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What to watch and listen to this week: 'Divided States of America' on PBS, Offshore podcast

Walton Goggins as Richard “Rip” Taggart in History’s Six, premiering at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

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Walton Goggins as Richard “Rip” Taggart in History’s Six, premiering at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

If you didn't already know, the next president is being inaugurated this week. Fittingly, PBS airs its Frontline special Divided States of America on Tuesday, exploring the deep divisions that surfaced during President Obama's tenure. And on Thursday, ABC airs a 20/20 special America's First Family: The Trumps Go to Washington, which is self-explanatory. If you're looking to plan ahead, live coverage of President-elect Trump's inauguration begins Friday morning on the news networks. Trump will be sworn in at noon.

MONDAY

The Howie Mandel All-Star Comedy Gala, 8 p.m., CW: Howie Mandel hosts a comedy showcase at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal with performances by Jay Pharoah, Ilia Shlesinger, Russell Brand, JB Smoove and more.

TUESDAY

Miss Universe, 7 p.m., Fox: Steve Harvey hosts again, but hopefully he crowns the right woman this time.

SPECIAL: Divided States of America, 9 p.m., PBS: Frontline premieres a four-hour, two-night documentary looking back at events during Barack Obama's presidency and the revelations of deep divisions in our country. The miniseries examines the issues Donald Trump will inherit. …

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Fans flock to Disney's Hollywood Studios to pay tribute to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (w/ video)

Fans raise lightsabers and umbrellas toward the sky in tribute to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds on Saturday, Jan. 14 at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando.

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Fans raise lightsabers and umbrellas toward the sky in tribute to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds on Saturday, Jan. 14 at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando.

Park guests couldn't turn a corner in Hollywood Studios without seeing Princess Leia hair buns and fans toting lightsabers.

What started as a small, fan-created event grew into a park-wide celebration on Saturday to remember the lives of Star Wars' Carrie Fisher and her mother, Singin' in the Rain's Debbie Reynolds.

Fans paid tribute to both by dressing up as the many iterations of the galactic Princess Leia and her beau Han Solo (Harrison Ford). Others donned bright yellow dresses or coats and carried umbrellas for Reynolds' iconic character, Kathy Selden.

Leias crowded the Star Tours ride to fly over Jakku, Naboo, Hoth and Coruscant with C-3PO as tour guide. Umbrella-toting fans rode The Great Movie Ride in the Studios' replica Chinese Theater to catch a glimpse of the Singin' in the Rain scene.

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And at the end of the night in front of the Star Wars stage, hundreds gathered to hold up lightsabers and umbrellas to honor the late Fisher and Reynolds, who died within a day of each other at the end of December. …

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What to watch this weekend: 'The Young Pope,' 'Victoria,' History Channel special on President Obama

Do not heed Lemony Snicket's warnings to 'look away' from the dreadful Baudelaire tale in A Series of Unfortunate Events. You'd miss a surreal fairy tale that's perfect for kids and adults.

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Do not heed Lemony Snicket's warnings to 'look away' from the dreadful Baudelaire tale in A Series of Unfortunate Events. You'd miss a surreal fairy tale that's perfect for kids and adults.

Three stellar new dramas premiere this weekend. One is a surreal conspiracy story, based on 13 children's books with Neil Patrick Harris playing the unibrowed villain. Another is about England's young 19th century queen who reshaped the monarchy  this is likely to be your next period-drama obsession. Last, but certainly not least, HBO explores the ascension of a young American pope whose unpredictability is the scorn of Vatican City. It's going to be a great weekend to sit on the couch.

Winter TV: 17 shows to watch in 2017

FRIDAY

SERIES PREMIERE: Sneaky Pete, midnight, Amazon: Notorious con man Marius (Giovanni Ribisi) gets out of prison only to find he's being stalked by a vicious gangster he once robbed. The only thing to do is to assume the identity of his cellmate, Pete, and reunite with Pete's long-lost family. Executive produced by Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston and Graham Yost. …

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Jimmy Fallon to bring show, new theme park ride to Orlando

“Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” will be the first attraction to feature a Virtual Line experience at Universal Studios Florida

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“Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” will be the first attraction to feature a Virtual Line experience at Universal Studios Florida

Jimmy Fallon: the theme park ride. Yes, that's a thing. The Tonight Show host giddily announced on his show Thursday night that Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon will officially open on April 6 in Universal Studios in Orlando and he will be taping his show at the theme park April 3–6 to celebrate.

The ride is another in a series of rides at Universal, like Spider-man and Harry Potter, using screens, sounds, smells (New York pizza) and 3D optics to make you feel like you are on a wild ride through the Big Apple racing against Jimmy Fallon himself. Your race course includes New York’s biggest landmarks.

Universal also announced that Fallon's will be the first attraction to feature a Virtual Line experience at Universal Studios Florida.

"You’ll be able to access this new system through the Official Universal Orlando Resort App or at kiosks located outside the attraction entrance. This allows you to virtually wait in line while still enjoying the rest of Universal Studios. When it’s your time, just head back to attraction, head inside, and get ready for the race of a lifetime," Universal's official park blog announced. …

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Winner and loser of the week: Ed Sheeran breaks Spotify record; Martin Shkreli kicked off Twitter

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Winner:

Ed Sheeran. Fans of the English singer-songwriter were pretty antsy for new music, which was pretty clear this week when his two latest singles exploded on Spotify. After nearly two years of nothin', Sheeran released Shape of You and Castle on the Hill off his upcoming album ÷ (pronounced Divide). Shape of You received 6.87 million streams and Castle on the Hill received 6.17 in just 24 hours, breaking the record previously set by One Direction for Drag Me Down (4.76 streams) in 2015. The songs have now been played tens of millions of times, putting the two tracks at No.1 and No. 2 on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart, a weekly ranking of the most shared or tweeted about tunes. Sheeran is the first artist to debut two songs at the top two slots. Not a bad week. We're glad to have new music, and so are these other celebs:

OH MY GOD OKAY ITS HAPPENING EVERYBODY STAY CALM

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

SHAPE OF YOU!!!! @edsheeran SO GOOOODDDD

Loving you songs @edsheeran

Shape of you by ed Sheeran is just next level

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Full moon collides with Friday the 13th this week, and Twitter gets superstitious

At midnight, the full moon will coincide with Friday the 13th.

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At midnight, the full moon will coincide with Friday the 13th.

The superstitious among us may choose to stay indoors tonight. At midnight, the first full moon of 2017 will collide with another phenomenon that some believe can bring strange happenings and bad luck, Friday the 13th.

Technically, the full moon is today, Jan. 12, and reached max fullness at 6:34 a.m. That means the exact moment of the true full moon, when the Earth was directly between the moon and sun already happened and won't coincide with Friday the 13th.

But the moon will appear just as full at 12 a.m. on Friday as it does at 11:59 p.m. tonight, and the best views will come just before dawn anyway, according to space.com.

The last time the exact moment of the full moon actually fell on a Friday the 13th was in 2014, and that won't happen again until 2049.

So does that still mean a double whammy of bad juju on Friday, or not? Scores of superstitious posters on Twitter said they wouldn't be taking any chances. 

It's a full moon and Friday the 13th this weekend??? I'll be at the house. pic.twitter.com/AaG0GKC2gg

Friday is Friday the 13th and a full moon pic.twitter.com/RMKtXt7FiQ

Google search: magic spells that protect you from a full moon / Friday the 13th combo

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Review: 'The Young Pope' is a heavenly campy drama

Diane Keaton as Sister Mary and Jude Law as Lenny Belardo, Pope Pius XIII in HBO's The Young Pope.

Diane Keaton as Sister Mary and Jude Law as Lenny Belardo, Pope Pius XIII in HBO's The Young Pope.

The Young Pope begs to answer the question: What if the next Pope were young and American?

And also Jude Law.

Enter Lenny Balardo (Law), dubbed Pope Pius XIII, an arrogant, highly-conservative, self-serving orphan who's just become the head of the Catholic church.

You could say The Young Pope is timely.

His Holiness is unpredictable and a master manipulator with scattered worldviews no one seems to be able to figure out. His ascension to the top of the papacy came as a surprise to many who still clearly think he's unqualified. Very few in Vatican City are happy about Lenny's promotion.

The cardinals and priests around him scramble to keep his impulses in check as he refuses to adhere to many ancient traditions of the office. Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Voiello (Silvio Orlando) is often Lenny's punching bag.

The series is a joint international venture from Sky Atlantic and HBO and originally aired in Italy. Director Paolo Sorrentino (Oscar and Golden Globe winner for The Great Beauty) helped bring Vatican City to the small screen in this 10-episode limited series on HBO. …

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Discovery's 'Street Science' creates flame tornado in downtown Tampa and premieres tonight on cable (w/video)

The new series "Street Science" created a fire tornado in downtown Tampa.

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The new series "Street Science" created a fire tornado in downtown Tampa.

Want to see a giant tornado of flames rising in the center of downtown Tampa? Don't worry, it's just a TV show.

Tune in to the Science network tonight at 10 p.m. for the premiere of Street Science, a new series showcasing offbeat and eye-catching science experiments performed outdoors and often captured in awe-inspiring slow motion.

Hosted by "science magician" Kevin Delaney, Street Science was filmed at more than 60 locations around the Tampa Bay area, Discovery spokesperson Sydney Baldwin said. Some of the local spots that will be seen in the first season include 3 Daughters Brewery, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, the Tampa Riverwalk, Skipper's Smokehouse and Tropicana Field.

Street Science was produced by Tampa-based production company Spectrum for Discovery Communications, the media giant that also operates Discovery Channel.  The series channels a bit of the same D.I.Y.-science spirit as Discovery's long-running reality hit Mythbusters. 

Among the experiments performed in the first season: leaf blowers turned into hovercrafts, creating an instant nitrogen cloud and visiting Salon Sassin on Armenia Avenue to find a surprising use for their hydrogen peroxide (video above). …

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Review: Netflix's 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' is a fairy tale of whimsy and woe

A Series of Unfortunate Events is narrated by Lemony Snicket (Patrick Warburton, center), who bills himself as the official biographer of the Baudelaires and their misfortunes.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events is narrated by Lemony Snicket (Patrick Warburton, center), who bills himself as the official biographer of the Baudelaires and their misfortunes.

The newest adaptation of Lemony Snicket's beloved children's tragedies is far from unfortunate, unpleasant or uninteresting.

A Series of Unfortunate Events, based on the 13 books from the aforementioned Snicket (pen name for author Daniel Handler, who is also an executive producer) hits Netflix early Friday morning.

It's weirdly wonderful, adorned with unique style and a surprising amount of comedy. The aesthetics are a blend of goth and Dr. Seuss style, as if Tim Burton and Seuss himself, Theodor Geisel, created a children's show together. Though the series actually has Barry Sonnenfeld as another executive producer, who seems to include many of the charmingly baroque elements from his Addams Family films in this project.

Like the books, the series is narrated by Snicket (Patrick Warburton), who bills himself as an official biographer of the Baudelaire's misfortunes. He implores viewers from the get-go to find something more pleasant to watch. Only dreariness follows the Baudelaires after that fateful day on Briny Beach.

Do not heed these warnings, unless you want to miss a delightfully melancholy kids story with adult sophistication. …

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Bald eagle that flew over national championship game turns heads at Tampa International Airport security line

Travelers at Tampa International Airport pulled out their phones to get a photo of Challenger.

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Travelers at Tampa International Airport pulled out their phones to get a photo of Challenger.

Challenger, the bald eagle that soared over the field at Raymond James Stadium before the national championship game between Clemson and Alabama, attracted attention at Tampa International aiport on Tuesday.

Travelers, many of whom were headed home after the big game, pulled out their phones to get a photo as trainer Spencer Williams carried the 27-year-old bird of prey through the security screening area. 

"Challenger goes through security like everyone else," said Laura Sterens, director of operations for American Eagle Foundation, which cares for Challenger. "He flies exclusively on Southwest. He does travel inside the passenger cabin, but he's in a carrier that takes up two seats and gets buckled in. We have to buy two tickets for him, and on the tickets it even says, 'Challenger Eagle'."

Challenger was headed back to his home at the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. where the American Eagle Foundation cares for about 80 non-releasable birds of prey, Sterens said.   …

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Celebrities in Tampa for college football showed their presence via Instagram (UPDATED)

Cedric the Entertainer poses with Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston and Double Pump Inc. CEO David Pump in Tampa.

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Cedric the Entertainer poses with Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston and Double Pump Inc. CEO David Pump in Tampa.

Jameis Winston hanging out with Cedric the Entertainer. That's right. Jay Pharoah enjoying the fireworks in Curtis Hixon Park. Check. Celebrities in Tampa for the college football national championship festivities posting about it on social media. Yes.  

Here's a look at some of the famous folks who've posted from Tampa this weekend. 

Jay Pharoah watching fireworks in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. 

 

Jason Aldean watching the game from a suite at Raymond James Stadium.

 

Brittany Kerr (with husband Aldean) at Raymond James Stadium.

 

The X Ambassadors posing with the trophy at the Kress building during an ESPN party.

 

Cedric the Entertainer hanging with Jameis Winston and David Pump.

 

 

Kimberly Schlapman's post from the field with the rest of Little Big Town.

 

The Shadowboxers view from the stage Monday at the tailgate.

 

Flo Rida at Raymond James Stadium showing off his extra tickets for the game.

 

Rachel Platten's view from the stage on Saturday night.

 

Good Morning America's Jesse Palmer at DI Coffee Bar on Davis Islands.

 

Seth Bolt from the band Needtobreath celebrating in the stands.

 

NFL Hall of Famer Marcus Allen hanging with Larry Culpepper at the stadium. …

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Kirsten Dunst to star in new AMC show set in '90s Central Florida

Kirsten Dunst in FX's Fargo.

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Kirsten Dunst in FX's Fargo.

The Fargo star has landed her next TV role, this time as a theme park employee in 1990s Orlando.

The project  On Becoming a God in Central Florida  is to be directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) and produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov's Smokehouse Pictures, Sony's TriStar Television and AMC Studios.

Deadline originally reported Dunst signed on to star in the new series as Krystal Gill, a minimum-wage water park employee who is left with nothing after being widowed. She lies and cons her way up the ranks to seize control of the multi-billion dollar pyramid scheme that destroyed her life.

On Becoming a God in Central Florida is billed as an hour-long, darkly comedic series premiering on the network that gave us Mad Men and Breaking Bad.

No word yet on a premiere date or if the show will shoot in the Sunshine State.

We can only hope.

Contact Chelsea Tatham at ctatham@tampabay.com. Follow @chelseatatham.

 

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Video: Will Alabama fans hug this Clemson Tiger? And other strange questions we asked fans at the championship tailgate

Talking with fans at the tailgate outside Raymond James Stadium.

Loren Elliott

Talking with fans at the tailgate outside Raymond James Stadium.

Should Nick Saban or Dabo Swinney run for president in 2020? Are people skipping work to tailgate? Will Alabama superfans hug a Clemson Tiger in the name of world peace? I hit the street outside Raymond James Stadium in Tampa to ask fans the questions that really matter before the college football national championship game between Alabama and Clemson. 

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In honor of 'Victoria' in the U.S., 3 more depictions of Queen Victoria to watch

Rupert Friend as Albert and Emily Blunt as Queen Victoria in the 2009 movie The Young Victoria.

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Rupert Friend as Albert and Emily Blunt as Queen Victoria in the 2009 movie The Young Victoria.

You may have heard of this queen coming to conquer American TV after she conquered British TV.

Debuting on PBS's Masterpiece at 9 p.m. Jan. 15, Victoria is lavish and sexy if a bit repetitive on subplots about marriage, family strife and fitness to rule.

It'll doubtless have you swooning over Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell) — something you won't get from other adaptations of Victoria's life — as well as Prince Albert (Tom Hughes) and quietly cheering for a resolute Victoria (Jenna Coleman). And, hopefully, running a little to Wikipedia to read up on the veracity of the events it depicts, something I always do when watching adaptations of historical events. Something else you can do is look to other adaptations of the same events for comparison.

If your interest in Queen Victoria is piqued, here are three more depictions to watch; you can order all from Amazon or borrow from your local library system. …

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Review: 'Victoria' is your next period drama obsession

Jenna Coleman stars as Queen Victoria, shown at her coronation.

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Jenna Coleman stars as Queen Victoria, shown at her coronation.

This week, a diminutive in stature but large in legacy queen arrives on U.S. TV.

Just as we were looking for our next period drama obsession, Victoria drops into PBS's Masterpiece lineup with a two-episode premiere at 9 p.m. Jan. 15 after a very successful first season in the U.K. The reign of Queen Victoria will always be ripe for dramatizing, including her ascension at just 18, the rapid industrial and cultural changes during her 63 years as monarch and her legendary romance with Prince Albert.

Even set centuries ago, Victoria feels relevant, with a strong heroine (Doctor Who's Jenna Coleman) proving that she is in fact capable of running a country and making her own decisions. It also has much of what you want in a period drama: gorgeous costumes (don't miss the Elizabethan ball period costumes within period costumes in Episode 3), strong personalities influencing historical moments, under-stairs machinations, sweeping romance.

Much of the last doesn't belong to whom you'd expect. Before we can get to Albert (Tom Hughes) in the end of Episode 3, there's Lord M. …

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