Tuesday, April 24, 2018
TV and Media

Top TV week of July 7: 'The Strain', 'MasterChef', 'Extant', 'Welcome to Sweden'


MasterChef, 8 p.m., Fox

Not only is St. Pete native Francis Biondi still in this cooking competition, now down to 15 contestants, he's consistently one of the best performers. Let's hope tonight's partner cooking doesn't trip him up.


24: Live Another Day, 9 p.m., Fox

This penultimate episode of the miniseries takes place during the 9-10 p.m. hour, the same time it airs in real life, which surely means an Earth-devouring wormhole is imminent. Jack Bauer, we need you!


Murder in the First, 10 p.m., TNT

Taye Diggs investigates that kid who played Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies (Tom Felton) as a prime murder suspect. Yeah, but his most heinous crime? That bleach blond Draco 'do.



History Detectives Special Investigations, 9 p.m., PBS

Well, go ahead and file this one under Fascinating Unsolved Mysteries About Famous Big Band Musicians. "The Disappearance of Glenn Miller'' takes a look at what happened when the bandleader flew from England to France to entertain soldiers during World War II. Spoiler alert: He disappeared.




This one's a must-see, if only for the people involved: The 13-episode mystery thriller from executive producer Steven Spielberg stars Halle Berry as a female astronaut who just returned from a year in space. In addition to sorting through crazy space experiences that could change the course of human history (no pressure!), Berry's character also returns pregnant. Good luck explaining that one to your husband.


Secrets of the Dead, 10 p.m., PBS

This new episode of the grimly titled show delves into a juicy art conspiracy: What if there is a version of the Mona Lisa other than the one we know? Apparently an earlier variation of the Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece that shows the subject looking younger was found in 2012. Yeah, guys, it's called a first draft.



Hollywood Game Night, 8 p.m., NBC

Martha Stewart is among the contestants, so expect lots of tips on how to turn a bunch of pinecones into whimsical home decor. Or at least lots of jokes about it.


SERIES PREMIERE Welcome to Sweden, 9 p.m., NBC

This show, a huge hit in Sweden, was created by (and stars) Greg Poehler, Amy's brother. The semi-autobiographical comedy mirrors his real-life experience as a guy who moved overseas to be with his wife, which explains why we've never heard of him before.



The Pool Master, 9 p.m., Animal Planet

In this new episode, pool design virtuoso Anthony Archer-Willis gets a plum commission from a homeowner in the heart of California wine country who wants him to design a lavish pool area where he can host weekend wine tastings. On my way!


Carol Burnett: The Mark Twain Prize, 9 p.m., PBS

Comedy icon Carol Burnett becomes the 16th person to win the prestigious humor prize, and pals Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Julie Andrews are there to cheer her on.



The Dead Files, 10 p.m., Travel

Think that fallen tree in your front yard is the worst thing that can happen after a hurricane? Not so fast. This episode takes place in a storm-ravaged portion of the Sunshine State where there are reports of paranormal activity at a home and a "shadow man'' who may be able to take possession of the living. Uh, not sure what in the hurricane preparedness kit is supposed to help with that.



SERIES PREMIERE The Strain, 10 p.m., FX

The promotional materials for this new 13-episode series — a fake beating heart sent to critics, graphic billboards showing a parasite coming out of someone's eye — make it clear you're going to need a strong stomach to enjoy it. Easier to swallow is its lead, Corey Stoll, an enigmatic actor (House of Cards) who's playing an epidemiologist battling a parasitic sickness. We'd watch him do anything, maybe even deal with that gross eye stuff. That'll go a long way in this horror series from director Guillermo del Toro, author Chuck Hogan and former Lost showrunner Carlton Cuse.


Wednesday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYBaseballMariners at White Sox2 p.m.MLBNationals at Giants (in progress)5 p.m.MLBTwins at Yankees6:30 p.m.1040-AMRays at Orioles7 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMCubs at Indians7 p.m.ESPNMarlins at Dodgers7:30 p.m.FSFCollege baseballIndiana at Purdue7 p.m.ESP...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Twin sisters from Tampa helping shape Fox's 'Empire' say they'd like to tell Tampa stories

Twin sisters from Tampa helping shape Fox's 'Empire' say they'd like to tell Tampa stories

JaNeika and JaSheika James’ television obsession was fueled by scarcity and convenience. As self-described "military brats" living in Germany, the girls treasured the VHS tapes their grandparents shipped overseas filled with English-language S...
Published: 04/24/18

Tuesday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYBaseballTwins at Yankees6:30 p.m.MLB; 1040-AMRays at Orioles7 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMMarlins at Dodgers10 p.m.FSFCollege baseballCoastal Carolina at North Carolina6 p.m.ESPNUMississippi at Mississippi State7 p.m.SECCreighton at Nebraska7:30 p.m.Big ...
Published: 04/23/18
Dwayne Johnson turns down promposal, but rents a movie theater for her instead

Dwayne Johnson turns down promposal, but rents a movie theater for her instead

STILLWATER, Minn. — An eastern Minnesota teen who asked her celebrity crush Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to prom got a huge surprise when he actually responded. The Pioneer Press reports that Stillwater Area High School Senior Katie Ke...
Published: 04/23/18
Prince Arthur? Odds on the name of the newest royal baby

Prince Arthur? Odds on the name of the newest royal baby

Jackson, Liam and Noah may have been the most popular boys names in 2017, but don’t expect either of those monikers to be applied to the latest addition to the royal family.The Dutchess of Cambridge (that would be Kate Middleton) and Prince Wil...
Published: 04/23/18
Review: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ returns as a brutal message on extremism, complacency and trauma

Review: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ returns as a brutal message on extremism, complacency and trauma

About eight minutes into the second season of The Handmaid's Tale, you hear Kate Bush's This Woman's Work play amidst close shots of muzzled women. It's so heartbreaking that you may question your stamina to get through another dozen episodes.The son...
Published: 04/23/18

Monday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYAutosIndyCar: Grand Prix of AlabamanoonNBCSNBaseballAutosIndyCar: Grand Prix of AlabamanoonNBCSNTwins at Yankees7 p.m.ESPNMarlins at Dodgers10 p.m.FSFCollege softballTennessee at Alabama7 p.m.SECLouisville at Florida State7 p.m.ESPNUNBA playoffs...
Published: 04/22/18

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

Tampa Theatre is showing ‘Reefer Madness’ tonight on 420 Day

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