Tuesday, January 16, 2018
TV and Media

On TV this week, Jan. 30-Feb. 3

On TV this week


Gossip Girl, 8 p.m., CW New York was so enamored with the 100th episode of this series, Mayor Bloomberg last week decreed a Gossip Girl Day. And to think, there was never a King of Queens Day.

SEASON FINALE Next Great Baker Finale Pre-Show, 8 p.m., TLC The cooking show so intense, its finale needed a warm-up show. The finale airs immediately after, if you haven't died from anticipation by then.

Hawaii Five-0, 10 p.m., CBS Chin Ho keeps worrying about the folks that Kono is hanging around with. They keep talking about some plan and the "final five," whatever that means.

Lost Girl, 10 p.m., SyFy Bo and Kenzi become private eyes and go looking for a missing college student. Have they tried looking in the frat houses?


Glee, 8 p.m., Fox It's the long-touted Michael Jackson episode, exposing millions of kids across the country to MJ's talents. Wow, that has a completely different meaning than what we intended.

NCIS: Los Angeles, 9 p.m., CBS LL Cool J goes undercover pretending to be a bomb specialist. That's not quite the occupation we'd think could benefit from on-the-job training.

SEASON PREMIERE Tosh.0, 10 p.m., Comedy Central Daniel Tosh comes back with another season of vomit, embarrassment and making us wonder whether he's gay. More clips of your dog, please.

SERIES PREMIERE Key & Peele, 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central Sketch comedy from black folks hoping to capture the market left behind by Dave Chappelle. Hey, don't go writing in that we're racist — they said it themselves on NPR.


Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials, 8 p.m., CBS Years' worth of ads that ended up being better than the games they were sponsoring. Until the past few years, when expectations were built so high, no commercial could live up to the hype.

Whitney, 8 p.m., NBC John Cleese drops by to play a therapist after Alex freaks out about Whitney's relationship with a male colleague. You know what'll fix that? Getting married. Then you won't care who they talk to.

Remodeled, 9 p.m., CW Paula and the gang go to an Orlando agency featuring an owner who doesn't want to change anything. This is a makeover-show pet peeve: Why the heck did you call the producers in the first place, then?

SEASON FINALE The Exes, 10:30 p.m., TV Land The best original show on TV Land not called Hot in Cleveland ends its first season with Holly trying to make her ex-fiance jealous. That ship sailed a long time ago, hon.


Grey's Anatomy, 9 p.m., ABC After Owen called Cristina a baby killer two weeks ago, the show decides to take a week off and be a little more light-hearted. That's right, it's one of these shows: "What would the cast be like if they played the opposite of their character?" Those are always fun.

24 Hour Catwalk, 10 p.m., Lifetime The designers have to turn a chenille bathrobe into a catwalk-worthy garment ASAP. Don't worry, that's considered high fashion at our house already.

Unsupervised, 10:30 p.m., FX Gary and Joel become managers of the high school baseball team in order to remain positive. Obviously they don't remember anything about high school. Or baseball.

SERIES PREMIERE I Just Want My Pants Back, 11 p.m., MTV Some Brooklynite in his 20s runs around the city looking for the girl with whom he had a one-night stand. Easy, dude: Just go out with another girl and you'll run into her by accident. Happens every time.


SEASON PREMIERE Who Do You Think You Are?, 8 p.m., NBC This season explores the familial past of Marisa Tomei, Blair Underwood, Reba McEntire, Rob Lowe, Helen Hunt and, tonight, Martin Sheen. That lineup is way more impressive than last year.

The Life & Times of Tim, 9 p.m., HBO Tim goes leaf-peeping in Vermont with Amy, Stu and Stu's new girlfriend. The Vermonters are already rolling their eyes.

Paul Mooney: The Godfather of Comedy, 9 p.m., Showtime A new special from this master of insult comedy. If only we could be degraded half as well during the course of our day …

Spartacus: Vengeance, 10 p.m., Starz Spartacus liberates a villa in which the slaves were actually okay with their lifestyle. Solution: Make them all your slaves, Sparty.

— Joshua Gillin [email protected]


Tuesday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballWisconsin at Purdue7 p.m.ESPNLouisville at Notre Dame7 p.m.ESPN2Georgia at LSU7 p.m.ESPNUVanderbilt at Mississippi State7 p.m.SECClemson at North Carolina7 p.m.Fox SunCincinnati at UCF7 p.m.CBSSNWomen: Michigan at Ohio State7 p...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Monday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballButler at Providence4:30 p.m.FS1Maryland at Michigan6:30 p.m.FS1Duke at Miami7 p.m.ESPNFlorida State at Boston College7 p.m.ESPNU; 1010-AMBucknell at Colgate7 p.m.CBSSNMinnesota at Penn State7 p.m.Big TenWomen: Connecticut at T...
Published: 01/14/18
Jones: Besties, Ball and bloopers -- it’s TV tidbits time

Jones: Besties, Ball and bloopers -- it’s TV tidbits time

Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.Best comebackExcuse Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp for getting so carried away that he dropped the queen bee of curse words on live television Sun...
Published: 01/14/18

Sunday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballWomen: UCF at USFnoonESPNU; 1040-AMWomen: Army at NavynoonCBSSNWomen: North Carolina at Wake Forest12:30 p.m.FSFWomen: LSU at Florida1 p.m.SECWomen: Tennessee at South Carolina1 p.m.ESPN2Women: St. Louis at Dayton2 p.m.ESPNUWom...
Published: 01/13/18
Review: ‘Black Lightning’ creates electrifying platform for race and the real world

Review: ‘Black Lightning’ creates electrifying platform for race and the real world

Black Lightning is the most grounded, mature series the CW has ever aired.A bold statement, but a true one nonetheless.Not only is Black Lightning (played by Cress Williams) the network's first black superhero, he was also the first black superhero f...
Published: 01/12/18
Updated: 01/15/18

Saturday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballSt. Bonaventure at Rhode Island11 a.m.ESPNUKansas State at KansasnoonESPNPurdue at MinnesotanoonESPN2Wake Forest at DukenoonCh. 44Michigan at Michigan StatenoonFoxGeorgetown at Seton HallnoonFS1Women: Duquesne at George Washing...
Published: 01/12/18
Here are this week’s pop culture winners and losers

Here are this week’s pop culture winners and losers

Winners:Serena WilliamsTennis champion Serena Williams opened up about her recent childbirth and the health scare that followed  in Vogue's February issue. Williams said her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, cut the cord after an emerge...
Published: 01/12/18
What to watch this weekend: ‘Electric Dreams,’ new ‘Victoria,’ Tampa couple on ‘Love After Lockup’

What to watch this weekend: ‘Electric Dreams,’ new ‘Victoria,’ Tampa couple on ‘Love After Lockup’

The future might be okay: Electric DreamsIt's inevitable that this new science fiction series on Amazon will be compared to Netflix's Black Mirror. But it's not packed with as much existential dread, and delves into more science fantasy than science ...
Published: 01/12/18
TV is showing us the dark side of playing God

TV is showing us the dark side of playing God

Theologians and other thinkers have described God in several ways over the centuries. God is a stern father. He’s a mechanistic prime mover. He’s a watchmaker. And, most recently, in the NBC sitcom The Good Place, God is a television showrunner.Sever...
Published: 01/11/18
‘The X-Files’ Season 11, Episode 2: 30 things we learned in ‘This’

‘The X-Files’ Season 11, Episode 2: 30 things we learned in ‘This’

The X-Files delights in keeping viewers on their toes, asking dozens of questions and only half-answering half … only to turn around a few episodes (or seasons) later and challenge those same notions. Herewith is a list of 30 things we learned ...
Published: 01/10/18
Updated: 01/11/18