Wednesday, June 20, 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.


Sports on TV/radio for Thursday, June 21

TODAYBaseballRed Sox at Twins1 p.m.MLBMets at Rockies (in progress)4 p.m.MLBCubs at Reds7 p.m.MLBBlue Jays at Angels10 p.m.MLBCollege baseball, World SeriesFlorida vs. Texas Tech8 p.m.ESPNUGolfPGA: Traveler’s Championship3:30 p.m.GolfHorsesRoyal Asco...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Miss Vanjie talks her ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ exit, memes, drag roots

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Updated: 8 hours ago

Sports on TV/radio for Wednesday, June 20

TODAYBaseballDodgers at Cubs2 p.m.MLBMarlins at Giants3:30 p.m.FSFMariners at Yankees7 p.m.MLBRays at Astros8 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMCollege baseball, World SeriesOregon State vs. North Carolina7 p.m.ESPNGolfPGA Professionals Championship6:30 p.m.GolfHor...
Published: 06/19/18

Sports on TV/radio for Tuesday, June 19

TODAYBaseballOrioles at Nationals7 p.m.MLBRays at Astros8 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMMarlins at Giants10 p.m.FSFDiamondbacks at Angels10 p.m.ESPNCollege baseball, World SeriesFlorida vs. Texas2 p.m.ESPNTexas Tech vs. Arkansas7 p.m.ESPNGolfPGA Professionals c...
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Sports on TV/radio for Monday, June 18

TODAYBaseballYankees at Nationals7 p.m.MLBRays at Astros8 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMMarlins at Giants10 p.m.FSFDiamondbacks at Angels10 p.m.ESPNCollege baseball, World SeriesOregon State vs. Washington2 p.m.ESPNNorth Carolina vs. Mississippi State7 p.m.ESPN...
Published: 06/17/18

Sports on TV/radio for Sunday, June 17

TODAYAutosXfinity: Iowa 250 qualifying2:30 p.m.FS2Xfinity: Iowa 2505 p.m.FS1BaseballMarlins at Orioles1 p.m.FSFRays at Yankees2 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMAstros at Royals2 p.m.MLBRed Sox at Mariners (in progress)5 p.m.MLBCubs at Cardinals8 p.m.ESPNCollege b...
Published: 06/16/18

Sports on TV/radio for Saturday, June 16

TODAYArena FootballPhiladelphia at Albany6 p.m.CBSSNAutosTrucks: Iowa 250 qualifying4:30 p.m.FS2Trucks: Iowa 2507 p.m.FS1BaseballRays at Yankees1 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMMarlins at Orioles4 p.m.FSFTwins at Indians4 p.m.MLBRed Sox at Mariners8 p.m.FoxCFLHa...
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Sports on TV/radio for Friday, June 15

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TODAYArena FootballWashington at Baltimore7 p.m.CBSSNAutosNHRA: Thunder Valley Nationals qualifying6 p.m.FS1BaseballRays at Yankees7 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMMarlins at Orioles7 p.m.FSFCFLToronto at Saskatchewan9 p.m.ESPN2GolfU.S. Open10 a.m.FS1LPGA: Meije...
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Updated: 06/15/18
WATCH: New live-action Dumbo trailer

WATCH: New live-action Dumbo trailer

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Published: 06/14/18
WUSF names new ‘Morning Edition’ host

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The new host for NPR’s Morning Edition on WUSF-FM 89.7: Jessica Meszaros.The reporter and anchor on Thursday officially replaced longtime host Carson Cooper as the local voice of one of public radio’s signature shows."She has real confidence in her v...
Published: 06/14/18