How far would you go to score Chicago Bulls tickets?
That question is pivotal in a couple of the best comedies on television this season: ABC's "Happy Endings" and Showtime's "Shameless."
"Happy Endings" will tackle it this Friday, March 29, when the under-rated comedy moves to a new night and time on the Alphabet Net. (If you're not already a rabid fan of this show, please start watching right now before it's too late.)
In an episode titled "Straight Dope," gay Max, played by Skokie native Adam Pally, pretends to be straight after meeting a lovely lady with Bulls season tickets. This episode immediately follows another helping of "Happy Endings" airing from 7 to 7:30 p.m. on WLS-Channel 7.
On "Shameless" (8 p.m. Sundays on Showtime), the Gallagher family's drunken patriarch Frank (William H. Macy) convinces his young son Carl that the boy has cancer -- that's right, cancer -- in the hopes of getting a do-gooder foundation to fork over Bulls tickets.
Cash-starved Frank Gallagher wanted to go to the game to get his hands on an autographed Bulls basketball that he could promptly sell to financially support any one of his unseemly vices.
He never did manage to get the Bulls tickets, but Carl (played by St. Charles actor Ethan Cutkosky) did get a free ride at cancer camp.