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What to watch and listen to this week: 'Bates Motel,' Trevor Noah stand-up special, Archive 81 podcast

Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore in Bates Motel.

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Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore in Bates Motel.

MONDAY

Bates Motel, 10 p.m., A&E: The fifth and final season of the Psycho prequel series begins Monday, with Freddie Highmore back as a teenage Norman Bates. The season begins two years after Norma's death, but with Norman still struggling from blackouts and his "Mother" alter ego threatening to take him over completely. A half-hour recap of Season 4 airs at 9:30 p.m.

TUESDAY

Trevor Noah: Afraid of the Dark, 3 a.m., Netflix: The Daily Show host Trevor Noah brings his stand-up special to Netflix, which was taped at the Beacon Theatre in New York. Noah hilariously takes on the absurdity of colonialism, the challenges a black James Bond might face and reliving a drink in Scotland.

American Masters: Maya Angelou, 8 p.m., PBS: This special profiles Dr. Maya Angelou, a poet, singer, dancer and civil rights activist who's best know for I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The documentary traces her early years in the 1930s South, her writing career and friendship with Malcolm X with archival photos and video and interviews with some of her friends.

WEDNESDAY …

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In Case You Missed It: Trump makes #LastNightInSweden trend; Britney Spears biopic destroyed on Twitter; best slam dunks of 2017

Natasha Bassett stars as Britney Spears in "Brittany Ever After."

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Natasha Bassett stars as Britney Spears in "Brittany Ever After."

Weekends are great for unwinding, and maybe even unplugging for a little while. Here's what trended that you might have missed if you weren’t on social media the last couple days.

Trump confuses people of Sweden

At a rally in Melbourne, President Donald Trump was talking about terrorism and said, "We've got to keep our country safe. You look at what's happening in Germany. You look at what's happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?"

The only problem? The people of Sweden had no idea what he was referring to, because there had been no attack there. The biggest news in Sweden the night before actually had something to do with a singer having technical problems on a televised music competition. 

No. Nothing has happened here in Sweden. There has not ben any terrorist attacks here. At all. The main news right now is about Melfest. ->

@fuadmb About #swedenincident #lastnightinsweden unclear to us what President Trump was referring to,have asked US officials for explanation

People began using the tag #lastnightinsweden to crack jokes about what the country really looked like on Friday.

Last night in Sweden pic.twitter.com/J73rosqvtu

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Review: Disney's Rivers of Light show turns on the H2-oh!

After many delays, Disney's Rivers of Light nighttime show finally opened at Animal Kingdom this week.

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After many delays, Disney's Rivers of Light nighttime show finally opened at Animal Kingdom this week.

Last spring, Disney’s Animal Kingdom teased the media with a brief preview of Rivers of Light, a theatrical show  that carried the promise — and the burden — of being a signature event designed to keep guests into the park’s new evening hours. Disney anticipated a summer opening.

What it didn’t anticipate was delay after unexplained — technical issues? — delay. Cue 2017: Finally, Friday night, came the official premiere of Rivers of Light, and we  generally liked what Disney calls a “visual mix of water, fire, nature and light.” Well, that description is certainly accurate.

Rivers plays like a mashup of other Disney shows such as IllumiNations (Epcot) and World of Color (Disneyland’s California Adventure). The production takes place just after sunset in the new 5,000-seat amphitheatre near Expedition Everest on the edge of Discovery River. (An aside: The Everest experience is one of Animal Kingdom’s best nighttime highlights.) …

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What to watch this weekend: 'Big Little Lies,' Britney Spears biopic, 'Planet Earth II'

Planet Earth II airs Saturday night at 9 p.m. on BBC America.

BBC America

Planet Earth II airs Saturday night at 9 p.m. on BBC America.

Perfect lives, perfect lies: Big Little Lies

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An all-star cast comes together for HBO's newest melodrama Big Little Lies. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley all play moms to first-graders in the affluent seaside town of Monterey, Calif. Woodley's Jane is the single newcomer whose son, Ziggy, is accused of bullying Renata's (Dern) daughter the first day of school. Witherspoon plays Madeline, a helicopter mom who struggles with her teenage daughter's seemingly better relationship with her father and stepmom. And Kidman is the beautiful, icy Celeste, who gave up her law career to be a mom to twin boys and housewife to the oppressive Perry (Alexander Skarsgard). Though this limited series based on the bestselling novel by Liane Moriarty often takes itself too seriously, it has plenty of juicy gossip and schoolyard scandal revolving around a murder at parents' night. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO

Review: Alpha moms fight dirty in devilishly good 'Big Little Lies'

Jungle Boogie: Planet Earth II …

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Winner and loser of the week: Sara Bareilles to star in 'Waitress' on Broadway; Piers Morgan attempts to troll J.K. Rowling

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'American Horror Story' Season 7 will be based on the 2016 election, says creator

Ryan Murphy revealed the theme of Season 7 of "American Horror Story" on "Watch What Happens Live."

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Ryan Murphy revealed the theme of Season 7 of "American Horror Story" on "Watch What Happens Live."

American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy isn't the first to find the horror in politics in 2016, but this is pretty surprising. Murphy says that the seventh season of FX's extremely popular horror anthology series will be themed on the 2016 presidential election. 

Speaking to Andy Cohen on Wednesday's episode of Watch What Happens Live, Murphy said "the season we begin shooting in June is going to be about the election that we just went through. So I think that will be interesting for a lot of people." He didn't appear to be joking. 

When a surprised Cohen asked if there would be a Donald Trump character in Season 7, Murphy responded, "Maybe."

Previous seasons of AHS have been themed after a coven of witches in New Orleans, a "freak show" in Florida (which included this epic Tampa diss), a vampire-filled hotel in Los Angeles, and the lost colony of Roanoke, though it's unusual for Murphy to reveal the theme, which is generally a big, suspenseful piece of AMC's marketing for the series, this far in advance. 

You can watch a clip from Murphy's interview below. 

 

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50 Shades of Whopper: Burger King offers "adult meals" for Valentines Day

Burger King is looking to sweeten the deal for adults this Valentines Day with 18+ combo meals that include beer and "adult toys."

Burger King is looking to sweeten the deal for adults this Valentines Day with 18+ combo meals that include beer and "adult toys."

Why should kids have all the fun?

Well, Burger King thinks adults deserve a treat every once in a while, too. 

The fast food chain is looking to sweeten the deal for adults this Valentines Day with 18+ combo meals that include beer and "adult toys."

On Valentines Day only, Burger King locations in Israel are offering a spiced-up "adult" meal from 6 p.m. until close. The package comes fully-equipped with two Whoppers, two French fries, two beers and an "adult toy."

Featured in a YouTube video posted by ad agency Leo Burnett Isreal, the options appear to be a satin mask, feather duster or head massager.

 

 

Social media's response to BK's romantic marketing was nothing short of comical.

 

>hey GF i want to try something new

>"oh wow where'd you get that sex toy"

>Burger King

Because nothing screams sexy like a meal from @BurgerKing. Happy #Valentines Day y'all https://t.co/PchSsBiHEs

yeah that's the way to go, take your special lady to the #burgerking drive thru on #valentines day, that will def set the mood for ur PM https://t.co/1q8nU6Ca7S

 

Well, you can certainly have it your way.

Who said romance is dead?

 

Contact Samantha Putterman at sputterman@tampabay.com. Follow @samputterman. 

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Rachel Lindsay named ABC's first black Bachelorette

Rachel Lindsay is a contestant on the ongoing season of The Bachelor

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Rachel Lindsay is a contestant on the ongoing season of The Bachelor

She may still be a contestant on the ongoing season of The Bachelor, but Rachel Lindsay is going to be America's next Bachelorette

Yes, the announcement coming before her elimination on the show is a bit of a spoiler for fans, but Lindsay, 31, says that's because filming is set to start soon and they wanted to get the word out.

And Lindsay's casting is actually historic for the franchise: She's the first black bachelor or bachelorette in the show's history.

The annocuncement of Lindsay leading the 13th season of the show came Monday night on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live.

While she is clearly not destined to be with current bachelor Nick Viall, she told Kimmel she's ready to find love and a husband.

The dating series begins airing on ABC in May.

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In Case You Missed It: Corden falls down at the Grammys; Rays' Kiermaier gets engaged; Verizon finally offers unlimited data

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

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

Rays' Kevin Kiermaier announces engagement

Ladies, Valentine's Day may be around the corner, but don't try to win the affection of Rays' center-fielder Kevin Kiermaier.

The 26-year-old heartthrob announced via Twitter Saturday that he is now engaged to his girlfriend, Marisa:

 

Its official people!! This beautiful girl said yes!! Capped off my offseason with the best news ever!! pic.twitter.com/h0XKC8NHZB

 

Eat your heart out.

 

Verizon offers unlimited data plan

Amid growing competition in the wireless sphere, Verizon announced over the weekend that it will begin offering unlimited data plans (finally) to customers starting effective immediately. Well, effective today. As the largest wireless provider, it's about time. Verizon says it will allow customers to keep their current phone plans or opt for a monthly, single-line plan with unlimited data, talk and text for $80 a month. 

Not too shabby, Verizon.

 

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What to watch and listen to this week: 'Doubt' on CBS, Civics 101 podcast

Katherine Heigl as Sadie Ellis and Steven Pasquale as Billy Brennan in CBS's Doubt.

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Katherine Heigl as Sadie Ellis and Steven Pasquale as Billy Brennan in CBS's Doubt.

MONDAY

The Golden Girls, the complete series, midnight, Hulu: Maybe you were a loyal fan of The Golden Girls since its beginning in 1985 or maybe you were introduced to Blanche, Dorothy, Rose and Sophia by your mom or grandma and have been hooked on the golden comedy every since. Either way, the complete series arrives on Hulu today and it has never been a better time to relive Dorothy's iconic style and Sophia's "picture it: Sicily" stories. Thank you for being a friend.

Movie: Valentine's Day, 8 p.m., Lifetime: An all-star cast (Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper) weaves through the highs and lows of a single Valentine's Day. It's cheesy and sweet, but also pretty hilarious.

Humans, 10 p.m., AMC: The second-season premiere sees Niska facing a critical decision while Mia, Leo and Max remain in hiding.

TUESDAY

Bad Girls Club, 8 p.m., Oxygen: We can't believe this show has been on for 17 seasons. In the season premiere, seven new "bad girls" arrive from opposite coasts and land in L.A. to live together for another year of dirty secrets, tension and fighting.

WEDNESDAY …

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'SNL's' 'Donald Trump' takes his executive order frustrations to 'The People's Court' (w/video)

Alec Baldwin hosted "Saturday Night Live" and reprised his Donald Trump character.

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Alec Baldwin hosted "Saturday Night Live" and reprised his Donald Trump character.

"Saturday Night Live" guest host Alec Baldwin appeared as President Donald Trump only once during the latest episode, and it was to take his displeasure with a federal court's decision on his immigration order to a reality TV show.

"Mr. Trump, you understand that this is a TV court, right?" asked the host of "The People's Court," played by Cecily Strong.

"That's OK, I'm a TV president," Baldwin-as-Trump responded.

The episode had considerable buzz with Baldwin setting an "SNL" record. The actor has now hosted the show 17 times.

But Baldwin has been a constant presence this season, as his scathing Trump impersonation has elicited numerous critiques - usually via Twitter - from the president himself, including when Trump was a nominee and the president-elect.

"I don't think that his imitation of me gets me at all, and it's meant to be very mean-spirited, which is very biased, and I don't like it," Trump told "Today" show host Matt Lauer in December. …

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Rosie O'Donnell's Twitter photo gets a Steve Bannon makeover

Rosie O'Donnell changed her Twitter profile picture to her face pasted on Steve Bannon's head following Melissa McCarthy's SNL portrayal of press secretary Sean Spicer.

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Rosie O'Donnell changed her Twitter profile picture to her face pasted on Steve Bannon's head following Melissa McCarthy's SNL portrayal of press secretary Sean Spicer.

Rosie O'Donnell is sporting a different look these days.

The 54-year-old actress and former talk show host replaced her Twitter photo with her face ... on Steve Bannon's head.

The move comes after rave reviews of Melissa McCarthy's portrayal of White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live last week. 

The short's success, and the president's reported issue with Spicer being "played by a woman," has caused a surge of fans clamoring for O'Donnell to play Bannon next. (The Grim Reaper has played Bannon on the show, so far). 

O'Donnell has been a nemesis of Trump for ages. The feud goes back to 2006, when she criticized him on The View. The two have traded insults ever since. 

So when she changed her profile picture, her followers noticed. 

One asked if she would be interested in playing the president's chief strategist.

"I am here to serve," she replied. "Alec (Baldwin) has Trump - Melissa (McCarthy) has (Sean) Spice(r) - I would need a few days to prepare - so if called - I will be ready."

 

 

But the picture could just be a joke. 

And while nothing has been confirmed - yet - Baldwin, who has played President Trump this season, is slated to host the show Saturday. …

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What to watch this weekend: Grammy Awards, 'The Missing' on Starz, 'The Walking Dead'

Starz's second season of The Missing follows the disappearance and return of young British woman Alice Webster. Her return after more than a decade sends shockwaves through her family and German community.

Starz

Starz's second season of The Missing follows the disappearance and return of young British woman Alice Webster. Her return after more than a decade sends shockwaves through her family and German community.

Lost and found: The Missing

When young British woman Alice Webster (Abigail Hardingham), stumbles into her hometown and collapses, her return sends shockwaves through the community of Eckhausen, Germany. She has been missing for 11 years, and possibly has knowledge of another missing young girl. The second season of the anthology series The Missing follows three timelines - the day Alice disappeared, the days following her return and years later where we see her family torn apart. The Missing explores the measures taken to find a missing child, but also the heartbreaking ways their return affects their families and communities. The second installment is a different story from the disappearance of Oliver Hughes in Season 1, but features the return of retired detective Julien Baptiste (Tchéky Karyo). Also stars The Walking Dead's David Morrissey. 8 p.m. Sunday, Starz

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Winner and loser of the week: Lady Gaga nails halftime performance; David Beckham in email scandal

Fat-shamers get out of here

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Fat-shamers get out of here

Winner: Lady Gaga.

There were certainly a Million Reasons to appreciate Lady Gaga's Super Bowl halftime performance. From that high-flying entrance to the mic-drop at the end, it was 13 minutes of pure spectacle. She kept things positive, stayed true to her brand and, well, she totally killed it.

We weren't sure which version of Gaga we were going to get, or if at some point she would make a political statement, which she did subtly with her set list -- performing This Land is Your Land as well as Born This Way. Following the performance, there was a huge spike in song and album downloads that night, according to Nielsen Music.

"I think that even if you have my music, or if you don't have it, there's something about watching a live performance that can reignite the fan in you," Gaga told Ryan Seacrest reacting to the bump in sales. And now fans have even more to look forward to, Gaga announced plans for a world tour of her newest Album, Joanne. And yes, there is a Tampa stop on Dec. 1.

"I can't wait to bring the #JOANNEWorldTour to all of you. See you very soon! Xoxo, Joanne," she tweeted after the Super Bowl. …

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Report: Amal and George Clooney are expecting twins (w/video)

Amal and George Clooney in Venice, Italy for their wedding in 2014.

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Amal and George Clooney in Venice, Italy for their wedding in 2014.

We're still awaiting any official word from the actual couple, but Julie Chen seems really sure of the news she announced today on The Talk. Chen said this morning that she could confirm (HOW? TELL US?) that George Clooney, actor, and Amal Clooney, human rights lawyer, are expecting twins. This would make these twins the second set of very famous celeb twins to be announced lately. You remember Beyonce

Here's the vid.

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