Mahomet, UI grad a 'city boy' for CMT show

LOS ANGELES — Travis Leonard gets paid to walk around without a shirt on.

If you remember him from his sports career at Mahomet-Seymour and the University of Illinois, you might not recognize him on "Sweet Home Alabama," a CMT reality show where buff boys woo a Southern belle.

Richard J. Leskosky: 'The Doctor' was briefly a star on the silver screen

For months now, most publications that deal with popular entertainment have been trumpeting the 50th anniversary of Britain's popular "Doctor Who" franchise, primarily its TV series core.

But there are other aspects that even TV fans might not be aware of: novelizations of TV episodes, entirely new stories in other novels, comic books, radio broadcasts and audio dramas on CD.

Rich Warren: Entering Apple Reality Distortion Zone

Tablets remain a hot topic as a few of you commented after a recent column.

Shortly after writing it, I entered the Apple Reality Distortion Zone. This phenomenon mesmerizes people to buy anything new from Apple. Being a PC kind of guy, I thought I was immune.

Mahomet native to compete on CMT reality show

You can watch a Mahomet native compete for love on national television starting Friday night.

Travis Leonard is a cast member on the CMT reality show "Sweet Home Alabama," where several men try to win over a southern beauty.

Rich Warren: A clearer picture on LCD, LED technology

A reader responded to a recent column about LCD versus plasma displays:

"Read your article today about TVs when you said LCD TV is the same as LED TV. I am thinking about a new TV. I still have a nice tube TV, a 40-inch Sony, but it takes up a lot of space."

Tuscola couple's film on monarchs will air Monday

CHARLESTON — WEIU-TV will air "Plight of the Monarch," a 22-minute documentary about the rapidly declining population of the monarch butterfly, at 6 p.m. Monday.

The documentary was made by Cindy and Kirby Pringle of Tuscola. It will air again at noon Tuesday and 1:30 p.m. Nov. 17 on the PBS affiliate.

PBS viewers to get early shot at Chihuly tickets

URBANA — PBS viewers will be among the first to receive tickets to "Chihuly and Friends: Highlights from the George R. Stroemple Collection," opening Nov. 23 at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

There will be a ticket offer to see the exhibition in person when viewers call in to support WILL-TV or WTVP in Peoria during their joint broadcast of "Chihuly Outside," at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Rich Warren: Plasma TVs are fading; time to consider LCDs

Today we conjure the video spirits to answer a reader question concerning plasma versus LCD TVs. Once upon time, you could see ghosts on plasma sets caused by burn-in.

Offerman brings 'American Ham' to his alma mater

In his breakthrough role as Ron Swanson on the TV sitcom "Parks and Recreation," Nick Offerman delivers his lines deadpan.

He picked that up while growing up in Minooka, west of suburban Chicago.

Champaign doctor to appear on Jeopardy Thursday

For the second time this year, a local resident will make an appearance on a popular game show.

Dr. Kate Kwiatkowski practices psychiatry at Carle in Champaign, and Thursday afternoon, she'll make an appearance on Jeopardy.