Michelle Stark, Times Staff Writer

Michelle Stark

Michelle Stark is part of the Things to Do crew and co-host of Play Tampa Bay. She also designs the Times' daily entertainment page, and is an editor/writer in the Features department, where she writes weekly about television at The Feed blog. She also manages the Things to Do social media accounts. Stark joined the Times after graduating from the University of South Florida in 2010 with degrees in mass communications and international relations. After an intern stint on the copy editing desk, she moved to Features.

Phone: (727) 893-8829

Email: mstark@tampabay.com

Twitter: @MStark17

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  1. Top TV week of Sept. 1: 'So You Think You Can Dance,' 'The Leftovers,' ‘Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story'

    The Feed

    MONDAY

    SERIES PREMIERE Highway to Sell, 10 p.m., Discovery

    In this new series shot in Palmetto, people are forced to choose between cash and their clunker cars that have been turned into classic rides, all with the help of long-time race car driver Dennis Pittsenbarger and his mechanical mastermind Slick, who's worked on hundreds of cars in his Florida shop.

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

    Claire trying to escape, again, in Starz's 'Outlander.'

  2. Jimmy Kimmel stages glorious mini 'Friends' reunion on his show

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    Allow us to send you into the long Labor Day weekend with this delightful tidbit: a mini Friends reunion happened on Jimmy Kimmel's show Wednesday.

    Kimmel asks his guest Jennifer Aniston to read some lines with him from a Friends script he wrote. Well, "more than" read lines: They take to a full-on reproduction of the classic show's kitchen set to recreate an episode, complete with laugh track and music cues. Kimmel is Ross, natch, and before long, Courtney Cox and Lisa Kudrow show up, too. Where are Joey and Chandler? Dead from Marcel the Monkey's rabies, according to Kimmel....

  3. Play Tampa Bay video: Top Labor Day celebrations

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    In this week's video, Michelle heads to Shephard's Beach Resort in Clearwater with some ideas for how to spend the long Labor Day weekend.

     

    For daily event info and more happening this week, follow us on Twitter (@thingstodotampa) and Facebook....

  4. Emmys prove they're out of touch by crowning predictable repeat winners

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    Sixteen out of 26 awards handed out at Monday night's Emmys ceremony were given to people who already had a shiny gold trophy at home. In fact, the majority of them won for things they'd already won for. Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory. Julianna Marguiles for The Good Wife. Modern Family (ugh) for Outstanding Comedy.

    Some were well-deserved. We can't quibble with any of the repeat wins for Breaking Bad (actor, actress, supporting actor, series), a show whose final eight-episode season was so thrilling and well-executed it would be more criminal than Walter White's drug empire to overlook it. (Plus, don't forget, the show wasn't a big hit for most of its run, and didn't nab a series win until the first half of its final season.) Yes, Outstanding Actress in a Drama winner Julianna Marguiles did have an exceptional year on The Good Wife. And Julia Louis-Dreyfus is easily the funniest woman on television....

    LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25:  Actor Aaron Paul accepts Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for 'Breaking Bad' onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) 503306703
  5. Emmys wrap-up: 'Breaking Bad' wins big and other memorable moments (plus fashion!)

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    Two homicide detectives in Louisiana were no match for AMC's reigning meth king, as this Emmy season's battle between True Detective and Breaking Bad came down in Bad's favor Monday night.

    During the three-hour 66th annual Emmy awards, Bad emerged the big winner, claiming the Outstanding Drama award for its final season that wrapped a year ago, plus three acting wins and a writing nod. On the comedy side, it was a disappointing night for Netflix hit Orange is the New Black, as Modern Family continued its Outstanding Comedy streak with a fifth consecutive win in the category....

    The cast and crew of 'Breaking Bad' at the Emmys.
  6. Emmy Awards 2014: 'Breaking Bad' wins big; poignant Robin Williams tribute

    The Feed

    Two homicide detectives in Louisiana were no match for AMC's reigning meth king, as this Emmy season's battle between True Detective and Breaking Bad came down in Bad's favor Monday night. During the three-hour 66th annual Emmy awards, Bad emerged the big winner, claiming the Outstanding Drama award for its final season that wrapped a year ago, plus three acting wins and a writing nod. Bryan Cranston even pulled off a bit of an upset, nabbing the Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series prize over Matthew McConaughey, the favorite to win for his committed turn on Detective. • On the comedy side, it was a disappointing night for Netflix hit Orange is the New Black. The show, nominated in the comedy categories even though it's arguably a more dramatic series, walked away with just one win out of an impressive 12 nominations (Uzo Aduba won for Guest Actor in a Comedy in a separate ceremony that aired Saturday). Modern Family continued its Outstanding Comedy streak with a fifth consecutive win in the category, a disappointing choice given the much higher qualities of the rest of this year's nominees. ...

    Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, second from left, picks up the second consecutive Outstanding Drama Series win for his show Monday night.
  7. Live coverage: Follow us tonight for Emmy insights and instant analysis

    The Feed

    Get instant analysis and snark, just the way you like it, with our live coverage of the Emmys. Times TV writer Michelle Stark and Deal Diva Stephanie Hayes will be tweeting with the hash tag #tbtemmys, so join the fun if you've got something to say. CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR UP-TO-THE-MINUTE TWEETS.

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  8. Emmy predictions: Outstanding drama and comedy

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    The 66th annual Emmy Awards air tonight (yes, on a Monday) on NBC, so it's time for the Feed to weigh in on who might be taking home some gold. As always, this isn't an exact science. Remember last year, when Jeff Daniels shocked everyone by winning? But I'm giving it a shot anyway. All this week, we've been featuring one of the major categories on this blog. For the full list, click here. Up today: outstanding comedy and drama....

    Taylor Schilling in Orange is the New Black
  9. Emmy predictions: Outstanding actor/actress in a drama

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    The 66th annual Emmy Awards air Monday (yes, Monday) on NBC, so it's time for the Feed to weigh in on who might be taking home some gold. As always, this isn't an exact science. Remember last year, when Jeff Daniels shocked everyone by winning? But I'm giving it a shot anyway. All this week through Monday, one of the major categories will be featured on this blog. For the full list, click here. Up today: outstanding actor/actress in a drama....

    Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad
  10. Get ready for Monday's Emmy Awards: Robin Williams tribute, Seth Meyers is host

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    The Emmys are almost upon us. But before you get too excited about curling up on the couch with a bottle of wine and an arsenal of judgy fashion comments (oh, that's just us?), you should know one thing: the show airs on a weekday this year.

    For the first time in almost four decades, the Emmy Awards will be broadcast on Monday, not a lazy, loungy Sunday evening like we're used to. You might have to hustle home from work to catch any red carpet action at all. Not cool, NBC, not cool. But why is it on a Monday? Find out that and more in our guide to preparing for the show: CLICK HERE. ...

    Seth Meyers
  11. 'Outlander' recap, episode 3: Why does Claire want to find 'The Way Out'?

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    Follow along with Michelle Stark, the Feed's TV expert and Outlander novice, and Brittany Volk, an 'Outlander' book fanatic and TV nerd, as they share their thoughts on Starz's new series every week. Here's what they thought about episode 3, "The Way Out." 

    Brittany: Most of this episode was about religion vs. medicine. The story about the sick boys that the villagers think is demonic possession is not in the book. But I don't mind that. There's a lot of set-up in the beginning chapters of Outlander, so this addition to the plot was a good tool to give this episode a beginning, middle and end. It was also a great way to see what Claire is up against as she uses her 20th-century medical background in the 18th century. I loved watching mouthy TV Claire defy the town's (misogynist) priest. That can't be good pissing that guy off. But we got more scenes with Geillis Duncan! She's turning into quite a star of the show, isn't she?!...

  12. Top TV week of Aug. 25: 'Chopped,' 'Extant,' 'World's Wildest Commercials'

    The Feed

    MONDAY

    MasterChef, 8 p.m., Fox

    Would you believe Cutter, the bane of our MasterChef viewing experience and all-around terrible contestant, is still in the competition? We fully expect him to win at this point, despite his mediocre cooking skills. There are only seven contestants left, after all. This week they have to whip up an apple dish and pot stickers — we're sure Cutter's a pro at both. ...

  13. Video: Kids parody Emmy nominees, it's predictably adorable

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    Here at the Feed, it's all Emmys, all the time until Monday's show. So it's a bonus that this video just happens to be Emmy-centric AND adorable!

  14. Emmy predictions: Outstanding actor/actress in a comedy

    Blog

    The 66th annual Emmy Awards air Monday (yes, Monday) on NBC, so it's time for the Feed to weigh in on who might be taking home some gold. As always, this isn't an exact science. Remember last year, when Jeff Daniels shocked everyone by winning? But I'm giving it a shot anyway. All this week, one of the major categories will be featured on this blog. For the full list, click here. Up today: actor/actress in a comedy....

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  15. 66th Emmy Awards: What to know before Monday's show

    The Feed

    The Emmys are this weekend. (GET OUR PREDICTIONS HERE.) But before you get too excited about curling up on the couch with a bottle of wine and an arsenal of judgy fashion comments, you should know one thing: the show airs on a weekday this year.

    For the first time in almost four decades, the Emmy Awards will be broadcast on Monday, not a lazy, loungy Sunday evening like we're used to. You might have to hustle home from work to catch any red carpet action. Here's your guide to preparing for the show:...

    Host Seth Meyers speaks at the Television Academy's 66th Primetime Emmy Awards Press Preview Day.