Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Watch this: TV week of Sept. 16

MONDAY

SEASON PREMIERE Dancing With the Stars, 8 p.m., ABC

The real question this season is whether anyone can beat possible cancer survivor Valerie Harper. We're skeptical. Here are some of the celebs who will try: a post-Jersey Shore, post-pregnancy Snooki; former Buccaneer Keyshawn Johnson; Scientology refugee Leah Remini; erstwhile Saved By the Bell star Elizabeth Berkley; and, our personal fav, Bill Nye the Science Guy (maybe he'll explain the physics of how those impossibly skimpy dresses stay on). Forget the dancing, they better work on their sob stories if they want to beat dear Rhoda.

TUESDAY

SEASON PREMIERE New Girl, 9 p.m., Fox

After its stellar second season, New Girl tops our list of the best comedies on right now. In fact, with quirky levels at an all-time low and the focus on the entire ensemble, it's one of the only shows that still makes us laugh out loud (sorry, Modern Family). It was no surprise last season when they took a cliched sitcom premise — roommates Jess and Nick realize they want to be more than friends — and turned it into something wildly endearing. We're counting on this season to dig deeper into their awkward, aw-shucks courtship.

SEASON PREMIERE The Mindy Project, 9:30 p.m., Fox

Midway through The Mindy Project's bumpy first season, creator Mindy Kaling (who deserves eternal props for writing some of the best episodes of The Office) struck a good balance between zany workplace comedy and romantic comedy. In last season's finale, she fled to Haiti with her minister boyfriend, but tonight's premiere episode wisely reunites her with NYC soon enough. Bonus: We love guest star James Franco as a doctor named Paul Leotard brought in to replace (and flirt with) Mindy. He actually comes off like a normal human, which is a nice change for the guy.

WEDNESDAY

SEASON PREMIERE Survivor: Blood vs. Water, 8 p.m., CBS

Survivor is back for its 27th (!!!) season, which features contestants from the show's past competing with relatives or significant others. The catch? At some point, they have to decide whether to help their partners succeed or turn on them. This season, we're more inclined to watch: Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and now Tampa lawyer Brad Culpepper and his wife Monica (who was on the show in 2012) are one of the couples. Seems like a good way to maintain a healthy marital relationship.

FRIDAY

SEASON PREMIERE Shark Tank, 9 p.m., ABC

The business moguls have to decide whether or not to invest in dog-friendly frozen yogurt. Which is a sentence you could only read in 2013.

   
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Monday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYBaseball, spring trainingMets at Astros1 p.m.MLBAngels at Padres4 p.m.MLBBasketballWorld Cup Americas qualifier: Puerto Rico vs. United States11 p.m.ESPN2College basketballWomen: USF at Connecticut7 p.m.ESPN2; 1040-AMDuke at Virginia Tech7 p.m.E...
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What to watch this weekend: ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Good Girls,’ catch up on ‘Heathers’ and ‘Jessica Jones’

What to watch this weekend: ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Good Girls,’ catch up on ‘Heathers’ and ‘Jessica Jones’

Nude zombie alert: The Walking DeadThe Walking Dead isn't slowing down anytime soon. The hit zombie series returns for the second half of its eighth season Sunday and AMC recently announced it was renewed for a ninth. In this season's first eight epi...
Published: 02/23/18
Gucci models walk the runway carrying replicas of their own heads

Gucci models walk the runway carrying replicas of their own heads

A short list of things typically seen at Milan Fashion Week: celebrities, glamorous outfits and impeccably coifed models.So the replica severed heads were a surprise.During Gucci’s unveiling of its fall and winter collection on Wednesday, at le...
Published: 02/22/18
‘The Walking Dead’ looks to the future in heartbreaking mid-Season 8 premiere

‘The Walking Dead’ looks to the future in heartbreaking mid-Season 8 premiere

For the past eight seasons, fans have looked to Carl Grimes for glimpses of The Walking Dead's future.Carl (Chandler Riggs) was the adorable little boy who added another layer of sympathy to the post-apocalyptic drama starting in Season 1 of the AMC ...
Published: 02/22/18
Marvel's Black Panther says he trained to fight in Tampa

Marvel's Black Panther says he trained to fight in Tampa

Millions of people watched Chadwick Boseman battle for the Wakandan throne in Marvel’s box-office-record-breaking Black Panther over the weekend. Viewers in Tampa Bay probably didn’t realize that at least some of T’Challa’s m...
Published: 02/21/18

Wednesday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballGeorgia at South Carolina6:30 p.m.SECXavier at Georgetown6:30 p.m.FS1North Carolina at Syracuse7 p.m.ESPNGeorgia Tech at Virginia7 p.m.ESPN2Texas Tech at Oklahoma State7 p.m.ESPNUSMU at East Carolina7 p.m.ESPNewsClemson at Virg...
Published: 02/20/18
Celebs in town: ‘Animal House’ reunion party and autographs from Derrick Brooks

Celebs in town: ‘Animal House’ reunion party and autographs from Derrick Brooks

Here's a look at celebrities that are set to be in town Feb. 19-25. As always, if you happen to see someone famous, let us know on Twitter or via email.Animal House's Tim Matheson and Otis Day will be at American Social in Tampa on Thursday for a 40t...
Published: 02/19/18
Updated: 02/20/18

Tuesday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballIllinois at Michigan State7 p.m.ESPNWest Virginia at Baylor7 p.m.ESPN2Mississippi State at Texas A&M7 p.m.SECBoston College at N.C. State7 p.m.FSFCreighton at Butler7 p.m.FS1Rhode Island at La Salle7 p.m.CBSSNRutgers at Ohio St...
Published: 02/19/18
What to watch this week: An appreciation post for PBS documentaries

What to watch this week: An appreciation post for PBS documentaries

This is an appreciation post for PBS and its seemingly endless slew of documentaries and historical dramas. In the era of peak TV, it's easy to forget how much engaging, quality television public media stations have to offer. Just this week, the chan...
Published: 02/19/18
Fergie's NBA All-Star Game national anthem confuses, amuses

Fergie's NBA All-Star Game national anthem confuses, amuses

LOS ANGELES — Fergie tried something different with her national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game, and not everybody was cheering.The Black Eyed Peas singer’s slow, bluesy rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” on Sunday night...
Published: 02/19/18