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

  1. What to watch this week: Premieres of 'How to Get Away with Murder', 'black-ish', 'Gotham', 'The Voice'


    This is it, everyone. Prepare your DVRs and claim your spot on the couch: The fall TV season is in full swing this week. A bunch of new and returning faves are premiering; the good (black-ish), the bad (NCIS: New Orleans) and the Scandal.

    For our full list of top picks this week, click here. To read about other shows and to create your own printable schedule, check out our interactive Fall TV preview. ...

    Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne in 'black-ish'
  2. 'Outlander' recap, episode 7: Jamie and Claire share the marriage bed in 'The Wedding'


    Brittany: After six episodes of foreplay, we finally get what we've all been waiting for!  Jamie and Claire are married, so now they can finally get to the marriage bed. I loved the storytelling of this episode, where it goes back and forth from past to present to show the wedding and how it came together. Sam Heughan and Caitriona are so cute together. It felt like they were at a high school party and they sneak off to a bedroom to makeout and everyone is gossiping about them downstairs. The two were very nervous, but Claire was (legitimately) more reserved than Jamie, even though he's the virgin, although not a monk, wink wink. The episode had a good mix of heavy romance and light humor, and it all melted my heart....

  3. Top TV week of Sept. 22: 'How to Get Away with Murder,' 'Gotham,' 'black-ish,' 'Big Bang Theory'

    The Feed


    SEASON PREMIERE The Big Bang Theory, 8 p.m., CBS

    Heads up, Big Bang fiends: The most-viewed sitcom on TV temporarily airs on Mondays while CBS runs NFL football Thursdays. Leonard, Penny, Sheldon and Amy return in back-to-back episodes to kick off the eighth season.

    SEASON PREMIERE The Voice, 8 p.m., NBC...

  4. Play Tampa Bay video: Kicking off Oktoberfest at Cigar City Brewery


    Break out the lederhosen! Michelle and Sarah head to Cigar City Brewing this week, where they're getting ready for the start of Oktoberfest season in the bay area.


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

    Sarah Tyson and Michelle Stark

  5. Why you must catch up on 'Masters of Sex' and 'You're the Worst'

    The Feed

    Two of the best shows on TV are also two of the most sexually explicit. Got your attention? Good, because Showtime's Masters of Sex and FX's You're the Worst deserve every bit of it.

    On paper, the two couldn't be more different: One's a period drama set in the '50-'60s and based on the lives and work of real-life sex researchers Masters and Johnson; the other is about two relationship-averse people who hook up at a wedding and realize they can't live without each other. ...

    Aya Cash and Chris Geere.
  6. 2014 Fall TV Preview: Get show reviews and a customizable schedule


    Another season, another new crop of eager shows waiting to see if they’ll pass or fail with a TV audience whose attention is more divided than ever. Gracepoint, black-ish, Gotham, How to Get Away with Murder, Mulaney: Which will succeed? Which will drop out before the year is over?

    In our annual Fall TV Preview, we weigh in on 12 new shows worth keeping an eye on, run down all the new and returning faves, and even look ahead to 2015....

  7. What to watch this week: 'Red Band Society,' 'The Good Wife,' 'The Mindy Project'


    It's here, it's here! The fall TV season kicks off this week with a bunch of new shows, like Red Band Society, and returning faves like New Girl and Mindy Project. Click here for our top TV picks.

    Red Band Society
  8. 'Outlander' recap, episode 6: Revealing Randall's true nature in 'The Garrison Commander'


    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 6, "'The Garrison Commander."

    Michelle: Well, this was a thoroughly unpleasant episode. Between the graphic amputation scene and that extended sequence about Jamie's lashing and, OH YEAH, that part where Captain Randall beats up poor Claire, I found this hour very hard to watch. "I look forward to the opportunity to reveal my true nature to you," Randall tells Claire early in the episode, and boy, does he ever. Suggesting she's a prostitute in French, calling his vicious attack on Jamie "an exquisite bloody masterpiece" - what a nut job this guy is. Yeeesh. The episode redeems itself at the end, with the news that Claire can solve all her problems by marrying a Scotsman. Hmm, gee, who ever could that be, ya think?...

    Mean, mean Randall.
  9. Top TV week of Sept. 15: 'The Good Wife,' 'Red Band Society,' 'The Mindy Project'

    The Feed


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

    It's here, it's here! The fall TV season kicks off with a bunch of new shows this week. DWTS is one of the first with a brand new Season 19 premiere Monday. Too bad the rest of this sentence won't be as exciting. This year's lackluster "celebrity" dancer cast includes actors Antonio Sabato Jr., Lea Thompson and Alfonso Ribeiro (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), Olympian Lolo Jones and comic Tommy Chong. Snooze. Wake us up when Bruno makes yet another inappropriate remark about a scantily clad celeb....

    The Good Wife [CBS]

  10. Fall TV Preview: Networks trying harder than ever to grab our attention

    The Feed


    Months before its debut, Fox's comedy Mulaney had already been dubbed the new Seinfeld. Maybe it's because both of the shows star standup comics living in New York City with a bunch of silly friends. Or maybe it's because they have something else in common: They're both about nothing. No convoluted mystery, no gimmick of the week, no reason to keep watching other than solid writing and recognizable characters....

    Martin Short and John Mulaney in Fox's "Mulaney."
  11. Chris Pratt hosting 'Saturday Night Live' premiere


    The Year of Chris Pratt continues.

    The Guardians of the Galaxy stud has been tapped to host the season premiere of Saturday Night Live. The show's 40th (!) season debuts Sept. 27. This is Pratt's first time hosting, and he'll be joined by first-time musical guest Ariana Grande.

    Thanks to Guardians, the entire world now knows what longtime Parks and Recreation (and Everwood!) fans have known: Pratt is a talented dude. We can't wait to see what he does on the Studio 8H stage....

    Chris Pratt
  12. Play Tampa Bay video: Hanging with 'Dolphin Tale 2' stars Winter and Hope


    In this week's video, Sarah and Michelle head to Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home to the famous dolphin Winter, in anticipation of the premiere of Dolphin Tale 2 this week.

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

    Winter and Hope in Alcon Entertainment's family adventure "Dolphin Tale 2."  Photo Credit: Wilson Webb
  13. James Corden replacing Craig Ferguson as new 'Late Late Show' host


    Looks like the rumors were right: British writer/actor James Corden will take over for Craig Ferguson as host the The Late Late Show on CBS. Score another point for hosts named James in late-night!

    Never heard of Corden? Join the club. He hasn't done much stateside, save for a Tony-winning performance a few years back in Broadway's One Man, Two Guvnors and an appearance this year in the movie Begin Again with Keira Knightley....

    Corden in 'Into the Woods'!
  14. Neil Patrick Harris married boyfriend David Burtka in Italy this weekend


    Alert! One of our fave celebrities, estwhile child star and current awards show host extraordinaire Neil Patrick Harris, 41, got hitched over the weekend to longtime boyfriend David Burtka. The couple had been dating publicly since at least 2007.

    NPH tweeted this photo Monday. Aw.
  15. 'Outlander' recap, episode 5: Paying 'Rent'


    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 5, "Rent."

    Brittany: This episode picked up right where we left Claire, wearing a fabulous furry wool coat, and on a journey throughout Scotland with Dougal, Jamie and some crude, stinky guys. To try and understand why these men are on the road, she thinks back to some history lessons from Frank. Dougal is raising money for the Jacobite army, and Claire knows they're on the losing side of history. Just how much should she intervene to save their lives? Jamie's life? I've watched and read lots of sci-fi stories that deal with time travel and changing history, but these books impress me because they weave Claire's actions into history seamlessly, but still with surprising twists. As she continues to plot a way to get home, she's realizing she could also help these guys and their cause. I'm glad because I'm getting sick of the "Claire's Escape Plan Doesn't Work, Again" show....