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The name of "HGTV Design Star" is getting a makeover to "HGTV Star" when it returns at 7 p.m. Sunday, and an Antioch woman will be one of the competitors.

Wife, mother and designer Tiffany Brooks, 33, is among the 10 contestants taking on challenges in the home renovation competition in a bid to win prizes throughout the seven-episode season, including a product featured on the online shopping resource One Kings Lane, a feature in HGTV Magazine and their own show on HGTV.

Their handiwork will be judged by a panel of experts, including network stars Genevieve Gorder, Vern Yip and series newcomer Sabrina Soto. David Bromstad hosts.

A little more about Brooks, courtesy of the cable network: "Tiffany, a wife and working mom, says she loves spending time growing her residential interior design business. She first demonstrated her design talent when she was offered the opportunity to stage model homes while working in property management After one of her model-home designs won an award, she decided to follow her passion for interior design full time. She describes her design style as "classic funk" and enjoys mixing traditional pieces with a little rock n' roll."

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In the season three finale, "Windy City," Molly (Melissa McCarthy) gives Mike (Billy Gardell) his boss' personal belongings, from Peggy.

After being pulled last week due to the deadly tornado in Oklahoma, the season three finale of "Mike & Molly" will air at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Titled "Windy City," the episode in question has Mike and Carl stuck working at the Renaissance Faire as a tornado approaches Chicago. Melissa McCarthy, the actress who plays Molly, hails from Plainfield, which experienced a devastating tornado in 1990 that killed 29 people and injured hundreds.

CBS ran a rerun last week in place of the finale.

The scheduling change is just the latest in recent months as television networks have shuffled their line-ups in response to national tragedies.

ABC and NBC both pulled their respective episodes of "Castle" and "Hannibal" after the Boston Marathon bombings.

Sensitivity concerns prompted Fox to swap originals for repeats of its irreverent animated series "Family Guy" and "American Dad" after December's shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn. That same event led to the Syfy network shelving an episode of its supernatural drama "Haven" because it contained scenes of violence at a high school.



Itasca resident Brian Emmett, 43, is one of 10 amateur bakers who will compete in the new CBS reality series "The American Baking Competition," premiering at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Can an "American Idol" alum breathe new life into the Fox singing competition that's shedding viewers at an alarming clip?

Fox officials must be hoping so. E! News reports that Jennifer Hudson has signed on as judge for season 13. E! also says the other two judging spots are intended for former "Idol" contestants: Kelly Clarkson and either Adam Lambert or Clay Aiken.

According to E! sources, Clarkson is close to signing on but no word yet on whether Lambert or Aiken will fill the final spot. Producers are expected to keep the panel to three members.

The Oscar-winning actress and Chicago native returned to the stage last week on "Idol," the show that first put her in the spotlight back in season three. She sang a duet with Candice Glover, the latest contestant to wear the "Idol" crown.

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One of these days, a national television show will swing through town and focus on something other than Chicago's deep-dish pizza, Navy Pier, blues music and Second City.

Today, literally, is not that day.

The "Today" show broadcasted live from The Bean in Millennium Park this morning, with Evanston-born Willie Geist and Natalie Morales representing for the morning show crew -- all five of whom were supposed to be here. But breaking news surrounding Oklahoma's deadly tornado derailed those plans. Matt Lauer and Al Roker stayed in Oklahoma while Savannah Guthrie returned to New York.

While the city's deep comedic roots with Second City have been well reported, the show's producers managed to put together a nice package on Second City's history and legacy (video above).

Second City alum and Oak Park native Cecily Strong, who became quite a hit during her freshman season on "SNL," stopped by Millennium Park to chat with Willie and Natalie. Willie admitted his fondness for her recurring "Weekend Update" schtick, The Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation With at a Party, prompting Cecily to get into character by breaking out her cell phone to check her email. Looking forward to seeing more of her on "SNL" next season.

The "Today" show planned to visit five spots across the country in five days this week before breaking news forced them to change gears and scale back plans. (They skipped Yellowstone National Park altogether Tuesday.) Tomorrow they'll broadcast from Orlando, wrapping up Friday on the Jersey Shore.

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As part of its week-long travel series, NBC's "Today" show planned to broadcast live from Chicago on Wednesday morning.

Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Willie Geist were all supposed to visit the Windy City, but Oklahoma's deadly tornado has forced the program to tweak its plans. Only Willie and Natalie will swing through town, hosting the 8 a.m. hour (9 a.m. Eastern) live from Millennium Park's Bean sculpture. Matt and Al will stay in Oklahoma and Savannah will be live from New York.

This marks the second time this year weather has forced the show to change its Chicago plans at the last minute. A powerful storm headed for the East Coast in early February meant "Today" had to cancel its live broadcast from here as part of its Field Trip Fridays.

The show's week-long "Great American Adventure" got off to a smooth start Monday in Hawaii. The anchors were supposed to move on to Yellowstone National Park for a live broadcast from Old Faithful on Tuesday but they went to Oklahoma instead to cover the natural disaster. Plans called for traveling to Chicago on Wednesday before heading to Orlando and the New Jersey shore.

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The "Today" show's Willie Geist and Natalie Morales will broadcast from Chicago on Wednesday without Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker.

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A scene from the "Mike & Molly" season three finale, titled "Windy City," which was pulled Monday out of deference to Oklahoma's tornado victims


CBS yanked Monday's season three finale of "Mike & Molly" Monday because of the episode's tornado storyline. A deadly twister wreaked havoc in Oklahoma earlier that day.

The episode, titled "Windy City," had Mike (Billy Gardel) and Molly (Melissa McCarthy) confessing important news to each other "as a tornado descends on Chicago." McCarthy hails from Plainfield, which experienced a devastating tornado in 1990 that killed 29 people and injured hundreds.

CBS ran a rerun in place of the finale, which the network said will air on an unspecified future date.

The scheduling change is just the latest in recent months as television networks have shuffled their line-ups in response to national tragedies.

ABC and NBC both pulled their respective episodes of "Castle" and "Hannibal" after the Boston Marathon bombings.

Sensitivity concerns prompted Fox to swap originals for repeats of its irreverent animated series "Family Guy" and "American Dad" after December's shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn. That same event led to the Syfy network shelving an episode of its supernatural drama "Haven" because it contained scenes of violence at a high school.

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Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy in CBS' "Mike and Molly."

CBS has taken the scheduled season-ending episode of "Mike & Molly" off the air because its plot line revolved around a tornado threatening the couple.

The network said it replaced the comedy with a rerun on Monday out of sensitivity to victims of the deadly tornado in Oklahoma.

CBS said the show's season finale will air "at an appropriate date." The plot had the two lead characters confessing important news to one another as a tornado threatens Chicago.

Dozens of fatalities were reported Monday when a giant storm hit the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore.

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An investigation into our city's drugs, gangs and violence epidemic is the subject of "The War in Chicago," a six-month "48 Hours" investigation airing at 9 p.m. Saturday on CBS.

"48 Hours" correspondent Maureen Maher and CBS News correspondent Armen Keteyian look at what's driving the murder rate in Chicago, focusing on the link between street violence and drug trafficking in the city and the burbs. (See a clip below with the Will County coroner addressing the heroin scourge.) The report deals with what residents, city officials and the Drug Enforcement Administration are doing to fight back.

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"The Tomorrow People" (above)

The CW Network knows when it's onto a good thing. This season's biggest hit has been "Arrow" starring Stephen Amell. Keeping it all in the family, Stephen's cousin Robbie Amell will star in the CW's new action-adventure drama "The Tomorrow People," debuting this October on Wednesdays after "Arrow." Robbie Amell ("Revenge") plays a young man "with abilities he is only beginning to understand." It's executive-produced by Greg Berlanti ("Arrow," "Green Lantern").

The younger-skewing network announced next season's line-up to advertisers on Thursday in New York City. The good news is nothing looks as bad as last year's "Beauty and the Beast," which somehow has managed to hang on for another season.

Next season's plans call for a highly-anticipated spinoff of "The Vampire Diaries" -- the net's highest-rated series -- called "The Originals." Airing Tuesdays, it features Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies and Claire Holt as the original vampire family in New Orleans. The cutdown looked intriguing. It probably has the most promise of the bunch, given "TVD's" appeal.

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"The Originals" (above)

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