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. Review: New CBS drama 'Stalker' is terrible, exploitative

    The Feed

    Stalker is the kind of insipid show in which Dylan McDermott's homicide detective Jack Larsen not so ironically says things like, "Why do you wear sexy things if you don't want men to notice?" to his female partner.

    It's also the kind of show that thinks it's appropriate to open its pilot episode, airing Wednesday, with gruesome violence against a young woman, showing her being attacked and trapped in a car that's set on fire. ...

    Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q in 'Stalker.'
  2. In honor of 'Gilmore Girls' coming to Netflix this week: Top quotes, episodes, more

    Blog

    The best TV shows draw you into a distinct world. Whether it's the meth wasteland of Breaking Bad, the mythical world of Game of Thrones or the unglamorous paper supply company of The Office, great series create worlds so vibrant and realized you don't want to leave. 

    Add to that list Gilmore Girls, the hourlong dramedy that ran on the WB network from 2000-2007 and is set to start streaming on Netflix this Wednesday, Oct. 1. Set in fictitious small town Stars Hollow, the show follows enviably awesome mother/daughter duo Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel) Gilmore, and a quirky cast of characters — Lorelai's best friend Sookie, town selectman/blowhard Taylor Doose, diner owner Luke Danes, wealthy grandparents Emily and Richard Gilmore....

    Rory and Lorelai Gilmore
  3. What to watch this week: New shows 'Mulaney,' 'Gracepoint', 'A to Z,' 'Bad Judge'

    Blog

    A handful of new shows debut this week, including Fox's new sitcom from standup comedian John Mulaney, a remake of British mystery drama Broadchurch and a rom-com starring the mother from How I Met Your Mother. Click here for our full list of top TV.

    Martin Short and John Mulaney
  4. 'Outlander' recap, episode 8: 'Both Sides Now' is an eventful end to this half season

    Blog

    Michelle: Well, Brittany, here we are, the last episode of Outlander's first half-season. The show's going off the air until April 2015, when it'll air 8 more episodes to conclude the first season. Good thing "Both Sides Now" was suitably eventful. I loved starting the episode with Frank in modern (1940s) times, worried over his missing wife. It's a neat perspective and one that's super easy to forget when we're watching Jamie and Claire heat up that marriage bed in the 1700s. "My wife is NOT with another man," Frank says. Uh, you wrong....

    Jamie and Claire.
  5. Top TV week of Sept. 29: 'Mulaney,' 'A to Z', 'Gracepoint'

    The Feed

    MONDAY

    SEASON PREMIERE Mom, 8:30 p.m., CBS

    Season 2 of this solid sitcom kicks off with an episode titled "Hepatitis and Lemon Zest." Please note that Allison Janney just won an Emmy for her role as Bonnie. We're sure she has nothing to do with the episode titles.

     

    TUESDAY

    SERIES PREMIERE Selfie, 8 p.m., ABC

    We know, we know: The name is horrible. Move past that and try to embrace the satire on display in creator-producer Emily Kapnek's (Suburgatory) new show. It's a modern take on My Fair Lady, with Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) as a vapid social media fiend and John Cho as the marketer who tries to remake her image....

    Martin Short and John Mulaney in Fox’s “Mulaney.”
  6. 'Scandal' recap: Season 4 premiere is appropriately bonkers

    Blog

    Grab a long-stemmed wine glass and kick back in your chaise on an island that doesn't exist, Scandal is back! Last night's season 4 premiere "Randy, Red, Superfreak and Julia" did an impressive job tying up last season's loose ends, starting new story lines and holding dear everything we love about the show: crazy Mellie, crazier Cyrus, Olivia's wardrobe and lots more. Some highlights:

    * The No. 1 reason I love Scandal? In the first seven minutes of last night's episode, Olivia went through two hairstyles, Portia de Rossi showed up as a new character AND Harrison died. It's easy to think of Scandal as a giant pile of fluff, but notice the way they get all the big players into perfect position so quickly. It's masterful....

    Cyrus and Fitz, raging.
  7. Little-known TV networks getting top talent for big shows

    Blog

    A period piece starring Daniel Radcliffe as a doctor during the Russian Revolution. A multimillion-dollar fantasy epic adapted from a popular book series. An artists' collaboration led by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. A Steven Soderbergh medical drama with Clive Owen.

    If these sound like the lineup of a blockbuster movie season, think smaller. A lot smaller.

    Click here for our full story on a handful of quality TV shows airing on channels you've probably never heard of: A Young Doctor's Notebook on Ovation, Outlander on Starz, HitRecord on TV on Pivot, The Knick on Cinemax....

    Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe
  8. Premiering tonight: Viola Davis shines in ABC's 'How to Get Away with Murder'

    Blog

    Let's get something straight: ABC's new show How to Get Away with Murder was not created or written by Shonda Rhimes, the mighty showrunner of huge network hits like Grey's Anatomy (now heading into its 11th season) and super buzzy Scandal.

    The new series, an hour-long drama that will follow Grey's and Scandal on Thursday nights, was created by Peter Nowalk, a protege of Rhimes who cut his teeth on those other two shows. Rhimes' involvement in Murder is as executive producer, and the show comes out of her production company, ShondaLand (which means ABC's entire primetime Thursday lineup now consists of ShondaLand shows). She's not writing scripts, and it shows....

    Viola Davis in 'How to Get Away with Murder'
  9. Top 10 'Gilmore Girls' episodes

    The Feed

    If you don't have a hundred hours to spend bingeing the entirety of Gilmore Girls (but you should anyway) when the series becomes available to stream on Netflix Oct. 1, here are 10 standout episodes to put on your list. For a Gilmore primer and why we love the show so much, click here.  And click here for our favorite quotes.
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    Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore
  10. 'Gilmore Girls' is coming to Netflix: Here's why you should binge

    The Feed

    For a rundown of our top 10 Gilmore Girls episodes, click here.  And click here for our favorite quotes from the show.
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    Pictured (left to right): Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore, Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore
  11. Little-known TV channels score big shows, actors

    The Feed

    A period piece starring Daniel Radcliffe as a doctor during the Russian Revolution. A multimillion-dollar fantasy epic adapted from a popular book series. An artists' collaboration led by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. A Steven Soderbergh medical drama with Clive Owen. ¶ If these sound like the lineup of a blockbuster movie season, think smaller. A lot smaller. ¶ They're all TV shows, all airing on channels you've either never heard of or don't associate with inventive original programming. A Young Doctor's Notebook is on Ovation, Outlander on Starz, HitRecord on TV on Pivot, The Knick on Cinemax. ¶ Such is the state of television's exploding boundaries that buzzworthy, big-budget shows can land on these fringe channels. ¶ After all, does it really matter these days where and when something airs? With DVRs, on-demand platforms and online viewing, isn't the why more important? Why should I watch this show over another in my busy TV schedule? Why will I keep watching it? Why didn't we know all these big-name stars were having so much fun on channels we'd never think to flip to?...

    Jon Hamm, left, and Daniel Radcliffe star in A Young Doctor’s Notebook, a dark comedy about a Russian doctor in the early 1900s. It airs on the Ovation channel.
  12. Play Tampa Bay video: Checking out Tampa's new Ulele restaurant

    Events

    In this week's video, Sarah and Michelle explore Ulele in Tampa Heights, one of the bay area's most anticipated new restaurants. It opened in August right next to the city's new Water Works park.

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

    Sarah and Michelle at Ulele.

  13. Premiering tonight: A review of ABC's new family sitcom 'black-ish'

    Blog

    ABC is leading the way this season for diversity on network shows, with one new drama (How to Get Away with Murder) built around a black woman, and two new comedies airing later in the year about a Mexican woman (Cristela) and an Asian family (Fresh off the Boat).

    Then there's black-ish, a new comedy premiering Wednesday about an upper-middle-class black family. The show is confident in its point of view as it explores modern racial politics without being alienating or preachy. Oh, and it's laugh-out-loud funny. Click here for our full review....

    Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson in 'black-ish'.
  14. Review: ABC's new sitcom 'black-ish' makes it point with plenty of laughs

    The Feed

    ABC is leading the way this season for diversity on network shows, with one new drama (How to Get Away with Murder) built around a black woman, and two new comedies airing later in the year about a Mexican woman (Cristela) and an Asian family (Fresh off the Boat).

    Then there's black-ish, a new comedy premiering Wednesday about an upper-middle-class black family....

    ABC’s new family comedy, black-ish.
  15. Review: 'How to Get Away with Murder' isn't as strong as its star Viola Davis

    The Feed

    Let's get something straight: ABC's new show How to Get Away with Murder was not created or written by Shonda Rhimes, the mighty showrunner of huge network hits like Grey's Anatomy (now heading into its 11th season) and super buzzy Scandal.

    The new series, an hour-long drama that will follow Grey's and Scandal on Thursday nights, was created by Peter Nowalk, a protege of Rhimes who cut his teeth on those other two shows. Rhimes' involvement in Murder is as executive producer, and the show comes out of her production company, ShondaLand (which means ABC's entire primetime Thursday lineup now consists of ShondaLand shows)....

    ABC