Thursday, March 22, 2018
TV and Media

On TV this week, Oct. 22-26

On TV this week


SEASON FINALE Switched at Birth, 8 p.m., ABC Family The verdict comes in from the trial. Then they'll set up some new drama for next season.

Presidential Debate, 9 p.m., Major networks It's Mittens and B.O. in the rubber match of their debate title card, straight from Lynn University in Boca Raton. If there's one thing you can all agree on, it's that your candidate will win.

SEASON PREMIERE Richard Hammond's Crash Course, 10 p.m., BBC America Another year of this Dirty Jobs retread takes off with Hammond pretending to be a Hollywood stuntman. We hope that means they set him on fire.

SEASON PREMIERE Vegas Strip, 10 p.m., TruTV Who knew a Las Vegas-themed drama would last three seasons? The odds weren't very good to begin with.


Emily Owens, M.D., 9 p.m., CW So what do you think of Meryl Streep's daughter? Because while she may find work after this show, the ratings are saying this particular one won't last much longer.

Airport 24/7: Miami, 9 p.m., Travel A swarm of bees wreaks havoc on the airport on the day Air Force One is visiting, five people are stuck in an elevator and a car crashes into a canal. Now you know why your luggage ended up on the wrong plane.

SERIES PREMIERE Reef Wranglers, 9 p.m., Weather A family of divers tries to curb pollution and erosion off the coast of Alabama by sinking planes and ships to form artificial reefs. It seems trying to do it piece by piece by throwing beer cans in the water wasn't doing the trick.

Go On, 9 p.m., NBC Ryan agrees to take part in a scavenger hunt the group has set up for his birthday. The goal is the rebuilding of Matthew Perry's career.


SERIES PREMIERE Savaged, 8 p.m., Animal Planet An expert on large predators helps animal attack victims deal with their trauma by … reliving the events that scarred them, quite literally. We don't know if we'd ever want to relive a hippo attack.

World Series, 8 p.m., Fox Which team that was just in the hunt a few years ago are you going to root for? We tend to vote against the designated hitter in these instances.

Animal Practice, 8 p.m., NBC Who cares what this show is about? It's been canceled by the peacock, so don't bother tuning in.

SERIES PREMIERE The Houstons: On Our Own, 9 p.m., Lifetime Whitney Houston's family has to make money off her death somehow, so here's her brother and his family dealing with her daughter, Bobbi Kristina, who apparently wants to marry Whitney's godson. Umm …


The Vampire Diaries, 8 p.m., CW Elena wants to keep going to school, but Rebekah is making it difficult by hanging around. Time to change your schedule around, don't you think?

The Office, 9 p.m., NBC All we need to say about this: Stephen Colbert guest stars as a character named Broccoli Rob. Aaaaaand sold.

Parks and Recreation, 9:30 p.m., NBC Ben gets a new job offer, which Leslie isn't too happy about again. Will she just get back together with Louis C.K. already? Ben is never going to be home if he's working on political campaigns.

Beyond Scared Straight, 10 p.m., A&E One kid goes to a morgue, another eats prison food. They both have the same effect. And are both probably made of the same substances.


America's Next Top Model, 8 p.m., CW If Tyra really wanted to teach the models a thing or two, she'd have the requirement for the trip to Jamaica be for the girls to have to find it on a map. No one would ever go anywhere on this show.

Kitchen Nightmares, 8 p.m., Fox New episodes. More yelling. It's like Fox News, but with food instead of politics.

Pauly Shore's Pauly-tics, 9 p.m., Showtime Pauly Shore interviews Herman Cain, Michael Steele and Ralph Nader. Yes, that Pauly Shore.

SERIES PREMIERE Health Inspectors, 10:30 p.m., Food While we understand the inevitability of a reality show about health inspectors checking into restaurant violations, we strongly urge you to consider whether you really want to know the kinds of things they find in eateries. Note the show is on after primetime.

— Joshua Gillin [email protected]


Joss Whedon steps down from ‘Batgirl,’ Roxane Gay offers to step up

In February, ever-busy Joss Whedon passed on writing and directing the upcoming Batgirl movie by Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment. Today, prolific novelist and essayist Roxane Gay offered to take over. And DC might be interested.Gay tweeted, "Hey [D...
Updated: 8 hours ago

St. Petersburg author Tamara Lush a finalist for Romance Writers of America award

Romance has many rewards.For St. Petersburg author Tamara Lush, one of them is being a finalist in the Romance Writers of America's 2018 book awards, called the RITAs.The RWA announced March 22 that her novel Constant Craving is one of five finalists...
Updated: 8 hours ago
The most shocking thing about that ‘X-Files’ finale is who DIDN’T die

The most shocking thing about that ‘X-Files’ finale is who DIDN’T die

Lots of speculation has swirled around The X-Files this season about whether questions raised last season would be answered (after this season's premiere undid last season's finale) and about the show's future. The Season 11 finale seemed to fly in t...
Published: 03/21/18
Updated: 03/22/18
Did … that really just happen? An ‘X-Files’ finale recap

Did … that really just happen? An ‘X-Files’ finale recap

This episode of The X-Files was, as most are, dreadfully short of answers to the big questions. If you need to catch up on what happened before, click here.RELATED: The most shocking thing about the finale is who DIDN'T dieAs all of the "My Struggle"...
Published: 03/21/18
Video: 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' helps a Tampa Bay woman meet her sister for the first time

Video: 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' helps a Tampa Bay woman meet her sister for the first time

A new web series spun off from The Ellen DeGeneres show helped a Riverview woman and her siblings reunite with a sister across the country they’d never met. Life’s First-Evers with Jeannie is hosted by Jeannie Klisiewicz, the Ellen show ...
Published: 03/21/18
For ‘The Americans,’ plot lines keep colliding with real Russia drama

For ‘The Americans,’ plot lines keep colliding with real Russia drama

WASHINGTON — You know it’s weird times when at one end of Pennsylvania Avenue, the president was making headlines for congratulating Russian President Vladimir Putin on a victory in a sham election, and elsewhere in Washington, multiple investigation...
Published: 03/21/18
The 5 best Spanish period dramas on Netflix

The 5 best Spanish period dramas on Netflix

If you haven't binged a Spanish period drama wondering if your hero and heroine are going to get caught by the law, a jealous spouse or somebody's scheming madre, buckle up. You're in for quite a ride.We all acknowledge the greatness of a good Britis...
Published: 03/20/18
Updated: 03/21/18

Wednesday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYBaseball, spring trainingRed Sox at Rays1 p.m.Fox SunAstros at Nationals1 p.m.ESPN2Cubs at Rangers4 p.m.MLBCollege basketballWomen’s Division II tournament: Union (Tenn.) vs. Central Missouri7 p.m.CBSSNWomen’s Division II tournament: Indiana (Pa...
Published: 03/20/18

Bunny books multiply on bestseller list

We live in such contentious times that even a bunny book can stir up a storm, and a political parody of a children's book can outsell the real thing. On March 19, Charlotte Pence, the 24-year-old daughter of Vice President Mike Pence, published a ch...
Published: 03/20/18

Tuesday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYBaseball, spring trainingBlue Jays at Phillies1 p.m.MLBRangers at White Sox4 p.m.MLBRays at Orioles6 p.m.620-AMCollege baseballArkansas State at Missouri7 p.m.SECCollege basketball, NITPenn State at Marquette7 p.m.ESPNMississippi State at Louisv...
Published: 03/19/18