Thursday, March 22, 2018
TV and Media

Top TV week of Jan. 20: Grammy Awards, 'Rake', 'Sleepy Hollow', 'Hollywood Game Night'


SEASON FINALE Sleepy Hollow, 8 p.m., Fox

Ichabod and Abbie make a shocking discovery about George Washington's death in the pages of his Bible in this two-hour finale. Guys, don't be put off by that description, this was actually one of the best new shows of 2013. Promise.

Hollywood Game Night, 8 p.m., NBC

Okay, we officially love this show, because it revolves around two of our favorite things: celebs and party games. It returns after a few weeks off with a doubleheader of new episodes that pits teams of male and female celebrities against each other, each headed by an ordinary person. The stars include Jason Alexander, Martin Short (don't get too excited, he's been on every episode we've seen so far) and Lester Holt versus Beth Behrs (2 Broke Girls), Valerie Bertinelli and Julie Bowen (Modern Family). Even better than the celebs are smart host Jane Lynch and the rollicking games, like Lil Picassos, in which the contestants have to identify famous people in portraits drawn by 8-year-olds.


The Biggest Loser, 8 p.m., NBC

It's the makeover episode! Fashion guru Tim Gunn helps the contestants choose new outfits for their new bodies before they enjoy a night on the town and reunions with loved ones. Hold on now, don't get too excited, they're still sending two players home tonight.


Revolution, 8 p.m., NBC

Um, hey Revolution! This is a bit awkward. You see, we totally forgot that you were still on the air, given that the last time you had a new episode was before Thanksgiving. Anyway, how's it going? Did you find power yet?

American Horror Story: Coven, 10 p.m., FX

With the coven's future in question, the girls begin to manifest new powers. That's nice and all, but we're already trying to figure out the show's next season, which creator Ryan Murphy recently announced will be set in the 1950s and feature star Jessica Lange with a German accent.


The Vampire Diaries, 8 p.m., CW

As Katherine's (Nina Dobrev) health takes a turn for the worse, she flashes back to the night in 1490 when she gave birth to her daughter in the series' 100th episode. And you thought the vampire fad was over!

Community, 8 p.m., NBC

Abed wants to mark Troy's (Donald Glover) impending departure from Greendale with an unforgettable going-away party. Well, if Glover is really leaving this show, we demand more output from his musician alter ego, Childish Gambino.

SERIES PREMIERE Rake, 9 p.m., Fox

Greg Kinnear (yep, the movie star) heads this new drama as Keegan Deane, a Los Angeles defense attorney. Wait, don't tell us, does he also have a troubled personal life and a habit of self-loathing? Bingo! His chaotic life includes a gambling problem and an obsession with a prostitute. Natch.


Enlisted, 9:30 p.m., Fox

Let's all do our part to help this show, one of the most charming new comedies on TV, survive in the ratings while stuck in this awful Friday night timeslot.


56th Annual Grammy Awards

Forget about the awards. The Oscars' wild cousin specializes in putting on a great show, and this year is no exception. Basically anyone relevant to music in 2013 will take the stage: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Taylor Swift, John Legend, Lorde, Katy Perry, Daft Punk and Robin Thicke are all scheduled to perform. And we haven't even mentioned the best part! Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will sing too, and accept a big lifetime achievement award for the Beatles.


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