Friday, March 23, 2018
TV and Media

Watch this: TV week of Aug. 5


Interior Therapy With Jeff Lewis, 9 p.m., Bravo

Jeff and Jenni help a couple whose home design is dictated by their 3-year-old child. Listen, if you're letting your toddler take over the house, you need more than just decorating therapy.


Broadchurch, 10 p.m., BBC America

The hype from TV critics has been deafening about this BBC show, which revolves around the mysterious murder of an 11-year-old boy in a tiny English coastal town. Plus, Fox just announced it's making an American version. Watch it so you can inevitably compare the two (we'd bet good money on the original).


Sharkpocalypse, 9 p.m., DISCOVERY

Hey, it's no Sharknado. No, really, this show sounds way more tame and way more logical. Andy Casagrande and Devon Massyn host this new special that seeks to answer the question of whether shark attacks on humans are increasing, or are just getting more media coverage. Shark Week kicked off last night on the Discovery Channel, so expect to see plenty of shark-tastic programming each night.

Panic 9-1-1, 10 p.m., A&E

Crimes unfold in real time, with real 911 calls as the soundtrack and re-enactments of the emergencies as well as interviews with witnesses, law enforcement officers, dispatchers and callers. Like a train wreck, how can you not watch?


Perfect Score, 8 p.m., CW

We thought Arielle Kebbel might have a promising career as a CW starlet, with past stints on Gilmore Girls and 90210. Instead, she ended up as a different kind of CW refugee — host of this so-bad-it's-kind-of-good reality dating show. The premise: Two friends compete to see who can pick their ideal mate from a group of 10 members of the opposite sex, who have been assigned dollar values based on how compatible they are with the contestants. So, contestants could end up choosing someone worth $1, or someone worth $50,000. The best part is when those are the two options left at the end, and they go for the $1 dude. Happy dating!

America's Next Top Model, 9 p.m., CW

The models have to walk on a vertical runway in this week's new episode. So now being a top model requires defying gravity. Great.


The Newsroom, 10 p.m., HBO

Aaron Sorkin continues to have immaculate 20/20 hindsight on the second season of this show set in a television newsroom about a year ago. Right now, it's making its way through the 2012 election, and Sorkin's already angered Mitt Romney aids with a recent episode in which a reporter is kicked off a Romney press bus because aides for his campaign weren't a fan of The Newsroom's news program. Gee, the guy who wrote The West Wing is showing a liberal bias? We're shocked.


Friday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYAutosF1: Australian Grand Prix qualifying2 a.m.ESPN2Baseball, spring trainingRed Sox at Yankees1 p.m.ESPNReds at Rockies 4 p.m.MLBNationals at Marlins7 p.m.FSFRangers at Padres9:30 p.m.MLBCollege baseballMississippi at Texas A&M7 p.m.SECLSU at V...
Updated: 4 hours ago

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: 12 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...
Published: 03/22/18
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