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Television Fri May 27 2011

The Continuing Saga of Chicago Shows: Out With the Old, In with the New

NUP_144337_6544.jpgOfficial announcements about show renewals are in from the major networks, and the horde of programs set in Chicago has suffered some major blows. Fox's The Chicago Code and Traffic Light have both officially been cancelled. A drama shot in here in Chicago and a comedy shot in LA, respectively, the two shows shared a Chicago setting in common... and little else. But they were both relatively strong programs, and it's sad to see them go. Loss of The Chicago Code will be doubly felt by Chicago actors (and other television workers), who were provided work opportunities by the high-profile show's presence in the city.

All this cancellation news aside, the official count of Chicago-set programming remains the same. Add to the count ABC's late-season addition Happy Endings, whose ensemble includes SNL alum Casey Wilson. The romantic-sitcomedy is set here, though it doesn't draw a ton of attention to that fact. And have you seen the commercials for NBC's new Mad Man-esque drama, The Playboy Club? It documents the early days of Hugh Hefner's sexy, controversial Walton Street nightclub. The show was shot here back in March, and is set to be back for more this summer. That makes things a little better, right?

 
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Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
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