There are hundreds of holiday events to get you in the Christmas spirit, but one thing everyone wants to know is: Where can we go see Christmas lights? We picked three of our favorite displays that raise the bar for exterior illumination in Tampa Bay. Details on those places are below, and for more things to do this week, go to tampabay.com/things-to-do ...
When I was 8 or 9 years old, my family made the trek from Orlando to see the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, the dance company's home since 1932. Bundled up in a very non-Florida coat, I watched the toy soldiers march on stage just minutes from the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Cue fuzzy, magical childhood moment I'll never forget. Now the Rockettes are coming to you, when the Radio City Christmas Spectacular opens at the Straz Center in Tampa Thursday. And though we'll never know how those Rockettes kick their legs so high, we do have an idea of what goes into making the show so, well, spectacular. Here's the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, by the numbers:...
What to watch this week: 'It's a Wonderful Life', Kelly Clarkson Christmas special, 'The Sing-Off' and more12/09/13 Blog
Lots of Christmas movies and specials on tap in this week's top TV picks, but with these scorching temperatures, we need all the holiday spirit we can get, right? Click here for the details on It's a Wonderful Life, Frosty the Snowman and a new special from everyone's favorite Idol, Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale. Plus, Bob Barker turns 90 on The Price is Right, The Sing Off returns, and more....
Season 5 of The Voice is absolutely killing it. As the show heads into its final weeks, we’d be happy with almost all of the five remaining contestants claiming the big prize — something we haven’t thought about The Voice in, well, ever. Our favorite? We still can’t decide between Tessanne and Jacquie (and, up until last week, Matthew Schuler, who was unfairly booted). Even bearded wonder Cole has grown on us! Given the show’s track record with young female winners, we’re thinking this is Jacquie’s competition to lose. (It’d also be great to see her coach Christina Aguilera win and break Blake Shelton’s three-year streak.) But who actually has the best voice? Here’s how we think the vocal competition stacks up, from best to worst....
12/06/13 The Feed
SEASON PREMIERE The Sing Off, 9 p.m., NBC
Did you know The Sing Off is a show in which 10 a capella acts do really cool versions of popular songs — or that it's been on the air for four years? Yeah, neither did we. The only thing we vaguely recall about this singing competition last time it was on is that Nick Lachey was involved. He's back as host for tonight's two-hour premiere, but this time the new (and honestly, only recognizable) judge is Jewel. Good for her, still finding ways to be employed in the music industry. The show's having a limited run that ends Dec. 23, so tune in soon to see such cleverly titled groups as acoUstiKats, the Filharmonic and VoicePlay (who got their start in Orlando!)....
The first sign that Thursday’s Scandal would go teetering off its precarious perch into the abyss of absurdity is the title of the episode: YOLO. As in, YOLO Quinn, so make sure Huck doesn't kill you! (Or lick your face again, eeesh). Or YOLO vice pres, better kill your secretly gay philandering husband before your secrets come out!...
Against our better judgment, we watched the three-hour live staging of The Sound of Music on NBC Thursday night. Like most things on NBC these days, it was kind of a train wreck. Unlike most things on NBC, we couldn’t stop watching. Here are five reasons why.
UPDATE: Apparently you couldn't stop watching either; early Nielsens ratings show that a whopping 18.5 million viewers watched The Sound of Music Live, averaging a 4.6 rating among adults 18-49. It was easily the most-watched program of the night....
AMC announced today that the network will host a Breaking Bad marathon at the end of this month, airing all five seasons of the masterful Emmy-winning drama. Bring on the bingeing! Starting at 11 a.m. each day, the episodes will run Dec. 27-30. (And yes, if you must know, there’s also a two-day marathon of The Walking Dead starting Dec. 31, but as a Dead hater, I can’t talk about those two shows in the same breath and feel good about myself.)...
12/05/13 Food & Dining
We're in the heat of the holiday season, so we know you're going to be putting in overtime in your kitchen for the next few weeks.
But if you're looking to ease up your workload, we suggest you order dessert. We found some great Tampa Bay bakeries whipping up delicious cakes, pies and candy confections that'll make you wonder why you ever fussed with dessert in the first place.
Toffee To Go in Tampa was just named one of Oprah's Favorite Things in the December issue of O Magazine. Lisa and Jim Schalk are taking the adage "quality, not quantity" to heart, offering three different toffee flavors. But you don't need any more choices when the toffee's this good....
In this week's Play Tampa Bay, Michelle and Katie found some great Tampa Bay bakeries that are whipping up delicious pies, cakes and candy confections for the holiday season. If you're going to be putting in overtime in the kitchen the next few weeks, why not order dessert to ease up on your workload? Details on those places are below, and for more things to do this week, go to tampabay.com/things-to-do ...
It's time for this week's top TV picks, including A Charlie Brown Christmas (who can resist that sad, little tree?), SNL Christmas and a live version of The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood (yeah, we don't get it either). Click here for the full list!
When can you see the Grinch? How about A Charlie Brown Christmas? We've got you covered. Click here for the list of holiday TV specials, including everything from It's a Wonderful Life to Frosty the Snowman to National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation....
11/27/13 The Feed
A Charlie Brown Christmas, 8 p.m., ABC
Vince Guaraldi's jazzy score. That scrawny little tree. Linus' speech. The existential crises of Charlie Brown. The most infectious dance sequence ever to appear on television. Who can resist this Peanuts classic?
CMA Country Christmas, 9 p.m., ABC
Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles hosts this special for the fourth time, featuring a bunch of country stars performing holiday songs and sharing their traditions. Stars like Hunter Hayes, Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow, Kellie Pickler and Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson. Because what's a singing special without someone from the cast of Duck Dynasty?...
11/27/13 The Feed
Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale, 10 p.m. Dec. 11, NBC
We love Kelly Clarkson. Not only is she the best thing to come out of American Idol, she's one of the best female singers of the past decade and she's got personality coming out of her ears. That said, we're a little confused about the premise of this new special she's starring in. NBC's description says it's based loosely on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and Clarkson's character will learn about the true meaning of Christmas. So, Kelly is Scrooge? Will there be three different ghost Kellys? When does she belt out the Christmas tunes? ...
So, Miley Cyrus performed on an awards show last night. And it was interesting. What'd you expect?
Miley showed up in barely any clothes, natch, to close out the American Music Awards on Sunday with her hit Wrecking Ball. The weird part? She performed with a giant cat floating onscreen behind her. On a scale of Miley weirdness, we give it a 4 out of 10.
We do wish Miley would tone down the antics a bit because, even though she doesn't have the best voice, she always sounds pretty great on this song, and we thought she gave a typically good vocal performance last night. Watch the video below. (Plus, come on, Wrecking Ball is unbelievably catchy!)...