Friday, April 20, 2018
TV and Media

Watch this: TV week of Sept. 9

TODAY

SERIES PREMIERE The Million Second Quiz, 8 p.m., NBC

Can NBC turn this new live trivia game show into an event big enough to draw viewers? We think so. Here's why:

The setting: The game takes place in a giant hourglass structure built right smack in the middle of midtown Manhattan. Who can resist that?

There's an app: The quiz show airs for an hour each night over 10 consecutive nights, but the game runs 24 hours a day for 12 days (or about one million seconds, natch), meaning viewers can watch contestants all hours of the day and play along on a mobile app. Great, one more thing to obsessively check on our phones while we should be interacting with other humans.

The Seacrest factor: If we'll watch Ryan Seacrest host a lame singing competition, we'll watch him in anything. Does the guy ever fail?

TUESDAY

SEASON PREMIERE Sons of Anarchy, 10 p.m., FX

In the Season 6 premiere, Jax (Charlie Hunnam) tries pushing the motorcycle club into more legitimate endeavors and a horrific event threatens the club. Now the real reason to watch: So you can start picturing Hunnam as the newly cast as Christian Grey in 50 Shades of Grey.

WEDNESDAY

SEASON PREMIERE The X Factor, 8 p.m., Fox

Let's face it, The X Factor has never really had the x-factor. The show's biggest problem? Its judges: Simon Cowell's bad boy Brit act is getting seriously old, and even Britney Spears couldn't inject some much-needed star power during her stint last season. Maybe this year's combination will do the trick: Cowell and Demi Lovato are joined by two new judges, Destiny's Child alum Kelly Rowland and Mexican singer Paulina Rubio. And the show has dropped its Kardashian dead weight; Mario Lopez flies solo as host this season.

THURSDAY

CBS Fall Preview, 8:30 p.m., CBS

It's a gimmick to drum up hype for their new series starting in just a couple of weeks, but we'll play along. True to CBS form, their slate includes a crime drama and lots of broad comedies. The one we're most looking forward to? The Crazy Ones, a comedy set in an ad agency starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Robin Williams as her dad. The previews show Robin Williams at his most Robin Williams-y. Wait, is that good or bad? That's what we can't wait to find out.

FRIDAY

Undercover Boss, 8 p.m., CBS

Kat Cole, president of Cinnabon Inc., poses as an ordinary worker to gain a new appreciation for how hard her people work. Like being forced to smell Cinnabons all day without stuffing them in your mouth. Cruel.

By Michelle Stark, Times staff writer

     
     
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Friday’s sports on TV/radio

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Tampa Bay disciples of 'Wild Wild Country' guru remember Oregon commune

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Published: 04/19/18
Eva Longoria’s American ‘Gran Hotel’ adaptation in Miami: What we know so far

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Published: 04/19/18
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Published: 04/18/18
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Published: 04/16/18
Video: Meteorologist goes on epic on-air rant during another cold forecast

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The winter that won’t end has taken its toll on a TV meteorologist in western Michigan.Garry Frank of WXMI-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan, went on a rant to colleagues because they weren’t excited about his forecast.Video of the r...
Published: 04/16/18
Blockbuster stores are still open, and soon to receive a special gift from John Oliver

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Published: 04/16/18

Monday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYAutosMonster Energy Cup: Food City 500 (resumption, 296 laps left)1 p.m.FoxBaseballRangers at Rays7 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMCardinals at Cubs7 p.m.ESPNAstros at Mariners10 p.m.MLBCollege softballMississippi State at Mississippi7 p.m.SECN.C. State at ...
Published: 04/15/18
St. Petersburg's Movies in the Park lineup announced

St. Petersburg's Movies in the Park lineup announced

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Published: 04/13/18
Updated: 04/16/18
$13 tattoo for Friday the 13th? You can get one in Tampa Bay

$13 tattoo for Friday the 13th? You can get one in Tampa Bay

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Published: 04/13/18