Sunday, April 22, 2018
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ABC's 2012 fall schedule counts on comedies

ABC joins its competitors in flexing comedy muscles for its fall schedule, announcing a lineup that sticks a new comedy about space aliens in suburbia behind hit Modern Family, creates a young-skewing comedy block at 9 p.m. Tuesdays and moves buzzed-about drama Revenge into long-running show Desperate Housewives' old time slot.

Executives also revealed next season's Dancing With the Stars will be an all-star edition, bringing back old favorites from the last 14 cycles, though they would not divulge who is under consideration (but according to reports, no past winners will compete). There's also a shot of country culture, with singing star Reba McEntire featured in the comedy Malibu Crossing as the cheated-on wife of a country music star and ex-Friday Night Lights and American Horror Story star Connie Britton as a fading singing star in Nashville.

Gone are ambitious dramas such as GCB and Ashley Judd's Missing, though another midseason tryout, Scandal, will return in Private Practice's old 10 p.m. Thursday time slot. ABC's comedy about young friends, Happy Endings, will be paired with its other comedy about not-so-friendly young people, Don't Trust the B--- in Apartment 23, for a 9 p.m. comedy block, pushing Dancing's results show to 8 p.m. Tuesdays.

Star Tim Allen gets pushed to Fridays — fellow critics and I have taken to calling it "DVR Theater" because nobody actually watches TV that night — forming a comedy block at 8 p.m. that hearkens back to the network's old family-oriented "T.G.I.F." lineups.

Other than the spark of comedy, ABC's 10 new shows for next year run the gamut, ranging from The Shield creator Shawn Ryan's The Last Resort, about a nuclear sub that refuses to nuke Pakistan, to 666 Park Avenue, a drama about a supernatural apartment building with Lost alumnus Terry O'Quinn and Desperate Housewives alumnus Vanessa Williams.

"Everything we do is about emotional connection — great stories, great characters and real emotions," said ABC entertainment chief Paul Lee.

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Sunday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYAutosNHRA: SpringNationals2 p.m.FS1IndyCar: Grand Prix of Alabama3 p.m.NBCSNBaseballTwins at Rays1 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMMarlins at Brewers2 p.m.FSFIndians at Orioles2 p.m.MLBCubs at Rockies (in progress)4 p.m.MLBNationals at Dodgers8 p.m.ESPNColle...
Published: 04/21/18
Tampa Theatre is showing ‘Reefer Madness’ tonight on 420 Day

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The campy gem known as Reefer Madness is screening at 10:30 p.m. tonight at the history Tampa Theatre, a perfect bit of programming on 420 Day. Today's day is 4/20 and it has beeen adopted in some circles as Weed Day because of the numeral code used ...
Published: 04/20/18
Watch this weekend: ‘Westworld,’ ”The 100,’ ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Watch this weekend: ‘Westworld,’ ”The 100,’ ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Back online: WestworldIt's crazy to think that the first season of Westworld premiered more than a year ago. But the hype surrounding this modern sci-fi series hasn't let up since. In the first season we explored the high-tech theme park of Westworld...
Published: 04/20/18
Tampa Bay disciples of 'Wild Wild Country' guru remember Oregon commune

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SPRING HILL Joe Lemieux sat on the cream sofa near several relics from another era in his life, out of place in this retiree’s pastel-tinged living room and brought into the morning light specifically for this occasion. There was a beaded nec...
Published: 04/19/18
Eva Longoria’s American ‘Gran Hotel’ adaptation in Miami: What we know so far

Eva Longoria’s American ‘Gran Hotel’ adaptation in Miami: What we know so far

I forever sing the praises of Gran Hotel, the gasp-inducing Spanish drama that is hands-down the most addicting show I have ever binged. It's been remade in Italy, Mexico (as El hotel de los secretos) and Egypt (as Grand Hotel but on Netflix as Secre...
Published: 04/19/18
Bring yourself back online: ‘Westworld’ returns with a vengeance and even more head-spinning narratives

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Published: 04/18/18
‘Night Court’ star Harry Anderson, 65, found dead in home

‘Night Court’ star Harry Anderson, 65, found dead in home

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Published: 04/16/18
Video: Meteorologist goes on epic on-air rant during another cold forecast

Video: Meteorologist goes on epic on-air rant during another cold forecast

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Published: 04/16/18
Blockbuster stores are still open, and soon to receive a special gift from John Oliver

Blockbuster stores are still open, and soon to receive a special gift from John Oliver

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Published: 04/16/18

Monday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYAutosMonster Energy Cup: Food City 500 (resumption, 296 laps left)1 p.m.FoxBaseballRangers at Rays7 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMCardinals at Cubs7 p.m.ESPNAstros at Mariners10 p.m.MLBCollege softballMississippi State at Mississippi7 p.m.SECN.C. State at ...
Published: 04/15/18