Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Watch this: TV for the week of July 22

MONDAY

Breaking Pointe, 9 p.m., CW

If you've seen the commercials for this reality show, you might mistake it for a Pretty Little Liars-style scripted drama. But no, apparently the situations really are that dramatic when dealing with the inner workings of a Salt Lake City dance company. The show, returning for its second season, is basically a real life version of the 2000 ballet movie Center Stage, which taught us a valuable lesson at a young age: The world of ballet is rough.

TUESDAY

Deadliest Catch, 9 p.m., DISCOVERY

On the Wizard, Freddy takes matters into his own hands when the deckhands are unable to corral a floating walrus carcass, while on the Northwestern, Captain Sig may not meet his quota. We're not sure what all of this means, but we already feel anxious about it.

SEASON PREMIERE Web Therapy, 11 p.m., SHOWTIME

Aside from being Phoebe Buffay, this show is hands-down our favorite thing Lisa Kudrow has done. She's back as therapist Fiona Wallace on season three of this sitcom in which she counsels her patients via Skype. The premiere brings together some of our favorite NBC Must-See TV stalwarts, pairing Kudrow with Steve Carell as Fiona's clingy fling and Megan Mullally as a writer of Broadway musicals. Really, we're not sure how that description could get any better.

WEDNESDAY

Spell-Mageddon, 9 p.m., ABC FAMILY

Alfonso Ribeiro, a.k.a. Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, hosts this show in which contestants must spell common words while being distracted by things like getting dunked in a tank, being zapped by a dog training collar, or splattered by slime or slush. Suffice it to say, Ribeiro and his old pal Will Smith took very, uh, different career paths.

FRIDAY

72 Hours, 10:30 p.m., TNT

In this new episode, people living in the Rocky Mountains face unpredictable weather conditions as they make their way through the range's southern peaks. Like when 80-degree days follow major snowfalls. Man, if you guys need help taking some snow off your hands, we could use a break from the heat here in Florida.

NETFLIX

Orange is the New Black, Netflix, 13 episodes available now

Netflix is at it again with this new original series, which is in the running to the best one yet. Sure, House of Cards has now been nominated for Emmy awards, but we'll take Orange is the New Black over the gloomy and convoluted Cards any day. The show from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan debuted all of its episodes a couple weeks ago, and we're hooked. It's about a WASP-y thirtysomething who gets sentenced to 15 months in a federal penitentiary for something she did 10 years ago. The best thing about the show is its setting in a women's prison, and all of the supporting characters that come with it. Trust us, you've never seen anything quite like this on TV before.

—Michelle Stark, Times Staff Writer

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Monday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballHouston Baptist at Michigan State6 p.m.Big TenNorthern Arizona at USF7 p.m.820-AMNebraska-Omaha at Kansas7 p.m.ESPN2Charleston Southern at FSU7 p.m.ESPNU; 1010-AMNorthern Illinois at Marquette7 p.m.FS1Purdue-Fort Wayne at India...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Sunday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballWomen: Florida State at Texas12:30 p.m.FS1Women: Georgia Tech at Georgia1 p.m.SECStony Brook at Providence2:30 p.m.FS1North Carolina at Tennessee3 p.m.ESPNSavannah State at Baylor3 p.m.Fox SunWomen: USF at Florida International...
Published: 12/16/17

Saturday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYBoxingMiddleweights: Lemieux vs. Saunders9:30 p.m.HBOCollege basketballButler vs. PurduenoonFoxMiami at George WashingtonnoonCBSSNLouisville vs. MemphisnoonESPN2Detroit vs. MichigannoonESPNUNC-Greensboro at N.C. StatenoonFSFSeton Hall at Rutgers...
Published: 12/15/17
Adam Savage’s ‘Brain Candy Live!’ at the Straz Center: Canceled

Adam Savage’s ‘Brain Candy Live!’ at the Straz Center: Canceled

Looks like the idea of Brain Candy Live! returning to Tampa Bay in 2018 turned out to be a myth.The interactive science spectacular, co-hosted by MythBusters' Adam Savage, has canceled its upcoming North American tour, including a May 5 event at the ...
Published: 12/15/17
Here are this week’s pop culture winners and losers

Here are this week’s pop culture winners and losers

Salma HayekSalma Hayek has spoken out against Harvey Weinstein, calling the producer a "monster" who threatened her career and her life after she reportedly denied his sexual advances. Hayek said working with Weinstein on the film Frida was like "goi...
Published: 12/15/17
What to watch this weekend: ‘A Christmas Story Live,’ Star Wars movie marathon, Hollywood Christmas Parade

What to watch this weekend: ‘A Christmas Story Live,’ Star Wars movie marathon, Hollywood Christmas Parade

OH, FUDGE! A CHRISTMAS STORY LIVE!The trend of live musicals broadcast on television isn't slowing down anytime soon, and A Christmas Story Live! — based on the classic holiday movie and Broadway musical — was ripe for the next taking. Fo...
Published: 12/15/17

Friday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYBoxingSuper lightweights: Vargas vs. Herrera10 p.m.FS1College basketballWomen: Southern at USF7 p.m.1040-AMMaryland-Eastern Shore at Creighton8 p.m.FS1College footballDivision III, final: Mount Union (Ohio) vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas)7 p.m.ES...
Published: 12/14/17
Harry Potter’s Nymphadora Tonks, Natalia Tena, joins A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

Harry Potter’s Nymphadora Tonks, Natalia Tena, joins A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

The bubble gum pink-haired, shape-shifting witch Nymphadora Tonks from the last four Harry Potter films is headed to A Celebration of Harry Potter next month.Natalia Tena marks her first appearance at the annual wizarding world celebration Jan. 26-28...
Published: 12/14/17
Disney-Fox deal gives ESPN control of local cable rights to Rays, Lightning games

Disney-Fox deal gives ESPN control of local cable rights to Rays, Lightning games

As part of its deal to buy a massive package of 21st Century Fox assets, Disney will acquire Fox Sports Regional Networks, which control the local cable rights to a slew of professional teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Lightning.Assu...
Published: 12/14/17
Poll: Most Americans say 'Merry Christmas' and prefer Rudolph over Charlie Brown

Poll: Most Americans say 'Merry Christmas' and prefer Rudolph over Charlie Brown

The Monmouth University Polling institute released the results of their Christmas poll today.
Published: 12/14/17