Saturday, November 18, 2017
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MONDAY

SEries PREMIERE Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls, 9 p.m., NBC

Bear Grylls must be bored testing his own survival skills, so now he's dragging 20 people into the wilderness for a series of his crazy challenges in New Zealand. Whoever's left standing wins lots of money. Though we worry for the things they will have to ingest.

TUESDAY

So You Think You Can Dance, 8 p.m., FOX

This season of the show is particularly intense. SYTYCD airs just once a week this year, so for the first time, weekly eliminations are rolled into the beginning of the performance shows. Last week, the first top 20 elimination sent two dancers home at the top of the show only to have them stick around for the rest of the night to perform with their partners. Brutal. The top 18 compete tonight.

WEDNESDAY

SEASON finale The American Baking Competition, 9 p.m., CBS

Three contestants compete for the title of best amateur baker and, more importantly, for that $250,000 grand prize. We'll miss learning what the heck things like Tarte Tatin and Choux Tower are, but if we want to hear judgmental remarks about croissants, there's always the Food Network.

THURSDAY

SEries PREMIERE The Winner Is..., 9 p.m., NBC Singers are pitted against each other in front of an audience of 101 music experts in, yes, another singing competition. The "twist" is that contestants have the opportunity to bet on their own failure — they can take a payout if they think they got the least number of votes. We're curious about those 101 audience members — who are these people, and why exactly are they music experts? Then again, maybe we shouldn't expect such high standards from a singing show hosted by Nick Lachey.

SEries PREMIERE Hollywood Game Night, 10 p.m., NBC NBC is really pushing new game shows this summer, huh? Jane Lynch hosts this one, in which contestants join celebrities to play pop culture-based trivia games. Matthew Perry and Lisa Kudrow kick things off tonight, which just makes us wish they'd reunite the Friends cast for a re-enactment of that awesome trivia game episode. Hey, Miss Chanandaler Bong! — Michelle Stark, Times Staff Writer

   
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Saturday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYAutosXfinity: Ford EcoBoost 300 qualifying11 a.m.CNBCXfinity: Ford EcoBoost 3003:30 p.m.NBCSNCollege basketballMaryland-Eastern Shore at GeorgetownnoonFox SunBucknell at Maryland8:30 p.m.Big TenGolfPGA Europe: Tour Championship2:30 a.m.GolfPGA: ...
Published: 11/17/17
Video: Forget Pizza Rat. Meet St. Petersburg’s Pizza Squirrel

Video: Forget Pizza Rat. Meet St. Petersburg’s Pizza Squirrel

New York, it seems, doesn't have a monopoly on pizza-chomping rodents.Around 2:45 p.m. Friday, the Tampa Bay Times spotted a squirrel digging a nearly entire slice of pizza out of a trash can at 146 Second St. N in St. Petersburg. The squirrel hoppe...
Published: 11/17/17
Jeffrey Tambor accused of sexual harassment by his ‘Transparent’ co-star

Jeffrey Tambor accused of sexual harassment by his ‘Transparent’ co-star

"Transparent" actress Trace Lysette has accused actor Jeffrey Tambor of sexually harassing her on the set of the Amazon series.Lysette’s allegations mark the second time the star, who plays Maura Pfefferman on the critically acclaimed dramedy, has be...
Published: 11/17/17
Here are this week’s pop culture winners and losers

Here are this week’s pop culture winners and losers

WINNERS:Taylor SwiftFollowing the death of his mother, Gloria, The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon shared a touching story with the audience about his mom squeezing his hand three times and saying "I love you," when he was a kid. "Last week, I was in ...
Published: 11/17/17
Review: ‘Marvel’s Runaways’ pits rebellious teens against their evil parents

Review: ‘Marvel’s Runaways’ pits rebellious teens against their evil parents

The parents in Runaways really are the worst.Hulu's new Marvel series follows a ragtag group of teenagers who have to band together to defeat their own parents, who are collective members of a secret criminal organization called the Pride.In the wake...
Published: 11/17/17
What to watch this weekend: ‘The Punisher,’ ‘Search Party,’ Elizabeth Smart Lifetime movie

What to watch this weekend: ‘The Punisher,’ ‘Search Party,’ Elizabeth Smart Lifetime movie

GRIEF AND GUNS: THE PUNISHERMarvel fans first saw Marine veteran Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) in Netflix's Daredevil series. The brutish anti-hero finally gets his own series with The Punisher, exploring what he did after helping Daredevil (Charlie Co...
Published: 11/17/17
Jesmyn Ward wins National Book Award for ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’

Jesmyn Ward wins National Book Award for ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’

Jesmyn Ward is having a good year.At a glamorous ceremony Wednesday night in New York, Ward was named the winner of the 2017 National Book Award for Sing, Unburied, Sing, about a Mississippi family's epic road trip. The book is Ward's third novel ...
Published: 11/16/17
Your heart can go on when ‘Titanic’ returns to theaters

Your heart can go on when ‘Titanic’ returns to theaters

It's the holiday season, so why not capitalize on a beloved film by bringing it back to theaters for a limited engagement?That's what Dolby Laboratories, Paramount Pictures and AMC Theaters are doing, announcing that a remastered version of Titanic w...
Published: 11/15/17

Wednesday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballIndiana at Seton Hall6:30 p.m.FS1Montana State at Penn State7 p.m.Big TenUSF at Stetson8 p.m.820-AMButler at Maryland8:30 p.m.FS1Creighton at Northwestern9 p.m.Big TenCollege footballE. Michigan at Miami (Ohio)7 p.m.CBSSNW. Mic...
Published: 11/14/17
Review: ‘The Punisher’ packs a punch tackling grief and revenge

Review: ‘The Punisher’ packs a punch tackling grief and revenge

If Frank Castle sees someone committing an act of evil, he has no problem ending them.Castle (Jon Bernthal) is The Punisher in Netflix's new Marvel series, spun off from another popular superhero series, Daredevil. The Punisher follows the former mar...
Published: 11/14/17