Television

Television

Top of the Morning, May 16, 2014

The cliffhanger.

For years, television networks have used the device to torment viewers while keeping them intrigued during the long summer hiatus.

Cruel? Yes. Effective? Absolutely.

ABC pulled a fast one on "Castle" fans during the season finale.

As the show faded to black, a burning car was seen. The same burning car last driven by co-hero "Richard Castle."

Volunteer firefighter has something extra on the side

URBANA — Lance Liggett was on his computer in November, trying to figure out when the next test for Chicago firefighters would be offered, when he stumbled upon a different kind of fire fighting — the kind that allows worried moms and dads to sleep at night.

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Who lives here? May 10, 2014

Each week, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or TV show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" The first person to email wholiveshere@news-gazette.com with a person who resides in the featured house will get a shout-out in next week's section. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence.

Top of the Morning, May 9, 2014

For addicted TV watchers, like myself, this is a happy/sad time of year: The prime-time season is closing soon.

Happy because the shows are mostly new. Popular series want to end the year with a bang. So, they will either wrap up a long plotline or introduce a twist that will persuade you to come back in the fall.

Rich Warren: 'Airwaves belong to the people'

We begin with a provocative, edited email from a reader in Oregon:

"I came across your article that seemed more informed than the common knowledge as a couple of names I had not even heard of in passing, i.e. Roku.

Who lives here? May 3, 2014

Each week, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or television show and ask readers, "Who lives here?"

The first person to email wholiveshere@news-gazette.com with a person who resides in the featured house will get a shout-out in next week's section.

Top of the Morning, May 2, 2014

We've had May 5 circled on the Asmussen household calendar for months. The big news: Jack is back.

For those of you who have been living in caves for the last 13 years, that would be "Jack Bauer" of "24" fame. Tick, tick, tick.

Rich Warren: Things too good to be true sometimes are great

Sometimes a product seems too good to be true, yet it is true.

Last November, after discovering that LG's small TVs lacked audio outputs, I chose the 22-inch Vizio E221-A1 that cost about $135, approximately $40 less than the 22-inch LG (and $60 less than the comparable Samsung, which also lacked an audio output).

Who lives here? April 26, 2014

Each week, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or television show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" The first person to email wholiveshere@news-gazette.com with who resides in the featured house will get a shout-out in next week's section. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence in your submission.