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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.

Phone: (813) 226-3303

Email: ctatham@tampabay.com

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  1. What to watch this weekend: 'Star Trek: Discovery,' 'DuckTales' returns

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    Boldly go: Star Trek: Discovery

    It's been more than 50 years since the original Star Trek premiered, but the new CBS series is set 10 years before Kirk and Spock. Star Trek: Discovery explores the war between the Federation and the Klingons while following the USS Discovery, an exploratory vessel. The protagonist is Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), the first officer on the Discovery. Harry Potter's Jason Isaacs plays Capt. Lorca. The full trailer suggests the Federation-Klingon war will feature prominently in the new series, but there are also hints of something stranger happening . In a break from the norm, CBS didn't allow critics to view episodes or review the new series before its premiere. It could mean it's terrible or it could just mean CBS really wants to keep spoilers under wraps. Here's hoping Trekkies are pleased. Premieres 8:30 p.m. Sunday on CBS; remaining episodes premiering on CBS All Access streaming....

    Sonequa Martin-Green in Star Trek: Discovery on CBS.
  2. Halloween Horror Nights: 'The Shining,' 'Saw' and more things to give you nightmares at Universal Orlando

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    The 27th year of Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights will scare the pants off you -- in the best possible way.

    This year's fright fest is pivotal. It brings Stanley Kubrick's psychological horror classic The Shining to life, and it says farewell to a 26-year staple: Bill and Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure.

    The event also kicked off at a time when many just needed a good scream. Hurricane Irma had barreled through Florida just days earlier, leaving millions without power and still reeling from the weeklong anxiety of waiting for the storm....

    The scare zone inspired by horror flick Trick r' Treat is one of the most beautiful at this year's Halloween Horror Nights 27.
  3. Directors of Haunted Mansion doc talk bringing piece of Disney history to Orlando

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    Filmmakers Ryan Grulich and James H. Carter II aren't just casual fans of The Haunted Mansion ride. They're obsessed.

    The two are so into the not-so-scary ride at Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Orlando, they teamed up to create a documentary showcasing The Haunted Mansion's fan culture. And they're bringing Foolish Mortals to Spooky Day in the Parks in Orlando this weekend....

    Publicity still from the Foolish Mortals documentary.
  4. Review: 'Channel Zero: No-End House' pumps up the prestige horror

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    In its second season, Channel Zero cements itself as one of the scariest shows on television.

    The Syfy anthology series from creator Nick Antosca brings to life Creepypastas, internet horror stories that read as creepy urban legends. The first season - Candle Cove - delved into mysterious disappearances and gruesome murders connected to a disturbing children's show from the 1980s....

    Amy Forsyth in Channel Zero: No-End House.
  5. What to watch this week: Fall TV premieres galore with 'Channel Zero,' 'Gotham,' 'The Little Couple' in St. Petersburg

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    Now that the Emmy Awards are over, the fall TV season can kick it into high gear. There are premieres every day this week, including returning seasons of The Little Couple, Dancing with the Stars, Gotham and The Good Place. 

    It's time to load up your watchlists, TV nerds.

    FALL TV PREVIEW: Let us be your guides to all the new shows...

    Amy Forsyth in Channel Zero - No-End House.
  6. What to watch this weekend: 'American Vandal' on Netflix, 69th Emmy Awards

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    Who drew them? American Vandal

    Netflix's true crime lineup gets a healthy dose of satire with American Vandal. The parody series from co-creators Tony Yacenda (Pillow Talking) and Dan Perrault (Honest Trailers) explores the aftermath of a high school prank that left 27 faculty cars vandalized with phallic images. The eight-episode season is hilariously recorded by a sophomore documentarian as they investigate who exactly drew cartoonish wieners on the cars. The investigated zones in on a known-vandal senior, played by Jimmy Tatro, but soon finds holes in his and others' stories. True-crime junkies and those who hate the genre will find hilarity in this new series. Now streaming on Netflix. ...

    Stephen Colbert hosts the 69th Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17.
  7. Interview: Stan Lee is coming to MegaCon Tampa Bay to raise funds for Hurricane Irma relief

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    The co-creator of Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man wasn't planning to come back to Florida after his appearance at MegaCon Orlando in May.

    But then Hurricane Irma hit, leaving millions without power and many with damaged homes and businesses. Days later, many are still suffering.

    Legendary comic book writer Stan Lee plans to help with the recovery effort by coming to MegaCon Tampa Bay later this month to raise money....

    Stan Lee, creator of comic-book franchises such as Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk and X-Men, is coming to Tampa later this month to raise money for Hurricane Irma relief.  
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  8. Fall TV Preview: Let us be your guides to best and not-so-great shows

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    You're never going to be able to watch everything. That's a fact. We're spinning through a never, never-ending cycle of new TV, and network execs still bank on the fall season to unleash most of their new stuff.

    RELATED: When do my shows come back? A list of premieres...

    LUKE BROOKES   |   Special to the Times
  9. Fall TV Preview: 'The Brave,' 'SEAL Team' and 'Valor' highlight a pro-military trend

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    These three new dramas suggest a trend in pro-military TV. With the current political climate, TV execs think it's time for the true heroes — with beards — to step up and get the bad guys.

    The Brave (10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, NBC): A Special Ops team goes on covert missions in Syria, led by Mike Vogel (Under the Dome), in this patriotic procedural. Anne Heche calls the shots from D.C., but she's undergoing some personal trauma that will for sure be part of the overall story. It's not a combat procedural, but more of an espionage drama, like Showtime's Homeland. ...

    THE BRAVE -- "Pilot" Episode 101 -- Pictured: Mike Vogel as Captain Adam Dalton -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)
  10. Fall TV Preview: 'Young Sheldon,' 'Ghosted' and 'The Mayor' show off this season's funny dudes

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    Fall TV continues to bank on leading men to give us laughs. Spoiler: Not all of them do.

    Me, Myself, and I (9:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25 (moves to 9 p.m. on Oct. 30), CBS): Think of this sitcom as if The Wonder Years had Kevin's perspective from three different periods in his life. Jack Dylan Grazer (It), Moynihan (Saturday Night Live) and John Larroquette (Night Court) all play Alex Riley, from past, present and future. Be prepared for all the feels, and some great '90s references. ...

    KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD - "Pilot" - Kevin Finn (Jason Ritter, ?€š€œParenthood?€š€), a cluelessly self-serving person, is on a dangerous path to despair. In a downward spiral, Kevin returns home to stay with his widowed twin sister (JoAnna Garcia Swisher, ?€š€œOnce Upon a Time?€š€) and niece.  On his first night there, an unlikely celestial being named Yvette appears to him and presents him with a mission -- to save the world. (ABC/Ryan Green)
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  11. Fall TV Preview: 'At Home With Amy Sedaris,' 'SMILF' highlight this season's funny women

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    As you can see, there aren't as many funny leading ladies out there. However, we'll be tuning in for all of these.

    I Love You, America (Midnight Thursday, Oct. 12, Hulu): Hulu is trying a turn in the crowded talk show field with a Funny or Die topical show hosted by Sarah Silverman. Now more than ever people are hungry for biting social and political commentary, and Silverman, who loves to tackle controversial topics, has definitely proved many times over that the vulgar comedian is ready to jump into this male-dominated sport. Chelsea Handler has a similar weekly show on Netflix, but you can't have enough female hosts on TV. However, there won't be celebrity interviews in this half-hour variety series. Instead there will be more field pieces, studio segments and something we're really intrigued about: a focus group of people from all walks of life that we'll get to know over the 10-episode first season. ...

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 27:  Creator/actor Amy Sedaris (L) and Writer/producer Jodi Lennon of 'At Home With Amy Sedaris' speak onstage during the TCA Turner Summer Press Tour 2017 Presentation at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 27, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. 27049_002  (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Turner)
  12. Fall TV Preview: 'DuckTales,' 'Dynasty' and 'Star Trek' lead the pack of revivals and spinoffs

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    Another season, and TV execs are still relying on old ideas. However, most, if not all, of these are intriguing enough to get our attention for at least a few episodes.

    DuckTales (7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, Disney XD): With the reboot of the late-'80s Disney animated series DuckTales, you might solve a mystery or rewrite history. Because of unknown family drama, Donald Duck (voiced by Tony Anselmo) hasn't spoken to his uncle Scrooge McDuck (David Tennant) in 10 years. But the two reunite when Donald asks Scrooge to watch nephews Huey (Danny Pudi), Dewey (Ben Schwartz) and Louie (Bobby Moynihan) for the day. The mischievous ducklings rekindle Scrooge's taste for excitement, leading the four on more treasure-hunting adventures. The ducklings' new friend Webby (Katie Micucci) also helps them uncover the truth about why their uncles became estranged. The original Emmy award-winning series was treasured by generations of viewers. The reboot is set to bring back that Saturday morning cartoon nostalgia while bringing a new generation of fans along for the duck blur of a ride. ...

    YOUNG SHELDON is a new half-hour, single-camera comedy created by Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro, that introduces "The Big Bang Theory\'s" Sheldon Cooper  (Iain Armitage), a 9-year-old genius living with his mother (Zoe Perry), father and two siblings in East Texas and going to high school.  YOUNG SHELDON will have a special Monday launch behind the season premiere of THE BIG BANG THEORY on Sept. 25 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT).  On Nov. 2, YOUNG SHELDON will move to its regular time period, Thursdays (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Robert Voets/CBS ?ˆšƒ??‚?ˆš‚????2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  13. Fall TV Preview: 'Law and Order True Crime,' 'Alias Grace' and more juicy crime shows to add to your list

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    Crime stories are the true American TV backbone, and this season is filled with plenty of new takes on the classic genre.

    The Confession Tapes (Streaming on Netflix): This new true crime docuseries investigates cases where people convicted of murder claim their confessions were coerced. It also explores how false confessions can happen and aims to shed light on the horrific killing of Catherine Fuller in 1984. Streaming on Netflix...

    Tim Roth stars in Tin Star on Amazon.
  14. Fall TV Preview: 'Star Trek,' three new Marvel shows prove we still love people with powers

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    The glut of new sci-fi and paranormal shows doesn't take a back seat in the USS Enterprise this season. ABC, Fox and Hulu all bring series based on Marvel comics, Star Trek gets a sequel spinoff series and a wildly popular spooky podcast debuts on the small screen. Boldly go, TV nerds.

    The Orville (Already premiered; second episode airs tonight at 8; moves to 9 p.m. Thursdays on Sept. 28.): Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane gets into live action with this comedy sci-fi series that parodies Star Trek. MacFarlane is a just-divorced captain who finally gets his own exploratory spaceship only to have his ex-wife become his first officer. ...

    MARVEL'S INHUMANS - Create your destiny. Meet Marvel?€š€™s Inhumans early in IMAX theatres September 1, and experience the full series starting September 29 on ABC. (ABC/Marvel)
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  15. Fall TV Preview: 'Star Trek,' 'Will and Grace' and 8 more shows we're excited about

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    With dozens of new shows to dive into this season we've picked 10 to consider first, in order of premiere date.

    The Deuce Already premiered; 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO

    The height of sleaze was 1970s New York City, particularly an area of Times Square nicknamed "The Deuce," where sex workers turned tricks through all hours of the night. The new HBO series chronicles the turning point in the sex industry's history when it went from grimy back-alley deals to a billion-dollar business with the advent of video pornography. Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as an independent sex worker whose resourcefulness and ambition lead her to the front lines of the porn revolution. James Franco plays twin brothers: one a hardworking barman and the other an indebted gambler. The series is less about gratuitous sex than about the power and politics of the flesh trade. It's an instantly immersive story that pinpoints a not-so-glamorous moment in time that led to a cultural revolution....

    Freddie Highmore portrays a surgeon with autism and savant syndrome.