Thursday, March 22, 2018
TV and Media

Watch this: TV week of Jan. 6


SEASON FINALE Hostages, 9 p.m., CBS

We haven't watched this show since the premiere, in which Dylan McDermott held Toni Collette's family hostage and coerced her into operating on (and killing) the POTUS. In tonight's two-hour season finale, Ellen (Collette) prepares to operate on the president, while Duncan (McDermott) ... wait, what? We didn't miss a single thing? Terrific!

SEASON PREMIERE Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off, 9 p.m., Food

This foodie competition lead by mentors Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri is back for its third season, with a celebrity lineup full of Dancing with the Stars leftovers: Florence Henderson, Penn Jillette, Tiffany, Chris Kattan, Vanilla Ice, The Bachelor Jake Pavelka and former NFL star Herschel Walker. Sure, Mrs. Brady, you can salsa, but can you make it?


The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards, 9 p.m., CBS

Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs of 2 Broke Girls host this year's awards honoring top performers in movies, music and television. Normally we'd dismiss such an arbitrary contest, but Jennifer Lawrence won in THREE categories last year (Favorite Movie Actress, Favorite On-Screen Chemistry, Favorite Face of Heroism), so they must be doing something right.


The Taste, 8 p.m., ABC

This cooking show returns for a second season, pitting 16 culinary competitors ranging from home cooks to professional chefs against each other. The gist? They have to prepare a single spoonful for a blind taste test by judges Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and (new this year) Marcus Samuelsson, who then have to decide who will go home without knowing who made what dish. So kind of like The Voice, but with chefs.

The Michael J. Fox Show, 9:30 p.m., NBC

Richard Kind guest stars in this new episode as mobster Jared Norwood, the subject of a story that Michael J. Fox's character gets scooped on. It's the Spin City reunion show nobody asked for!


71st Annual Golden Globes, 8 p.m., NBC

The smartest programming decision NBC has made in years was to bring back BFFs Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to co-host the Globes for the second time in a row. Last year's show was the most fun we've had during an awards show, maybe ever, and that's totally thanks to Tina and Amy. Next step? World domination!

Plus, these shows debut this week. We wrote more about them in our Winter TV Preview :

Enlisted, 9:30 p.m. Jan. 10, Fox

True Detective, 9 p.m. Jan. 12, HBO

Girls, 10 p.m. Jan. 12, HBO

Intelligence, debuts 9 p.m. Jan. 7 on CBS, but will air 10 p.m. Mondays starting Jan. 13.


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: 4 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...
Updated: 4 hours ago
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...
Updated: 11 hours ago
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

Tuesday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYBaseball, spring trainingBlue Jays at Phillies1 p.m.MLBRangers at White Sox4 p.m.MLBRays at Orioles6 p.m.620-AMCollege baseballArkansas State at Missouri7 p.m.SECCollege basketball, NITPenn State at Marquette7 p.m.ESPNMississippi State at Louisv...
Published: 03/19/18