Saturday, March 24, 2018
TV and Media

Top TV picks for week of Jan. 13: 'Idol', SAG Awards, 'Chozen'


How I Met Your Mother, 8 p.m., CBS

It would not be a stretch to say we've stuck with these last few mediocre seasons of the show just to see Marshall dole out the rest of the slaps he won against Barney in their infamous Slap Bet. This new episode, "Slapsgiving No. 3: Slappointment," is what we've been waiting for.

Chozen, 10:30 p.m., FX

Saturday Night Live's Bobby Moynihan voices this new animated comedy's title character, a gay white aspiring rapper who's just gotten out of prison and is determined to become a superstar. Well, that sounds like a solid premise if we've ever heard one.


SEASON PREMIERE American Idol, 8 p.m., Fox

Just when we thought we'd never watch another episode of American Idol ever again, new judge Harry Connick Jr.'s New Orleans charm draws us back in. Darn those piercing blue eyes!

SEASON PREMIERE Suburgatory, 8:30 p.m., ABC

Welcome back, residents of Chatswin! We've had to go far too long without your brand of absurd suburban shenanigans in our lives. We're dying to find out what Dalia Royce thinks about twerking.

Nashville, 10 p.m., ABC

Sometime around Halloween, we stopped watching Nashville without even realizing it. We'd miss a few episodes, and then not worry about catching them later. Why? Oh, plenty of reasons, most of them involving the show's belief that Teddy is an interesting character. But this is one crafty show. This week, Kelly Clarkson (our favorite singer on the planet) guest stars as herself, making an offer to Scarlet and Gunnar (our favorite singing duo on the show). Consider us back in, Nashville.


SEASON PREMIERE Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, 9 p.m., TLC

In the Thompson clan's return, Sugar Bear gets a Man Camper, the girls enjoy some primping and the family makes another trip to the Redneck Games. And once again we question the bar for "entertainment" in our society.

The Crazy Ones, 9 p.m., CBS

We're just going to say it: Josh Groban is funnier than half the characters on television. Which is why we're stoked he's guest starring on this show as a former co-worker of Sydney's (Sarah Michelle Gellar) who's infatuated with her. Oooh, weird stalker Groban!


Flowers in the Attic, 8 p.m., Lifetime

Heather Graham and Ellen Burstyn (both sporting some serious crazy eye) lead the cast of this adaptation of V.C. Andrews' 1979 incest-filled novel. The best part? Kiernan Shipka a.k.a. Mad Men's Sally Draper plays the older daughter. In any case, Lifetime musmust think the movie is good; they've already ordered a sequel.

20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, 8 p.m., TNT

Ever the humble group, actors gather for this awards show in very expensive clothing to honor each other for their hard work over the past year.


Sunday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYAutosMonster Energy Cup: STP 5002 p.m.FS1; 102.5-FMTrucks: Resumption of weather-delayed Alpha Energy Solutions 200About 7 p.m.FS1Baseball, spring trainingYankees at Rays1 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMAstros at Marlins1 p.m.FSFDodgers at Angels9 p.m.MLBCo...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Tommy Wiseau brings ‘The Room,’ throngs of cult fans to Tampa’s Gasparilla International Film Festival

Tommy Wiseau brings ‘The Room,’ throngs of cult fans to Tampa’s Gasparilla International Film Festival

Here is what The Room superfandom looks like.Jordan Weinstein was among the hundreds of fanatics queued up outside the AMC Centro Ybor 20 on Friday for the chance to meet and snap a photo with Tommy Wiseau, the auteur and star behind the cult 20...
Published: 03/24/18

Saturday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYAutosTrucks: Alpha Energy Solutions 200 qualifying11 a.m.FS1Trucks: Alpha Energy Solutions 2002 p.m.FS1Monster Energy Cup: STP 500 qualifying5 p.m.FS1F1: Australian Grand Prix1 a.m.ESPN2BoxingLightweights: Martinez vs. Santiago8:30 p.m.ESPNBaseb...
Published: 03/23/18
This week’s pop culture winners and losers

This week’s pop culture winners and losers

WinnersStranger Things kids"Friend's don't lie." They also don't miss your birthday. After a Twitter user posted that nobody showed up for her little brother's Stranger Things-themed party, the cast of the hit Netflix series came to the rescue."What!...
Published: 03/23/18
Watch this weekend: Getty series ‘Trust,’ Bill Hader in ‘Barry,’ Ridley Scott’s ‘The Terror’

Watch this weekend: Getty series ‘Trust,’ Bill Hader in ‘Barry,’ Ridley Scott’s ‘The Terror’

The Gettys: TrustIn 1973, John Paul Getty III was kidnapped in Rome and held for ransom. But it turns out that his oil tycoon grandfather wasn't that interested in paying up to get the Getty heir back. FX's Trust is just the latest take on the juicy ...
Published: 03/23/18
Review: History and horror flood Ridley Scott’s ‘The Terror’ series

Review: History and horror flood Ridley Scott’s ‘The Terror’ series

History is just the tip of the iceberg for Ridley Scott's new monster series.The Terror, premiering Monday night on AMC, puts a horror twist on the real expedition to find the Northwest Passage (the route from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific via th...
Published: 03/23/18

Friday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYAutosF1: Australian Grand Prix qualifying2 a.m.ESPN2Baseball, spring trainingRed Sox at Yankees1 p.m.ESPNReds at Rockies 4 p.m.MLBNationals at Marlins7 p.m.FSFRangers at Padres9:30 p.m.MLBCollege baseballMississippi at Texas A&M7 p.m.SECLSU at V...
Published: 03/23/18
The new ‘Roseanne’ is the political family fight we all need so we can just move on

The new ‘Roseanne’ is the political family fight we all need so we can just move on

About 20 years ago, Roseanne ended with arguably one of the worst series finales in TV history. Turns out the Conners we invited into our living rooms for almost 10 years were fictional characters in Roseanne’s made-up family biography. How meta, but...
Published: 03/23/18

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...
Published: 03/22/18

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...
Published: 03/22/18