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Chelsea Tatham, Times Staff Writer

Chelsea Tatham

Chelsea is the chief editorial assistant in the Tampa office and staff writer for the Tampa regional sections. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, she earned a bachelor's degree in mass communications and media studies from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. She came to the Times in 2014 as an editorial assistant in St. Petersburg before moving to Tampa. She writes news, human interest stories and contributes the The Feed blog.

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  1. What to watch this weekend: 'Ozark,' 'Insecure,' 'Midnight, Texas'


    This side of Hell: Midnight, Texas

    I don't know about you, but I've been itching for a good supernatural show (besides Supernatural) since The Vampire Diaries and True Blood ended. Enter Midnight, Texas on NBC. It's got all the great supernatural characters (vampires, angels, psychics, ghosts) and some new ones I don't have a name for yet (is it a were-tiger?). The series follows Manfred (Francois Arnaud), a powerful psychic who finds safety in Midnight, a remote Texas town where nothing is what it seems. He finds friends in Bobo (Dylan Bruce), the local pawn shop owner; Fiji (Parisa Fitz-Henley), a witch who owns a Wiccan shop; Olivia (Arielle Kebbel), a talented assassin with a store of weapons to match; Joe (Jason Lewis), a sweet angel who knows quite a lot of secrets; Lemuel (Peter Mensah), a wise vampire; Creek (Sarah Ramos), an aspiring writer; and the Rev. Emilio Sheehan (Yul Vazquez), who gets a little crazy during the full moon. Oh, and the town sits on a veil between the living and hell. Sounds like a great vacation destination. 10 p.m. Monday, NBC....

    Yvonne Orji and Issa Rae in Insecure.
  2. Shark Week 2017: Michael Phelps races a shark and other must-see specials


    It's that time of year again. No, not back to school month or geek convention season -- it's Shark Week.

    For almost 30 years, Discovery Channel has brought fascinating and educational stories about those sharp-toothed fish that make us afraid to go in the water. Television's longest-running event returns Sunday at 7 p.m. and continues through July 30.

    This year, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps races against a freaking shark (because, why not?) and gets schooled at the Bimini Shark Lab in the Bahamas....

    For almost 30 years, Discovery Channel has brought a full week of special programs on the toothy underwater predators through Shark Week.
  3. Review: 'Midnight, Texas' overloads on supernatural, lacks luster


    There is a cemetery full of great supernatural shows out there. Unfortunately, Midnight, Texas isn't one of them.

    The new drama from NBC mixes a gaggle of creatures of the occult -- witches, vampires, psychics and even angels -- and crowds them into a small Texas town that just so happens to sit on the veil between the living and hell.

    Midnight, Texas is based on the series of novels by True Blood author Charlaine Harris. Though any comparison to the sexy vampire series is lost in the seemingly bloodless Midnight, Texas....

    Parisa Fitz-Henley, center, and Francois Arnaud in Midnight, Texas.
  4. It's possible to do Tampa Bay Comic Con on a budget. Here's how.


    One of the best parts about being a geek is going to conventions. Huge halls packed with cosplayers, celebrities, comic books, collectibles and a community of like-minded weirdos. It's paradise.

    However, attending conventions can also make money disappear faster than Barry Allen after two cups of coffee. But as the Times' resident geek and comic con expert, I've assembled a list of helpful tips to getting your nerd on without spending money like Tony Stark....

    Raquel Guillen-Velez of St. Petersburg got crafty for her Dragon Ball Z getup.
  5. Review: 'Ozark' is heavy on prestige, light on fresh concepts


    By the end of Ozark's first episode, Jason Bateman's Marty has witnessed multiple murders and is scrambling to placate the powerful drug lord he's been laundering money for.

    Netflix's new crime drama isn't the next Breaking Bad or Bloodline. But in the era of Peak TV, it's hard not to draw comparisons to the prestige TV that came before. Especially one that features drugs, money laundering and a toxic family....

    Laura Linney and Jason Bateman in Ozark.
  6. What to watch and listen to this week: 'Rogue One' on Netflix, Something True podcast


    Plug in

    Something True

    Like its title states, the new podcast from Idle Thumbs delves into a short, fascinating and true story from the footnotes of history.

    Part of the podcast's perfectionism lies in its simplicity. Just two people assemble the series. Duncan Fyfe researches and writes the episodes and Alex Ashby hosts and produces the audio. The two produce a charming and sometimes ridiculous series about parts of history that would have otherwise not been told....

    Something True podcast.
  7. Five things we learned during 'Game of Thrones' Season 7 premiere


    Game of Thrones's seventh season premiered last night with sweet new maps and two queens and a king vying for the Iron Throne of Westeros.

    This episode checked in on every important character to the Game of Thrones cause, including warg Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright), the charming Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbaek) and everyone's favorite ruler of Bear Island, Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey)....

    Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) in Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere.
  8. What to watch this weekend: 'Game of Thrones' returns, 'To The Bone'


    War of ice and fire: Game of Thrones

    We get it, winter is coming. But after six seasons of ominous warnings, the cold season might finally be here. HBO's hit epic fantasy Game of Thrones returns Sunday for its seventh and penultimate season, and it's gearing up to be the wildest yet. At the end of last season, lots of people died and there are still at least two claimants to the throne (and one who doesn't know they have a claim at all). Fan theories were confirmed and debunked, dragons did their thing and their mother, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), finally set sail for Westeros. Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) got the ultimate revenge on all those who have scorned her, all while wearing a chic military gown. As if all this wasn't enough to worry about, there's also the impending doom of a horde of undead White Walkers preparing to invade Westeros and destroy mankind. Cheery! We've only got two seasons left, so enjoy Game of Thrones' bloody politics while you can. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO....

    Keanu Reeves and Lilly Collins in To The Bone.
  9. Emmy noms 2017: What they got right ('The Handmaid's Tale') and who they snubbed ('Insecure')


    Are you sick of reading about television yet? We sure aren't.

    The summer months mean a bit of a lull in new series, a gluttony of cheesy game shows and the arrival of Primetime Emmy Award nominations.

    Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds) and Anna Chlumsky (Veep) announced the winners this morning. Moore will be coming back to the small screen in CBS's S.W.A.T. Team this fall, thank heavens, but it was cute watching him get giddy with Chlumsky, who was nominated for the fifth consecutive time for Veep....

    Anthony Hopkins in Westworld.
  10. What MTV's 'Siesta Key' has to do with 1-800-Ask-Gary

    The Feed

    SIESTA KEY — Nestled along the No. 1 beach in America, between ramshackle beach huts and vacation cabins, is an imposing beige marble mansion.

    It's shielded by towering green hedges, cut off from everyday patrons of Siesta Key. But for one day in June, several befuddled members of the press were invited to step inside the house, owned by Dr. Gary Kompothecras.

    Yes, that Dr. Gary, the wealthy chiropractor of Physicians Group LLC and 1-800-Ask-Gary fame. Kompothecras, 57, is the mastermind behind a new MTV reality series, Siesta Key, debuting this month....

    From left, Alex Kompothecras, Juliette Porter, Pauly Apostolides, Madisson Hausburg, Chloe Trautman, Garrett Miller, Kelsey Owens and Brandon Gomes are Siesta Key’s on-the-go octet.
  11. What to watch and listen to this week: 'Hooten & The Lady' on CW, Binge Mode podcast



    The Bachelorette, 8 p.m., ABC: Rachel and the six remaining bachelors head to Geneva, Switzerland, where roses are handed out on individual dates and one group date.

    SERIES PREMIERE: Will, 9 p.m., TNT: In the series premiere of this drama, a young William Shakespeare (Laurie Davidson) arrives from a small town to the wild streets of 1589 London with his dreams and a treacherous letter....

    Michael Landes and Ophelia Lovibond in CW's Hooten & The Lady.
  12. What to watch this weekend: 'Castlevania,' 'Nobody Speak,' 'Candy Crush'



    The new animated dark medieval fantasy Castlevania is inspired by the classic video game series of the same name, which debuted in Japan in 1986. The new Castlevania follows the last surviving member of the Belmont clan, Trevor (voiced by Richard Armitage) trying to save Europe from extinction at the hand of Dracula (voiced by Graham McTavish). The new series appears to follow the 1990 game Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, where Trevor Belmont is called to vanquish Dracula as the current wielder of the Vampire Killer Whip. Other voice actors include James Callis as Alucard, Alejandra Reynoso as Sypha Belnades, Emily Swallow as Lisa, Matt Frewer as the Bishop and Tony Amendola as the Elder. Now available on Netflix....

    Hulk Hogan as he leaves the court house after talking with the media as the jury orders Gawker to pay him $15m in punitive damages from the sex tape trial at the Pinellas County Courthouse, 545 1st Ave N. in St Petersburg, Monday afternoon (03/21/16). Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, sued Gawker in 2012 after the website publisher one-minute , 41-second excerpt of the video. The Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker case is the center of the Netflix documentary Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press.
  13. Review: FX's 'Snowfall' overdoses on ambitious cocaine storylines


    The drug business was booming in the early 1980s, and FX's new drama Snowfall aims to give an origin story to crack cocaine, which exploded on the streets of Los Angeles in 1983.

    Snowfall comes from co-creator John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood) and chiefly follows Franklin Saint (Damson Idris), a small-time weed dealer who gets his first tantalizing taste of the profit and power in the cocaine trade. It's a lucrative, dangerous business with high rewards, but what Franklin and his friends don't know is that a new, smokeable form of cocaine -- crack -- is about to hit the streets and change them forever....

    Malcolm Mays, Damson Idris and Isaiah John in Snowfall on FX.
  14. Interview: 'Welcome to Night Vale's' Cecil Baldwin talks podcast's poetic horror, new All Hail live show


    When you visit Night Vale, you'll find a clan of Angels all named Erika, mysterious hooded figures lurking a dog park that doesn't exist, a Faceless Old Woman (who secretly lives in your home), an ethereal cat floating above the sink at the men's bathroom of the radio station and community radio host Cecil Gershwin Palmer.

    "It's a strange community with shadowy characters," Cecil Baldwin, the voice of Cecil Palmer, said during a recent phone interview. "It's daily Americana, but as weird as possible."...

    Cecil Baldwin voices Night Vale radio host Cecil Palmer during Welcome to Night Vale's live show.
  15. Plug in: A guide to Night Vale Presents' wonderfully weird world of podcasts


    Welcome, dear reader, to the strangely charming world of Night Vale Presents, the umbrella company of four podcasts - Welcome to Night Vale, Alice Isn't Dead, The Orbiting Human Circus of the Air and Within the Wires.

    The network is creators Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink's podcast baby, and provides a place for writers to delve into the making of podcasts. It's also the home to some of the most creative series of the past five years. The network is now four podcasts strong, with more planned. And for the past few years, Welcome to Night Vale has taken its live show to fans around the world. Its latest show - All Hail - comes to the Tampa Theatre this weekend....

    Welcome to Night Vale chronicles the daily goings-on of a fictional southwestern town.