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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. Hulu will start to stream FX original shows

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    Exciting streaming news, everyone! Hulu and FX have bestowed upon us Hulu subscribers a most joyous gift for the holiday season: The streaming site has just announced a multi-year deal for FX Networks' original series, meaning they'll exclusively be streaming shows like Tyrant, The Strain, Married and You’re The Worst, plus upcoming shows like Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, Taboo, and Fox's buzzed-about May show Wayward Pines....

    You're the Worst
  2. Top TV week of Dec. 15: 'The Colbert Report,' 'Jane the Virgin,' 'Disney Prep & Landing'

    The Feed

    MONDAY

    The Great Christmas Light Fight, 8 p.m., ABC

    Four households attempt to outdo each other with outlandish Christmas decorations, all in the hopes they can nab a grand prize worth tens of thousands of dollars ... that they'll likely just spend on more Christmas decorations.

    SEASON FINALE Jane the Virgin, 9 p.m., CW...

    Stephen Colbert in The Colbert Report.
  3. Golden Globes TV nominations: From pleasant surprises (Transparent) to egregious snubs (The Americans)

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    The Golden Globes nominations were announced today, and Tampa Bay Times TV fanatics Michelle Stark and Brittany Volk have some thoughts on the pleasant surprises (hey look, it's Transparent!) and some of the less good ones (no Mad Men?). (Times movie critic Steve Persall has thoughts on this year's movie nominations here.)

    Michelle:
    First of all, Brittany, we must pay our respects: ALL HAIL THE GOOD WIFE! Let's take a minute to grasp just how rare it is for a network drama in its SIXTH SEASON, and one on CBS no less, not exactly the home for creative and boundary-pushing programming, to continue to hold court with the big cable dogs in the Best TV Drama category. Yes, The Good Wife was again the lone network show nominated in the category and, boy, does it deserve it. (RIP WILL.)
    ...

    Transparent
  4. What to watch this week: 'Rudolph,' Disney Broadway special, 'Great Christmas Light Fight'

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    The Voice goes from five singers to three, Rudolph celebrates its 50th anniversary and Disney pays tribute to all of its Broadway shows. Click here for this week's list of top TV.

    Frosty
  5. How 'New Girl' rebounded after that bad third season to become great again

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    If you can’t be honest with your sitcom pals, who can you be honest with?

    New Girl, you did not have a good third season. When you debuted on TV’s struggling sitcom scene in 2011, you quickly became one of my favorites, a witty, joke-laden show with strong characters and even stronger actors playing them. Season 2 was your best, culminating in that thrilling kiss between leads Nick (Jake Johnson) and Jess (Zooey Deschanel)....

    The cast of 'New Girl.'
  6. Top TV week of Dec. 8: 'Frosty,' 'Great Light Fight,' ‘Backstage with Disney on Broadway'

    The Feed

    MONDAY

    The Great Christmas Light Fight, 8 p.m., ABC

    The house-decorating contest is back for another season of elaborately lit homes and super high electric bills.

    The Voice, 8 p.m., NBC

    It's the semifinal performance show for the remaining five contestants, before the field is narrowed down to just three. Frankly we've lost all interest since Team Pharrell's DaNica Shirey and Luke Wade were eliminated last week. That's just wrong, America....

    Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio from the series Nashville perform songs from Beauty and the Beast in the hourlong special, Backstage with Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years.
  7. Why 'Peter Pan Live!' was a boring slog and how NBC could do better next time

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    On Thursday night, NBC staged its second annual live musical, a heavily (heavily) promoted three-hour production of Peter Pan. It was colorful. It was elaborate. It was also extremely boring. And, judging by the ratings, viewers agreed: Peter Pan Live! averaged 9.2 million viewers, less than half the viewers of last year's Sound of Music Live!. (It also dropped more than a third of its viewers in its final hour.) ...

  8. HBO orders rock drama from Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and others

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    If nothing else, all of the big names we're about to drop make this new TV show HBO just ordered worth paying attention to: Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire) are making an "Untitled Rock and Roll Series" for the channel.

    It gets better. The as-yet-untitled hour-long drama has a strong cast, starting with Boardwalk Empire alum (and Emmy winner!) Bobby Cannavale, the increasingly interesting Olivia Wilde and Ray Romano, who's currently over on NBC's Parenthood doing the best acting work of his career. He's our TV MVP right now. Winter (who created Boardwalk and wrote for Sopranos) will be the showrunner and writer, while Scorsese will be an executive producer (and direct the pilot), along with Mick freaking Jagger....

  9. 10 Christmas-themed episodes on Netflix: 'The Office,' 'X-Files,' 'New Girl' and more

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    It's December, which means it's time for an avalanche of Christmas programming. There are plenty of classic Christmas shows, movies and specials airing on network and cable TV this month, but for those (like me) who don’t have cable, instantly streaming holiday fare on Netflix will have to do. Even if you do have the ability to watch Elf on ABC Family 17 times in the next 30 days, this list may come in handy. We’ve put together 10 classic Christmas episodes of shows both older (Cheers) and newer (New Girl)....

  10. Christmas TV: When and where to catch holiday classics 'It's a Wonderful Life,' 'Home Alone,' Peanuts special and many more

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    Grab a mug of hot cocoa, wrap a scarf around your neck, and make sure to crank the air down real low in your house because it’s probably not actually cold enough outside to do any of that: Christmas TV has officially arrived! Real talk: Some of this has been going on since Halloween. (Giving you serious side eye, Hallmark Channel.) But the glut of holiday programming kicks off in the next few days, with the start of ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas, network specials like the Rockefeller Center tree lighting and Peanuts Christmas classic, and this year’s crown jewel, the Grumpy Cat Christmas movie. Here are the highlights (date and times subject to change):...

    Toy Story that Time Forgot
  11. Chow down on these Thanksgiving TV shows, marathons, specials

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    What better day is there to curl up on the couch and watch TV than Thanksgiving? You’re stuffed, you’re sleepy from all that tryptophan, you’re trying to avoid annoying family members — whatever the reason, you need some solid viewing options. The Peanuts’ Thanksgiving classic gets a head start Wednesday, but most of these (including some off-the-wall marathons) will be perfect for relaxing in that post-feast malaise....

  12. What to watch this week: 'Dancing' finale, Thanksgiving specials, 'Making of Peter Pan Live!'

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    This week's list of top TV is all about the holidays, with Thanksgiving shows leading the way, and Christmas sneaking in toward the end. Plus, the top 10 perform on The Voice, Dancing with the Stars wraps up its current season (go Alfonso!) and there's a frightening show airing called When Turkeys Attack.

    Click here for the full list.
    ...

    Peter Pan Live!
  13. Top TV week of Nov. 24: 'Dancing with the Stars' finale, Thanksgiving Day parade, 'Making of Peter Pan Live!'

    The Feed

    MONDAY

    SERIES PREMIERE Booze Traveler, 10 p.m., Travel

    It's the premiere of a new show about a guy, former bartender Jack Maxwell, who literally gets to drink on the job. He travels the globe in search of interesting drinks and the even more interesting people who drink them. This week, he goes to Turkey, a nation that's deeply divided on alcohol. But in the working-class neighborhood of Besiktas, citizens drink it defiantly. We're already hooked. ...

    From left, John Allyn as Michael Darling, Allison Williams as Peter Pan, Jake Lucas as John Darling, Taylor Louderman as Wendy Darling in the two-hour special of behind-the-scenes look in The Making of Peter Pan Live!
  14. Start Thanksgiving Day with pumpkin oatmeal, sweet potato hash

    Cooking

    When I'm looking for recipe inspiration, one of the first places I turn to is Pinterest. I like how easy it is to stumble upon new food ideas and search for popular ones, the ability to "pin" recipes to my board and save them for later, and the fact that the options are endless. (Seriously, the thing is a vortex.)

    So when it came time to decide what to make for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning, I scrolled through some recipes I had collected over the past year. A few things to keep in mind when planning breakfast on the big day: It shouldn't be too heavy, considering the forthcoming feast, but because breakfast might be the only other full meal you and your guests will have on Thanksgiving it has to be hearty enough to hold everyone over....

    Breakfast Sweet Potato Hash is a fitting Thanksgiving Day starter.
  15. Recipe ideas for hearty squash Thanksgiving sides

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    Thanksgiving as a holiday is a bit of a white carb bonanza. There are the rolls, the pies, the mashed potatoes. We like to make sure some fruits and vegetables find their way onto the table. Winter squash is a solid option that should appeal to vegetarian family members and the ones who turn their noses up at anything green.

    The three most popular varieties that come around this time of year are acorn, spaghetti and the ubiquitous butternut, so we went looking for hearty side dishes that brought out the best in those. ...

    Parmesan Zucchini and Spaghetti Squash With Pine Nuts.