WBEZ | tv http://www.wbez.org/tags/tv Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en FX CEO John Landgraf on the TV content bubble http://www.wbez.org/programs/marketplace/2015-11-03/fx-ceo-john-landgraf-tv-content-bubble-113617 <p><div><div id="file-294430"><img alt="John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks speaks onstage during the Television Critics Association&amp;#039;s summer press tour. " id="1" src="http://www.marketplace.org/sites/default/files/styles/primary-image-766x447/public/johnlandgraf.jpg?itok=mpE1Rx9-" style="height: 362px; width: 620px;" title="John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks speaks onstage during the Television Critics Association's summer press tour. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)" typeof="foaf:Image" /><div>&nbsp;</div></div></div><div>In August,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fxnetworks.com/" target="_blank">FX&nbsp;</a>CEO John Landgraf<a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/fx-chief-john-landgraf-content-813914" target="_blank">&nbsp;told the TV Critics Association</a>&nbsp;there&#39;s a bubble in the television industry. He said there are too many scripted TV shows, leaving both audiences and content creators in a bad position.</div><div><div id="story-content"><p><em>Martketplace</em><em> </em>host Kai Ryssdal talked to Landgraf about his theory and the challenges of making TV these days.</p><p><strong>On why he thinks there&#39;s a bubble in TV:</strong></p><blockquote><p>Well, I can&#39;t prove it. I can tell you that I went as someone who does this professionally from being able to keep track of every show ... to absolutely not being able to keep track of every show. I couldn&#39;t tell you if you put me in a room. I could probably name half those shows by title. You know, what ends up happening then is you have more difficulty having a coherent dialogue on a national basis about what television shows were great, what television shows were important, which ones were addressing issues or introducing us to characters we&#39;d never seen before. That seems to have kind of fractured and broken down to a large extent at the moment.</p></blockquote><p><strong>On how difficult it is for people to find great TV:</strong></p><blockquote><p>I don&#39;t think that you ... can find what you like best. I think that you can find things that you like, &#39;cause there&#39;s so much good television that you&#39;re never gonna run out of a supply. But if your goal was to find the things that you would like best, I think you&#39;ll have limited amounts of success, because I think you have no way of navigating and really finding the very best things. And I think that even the critics can&#39;t help you do that anymore, because they don&#39;t have a consensus about what it is. And I feel that ultimately the net effect is that, you know, the consumers love television &mdash; and I know this is heretical to say this &mdash; but they love it a little bit less, because there&#39;s too much of it.</p></blockquote><p><strong>On whether FX is contributing to the problem:</strong></p><blockquote><p>We cancel really good shows. We canceled a show called &quot;Married&quot; that is really a good show, and there are many people that really love it.... The answer is that you gotta cancel a good show so that you can try to make a great show. But, on the other hand, we have a great show on the air right now called &quot;Fargo.&quot; &quot;Fargo&quot; season one was the most critically acclaimed television show in America last year. The second cycle, which is currently on the air, has been widely judged by critics to be better than the first cycle, and yet the audience for it is a little down.... Ultimately I believe that Fargo will be watched a great deal over the next 10 years because it&#39;s just that good. But the reality is that in this moment in time, this show, which will probably once again be the most critically acclaimed show in America, is getting drowned out by a lot of other shows that are good, or some of them mediocre, because essentially there&#39;s too much television. &nbsp;</p></blockquote><p><strong>On how he sees the future of the TV industry:&nbsp;</strong></p><blockquote><p>If you accept the premise that television is a mass medium, ultimately you have to be able to aggregate a mass audience, and so too many shows, too many entrants creates a bubble. And ultimately &nbsp;what happens to bubbles is they deflate eventually and you come back to some kind of more sustainable business model with a sustainable number of series. But...there&#39;s no question that I and everyone else who&#39;s marketing television is having more and more difficulty getting your attention because there&#39;s so many shows clamoring for your attention.</p></blockquote></div></div><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.marketplace.org/topics/life/fx-ceo-john-landgraf-tv-content-bubble" target="_blank"><em>via Marketplace</em></a></p></p> Tue, 03 Nov 2015 13:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/marketplace/2015-11-03/fx-ceo-john-landgraf-tv-content-bubble-113617 TV In 2015: The Brits are back http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/tv-2015-brits-are-back-111325 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/1224_downton-abbey-624x390.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>American television loves nothing better than a spot of tea, singing medieval knights, frightfully polite heirs and heiresses, and those delightful accents.</p><p>NPR&rsquo;s TV critic <a href="https://twitter.com/Deggans" target="_blank">Eric Deggans</a> joins&nbsp;<a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org">Here &amp; Now&rsquo;</a>s Lisa Mullins about a few of the British-themed shows we&rsquo;ll be seeing on television in 2015.</p><p><em>&mdash; <a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/01/01/television-2015-deggans">via Here &amp; Now</a></em></p></p> Fri, 02 Jan 2015 10:50:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/tv-2015-brits-are-back-111325 Get to know the man behind the 'Nostalgia Critic' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-11/get-know-man-behind-nostalgia-critic-109210 <p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="320" src="http://blip.tv/play/gbk7g5OrTwI.x?p=1" width="620"></iframe><embed src="http://blip.tv/api.swf#gbk7g5OrTwI" style="display:none" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></p><p>The titular frontman of the popular web series &quot;<a href="http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic" target="_blank">Nostalgia Critic</a>&quot;&nbsp;is not the most warm and fuzzy of characters.&nbsp;</p><p>On the contrary, Chicago-based writer, comedian, and filmmaker Doug Walker&nbsp;plays the Critic as a bitter and maniacal loose cannon, reviewing mostly nostalgic films and television shows, sometimes old commercials and video games (often of the cheesy 80s and 90s variety, but recently contemporary works too) with frequent sarcasm and bursts of rage.&nbsp;</p><p>Yet Walker&#39;s&nbsp;satirical lashing of everything from &quot;The Care Bears&quot; to &quot;Catwoman&quot; is also the very basis of his appeal, and the reason why millions of Internet viewers keep tuning in to watch his videos week after week.</p><p>The episodes &mdash; available for endless hours of free viewing on <a href="http://thatguywiththeglasses.com" target="_blank">That Guy with the Glasses.com</a>&nbsp;&mdash; are consistently smart, fresh, and funny, with plenty of clips and expertly-edited footage to keep Walker&#39;s signature brand of comedic timing both delightfully nerdy and satisfyingly sharp.&nbsp;</p><p>I&#39;ve been a fan of Walker for many years, first discovering his videos on YouTube (where &quot;Nostalgia Critic&quot; originally launched in 2007), then following him to his current partnership with online media production company <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Channel_Awesome" target="_blank">Channel Awesome</a>&nbsp;and content host&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blip.tv" target="_blank">Blip.tv</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Other shows and specials that Walker has launched include &quot;Shut Up and Talk,&quot; the Q&amp;A comedy series &quot;Ask That Guy,&quot; &quot;Sibling Rivalry&quot; with brother and co-writer Rob Walker, &quot;Bum Reviews,&quot; the science fiction parody film &quot;To Boldy Flee,&quot; and&nbsp;<a href="http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses" target="_blank">many more</a>.</p><p>But when I pulled up to Walker&#39;s office in Lombard to finally meet the man behind the content,&nbsp;I wasn&#39;t quite sure what to expect.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/NC%20Anime.jpg" style="float: left; height: 226px; width: 300px;" title="(Courtesy of Doug Walker/Channel Awesome)" />I was greeted by Mike Michaud, chief executive officer of Channel Awesome, who gave me a tour of the facilities. A living area with a couch and TV (which I immediately recognized from recent &quot;Nostalgia Critic&quot; sketches) opend up to a surprisingly large warehouse space in back, containing a treasure trove of assorted costumes, props, lights, cameras, and set pieces.</p><p>I also spotted a green screen used in many of Walker&#39;s videos, as well as a colorful &quot;Saved by the Bell&quot; diner-inspired set for a new Channel Awesome game show, which Michaud said will premiere in 2014.&nbsp;</p><p>When Walker arrived, we began what ended up being a nearly two hour-long conversation about his creative process. He was incredibly gracious, friendly, and sincere; the kind of guy you could easily imagine geeking out with over pizza and a &quot;Batman&quot; movie marathon, or warmly welcoming Nostalgia Critic devotees who&#39;ve waited in five-hour lines at conventions&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXviOGIG9F0" target="_blank">just to get his autograph</a>.</p><p>In person, Walker&#39;s charisma seems effortless. Coupled with his quick wit and refreshing lack of pretension, it&#39;s no wonder that he has acquired a massive fan following over the years.</p><p>Michaud said <a href="http://thatguywiththeglasses.com" target="_blank">That Guy with the Glasses</a> averages about 220,000 site visits a day and between 20 and 22 million page views a month, with 1 million being unique views from new visitors.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Some background:&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Walker was born in Naples, Italy; and because his father was in the Navy, lived in many different places across the United States when he was growing up. He went on to study film at Northern Illinois University, majoring in communications.</p><p>After college, he worked as an illustrator and started making YouTube videos for fun. He first grabbed viewers&#39; attention with clever&nbsp;<a href="http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/5-second-movies" target="_blank">5 second movie</a>&nbsp;versions of popular films, and gained more notoriety with his snarky &quot;Nostalgia Critic&quot; reviews. &nbsp;</p><p>In 2008, &quot;Nostalgia Critic&quot; moved from YouTube to the independent site That Guy With the Glasses and Channel Awesome. By 2009, an increased income from advertising on the new site allowed Walker to quit his day job (a video that he made to commemorate the occasion also&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0MyoyRd44s">went viral</a>) and develop his web persona full-time.&nbsp;</p><p>Toward the end of 2012, Walker briefly retired the &quot;Nostalgia Critic&quot; to concentrate on another web series,&quot;Demo Reel.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>The Critic made his triumphant comeback in the January special,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqJmDs-5ViI" target="_blank">The Review Must Go On</a>, but under&nbsp;some new conditions:</p><ul><li>The sixth season of the show would be more sketch-driven than seasons past, with &quot;Demo Reel&quot; actors Malcolm Ray and Rachel Tietz coming on board as side characters. &nbsp;</li><li>The Critic would be able to review more recent releases &mdash; like &quot;The Odd Life of Timothy Green,&quot; the awful 2012 film that directly inspired his return &mdash; in addition to the usual 80&#39;s and 90&#39;s fare.</li><li>New episodes would go up every two weeks, instead of once a week, with a Nostalgia Critic editorial every other week.&nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>You&#39;ve played the Nostalgia Critic for about six years now. Is he a different character now than he was at</strong><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/NC Profile.jpg" style="height: 169px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="(Courtesy of Doug Walker/Channel Awesome)" /><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>the start?</strong></p><p>DOUG WALKER: He really has evolved, because if you look at the Critic from the beginning of the show, he&#39;s just a big loser. I mean, everything has to be his way &mdash; he&#39;s always screaming, always shouting, always angry &mdash; so after a while, we evolved him so that he&#39;s a little more open, and he questions things a little bit more.</p><p>The big thing that I&#39;ve found when I was doing the character was that people were siding with him beforehand and wanting to get on his side, and that wasn&#39;t my intention! [Laughs] I was like, &#39;Don&#39;t get on this guy&#39;s side, he&#39;s not a good guy!&#39; I realized that I needed to even him out, because a lot of people were seeing him as a hero. So I said, &#39;Let&#39;s actually make him more relatable.&#39;</p><p>Even through the anniversary specials, you can see that he opens up a little bit more, which makes sense. For any character, if you want to evolve them, you have to show a different side. Since the Critic was already unpleasant, it made sense to evolve him into something a bit more likeable.</p><p><b>How would you define the role of a critic today? What does being a critic mean to you A.E. (After Ebert)?&nbsp;</b></p><p>DW: I used to think that the role of a critic, whether they&#39;re just being themselves or playing a character like I have, is to say whether something is good or bad. But that&#39;s kind of presumptous, because it&#39;s all subjective. So then I thought, maybe it&#39;s just giving your opinion and stating it very well. But his opinion might not match my opinion, so what does that necessarily mean?</p><p>Now, what I&#39;ve come to in terms of being a critic is this: what a critic should do is challenge&nbsp;someone&#39;s point of view. Even if you agree with it, just give some different outlook or point of view that perhaps another person hasn&#39;t thought about before.</p><p>That&#39;s what I liked about Ebert, and Gene Siskel, is that you could listen or read their work and they could bring up something that you&#39;d just never thought of. If I really liked a movie they hated, or they liked a movie that I hated, I could still find a different point of view in there that I&#39;d never really considered. That&#39;s what I really liked about them, and also how they just cared so much about film, and were so passionate about it.</p><p><b>What advice do you have for young critics who might want to follow in your footsteps?</b></p><p>DW: The first thing I would usually say is, &#39;don&#39;t.&#39; [Laughs] Because I totally acknowledge that I got really lucky when I came into this; I was just the right person at the right time.</p><p>But I think a lot of people that now make a living out of this obviously did go for it. So, if you absolutely have to, if you have it embedded in you and you can&#39;t get it out, try doing what other people aren&#39;t necessarily doing. And if you absolutely have to do something that&#39;s similar to someone else, find your own angle and your own point of view on it &mdash;because if you say, &#39;I want to be just like the Nostalgia Critic,&#39; well, &quot;Nostalgia Critic&quot; is already doing that. Try to do something from an angle that nobody is doing, and be consistent. Get the stuff out constantly.</p><p>Not to their discredit at all, but I think a lot of people put a lot of time and effort into making a video look good and sound good, which means that the videos look great, but might only come out once every couple months or something, and you&#39;re not going to keep an audience with that. Also, try to ask yourself, &#39;If I was going through the Internet, what would I click on?&#39; or &#39;What would I want to see?&#39; because there&#39;s a lot of potential viewers out there who are doing the same thing.</p><p><strong>Have you ever changed your mind about a &quot;Nostalgia Critic&quot; episode that you said you would never, ever do?</strong></p><p>DW: It&#39;s funny, because just looking at how things change over time and just looking at numbers, now whenever somebody says, &#39;You can&#39;t do this, you absolutely can&#39;t do this, we&#39;ll be offended,&#39; I sort of look at it more and think &#39;Maybe I should do this...&#39;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Like &quot;Matilda?&quot;</strong></p><p>DW: Honestly, at some point, I will do &quot;Matilda.&quot; I know that I will now, because there&#39;s been so many people saying, &#39;Don&#39;t do it!&#39; which makes me think, &#39;The views on this are gonna be great!&#39; [Laughs] But I know that I can&#39;t just rush into that; it&#39;s still something that we&#39;re trying to get ideas for, because we really want to do it&nbsp;right, because it&#39;s been so built-up.</p><p>But yeah, it still has to be something that I feel I can get material out of. If it&#39;s something that I know nothing about, or I know that I&#39;m going to be out of my element with it, I&#39;ll stay away.&nbsp;</p><p>That&#39;s what I should have done with <a href="http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/32327-lets-play-barts-nightmare" target="_blank">Let&#39;s Play Bart&#39;s Nightmare</a>, because I knew very little about it, and I dove in still knowing very little, and it blew up in my face. You take a chance and see what&#39;s new, and sometimes it&#39;s going to bomb, and part of the process is learning what to do with a failure. Now it&#39;s a fun joke, like &#39;Is this as bad as Bart&#39;s Nightmare?&#39; and so forth. You just have fun with it.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/A21.jpg" style="float: left; height: 169px; width: 300px;" title="(Courtesy of Doug Walker/Channel Awesome) " /><strong>You recently invited Greg Sestero, the actor who played Mark in &quot;The Room,&quot; to appear on an episode of &quot;Nostalgia Critic&quot; after he said that he enjoyed your review of the film. Who have been some of your favorite guests to have on the shows so far?</strong></p><p>DW: Every time that someone has [said something nice about the shows], we try to have them on. It would be cool to get Dante Basco, who played Rufio in &quot;Hook&quot; and Zuko in &quot;Avatar: The Last Airbender.&quot; I talked about him for a while in the vlogs, and he really liked it and posted a link and stuff like that, so that was really cool.</p><p>Obviously, Mara Wilson [former child star of &quot;Ms. Doubtfire&quot; and &quot;Matilda,&quot; who appeared in the &quot;Nostalgia Critic&quot; review of her film &quot;A Simple Wish,&quot; the first episode of &quot;Shut Up and Talk,&quot; and on &quot;Demo Reel&quot; as the wife of Walker&#39;s character].</p><p>Some of the creators of &quot;Batman,&quot; the animated show, have said that they liked our work, and the people from &quot;Anamaniacs&quot; came on for a special. So, honestly, to anyone who reaches out, I say, &#39;Come on in!&#39;</p><p><b>Besides the late, great Roger Ebert tweeting the &quot;Nostalgia Critic&quot; episode A Tribute to Siskel &amp; Ebert and calling it &quot;the best, funniest video about Siskel &amp; Ebert I&#39;ve ever seen&quot; (you said you <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYQsKWhfY88" target="_blank">framed the tweet</a>&mdash;I would have too!), what has been the most meaningful feedback that you&#39;ve received for your work?</b></p><p>DW: The coolest ones for me are when fans write in to say, &#39;I went through something tough,&#39; or &#39;I have depression, I have an illness, I lost somebody close to me, I&#39;ve had a tough year ... and you&#39;re stuff has really helped.&#39;</p><p>Because you just think, I&#39;m making an ass of myself and just being really stupid and goofy, but what can that do. It&#39;s funny, but what can that do? But for a lot of people, it really means something.</p><p>So that&#39;s always cool every time I get those, and I try to save those too, and actually keep them in a nice collection. That always means the world, because like I said, you don&#39;t expect it, and it&#39;s like, &#39;Ok, let&#39;s keep doing this.&#39;</p><p><em>For more information on everything related to Nostalgia Critic and Channel Awesome, visit <a href="http://thatguywiththeglasses.com" target="_blank">thatguywiththeglasses.com</a>&nbsp;and follow Walker&#39;s <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Doug-Walker/127127037353766" target="_blank">Facebook page</a> for updates on what&#39;s next!</em></p></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 08:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-11/get-know-man-behind-nostalgia-critic-109210 The future of Chicago film, TV http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-10/future-chicago-film-tv-109048 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" flickr="" spencer="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Flickr%3ASpencer%20Hughes.jpg" title="Filming an explosion for &quot;Transformers 4.&quot; (Flickr/Spencer Hughes)" transformers="" /></div><p><a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/meet-the-new-bossyou-get-what-you-pay-for/Content?oid=924074" target="_blank">Illinois Film Office head</a>&nbsp;Betsy Steinberg recently told the <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/illinois-film-industry-booming-tax-breaks-expiring/Content?oid=11339369" target="_blank"><em>Chicago Reader</em></a> that while studios are making fewer films, &quot;a huge influx of episodic television&quot; has been great for job security. &quot;We love our movies,&quot; she adds, &quot;but one season of &#39;Chicago Fire&#39; could easily outspend a blockbuster movie.&quot;</p><p>Steinberg says that six TV series are currently filming in Chicago:</p><ul><li>NBC&#39;s &quot;Chicago PD&quot;</li><li>NBC&#39;s &quot;Chicago Fire&quot;</li><li>ABC&#39;s &quot;Betrayal&quot;</li><li>ABC&#39;s &quot;Mind Games&quot;</li><li>USA network comedy &quot;Sirens&quot;</li><li>NBC&#39;s &quot;Crisis&quot;&nbsp;</li></ul><p>Meanwhile, the blockbuster films that used Chicago as a backdrop in 2013 include:</p><ul><li>the Wachowski&#39;s &quot;Jupiter Ascending&quot;</li><li>Michael Bay&#39;s &quot;Transformers 4&quot;</li><li>the Bollywood musical &quot;Dhoom 3&quot;</li><li>the dystopian thriller &quot;Divergent&quot;&nbsp;</li></ul><p>When asked for comment on this record-breaking year for film and television in Chicago, Steinberg said the success is due in large part to the <a href="http://www.illinois.gov/dceo/whyillinois/Film/FilmTaxCredit/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Illinois Film Tax Credit</a>, which offers producers a credit of 30 percent of all qualified expenditures.</p><p>&quot;As much as people love to be in Chicago, and as much as Chicago is such an excellent setting for film and television, we wouldn&#39;t have any business without the tax credit,&quot; Steinberg explained, &quot;In today&#39;s climate, with many states competing in the very lucrative film and television industry, our 30 percent tax credit has been instrumental in attracting business.&quot;</p><p>But what will happen when Section 181, the federal film tax benefit that guarantees investors will get back up to <a href="http://dakdan.com/investor_relations.html" target="_blank">75 percent</a>&nbsp;of&nbsp;their investment before a film is even distributed, expires at the end of this year?</p><p>Section 181 has expired before,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/illinois-film-industry-booming-tax-breaks-expiring/Content?oid=11339369" target="_blank">most recently in 2011</a>, and been reinstated. Plus, according to Steinberg, the Illinois Film Tax Credit is much more integral to productions at the state level than Section 181.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;I&#39;m sure there are plenty of producers, especially those who are in a certain range of $15 to $20 million films, who have been relying quite heavily on Section 181,&quot; Steinberg says, &quot;But the type of business that we have been seeing, both in television and with studio movie blockbusters, aren&#39;t really the productions that depend on Section 181.&quot;</p><p>The evolution of <a href="http://www.chicagofilmstudios.com" target="_blank">Cinespace Studios</a>&nbsp;also has played a major role in elevating the Chicago film and TV industry to new heights. Adds Steinberg: &quot;Cinespace has increased the square footage that projects can now use to build huge sets. So basically, because of all this increased space, we can now hold a volume of work never before possible.&quot;</p><p>Still, in a city crammed with raw filmmaking talent and increasingly creative means for distribution, do other alternatives for film and TV production exist?&nbsp;</p><p>Future success may lie in the web series, which has formed a kind of underground scene in Chicago that also has been rapidly gaining traction online.</p><p>&quot;Easy Abby,&quot; a lesbian romcom web series from Chicago-based writer/director Wendy Jo Carlton, recently hit <a href="http://easyabby.com/2013/05/11/easy-abby-hits-5-million-views/" target="_blank">5 million views</a>&nbsp;and has garnered substantial audiences in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, France, Germany, and the UK.</p><p>Other popular web series filmed in the Chicago area include the <a href="http://funemployedchicago.com/about-us/" target="_blank">millennial comedy</a> &quot;Funemployed,&quot; now in Season 3;&nbsp;&quot;Kam Kardashian,&quot; written up by the Chicago Tribune as &quot;<a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-04-25/entertainment/ct-mov-0426-chicago-closeup-20130426_1_minority-status-web-series-kardashians" target="_blank">a web series worth watching</a>;&quot; and &quot;Celestial Bodies,&quot; a live-action&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/CelestialBodiesTV" target="_blank">space adventure</a> show for all ages that features a bevy of Chicago writers, artists, actors, and athletes.</p><p>Coming soon:&nbsp;a new project from award-winning local writer/director <a href="http://www.jasonknade.com/about/" target="_blank">Jason Knade</a> and &quot;My Block, My Hood, My City&quot; from Chicago author&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/738632684/my-block-my-hood-my-city" target="_blank">Jahmal Cole</a>.</p><p>As much as I hope that big-budget TV shows and features will continue to be made in Chicago for many years to come, I&#39;m also excited to see which Kickstarter-funded local web series and indie films will catapult their creators to national or even worldwide stardom.&nbsp;</p><p>After all, wouldn&#39;t it be nice if the resounding refrain from industry professionals was not &quot;You have to move to L.A. to make this happen,&quot; but rather, &quot;Why move to Hollywood when you can do it here?&quot;</p><p><em>Note: A previous version of this story misstated the expiration date of a film tax credit. The text has been updated to correct this error. Additional comment from the Illinois Film Office have also been added to further clarify. </em></p></p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-10/future-chicago-film-tv-109048 Will TV shows and video games soon merge? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-08/will-tv-shows-and-video-games-soon-merge-108478 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" game="" of="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Game%20of%20Thrones.png" thones="" title="(HBO/Game of Thrones)" /></p><p>In a recent <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2013/05/15/why-you-re-addicted-to-tv.html" target="_blank">Newsweek/Daily Beast</a> interview, <em>Game of Thrones</em> co-creator David Benioff mused about the possibility of television shows like his thrilling HBO fantasy series becoming more like video games.</p><p>Benioff&nbsp;wondered if someday we&rsquo;d &ldquo;merge television viewing and videogame playing, so you&rsquo;re taking control of a certain character and making decisions for her.&rdquo;</p><p>Is this a pipe dream, or a soon-to-be reality? If current industry trends are any indication, the final push towards fully interactive television may only be a matter of time.&nbsp;</p><p>Over the years, audiences have been treated to television shows&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dorkly.com/article/49580/the-dorklyst-10-greatest-videogames-based-on-tv-shows" target="_blank">born from</a> video games, and ones that have <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_television_programs_based_on_video_games" target="_blank">spun off</a>&nbsp;television shows. We&#39;ve also seen TV series that revolve around the world of gaming or the video game characters themselves (for example: &quot;GamesMaster,&quot; the first ever UK television show dedicated to computer and video games). Unfortunately, most of these shows have failed to connect with audiences (remember &quot;Game Over?&quot;) and only lasted a season or two.&nbsp;</p><p>But lo and behold, an exciting new web series about videogaming has caught viewers&#39; attention.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=video+game+high+school&amp;oq=video+game+high+school&amp;gs_l=youtube.3..35i39j0j0i3j0l2j0i10j0l4.9382.11738.0.12042." target="_blank">Video Game High School</a>&nbsp;(VGHS), a smart, high quality show that blends gamer culture with classic TV storyteling, began with the support of over 10,000 backers on Kickstarter and is now gearing up for season two.</p><p>With each episode averaging over three million views, VGHS&mdash; which has been&nbsp;<a href="http://www.adweek.com/videowatch/video-game-high-school-blends-gamer-culture-classic-tv-storytelling-151864" target="_blank">described by AdWeek</a>&nbsp;as &quot;two-thirds Harry Potter, one-third Scott Pilgrim sans &#39;the chosen one&#39; stuff, with better graphics, and a pinch of &#39;The Big Bang Theory&#39;&quot;&mdash;is a perfect series for video game buffs who also enjoy the narrative throughlines and ongoing serial intrigue that TV provides.&nbsp;</p><p>Meanwhile, the Syfy Channel has taken the fusion of television and video games one step further with&nbsp;&quot;Defiance,&quot; a new science fiction franchise that has been triumphantly marketed as &quot;<a href="http://spectrum.ieee.org/consumer-electronics/gaming/defiance-the-first-videogame-television-show">the first videogame television show.</a>&quot; The novelty of this endeavor lies in its virtually seamless execution: the linking of the show and the game together on an ongoing basis, with plot elements and characters from each crossing over to the other.</p><p>In April, gaming company Trion Worlds and the Syfy unveiled &quot;Defiance,&quot; the first such crossover of a massively multi-player online game (MMO) and a TV show, to decidedly mixed reviews. But despite some critics giving the show flack for being kind of lame to &quot;<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/defiance-television-review-article-1.1315429" target="_blank">incomprehensible,</a>&quot;&nbsp;&quot;Defiance&quot; has been renewed for a&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defiance_(TV_series)" target="_blank">second season</a> to premiere in June 2014; meaning that, at least for the time being, the burgeoning&nbsp;revolution of TV/video game hybrids will live on.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.polygon.com/2013/6/13/4427698/quantum-break-xbox-one" target="_blank">Quantam Break</a>, a transmedia action-shooter video game/television hybrid that is already garnering a flurry of industry excitement and positive advance buzz, is currently in development. Still, the overall disappointment of &quot;Defiance&quot; has led me to wonder: if already popular, high-intensity shows like <em>Game of Thrones</em>, <em>The Walking Dead </em>or <em>Boardwalk Empire</em>&nbsp;took on the properties of video games, would they be more successful?&nbsp;</p><p>Also, would a more futuristic model (viewers having the ability to control the characters&#39; actions onscreen, in real time) actually work&mdash;not just technologically, but from the psychological standpoint of the viewer? After all, isn&#39;t the point of watching a TV show not knowing what will happen next; and in the case of high-octane dramas like <em>Breaking Bad, </em>indulging&nbsp;in&nbsp;spine-tingling suspense as you simply throw up your hands and go along for the ride?&nbsp;</p><p>At this point, I think that I would rather see characters projected outside of my screen like in <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2bmImPNKbM" target="_blank"><em>Minority Report </em></a>(just not with scary movies&mdash;cue flashbacks to <em>The Ring</em>!) than be able to control the storyline by manipulation of character arcs. But who knows what immense satisfaction this technological advancement could bring? Imagine having the ability to save the people on TV shows that you actually like, or guide characters like <em>Mad Men</em>&#39;s Don Draper&nbsp;and the Doctor of <em>Doctor Who</em> along on their adventures.&nbsp;</p><p>Would you like to see certain TV shows become more like video games, or should we keep them separate?</p><p><em>Leah Pickett is a pop culture writer and co-host of WBEZ&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wbezs-changing-channels/id669715774?mt=2">Changing Channels,</a>&nbsp;a podcast about the future of television. Follow Leah on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/leahkristinepickett" target="_blank">Facebook</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">Twitter</a>&nbsp;and<a href="http://hermionehall.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">&nbsp;Tumblr</a>.</em></p><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-08/will-tv-shows-and-video-games-soon-merge-108478 Morning Shift: Palm oil's unsavory beginnings http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-07/morning-shift-palm-oils-unsavory-beginnings-108314 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Palm Oil-Flickr- cyn_nister.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We discuss the Bloomberg investigation into the unsavory practices in the palm oil industry. And do you care who your children&#39;s role models are? Baseball&#39;s recent PED scandal is calling the issue of role models to the plate.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-37.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-37" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Palm oil's unsavory beginnings" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 08:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-07/morning-shift-palm-oils-unsavory-beginnings-108314 Local talent helped draw major studio productions to Chicago http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/local-talent-helped-draw-major-studio-productions-chicago-108223 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Chicago filming.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Talent from local theaters and film schools helped draw the record number of major studio productions currently being filmed in Chicago.</p><p>Current film and television productions are expected to top last year&rsquo;s 2,200 jobs.</p><p>Rich Moskal is the director of the Chicago Film Office.</p><p>&ldquo;Episodic television needs to draw from local resources even more so than features based on oftentimes what are budget limitations,&rdquo; Moskal said. &ldquo;So their interest in hiring local crew people, department heads, technicians as well as actors is particularly high.&rdquo;</p><p>The local film and television industry made $184 million dollars in revenue last year.</p><p>Moskal says the films &lsquo;Jupiter Ascending&rsquo; and &lsquo;Transformers 4&rsquo; combined are expected to make more than 51 million dollars.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Lee Jian Chung is a WBEZ arts and culture intern. Follow him <a href="http://www.twitter.com/jclee89">@jclee89</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 10:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/local-talent-helped-draw-major-studio-productions-chicago-108223 Morning Shift: Ranking the small screen and MJ hits the big screen http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-12/morning-shift-ranking-small-screen-and-mj-hits-big <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/TV and girl-Flickr- Eric Driggers.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Entertainment Weekly released their list of the &quot;10 All-Time Greatest TV Shows&quot;. We dissect the list and hear from you about what shows are missing. A new film festival features stories of life in Chicago when the Bulls and Michael Jordan dominated the sport and the city.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-let-us-entertain-you.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-let-us-entertain-you" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Ranking the small screen and MJ hits the big screen" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 08:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-12/morning-shift-ranking-small-screen-and-mj-hits-big Why do we binge watch television shows? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/britt-julious/2013-07/why-do-we-binge-watch-television-shows-107958 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/2053902311_78793b6af2_z.jpg" style="height: 455px; width: 600px;" title="(Flickr/Homies In Heaven)" /></p><p>The clock said it was 3 a.m. and yet I was unable to turn way from the screen. Eventually, I developed a headache and closed my laptop screen, only to wake up four hours later and continue indulging in my new obsession. I was watching <em>My Mad Fat Diary</em>, a television show I consider to be the most simple and the most important of the year. With only six episodes released through England&#39;s e4 network, <em>My Mad Fat Diary</em> quickly gained an international online audience because it was easy to consume all of the episodes in one setting. Its short format was perfect for binge watching.</p><p>Why do we binge on television shows? Some people still watch television shows one-by-one as they air or are streamed online. But in many ways, it is easier and more enjoyable to consume the storytelling of a thought-provoking, plot-driven television show in one multi-episode session.&nbsp;</p><p>Binge watching treats different television shows in equal measure. It&#39;s not that each show is the same. But the method of watching is equal across genres, lengths and intended audiences. I binge watched the e4 teen drama <em>Skins</em> in the same way that I watched the now-defunct ABC comedy <em>Don&#39;t Trust the B</em> and the brilliant seasons of<em> The Wire</em>. And to me, I love them in different but equal ways. I don&#39;t consider one to be of a higher quality than the other. For their respective genres, they did their storytlling &quot;right.&quot;</p><p>There are numerous ways to binge watch television shows, but I prefer to watch on my laptop or tablet. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/britt-julious/2013-04/tuning-why-headphone-culture-signals-change-living-public-106837" target="_blank">Like the iPod</a>, a certain culture has developed around the laptop. It has fueled a level of intimacy with both the product itself and what it can instantly provide. My connection to these shows is also fueled by the fact that what I want to see is so easily accessible.&nbsp;</p><p>The relationship feels similar to when I started using my Kindle. The Kindle became a portal to literary intimacy. What I read (and it was a lot) became difficult to pull away from because I formed a connection to the accessibility and ease of the technology. Because the story was so immediate and the technology so omnipresent, my relationship to the words changed too.&nbsp;That&#39;s not to say that books are difficult (or that televisions are as well). Rather, they are different. Perhaps we shape the relationships to new forms of technology the more we use them. And because these new forms of technology are so personal and meant for singular use, the connections are deeper.&nbsp;</p><p>In the end, I think that the similarities between television shows, binge watching, and literature is even more potent than we would initially think. Binge watching is like reading and television (at least the fictional variety) is like literature. Each new episode is a new chapter. And each new chapter is working toward an overall story. When we talk about the dire state of creativity in mainstream filmmaking and the resurgence of strong television, perhaps what is also being said is that television connects on a fundamental level that we have always known and understood. We are flipping pages on the screen. The narrative moves forward.&nbsp;</p><p>--</p><p><strong>Five shows to binge watch this summer:</strong></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/537413_324232054355885_101605897_n.jpg" style="width: 100px; float: left;" title="(Facebook/E4)" /><strong><em>My Mad Fat Diary</em></strong>: In this quiet and heartbreaking teen dramedy, 16-year-old Rae Earl must readjust to life after spending four months in the local mental institution for attempting suicide. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/britt-julious/2013-03/my-mad-fat-diary-best-television-show-you-arent-watching-105838">Don&#39;t let this premise fool you</a>. The show is warm and hilarious and features perhaps the best soundtrack of 90s Brit pop and alt rock. (Find it on YouTube)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/297112_514053361963527_81820997_n.jpg" style="height: 67px; width: 100px; float: left;" title="(Facebook/BBC America)" /></p><p><strong><em>Orphan Black</em></strong>: This BBC America sci-fi thriller does not hold anything back. Like most great sci-fi television shows, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/britt-julious/2013-05/orphan-black-proves-important-television-can-be-fun-107020" target="_blank"><em>Orphan Black</em> is not afraid to shock and awe in the name of the plot</a>. And just what is that plot? Clones. More clones than you could even imagine. (Find it On Demand)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/1000797_10151622967427226_187679448_n.jpg" style="height: 67px; width: 100px; float: left;" title="(Facebook/E4)" /><strong><em>Skins</em></strong>: The 7th and final season of <em>Skins</em> began airing last week. Catch up on the back stories of the latest season&#39;s three stars: Cassie (seasons 1 and 2), Effy (seasons 1-4), and Cook (seasons 3 and 4). <em>Skins</em> is a teen show less about what it means to be a teen and more about <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/britt-julious/2013-04/why-uks-e4-network-produces-some-most-beloved-television-shows-american" target="_blank">the ways in which our emotions drive and destroy our actions</a>. (Find it on Netflix)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/552266_10151863495285288_1114916119_n.jpg" style="height: 75px; width: 100px; float: left;" title="(Facebook/ABC)" /><strong><em>Happy Endings</em></strong>: This brilliant, ahead-of-its-time ABC hypercomedy was recently canceled. Watching the show as it aired would have been ideal, but its lightness and absurdity fits perfectly with the breeziness of summer. This is not a <em>Friends</em> clone, unless you consider <em>Friends</em> on speed to be your type of television show. (Find it on Hulu and abc.go.com)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/257723_623640614332391_315281687_o.jpg" style="width: 100px; float: left;" title="(Facebook/ABC)" /><strong><em>Scandal</em></strong>: There&#39;s a reason why <em>Scandal</em>&nbsp;breaks twitter on Thursday evenings. Its fans are die-hard, rabid even, and their motivations are not unfounded. The fast-paced story of a Washington D.C. &quot;fixer&quot; also in an affair with the President, <em>Scandal</em> is <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/britt-julious/2013-02/praise-messiness-scandals-olivia-pope-105271" target="_blank">surprisingly smart</a> and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/britt-julious/2013-05/its-ok-love-shonda-rhimes-television-shows-107128" target="_blank">Shonda Rhimes&#39; best effort yet</a>. (Find it on Netflix and abc.go.com)</p><p><em><strong>Britt Julious</strong> blogs about culture in and outside of Chicago. Follow Britt&#39;s essays for&nbsp;<a href="http://wbez.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">WBEZ&#39;s Tumblr</a>&nbsp;or on Twitter&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/britticisms" target="_blank">@britticisms</a>.</em></p></p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/britt-julious/2013-07/why-do-we-binge-watch-television-shows-107958 Five TV shows filming in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-07/five-tv-shows-filming-chicago-107917 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" games="" mind="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/MindGames_0.jpg" title="Christian Slater and Steve Zahn star in the upcoming ABC drama series &quot;Mind Games.&quot; (Mind Games/ABC) " /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">Five big network TV shows are slated to shoot in Chicago over the summer; and according to the Illinois Film Office, this marks a&nbsp;<a href="http://chicagofree.info/2013/05/12/free-info-on-five-new-chicago-based-tv-shows/#axzz2T6MYPd00" target="_blank">record high</a> for the city.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Joining the returning cast and crew of the NBC series<em>&nbsp;Chicago Fire</em>, a quartet of new <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2013/05/12/five_new_tv_shows_to_be_filmed_in_c.php" target="_top">one-hour dramas </a>from NBC and ABC also will film in the city from mid-July through the fall: <em>Mind Games, Crisis, Betrayal</em>&nbsp;and the <em>Chicago Fire</em> spin-off,&nbsp;<em>Chicago PD</em>.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">For those wondering why a ratings-troubled series like<em> Chicago Fire </em>would get a spin-off before starting Season 2, co-creator Derek Haas [working with partner Michael Brandt and famed <em>Law &amp; Order </em>producer Dick Wolf] says, why not?</div><blockquote><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;Mike, Matt [Olmstead, executive producer]&nbsp;and I spent four days riding around with cops and detectives, and we got to see the inner workings of the police department, and it was like, why isn&#39;t <em>this </em>a show?&quot; Haas told the <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-05-02/entertainment/ct-mov-0503-chicago-closeup-20130503_1_chicago-fire-derek-haas-dick-wolf/2" target="_blank">Chicago Tribune</a> in May, &quot;The same way that we did it with the fire department, there&#39;s a show in what it means to be a policeman in Chicago. So that&#39;s what we&#39;re going for.&quot;</div></blockquote><div class="image-insert-image ">Another NBC series shooting in the Windy City this summer is the political thriller&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.nbc.com/crisis/" target="_blank">Crisis</a>,&nbsp;</em>starring Dermot Mulroney and Gillian Anderson. The pilot was originally shot in Los Angeles, but the series will move to Chicago for production of the first season. Shooting will commence in July, with a mid-season premiere scheduled to air on NBC after the Winter Olympics.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">New shows from ABC,&nbsp;<em>Betrayal </em>and&nbsp;<em>Mind Games</em>, will also begin filming in Chicago in the months to come.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The legal drama <a href="http://www.hitfix.com/starr-raving/see-james-cromwell-and-stuart-townsend-in-the-first-trailer-for-betrayal" style="font-style: italic; " target="_blank">Betrayal</a>&nbsp;stars&nbsp;James Cromwell, Stuart Townsend and Hannah Ware of former Chicago-filmed series&nbsp;<em>Boss.&nbsp;</em>Ware plays an unhappily married woman who begins an affair with a lawyer, who just happens to be squaring off against her husband in court. The series is set to premiere on ABC this fall.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em><a href="http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/05/mind-games-trailer-christian-slater-and-steve-zahn-use-jedi-mind-tricks-to-help-the-world.html" target="_blank">Mind Games</a>&nbsp;</em>is another high-stakes drama starring Christian Slater and Steve Zahn as brothers, one bipolar and one a con artist, who run an agengy using psychology to solve client&#39;s problems.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">These five shows, alongside three mega-budget features, could make 2013 the state&#39;s highest grossing year ever&mdash;an estimated <a href="http://reelchicago.com/article/chicago-poised-welcome-five-tv-shows-summer130514" target="_blank">$225 million</a>.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">As for those epic films taking over our streets this summer, the Wachowski&#39;s <em>Jupiter Ascending</em> (starring Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum) will spend two months here, while <em>Transformers 4&nbsp;</em>(with Mark Wahlberg in the lead) is expected to shoot through October.&nbsp;A third sci-fi blockbuster, the Chicago-set dystopian thriller <em>Divergent</em>, wrapped up filming at Navy Pier <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-06-23/entertainment/ct-ent-0624-luis-20130623_1_divergent-veronica-roth-transformers" target="_blank">in June</a>.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Adding to the industry boom is an 8-part docuseries from Sundance Productions/CNN called <a href="http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/08/cnn-to-launch-new-original-series-chicagoland-with-executive-producer-robert-redford-in-2014/" target="_blank"><em>Chicagoland</em></a>. Produced by Robert Redford, the &quot;city-reality&quot; series is set to debut on CNN early next year.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Which shows are your most excited to see filming in Chicago?</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Note: Although&nbsp;<em>Divergent&nbsp;</em>has finished scenes at Navy Pier, the film will continue to shoot in Chicago through July. Keep an eye out for stars Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet and Zoe Kravitz this summer!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p><em>Leah Pickett writes about popular culture for WBEZ. Follow her on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/leahkristinepickett" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">Twitter</a> or<a href="http://hermionehall.tumblr.com" target="_blank"> Tumblr</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-07/five-tv-shows-filming-chicago-107917