pilots for 2014

Amazon has green lit two more pilots that will debut later this year on Amazon Instant Video as part of the streaming service's third pilot season.

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'Game of Thrones' renewed for seasons 5, 6

"Game of Thrones" won't be won any time soon. HBO announced Tuesday it has renewed the fantasy hit for a fifth and sixth season.

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Netflix, Weinstein Co. begin production of 'Marco Polo'

Netflix is going around the world for its next original series. The streaming service and the Weinstein Company announced Tuesday that production has begun on "Marco Polo."

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Rob Lowe whines about being too pretty

Talented, rich, handsome—Rob Lowe has it tough.

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'Game of Thrones' review: This is how you train a dragon

Early in the new season of "Game of Thrones" (8 p.m. Sunday, HBO; 4 stars out of 4), Ser Jorah Mormont tells Daenerys Targaryen that her dragons will never be tamed.

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'Game of Thrones' history board game

In "Game of Thrones," even when you win, you lose¿as evidenced by the first three seasons of HBO's hit series.

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Frank Underwood impression goes viral

Ross Marquand has talked himself into a frenzy in the viral video "House of Thrones" with his impersonation of politician Frank Underwood.

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'Turn' review: Spy story gets personal

When American rebels declared war against the British crown in 1776, it didn't take long before the Redcoats were kicking the colonists' butts all over the East Coast. Gen. George Washington needed a leg up, and he found it in a group of spies called the Culper Ring.

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'Silicon Valley' review: Tech bros, big laughs

Even if you don't know Steve Jobs from Steve Wozniak, you're likely going to laugh your butt off watching "Silicon Valley" (9 p.m. Sunday, HBO; 3.5 stars out of 4).

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David Letterman announces retirement

David Letterman will retire from CBS's "The Late Show" sometime in 2015, he said during a taping of Thursday's show.

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Chicago talent tops on TV

Chicago-born, bred or trained actors always are popping up on TV. I'll continue to update this list of actors who were either born in or around Chicago or spent a significant amount of time here. I stuck with actors from scripted series that have aired within the last couple years. I'm sure I forgot...

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'Vikings' Ep. 206 preview: Bjorn falls in love

Bjorn Ironside goes down a rebellious path in the latest episode of History's "Vikings." But as Emily Dickinson wrote, "The heart wants what it wants." 

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'True Blood' final season begins June 22

"True Blood" begins its seventh season June 22, HBO announced Thursday.

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'Big Brother' casting call in Chicago April 13

CBS's reality series "Big Brother" is hosting an open casting call April 13 in Chicago for its 16th season.

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Breaking Bad, Scandal, House of Cards among Peabody Awards recipients

Several hot TV series scored prestigious Peabody Awards on Wednesday.

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