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


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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....

    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.
  2. What to watch this weekend: 'Lore,' 'Queers,' 'Mindhunter'


    Spooky mythology: Lore

    This new Amazon series couldn't have a better release date: Friday the 13th. Lore brings to life Aaron Mahnke's smash-hit podcast of the same name in a six-episode anthology series. For the uninitiated, Lore the podcast chronicles strange phenomena, folklore and urban legends through Mahnke's painstaking research of the darker sides of history. The series aims to bring these same stories to life on the small screen. The episodes combine documentary elements with a bit of dramatization with actors like Robert Patrick, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Adam Goldberg, Holland Roden, Colm Feore and Campbell Scott. Viewers are in for a dose of macabre history when Lore delves into the origins behind monsters like vampires and werewolves and myths like the belief in changelings. The new series also boasts executive producers Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) and Glen Morgan (The X-Files). Now available on Amazon Prime....

    Jonathan Groff in Mindhunter.
  3. Plan a Halloween movie marathon with these spooky flicks on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and HBO


    Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year. Not just because I can be my true witchy self and eat Reese's cups until I hate myself. No, I just really love to be scared.

    There are plenty of events locally where you can get the pants scared off of you. Just check out our Halloween guide....

    Anya Taylor-Joy in The Witch.
  4. Review: 'Lore' reels you in with terrifying true tales from history


    Some of the most popular and terrifying legends have their gnarled roots in history. Amazon's Lore brings those tales to life.

    The six-episode series is inspired by the wildly popular podcast of the same name, which boasts about 6 million listeners every month. Now up to 70 episodes, host Aaron Mahnke weaves tales of terror and urban legends with the true history that inspired them....

    Lore also includes and episode about a young boy and his doll, which eventually became known as one of the most cursed dolls in the world.
  5. What to watch this week: It's CW premieres galore with 'Riverdale,' 'Dynasty,' 'Valor'


    'Tis the season for superhero fans and Riverdale alums - CW premieres new seasons of all its hit shows this week. DC comic book fans get to see what Kara Danvers, Barry Allen, Oliver Queen and the Legends have been up to when their respective series return this week. The network also drops new dramas Dynasty and Valor. The former is a reboot of the scandalous '80s soap about an uber-rich family. The latter centers on a group of elite U.S. Army helicopter pilots after a return from a dangerous mission. But perhaps the most anticipated return is the second season of Riverdale, the pulpy, critical darling that stole hearts last fall with juicy teen drama and small town scandal....

    Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse, KJ Appa and Camila Mendes in Riverdale.
  6. A Celebration of Harry Potter brings Weasley twins, Viktor Krum to Universal Orlando


    Witches and wizards will get to meet the famous Weasley twins and the Bulgarian quidditch team's seeker this year at A Celebration of Harry Potter.

    The annual Harry Potter fest -- now in its fifth year at Universal Orlando -- announced James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley) and Stanislav Yanevski (Viktor Krum) as part of the first round of celebrity guests.

    More guests will be announced at a later date....

    James and Oliver Phelps, and Stanislav Yanevski are heading to A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando in January.
  7. What to watch this week: Fox's 'The Gifted,' ABC's 'The Mayor,' 'Black-ish'


    Fall TV premieres and returns just keep coming. This week ABC brings back primetime favorites Fresh Off the Boat and Black-ish and premieres political comedy The Mayor and drama Kevin (Probably) Saves the World. And don't forget Scandal, which debuts its seventh and final season on Thursday. And the breakout TV star this week is Fox's The Gifted, a Marvel Comics-inspired series that follows mutants that escape to an underground community to avoid an oppressive government. I hope you're keeping up, TV watchers....

    Natalie Alyn Lind and Percy Hynes White in The Gifted.
  8. What to watch this weekend: 'Gerald's Game,' 'The Magic School Bus Rides Again,' Marvel's 'Inhumans'




    ABC set its hopes high with this small screen adaptation of the popular comics. Inhumans follows the royal Inhuman family ruling over the moon city of Attilan. Black Bolt (Anson Mount) and Medusa (Serinda Swan) left, are a king and queen with superhuman powers. Black Bolt's voice can topple cities; Medusa's long red hair is like having extra strong hands. The internal strife between Black Bolt and his normal human brother Maximus (Iwan Rheon) leads to a military coup on Attilan and forces the royal family to flee to Hawaii . This adaptation was a bold move for ABC, but the first two episodes hold promise. And at least there's Lockjaw, the giant teleporting bulldog. 8 p.m. Friday, ABC....

    Serinda Swan, Iwan Rheon and Anson Mount in Inhumans.
  9. MegaCon Tampa Bay: Stan Lee, 'Stranger Things' stars, comic creators and more things you need to know


    Trekkies, Whovians, Slayers and True Believers in Tampa Bay, this is your weekend to celebrate in all your nerdy glory.

    MegaCon Tampa Bay returns for a second year Friday through Sunday at the Tampa Convention Center. The geek fest brings hundreds of pop culture retailers and crafters, artists, cosplayers, costume contests, game rooms, movie screenings and so much more it'll probably be impossible to see it all in three days....

    Marvel legend Stan Lee returns to Florida this weekend at MegaCon Tampa Bay. He'll be hosting an auction to raise funds for Hurricane Irma relief.
  10. Review: Marvel adds two new mutant series with 'The Gifted' and 'Inhumans"


    It seems like the era of comic book-based TV shows has reached capacity.

    A conservative estimate puts the number of shows based on comic books at 18. And those are just the ones that have aired in the past year.

    Marvel has the lion's share of the small screen, and now adds four more series to its lineup starting with The Gifted on Fox and Inhumans on ABC....

    Emma Dumont as Polaris in Fox's The Gifted.
  11. What to expect from the Florida Orchestra's 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' show


    With just a few short tings from the celesta, a small piano-style instrument, and you're instantly transported to Harry Potter's wizarding world.

    That's how iconic John Williams' Harry Potter film score is.

    The instantly recognizable tune is sure to elicit a lot of grins and goosebumps at the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts this weekend when Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in Concert comes to town....

    Courtesy of the Straz Center
  12. Halloween season is upon us: Our top 5 wild and mild haunted attractions


    Halloween has become a profitable scare season oozing well into September and past November. That means more time to meet grim, grinning ghosts, get your pants scared off by nightmarish clowns and fill your treat bags to the brim.

    It has also ballooned in cost as haunts get more elaborate, with some events putting guests inside their favorite horror films and TV shows. Not-so-spooky attractions for the littlest ones have taken a big leap in quality as well — way beyond the standard pumpkin patch and trick-or-treat stations....

    Scare actors roam the grounds of Busch Gardens in Tampa during their annual Howl-O-Scream Halloween themed event. Howl-O-Scream continues on select nights through Oct. 29 at the Tampa theme park. Howl-O-Scream is a separate ticket event and has seven haunted houses, five scare zones and the chance to ride coasters in the dark. [Friday, September 22, 2017] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  13. What to watch this week: Fall TV kicks off with 'Will & Grace,' 'Young Sheldon,' return of 'This Is Us'


    September temperatures are still creeping into the 90s, but fall officially started a few days ago. And with that designation comes the avalanche of new and returning TV shows. The Big Bang Theory fans get a double dose of Sheldon Cooper's nerdisms with the return of the titular series for an eleventh season and the premiere of spinoff series Young Sheldon. Both This Is Us on NBC and Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Fox return this week for more tears and belly laughs. And yes, honey, Will & Grace returns 11 years later with just enough nostalgia and a dash of funny politics. I hope you're ready, bingers. This TV season isn't slowing down anytime soon....

    Sean Hayes, Debra Messing and Megan Mullally in Will & Grace.
  14. What to watch this weekend: 'Star Trek: Discovery,' 'DuckTales' returns


    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.
  15. Halloween Horror Nights: 'The Shining,' 'Saw' and more things to give you nightmares at Universal Orlando


    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.