About Paige Wiser
I'm a free-lance writer, editor, critic, commentator, muse -- so many talents, so little time. I also have an encyclopedic knowledge of celebrities' baby names. Does that sound braggy?
You can find my writing in Michigan Avenue magazine and its sister publications, Capitol File and L.A. Confidential. I've written cover stories on celebrities ranging from Rosie O'Donnell to Jenny McCarthy, as well as pop-culture essays that defy categorization.
I've also worked as the movie critic on ABC-7's "Windy City Live" with partner David Plummer, as a regular contributor on WGN radio, as a director of communications, as a desktop publisher, as an office temp, and in my teens I sold shoes at the Shop for Pappagallo in Woodfield Mall. Happiest I've ever been.
I have two kids, ages 13 and 11, and have served as the deputy room mom in charge of caramel fondue at a class Halloween party. Volunteering at school is not for the faint-hearted.
Over 17 years starting in the '90s, I served as intern, editor, reporter, critic, and columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times. Regular columns included "Planet Paige," in which I wrote about the quirkier side of the news; "Camera Obscura," which celebrated B movies; and "BioFeedback," which distilled celebrity biographies.
I earned my bachelor's degree at Notre Dame and my master's at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. I'm thinking of putting "philosopher/adventuress" on my business cards.
Monthly Archives: October 2011
“Bite of the Living Dead” (7 p.m., Animal Planet): Two people are bitten by snakes; only one lives.
“Dateline, NBC” (8 p.m., WMAQ-Channel 5): If you’re planning to get married, watch this first. I’d just feel better about it.
“Hairy Bikers” (9 p.m., History): Two men motorcycle around America in search of food. In the premiere, they stop in southern Louisiana, where they catch nutria, grind the rodents into sausage, and then bring their own to a jambalaya festival. Mmm!
“The Office” (8 p.m., WMAQ-Channel 5): Finally, an Andy-centric episode! We meet his family, played by Stephen Collins, Dee Wallance and Josh Grobin, at Schrute Farms.
“Catholicism” (8 p.m., WTTW-Channel 11): Titled “Amazed and Afraid: The Revelation of God Become Man,” it’s cheaper than a Notre Dame education.
“Millionaire Matchmaker” (8 p.m., WMAQ-Channel 5): Setting up two body-building brothers, one of whom divorced after a six-month marriage, and one of whom has spent the last three years in prison. Patti likes a challenge!
*All times listed are Chicago time.
“America’s Next Top Model” (8 p.m., WGN-Channel 9): The Tyra wannabes model clothes from the Kardashian Kollection in a challenge with Kim, Kourtney and Khloe. Then La Toya Jackson gives the girls advice. Wow. Just . . . wow.
“Happy Endings” (8:30 p.m., WLS-Channel 7): The fabulous Megan Mullally, guest-stars as Penny’s mom.
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (9 p.m., WMAQ-Channel 5): If you were wondering what T.R. Knight was up to post-“Grey’s Anatomy,” here you go. His character is accused of being a serial rapist in several states.
Paige and Plummer fight to the death about whether rock ’em sock ’em robots are inherently dramatic.
I talked with Val Warner about “The X Factor,” “The Good Wife,” “New Girl,” “2 Broke Girls,” “The Office,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Modern Family,” “Pan Am,” “The Playboy Club,” and my favorite, Starz’s “Boss” (pictured).
Paige and Plummer, together again on “Windy City Live.” I liked “50/50” (pictured), but am not actually advising you to go see it.
Bill Leff (pictured) is one of my favorite people, and has one of the best voices on radio. I mean, obviously Orion Samuelson is first, but then Bill. Here we are talking about TV.