Saturday, November 18, 2017
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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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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