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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. Interview: Felicia Day talks internet geekdom, her path to 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' before Megacon Orlando


    Felicia Day said her entire career path was influenced by the pre-internet role-playing game series Ultima.

    "When I was a kid I was homeschooled, so not a lot of friends in real life, but a lot of computers around the house," she said. "We played Ultima, where you created an avatar of yourself and explored fantasy worlds."

    The game, first released in 1981, is an open-world series with an almost limitless amount of quests. For Day, 37, it was her first foray into a fandom....

    Felicia Day as Kinga Forrester in the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 on Netflix.
  2. What to watch and listen to this week: 'Dirty Dancing' remake on ABC, Every Little Thing podcast


    Watch this week


    SEASON PREMIERE: The Bachelorette, 9 p.m., ABC: The thirteenth season begins with Texas attorney Rachel Lindsay getting advice from friends who appeared with her on last season of The Bachelor before meeting 31 suitors.

    SEASON FINALE: Jane the Virgin, 9 p.m., CW: Rogelio and Xo are excited for their big day, but Rogelio gets some shocking news. Later, Jane learns about a mysterious letter MIchael wrote....

    Colt Prattes and Abigail Breslin do the iconic lift scene in the remake of Dirty Dancing on ABC.
  3. Review: ABC's 'Dirty Dancing' remake should be left in a corner


    It seems as if nothing is sacred anymore.

    ABC's remake of the 1987 romantic drama Dirty Dancing is, well...not good. If it were a Taco Bell sauce packet or a chicken wing flavor, it would be mild.

    Nobody wants to watch a movie called Mild Dancing.

    Full disclosure: I'm biased toward the original starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze. I was not yet born when it premiered (sorry, everyone) but it's one of my mother's favorite movies. She has superb taste in both movies and music....

    Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes perform the iconic lift in the Dirty Dancing remake on ABC.
  4. What to watch this weekend: New 'Twin Peaks,' 'The Keepers' on Netflix


    Before and after: Twin Peaks, Fire Walk With Me

    The time has finally come for a return trip to Twin Peaks. More than 25 years ago, the world was first introduced to the enigmatic residents of Twin Peaks after the murder of popular homecoming queen Laura Palmer. The series gained a cult following with its hypnotic first season and obtained a new generation of fans with its availability on Netflix and Hulu. The revival premieres on Showtime this weekend, but creator David Lynch is tight-lipped about what the new season is actually about, wanting to keep the revival as mysterious as the sleepy town itself. The only clear thing we know is that much of the original cast is returning - including Kyle MacLachlan as Agent Dale Cooper - but not necessarily as their original characters. We also know it's set roughly 25 years after the events of the original. If you're a fan of the original surreal drama or if dreamy paranormal fiction is your thing, tune in. 9 p.m. Sunday on Showtime....

    Kyle MacLachlan in Showtime's Twin Peaks.
  5. The power of food on 'Twin Peaks': coffee, doughnut and more recipes to make for the revival


    “Diane, I'm holding in my hand a small box of chocolate bunnies."

    Ah, Twin Peaks. So surreal. So mysterious. So full of deliciously weird scenes with food.

    David Lynch's cult classic series returns with a long-awaited revival Sunday on Showtime. It has been more than 25 years since fans were introduced to the sleepy Pacific Northwestern town of Twin Peaks and the mysterious murder of prom queen Laura Palmer, when Lynch's show first ran from 1990 to 1991 on ABC. ...

    To note Twin Peaks’ Jerry Horne’s love for French cuisine, whip up crostini with Brie. The recipe also calls for mango chutney, but you can swap in apricot preserves.
  6. What to watch and listen to this week: Rabbits podcast, 'Downward Dog' on ABC


    Plug in


    About 30 seconds into listening to Rabbits, I was hooked.

    The new podcast from the Public Radio Alliance upends the traditional serial radio docudrama style with a story that sounds almost too real.

    PRA producer Carly Parker is the voice of Rabbits, which chronicles her search for her missing friend, Yumiko.

    Carly suspects Yumiko had been playing a mysterious alternate reality game (ARG) called Rabbits before she disappeared....

    The Rabbit podcast, from the Public Radio Alliance, is a serialized radio drama that follows a reporter trying to find her missing friend.
  7. What to watch this weekend: 'Anne with an E' on Netflix, 'I Love Dick' on Amazon


    Not the Anne you're expecting: Anne with an E

    This new series may come from Breaking Bad writer Moira Walley-Beckett, but it doesn't involve Anne becoming a meth dealer. But Anne With an E does take a grittier look at Anne's troubled childhood before her coming to Green Gables. Above all, the new series is a coming-of-age story about a young girl who overcomes many challenges to find her place in the world. Like the original 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, the series is set in Prince Edward Island in the late 1890s and follows Anne Shirley (Amybeth McNulty), an orphaned girl who comes to live with an aging sister and brother after stints in orphanages. Unlike the other TV and movie iterations, this seven-episode series dives more into Anne's psyche through uncomfortable flashbacks to show how she became so imaginatively outlandish. The latest version of Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic tale is now streaming on Netflix....

    Amybeth McNulty in Anne with an E on Netflix.
  8. 12 shows to watch this summer, from 'Game of Thrones' to vampires in 'Midnight, Texas'

    The Feed

    There's a long, hot summer ahead of us. So let's turn up the AC, cozy up to our screens and binge some TV, shall we? Here are our top new and returning shows to check out.

    Brittany Volk and Chelsea Tatham, Times staff writers

    The Carmichael Show

    NBC, 9 p.m., Wednesday, May 31

    Jerrod Carmichael's sitcom consistently pushes boundaries, and recently it was announced that the show will air the n-word unedited in this upcoming third season. Even though most of the episodes take place in the living room, as in many family sitcoms before it, The Carmichael Show trades in the heartwarming, teachable moments for insightful and frustrating debates. This hilariously opinionated family (Loretta Devine and David Alan Grier) discusses many hot button issues, and their politics don't always lean to one side. Stream the first two seasons on Netflix and Hulu....

    “The Carmichael Show”
  9. Showtime's 'Twin Peaks' revival is the latest reboot poised for success. Here's why

    The Feed

    The owls are not what they seem, and neither are the dozens of remakes, reboots and revivals that have hit our TV screens in the past decade.

    The latest rebirth of a beloved classic comes in the form of Twin Peaks, a surreal David Lynch-Mark Frost phenomenon that all started with the death of prom queen Laura Palmer and the words, "She's dead ... wrapped in plastic."

    The reboot of the crime procedural and semiparanormal drama premieres May 21 on Showtime. The series is just the next in a long, continuing line of revivals that have taken over our televisions....

    Sherilyn Fenn and Kyle MacLachlan, pictured in 1989, are among the original “Twin Peaks” cast members who are back for the revival. The pilot episode aired in 1990.
  10. What to watch this week: Catch up on 'Twin Peaks,' ' House of Cards' before they return


    This week marks the ends of seasons for popular comedies, but it's also the final week before summer TV kicks into high gear. And the new TV season starts off with the revival of the cult series Twin Peaks and the return of the political hit House of Cards. These two  and Game of Thrones, of course  will be the most talked about series of the season. Catch up now....

    Sherilynn Fenn and Kyle MacLachlan in the original Twin Peaks.
  11. What to watch this weekend: 'Batman & Bill' on Hulu, 'Disney's Fairytale Weddings' on Freeform


    The Dark Knight creator returns: Batman & Bill

    With a new documentary out this weekend, Hulu wants us to remember that Bill Finger had a hand in creating Batman. Finger, who died in 1974, is arguably the man most responsible for the bat-like caped vigilante, though he wasn't credited until recently. Finger was the writer on the original Batman stories along with Bob Kane, who has received far more credit for the character. While Kane came up with the image of "the Bat-man," Finger came up with Bruce Wayne, Robin, Gotham City, Commissioner Gordon, the Joker, Catwoman and other characters. Batman & Bill takes a procedural-type look at the creation of this dark knight and explores the reasons why its original creator wasn't given proper recognition until 76 years after Batman's debut. Midnight Saturday, Hulu....

    Batman & Bill on Hulu takes a procedural look at how  and why the original creator of Batman, Bill Finger, wasn't given proper credit for his creation until 76 years after Batman's debut.
  12. Studio Ghibli Fest brings six anime films to theaters starting in June


    It just keeps getting easier to enjoy Studio Ghibli's award-winning anime.

    And starting in June, Fathom Events and GKIDS bring six films from the biggest series of anime titles to select theaters.

    My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the Sky, Kiki's Delivery Service, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind will all have both subtitled and dubbed versions hitting the big screen....

    My Neighbor Totoro is one of six titles coming theaters as part of Studio Ghibli Fest.
  13. What to watch and listen to this week: 'Victorian Slum House' on PBS, Twin Peaks Rewatch podcast


    The beginning of May means we are that much closer to Memorial Day cookouts, sleepy summer days and a boatload of summer TV shows. But, at least for the next couple of weeks, TV options will seem to be at an all-time low. That just means there's plenty of time to catch up on winter and spring premieres. This month is also big for Disney debuts on the big screen and at the parks, so on Wednesday and Thursday you can watch runs of the first
    Guardians of the Galaxy and Avatar....

    Victorian Slum House begins with participants moving into an 1860s tenement home that includes little room, a shared water pump and outdoor toilets. It premieres at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
  14. What to watch this weekend: 'American Gods' on Starz, L.A. Riots documentary on ABC


    What hath God wrought? American Gods

    Based on the Neil Gaiman novel, American Gods traces the brewing battle between the gods of the past and the new gods of technology and progress. Ricky Whittle (The 100) plays Shadow Moon, an ex-con released early from prison to bury his dead wife (Emily Browning). Along his journey home he meets Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), a modernized form of the Norse god Odin who's recruiting old gods for the coming battle. Shadow quickly becomes the innocent bystander in the clash between holy beings and struggles to even comprehend what's happening around him. American Gods is a trippy dreamscape from the creators of Hannibal and Logan, and explores society's complex relationships with ancient religion and modern norms. 9 p.m. Sunday, Starz....

    Ian McShane and Ricky Whittle star in American Gods on Starz.
  15. Cast of 'American Gods' talks who has the upper hand in holy war between old gods and new


    A goddess of love, a god of technology, an ethereal zombie and a mysterious worldly deity each picked a side in the coming war portrayed in Starz' American Gods.

    But it's anyone's guess as to who wins the battle between the old gods and the new.

    The adaptation of Neil Gaiman's famous novel premieres Sunday on Starz, pitting ancient iterations of gods like Odin, Queen of Sheba and even a Leprechaun against gods of media and social progress. The series follows Shadow (Ricky Whittle) and Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) as they traverse the country gathering old gods for their side....

    Crispin Glover plays Mr. World in the upcoming Starz series American Gods.