Tuesday, January 16, 2018
TV and Media

Top TV week of Sept. 1: 'So You Think You Can Dance,' 'The Leftovers,' ‘Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story'


SERIES PREMIERE Highway to Sell, 10 p.m., Discovery

In this new series shot in Palmetto, people are forced to choose between cash and their clunker cars that have been turned into classic rides, all with the help of long-time race car driver Dennis Pittsenbarger and his mechanical mastermind Slick, who's worked on hundreds of cars in his Florida shop.

CBS Fall Preview, 8:30 p.m., CBS

This is a special showcase for the new shows in CBS' fall lineup, kicking off in just a few weeks. Get a peek at NCIS: New Orleans, a spinoff starring Scott Bakula (someone get this talented actor off this show!); Tea Leoni in Madam Secretary (smart, savvy, Good Wife-esque); hacker thriller Scorpion (why do people insist former American Idol contestant Katharine McPhee can act?); and Stalker (possibly the season's worst new show).

The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story, 9 p.m., Lifetime

Young actors play the original cast members of the '90s teen hit show in this movie that chronicles how Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Dylan Everett), Mario Lopez (Julian Works), Elizabeth Berkley (Tiera Skovbye), Dustin Diamond (Sam Kindseth) and others adjusted to life in the spotlight.


The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic, 8 p.m., ABC

ABC decided to put a bunch of characters from Frozen into its fairy tale drama Once Upon a Time this coming season, and now they're airing a special about it. It'll preview those OUAT scenes, plus go over material on the original movie, with cast members Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel appearing.


SEASON FINALE So You Think You Can Dance, 8 p.m., Fox

With no elimination last week, all four remaining contenders — Zack, Ricky, Jessica and Valerie — head into the season finale. Unlike last year, when a guy AND a girl were crowned America's top dancers, this year there's room for just one winner. We're still skeptical anyone can beat Ricky, but Zack proves each week there's nothing he can't do. You know, like make it to this very competitive finals. Jenna Dewan Tatum pops up again as guest judge.

Franklin & Bash, 10 p.m., TNT

While trying to help a client win back his beachfront property (the poor sap!), Peter and Jared (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Breckin Meyer) get messed up with a dirty cop. That's great, but what does Gosselaar think of Lifetime's Saved by the Bell movie?


Stand Up to Cancer, 8 p.m., ABC

Celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow and Katie Couric come together for a good cause during this night that aims to raise awareness about and funds for cancer research.


Outlander, 9 p.m., Starz

Claire, we know you're determined to escape this dirty, smelly, sexist 1700s timeline, but when will you learn, girl? There are eight books in the Outlander series. You're probably not going anywhere soon.


SEASON FINALE The Leftovers, 9 p.m., HBO

The 10-episode first season comes to an end, and we hope some of you are still watching. The Leftovers has been criticized for being too bleak or too slow, but we always feel compelled to watch, whether it's the town pastor's heartbreaking backstory or Amy Brenneman's continually impressive performance. It's a shame the best hour yet, Aug. 24's penultimate episode that focused on life the day before millions of Americans disappeared, had to come so late in the season.

Review: Truth and lies are the focus of ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’

Review: Truth and lies are the focus of ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’

Maybe Jack Nicholson was wrong. We can handle the truth.The #MeToo movement is giving a microphone to once unheard voices. Political lies are constantly challenged. At the Golden Globes, Oprah’s rousing speech asserted "the most powerful tool is spea...
Published: 01/16/18

Tuesday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballWisconsin at Purdue7 p.m.ESPNLouisville at Notre Dame7 p.m.ESPN2Georgia at LSU7 p.m.ESPNUVanderbilt at Mississippi State7 p.m.SECClemson at North Carolina7 p.m.Fox SunCincinnati at UCF7 p.m.CBSSNWomen: Michigan at Ohio State7 p...
Published: 01/15/18

Monday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballButler at Providence4:30 p.m.FS1Maryland at Michigan6:30 p.m.FS1Duke at Miami7 p.m.ESPNFlorida State at Boston College7 p.m.ESPNU; 1010-AMBucknell at Colgate7 p.m.CBSSNMinnesota at Penn State7 p.m.Big TenWomen: Connecticut at T...
Published: 01/14/18
Jones: Besties, Ball and bloopers -- it’s TV tidbits time

Jones: Besties, Ball and bloopers -- it’s TV tidbits time

Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.Best comebackExcuse Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp for getting so carried away that he dropped the queen bee of curse words on live television Sun...
Published: 01/14/18

Sunday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballWomen: UCF at USFnoonESPNU; 1040-AMWomen: Army at NavynoonCBSSNWomen: North Carolina at Wake Forest12:30 p.m.FSFWomen: LSU at Florida1 p.m.SECWomen: Tennessee at South Carolina1 p.m.ESPN2Women: St. Louis at Dayton2 p.m.ESPNUWom...
Published: 01/13/18
Review: ‘Black Lightning’ creates electrifying platform for race and the real world

Review: ‘Black Lightning’ creates electrifying platform for race and the real world

Black Lightning is the most grounded, mature series the CW has ever aired.A bold statement, but a true one nonetheless.Not only is Black Lightning (played by Cress Williams) the network's first black superhero, he was also the first black superhero f...
Published: 01/12/18
Updated: 01/15/18

Saturday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballSt. Bonaventure at Rhode Island11 a.m.ESPNUKansas State at KansasnoonESPNPurdue at MinnesotanoonESPN2Wake Forest at DukenoonCh. 44Michigan at Michigan StatenoonFoxGeorgetown at Seton HallnoonFS1Women: Duquesne at George Washing...
Published: 01/12/18
Here are this week’s pop culture winners and losers

Here are this week’s pop culture winners and losers

Winners:Serena WilliamsTennis champion Serena Williams opened up about her recent childbirth and the health scare that followed  in Vogue's February issue. Williams said her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, cut the cord after an emerge...
Published: 01/12/18
What to watch this weekend: ‘Electric Dreams,’ new ‘Victoria,’ Tampa couple on ‘Love After Lockup’

What to watch this weekend: ‘Electric Dreams,’ new ‘Victoria,’ Tampa couple on ‘Love After Lockup’

The future might be okay: Electric DreamsIt's inevitable that this new science fiction series on Amazon will be compared to Netflix's Black Mirror. But it's not packed with as much existential dread, and delves into more science fantasy than science ...
Published: 01/12/18
TV is showing us the dark side of playing God

TV is showing us the dark side of playing God

Theologians and other thinkers have described God in several ways over the centuries. God is a stern father. He’s a mechanistic prime mover. He’s a watchmaker. And, most recently, in the NBC sitcom The Good Place, God is a television showrunner.Sever...
Published: 01/11/18