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What to watch and listen to this week: Halloween offerings, best spooky podcasts

The Halloween kids classic The Nightmare Before Christmas airs this week on Freeform.

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The Halloween kids classic The Nightmare Before Christmas airs this week on Freeform.

Halloween is all about scary stories. The holiday itself is based on a compilation of creepy tales from history going back thousands of years.

And there's nothing quite as chilling as popping in a pair of headphones and listening to a velvety voice recount grisly tales. Or if true crime is your beat, a cold, calculated host describing dastardly deeds.

These are just some of my favorite creepy series.

Watch this week

Monday

Halloween marathon, starts at 9 a.m., AMC: Here's your first chance to binge as much Michael Myers slashing as you can before the Halloween season ends.

Scared Famous, 9 p.m., VH1: Ten reality show celebrities move into a creepy estate in Savannah, Ga., to take part in gruesome challenges and scary eliminations to win $100,000 for their favorite charity.

The Nightmare Before Christmas, 9:20 p.m., Freeform: A Tim Burton stop-motion animation about the pumpkin king Jack Skellington scheming to kidnap Santa Claus so he can participate in Christmas, too.

Tuesday

Child's Play, 6 p.m., AMC: A little bit of black magic birthed the demonic doll that still haunts our childhood dreams. Stick around for Curse of Chucky at 8 p.m. and Cult of Chucky at 10 p.m. …

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In Case You Missed It: Bill O'Reilly settled sexual assault case, still got Fox contract renewed; former presidents raise $31 million for hurricane relief; Justin Timberlake to headline Super Bowl halftime show

(From left to right) Former U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama address the audience during a hurricane relief concert in Texas on Saturday night.

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(From left to right) Former U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama address the audience during a hurricane relief concert in Texas on Saturday night.

Weekends are great for unwinding, and maybe even unplugging from the world for a little while.

Here's what trended that you might have missed if you weren't on social media the last couple days.

Bill O'Reilly settled a sexual assault case and still got Fox contract renewed

According to a new report by the New York Times, Fox News Channel knew that a news analyst planned to file a sexual harrassment lawsuit against host Bill O'Reilly and renewed his contract anyway.

In January, O'Reilly was said to have agreed to a $32 million settlement with former analyst Lis Wiehl, the largest of his known payouts, the Times reports. In February, Fox renewed his contract.

The company defended its decision in a statement, saying that his contract was renewed because O'Reilly had settled the matter personally, and also said his new contract had added protections that allowed Fox to fire him if any other allegations surfaced.

O'Reilly was fired months later when it was revealed Fox had paid five women a total of $13 million to keep quiet about harassment allegations. …

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What to watch this weekend: 'The Walking Dead,' Stephen King's '1922'

Danai Gurira and Andrew Lincoln in The Walking Dead.

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Danai Gurira and Andrew Lincoln in The Walking Dead.

100 episodes of walkers: The Walking Dead

Can you believe how far Rick Grimes has come? Seven years ago on Halloween, AMC debuted The Walking Dead based on a comic book about the world after a zombie apocalypse . The first few episodes were terrifying for Rick (Andrew Lincoln), who had just woken from a coma to find an empty hospital, except for chained cafeteria doors marked "Don't Open Dead Inside." Now the horror series hits 100 episodes with the premiere of its eighth season, and it's moved from undead scares to focusing on the fight for survival in a new world without established government or civilized law. The premiere of Season 8 sees Rick and the people of the Hilltop, Alexandria and the Kingdom formulating and executing a plan to overthrow Negan and the Saviors. Fans who wavered during last season's clunky storylines will be soothed by the new season going back to what made The Walking Dead so popular in the first place. Season 8 begins at 9 p.m. Sunday on AMC.

Season 8 premiere: The Walking Dead celebrates 100 episodes

Gothic heartland horror: 1922 …

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St. Pete and Tarpon Springs filmmakers pitching local movies to Hollywood's Duplass Brothers

A scene from "Epiphany."

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A scene from "Epiphany."

If all goes well, filmmakers from St. Petersburg and Tarpon Springs could see their Tampa Bay-set films get a funding and production boost from the Duplass Brothers.

St. Petersburg's Vitale Bros., best known for their local mural art, and Tarpon Springs sisters Koula Sossiadis Kazista and Katina Sossiadis are among the finalists in the Hometown Heroes Rally contest, drawing the most "followers" and funding for their projects on the Seed&Spark crowdfunding site.

Both filmmaking teams will now have an opportunity to pitch their respective film projects to the Duplass Brothers production team, the indie-darling production company headed by Mark and Jay Duplass, aka the people behind the films Puffy Chair, Jeff Who Lives at Home and The Skeleton Twins as well as the HBO series Togetherness and Animals.

The pitches will be reviewed this month and, if selected, the Duplass Brothers will serve as executive producers on the films and provide as much as $25,000 in interest free loans for production. …

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7 creepy podcasts to get you in the Halloween spirit

Television network AMC recently debuted an immersive new podcast, Deadly Manners.

AMC

Television network AMC recently debuted an immersive new podcast, Deadly Manners.

Halloween is all about scary stories. The holiday itself is based on a compilation of creepy tales from history going back thousands of years.

And there's nothing quite as chilling as popping in a pair of headphones and listening to a velvety voice recount grisly tales. Or if true crime is your beat, a cold, calculated host describing dastardly deeds.

Podcasts can also provide a way to get that nostalgic feel of swapping ghost stories and be chilled by the words and noises going through our ears.

These are just some of my favorite creepy series.

Halloween binge: Plan a movie marathon with these horror films on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and HBO

Creepy Clue: Deadly Manners …

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'The Walking Dead' marks 100 episodes with Easter eggs in Season 8 premiere

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead Season 8.

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Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead Season 8.

The hit zombie series has come a long way since Rick Grimes woke up from a coma and entered a post-apocalyptic world overrun with the undead.

AMC's undead darling hits 100 episodes with the premiere of its eighth season on Sunday. And longtime fans will take comfort to know that The Walking Dead is taking its characters and storylines back to what made the show so popular in the first place.

The Season 8 premiere is really a tribute to fans, especially those who've followed along since the series' Halloween premiere in 2010. Just about every character still alive makes an appearance, and there are plenty of series Easter eggs sprinkled throughout.

There's even a nice throwback to the iconic Season 1 scene where Rick (Andrew Lincoln) encounters his first walker.

But it'll take more than just fun Easter eggs and character inclusion for some fans to give The Walking Dead another chance.

Last season's premiere was arguably the most graphic episode to air on cable television. It was the moment the entire season had been building up to -- Rick and his people finally meeting Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), the leader of a sadistic group of Saviors. …

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St. Pete's traffic signal boxes are being covered in public art

This art by Justin Wagher is part of the Corner Canvas public art initiative by Shine.

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This art by Justin Wagher is part of the Corner Canvas public art initiative by Shine.

If you have an eye for detail, you may have noticed a splash of color here and there around downtown St. Petersburg recently. 

There's a new public art initiative by the Shine Mural Festival titled Corner Canvas, and the project features art by local artists wrapped around traffic signal boxes.

The art is intended to be a permanent addition to the city's streets. There are currently eight boxes completed with several more to come.

Here's a look at what's out there so far. (You can see all 14  of the new Shine murals here).

 

Chad Mize, Fifth Street N. and Central Avenue.

Derek Donnelly, Sixth Street N. and Central Avenue.

Nathan Beard, Third Street and First Avenue N.

Coralette Damme, Fourth Street and Second Avenue N.

Xina Scuderi, Third Street and Second Avenue N.

Leo Gomez, Third Street and Central Ave.

Justin Wagher, Fifth Street and First Ave S.

Alli Arnold, Fourth Street and First Avenue N.

 

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The upcoming Han Solo movie is called ... 'Solo'

I hope you know what you're doing, Star Wars.

After a long buildup, the title of the forthcoming Han Solo standalone movie was finally revealed today: Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Director Ron Howard announced the title in a Twitter video celebrating the end of filming.

 

Hey #Twitterville we just wrapped production so here's a special message #StarWars pic.twitter.com/8QJqN5BGxr

It's an unimaginative title I imagine even everyone's favorite half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf-herder himself would balk at. And the A Star Wars Story tagline seems destined to be added to all titles outside of the Skywalker saga episodes, following after last year's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

The movie, first announced way back in 2015, stars Alden Ehrenreich as the titular character, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and also Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newtown. It follows a younger version of the smuggler, before the events of A New Hope. …

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Percussionist rocks out with a blazing triangle solo during Florida Orchestra performance

John Shaw performs a triangle solo.

Florida Orchestra

John Shaw performs a triangle solo.

Oh, the poor triangle. It's the orchestra equivalent of a rock band's tamborine, and such easy fodder for jokes.

But the triangle can rock, apparently, as a member of the Florida Orchestra demonstrated in a recent Coffee Concert performance at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.

The guy getting down on the triangle, lead percussionist John Shaw, was inspired by a Geico commercial featuring a similar triangle solo. His wife actually told him "Don't do that onstage" when they first saw it on TV, according to the Florida Orchestra's blog.

Along with conductor Stuart Malina, he plotted the triangle solo in secret, but quietly tipped off someone on the orchestra's marketing team to make sure they were shooting video. By this afternoon, the video had been viewed more than 100,000 times.

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The #BrooklynCow delighted Twitter for one glorious afternoon

A bull was on the loose in Brooklyn for a little while on Tuesday afternoon.

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A bull was on the loose in Brooklyn for a little while on Tuesday afternoon.

In the long tradition of social media delighting in news reports of a non-native animal running loose in an urban setting, Twitter, for a few blissful hours this afternoon, turned its collective attention to #BrooklynCow, a bull that escaped a slaughterhouse and began roaming free near New York's Prospect Park.

Local news stations sent up their helicopters to track the movements of said cow, which was eventually captured after being corralled inside a soccer field in the Brooklyn park. Gothamist reports the NYPD plans to transport the gentle beast to Animal Care and Control and may eventually bring it to an animal sanctuary.

Before it was all over there were thousands of tweets and and the cow himself had his own account.

I love Twitter when an animal gets free, nothing else in the world matters for 20 minutes before we all forget it ever happened #BrooklynCow https://t.co/wZ2z4gcJa4

This #BrooklynCow thing is a nice throwback to when Twitter was for fun distractions and not watching the world burn

I'm on the loose. Are cronuts still a thing? #brooklyncow #brooklynbull

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Come on down, former 'Price Is Right' announcer Rich Fields; you're the new afternoon DJ on Q105

Rich Fields will be heard on Q105 from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays.

Q105

Rich Fields will be heard on Q105 from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays.

There's a new afternoon drive host on classic hits radio station WRBQ-FM, better known as "Q105."

Rich Fields, who once served as the announcer for daytime game show The Price Is Right alongside Bob Barker and Drew Carey, is the new personality weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m. on the station.

Dave "Flash" Morgan, who previously had the 3 to 7 p.m. time slot will move to nights.

Since leaving the Price Is Right, Fields has been the staf meteorologist at KCBS / KCAL-TV and an on-air personality on K-Earth 101 in Los Angeles. 

“I grew up listening to Q105. It’s the radio station that inspired me to get into broadcasting in the first place," Fields said in a statement. "To be able to return home to where it all started for me is a blessing."

According to Q105, Fields holds the record for being the announcer on the most game shows in a single season, seven, which once included Wheel of Fortune, Family Feud, Press Your Luck and Let's Make a Deal.

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Sports anchor Tom Korun leaving WFTS after decades in Tampa Bay TV

Tom Korun is retiring after 31 years on Tampa Bay television.

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Tom Korun is retiring after 31 years on Tampa Bay television.

WFTS ABC Action News sports anchor and director Tom Korun is retiring from broadcasting after more than 14 years at the station and 31 years on Tampa Bay TV screens.

Korun announced the news via Twitter, saying that he'll leave the job on Dec. 15. 

I have something I'd like to share with you. I will be retiring on Dec. 15 after 42 1/2 yrs. in TV. 31 & change in TB. Thank you all!

Korun started his broadcasting career in Des Moines, Iowa while still a student at Drake University, and later worked in Tampa Bay for WFLA and the Sunshine Network before joining WFTS.

"You have to be real with yourself, and say do you want to continue, or not, and I came to the conclusion that now is the time," Korun said.

Korun said he's looking forward to playing golf much more often, and helping out his wife with their dog training business.

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What to watch and listen to this week: 13 Nights of Halloween starts, Dirty John podcast

Dirty John is a project and podcast from the Los Angeles Times and Wondery that follows one woman's uncovering of the startling lengths her husband went to cover up his past and true self.

Wondery

Dirty John is a project and podcast from the Los Angeles Times and Wondery that follows one woman's uncovering of the startling lengths her husband went to cover up his past and true self.

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Dirty John

Amidst the onslaught of chilling true-crime podcasts popping up every month, occasionally there's one so startling that it draws you away from the rest of the mayhem and murder.

Dirty John from the Los Angeles Times and Wondery will make you think twice about ignoring someone's red flags.

Reporter Christopher Goffard delves into the extensive deceit brought about by John Meehan (spoiler: he's Dirty John) after he married interior designer Deborah Newell. Newell thought she met the man of her dreams with John, but her fairy tale quickly unraveled into chaos and danger for her and her family.

Through six episodes and accompanying stories published online, Goffard, a former Tampa Bay Times reporter, pieces together interviews with Newell and her family and even some of Meehan's family to explore the extensive lies and deplorable history of a man who claimed to be a "freelance anaesthesiologist." …

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WEDU now airing some PBS shows lost to the WUSF shutdown

PBS series "Doc Martin" is among the programming being added by WEDU.

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PBS series "Doc Martin" is among the programming being added by WEDU.

WUSF TV went off the air Sunday after more than 50 years, a victim of the University of South Florida selling off its broadcast license to the Federal Communications Commission so they could auction off those valuable airwaves to commercial wireless service providers.

While content that was produced by USF's WUSF stations is gone, many of the PBS shows that appeared on WUSF are moving over to Tampa Bay's other PBS member station, WEDU.

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If you're looking for Doc Martin, Father Brown, Penelope Keith's Hidden Villages, Midsomer Murders, The Coroner, A Place to Call Home and some others, they can be be found on WEDU's channels starting today.

WEDU also begins broadcasting on two new channels in the Tampa Bay area today: PBS Kids, which features 24-hours-a-day educational programming such as Sesame Street and Arthur, and Create TV, which airs do-it-yourself shows like This Old House and Cook's Country. WEDU says it's also working to add more programs lost in the WUSF closing. …

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In Case You Missed It: James Corden apologizes for Harvey Weinstein jokes; Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas get engaged; Kaepernick files grievance against NFL

Host James Corden speaks onstage during the amfAR Gala ON Oct. 13, 2017.

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Host James Corden speaks onstage during the amfAR Gala ON Oct. 13, 2017.

Weekends are great for unwinding, and maybe even unplugging from the world for a little while.

Here's what trended that you might have missed if you weren't on social media the last couple days.

James Corden apologizes for Harvey Weinstein jokes

British TV host James Corden apologized over the weekend after he received swift backlash for making Harvey Weinstein jokes at a fundraiser in California on Saturday night.

Corden says he was not trying to make light of the disgraced film mogul's behavior and issued an apology for "anyone offended" by his jokes. 

While hosting the annual AmfAR Gala, and HIV/AIDS fundraiser, Corden chose to comment on Weinstein's ongoing sexual harrassment scandal.

He said: "It's a beautiful night here in LA.

"So beautiful, Harvey Weinstein has already asked tonight up to his hotel to give him a massage."

A storm of backlash came on social media immediately following the event, where his comments were met with laughs and groans from the audience.

Rose McGowan and Asia Argento were among Corden's critics. Both actresses say they were assaulted by Weinstein.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Late Late Show host apologized and said he wanted to "shame" Weinstein and not his alleged victims.  

 

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