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Local TV Notes: Candid Camera Chicago

1. Candid Camera Chicago.

"Mayim Bialik has been tapped to host TV Land's Candid Camera reboot," the A.V. Club reports.

"The Blossom and Big Bang Theory star will appear on the show alongside Peter Funt, son of the show's creator and original host, Alan Funt. The two will team up for 10 episodes and attempt to capture regular, real-life people trapped in annoyingly set-up situations meant to elicit their embarrassing reactions on television. The show has already taped episodes in New York and Chicago."

Just kidding about the red-light cameras, Rahm!

2. The Big Ten-ish.

"Located across the street from Grant Park and on one of the best-known streets in North America, the Hilton Chicago is a fitting locale for Big Ten media days and the ensuing luncheon," Sam McKewon writes for the Omaha World-Herald.

"Its Michigan Avenue address and old-school design fit the Big Ten's idea of itself: A corporate player. And, indeed, the Big Ten is. According to the Lafayette Journal and Courier, the Big Ten projects schools will receive $44.5 million per year when the new TV deal rolls around in 2017."

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"You've been clubbed over the head with the argument for why Maryland and Rutgers were such good additions to the Big Ten, right? Want the club again about how close the schools are, respectively, to Washington and New York City? No?

"It's almost as if the Big Ten is more interested in capturing geopolitical port cities - and the cable bundles that come with them - than the actual football teams Maryland and Rutgers intend to develop. The programs have combined for one major bowl appearance - Maryland's 56-23 loss to Florida in the 2002 Orange Bowl - in 30 years. Yes, coaches and players from both teams will appear Monday and Tuesday, and no, neither school is ever - ever - expected to win a Big Ten football title. Maryland and Rutgers, beating Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and Michigan State to play in the Rose Bowl? Maryland and Rutgers, in the Rose Bowl? The Big Ten married these schools. Time to see just how loud they snore in bed."

3. Reality Check.

"Woodstock chef Scott Commings Thursday night was declared the winner of the Hell's Kitchen reality show, a victory that brought a $250,000-a-year job cooking at host Gordon Ramsay's namesake Las Vegas pub," the Tribune reports.

"Commings, executive chef at Loyola University Chicago's Retreat and Ecology Campus, bested 20 rivals including co-finalist Jason Zepaltas, a Chicago chef."

He will now spend the next year in extensive therapy.

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See also: Why Chaotic TV Kitchens Are A Bunch Of Hooey.

4. 10 Things You Can Buy Instead Of Samsung's $120,000 TV.

"5. Over 6,000 bleacher seats at a Chicago Cubs game. On the other hand, maybe the $120,000 TV is a better buy."

5. Blackhawks Top National TV Slate With 20 Games.

6. Paging Hawk Harrelson.

"Because we are on every single day, it is easy to fall into habits," Cubs play-by-play announcer Len Kasper writes for the Daily Herald. "Now, not all habits are bad ones, but I never want the broadcast to sound stale or rote. I want each game to feel and sound unique."

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Posted on July 28, 2014


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