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.

Rich Warren: A stereo quirk on some stations with 'legacy' TV

Pop stars "twerk;" technology quirks. Here's a quirky question:

"I have two televisions, one with a digital converter box, the other without.

Four area nominees pick up regional Emmys

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign-based Shatterglass Studios won a regional Emmy Award for its "Ebertfest 2012" documentary.

Three other nominees, all of whom work at the University of Illinois, also picked up regional Emmy awards on Saturday night at the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Mid-America Chapter Emmy Gala in St. Louis.

PBS Kids open house features Mr. Steve visit

URBANA — Steve Roslonek, who is PBS Kids host Mr. Steve, will give three brief performances Saturday at Illinois Public Media's Campbell Hall, 300 N. Goodwin Ave.

The performances will be at 2:15, 3:15 and 4:15 p.m. as part of a free PBS Kids open house. Seating is limited for the performances.

5 profiles to air on WILL-TV

URBANA — Five pioneering central Illinois residents tell their stories on the WILL-TV weekly program "Illinois Pioneers," broadcast at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays starting this week. The series opened this season on Sept. 5.

Reluctant Townie: Few acceptable reasons not to watch 'Breaking Bad'

Tonight, AMC's critical darling "Breaking Bad" will air its penultimate episode. Next week, it will air its finale. The week after that, the world will fall into a dark depression while staring blankly at reruns of "The Mentalist."

Man gets makeover courtesy of Rachael Ray

FOOSLAND — When Dave Rueck of Foosland was a young man, he went to Lou Henson's basketball camp.

It was for tips on how to play the game, not how to do a combover.

Henson is famous for his "Lou 'do" comb-over haircut. Rueck was, too, to a lesser degree. But he and his family didn't necessarily like it.

So he went on national TV to do something about it.

Rich Warren: Recycling event and antenna answers

Answers. We have answers.

First, however, a reminder about recycling: While out driving recently I saw analog picture tube TVs sitting in a driveway with a sign that said "free." Trash collectors don't want old TVs, and most people desire flat-panel TVs that incorporate digital tuners.

Henson will appear on 'Illinois Pioneers'

URBANA — Former Illini basketball coach Lou Henson opens the season as "Illinois Pioneers" returns to WILL-TV in September.

Retired WILL-AM host David Inge's interview of the coach will air Thursday, followed by University of Illinois early childhood education pioneer Lilian Katz on Sept. 12 and Wolfram Research co-founder Theo Gray on Sept. 19.