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Brittany Volk, Times Staff Writer

Brittany Volk

Brittany Volk is a senior features designer at the Tampa Bay Times. She designs and art directs the Taste, Latitudes, Weekend and Personal Best sections and has been with the Times since 2011. She also contributes to the Times' pop culture blog, The Feed. She grew up in Iowa City, Iowa, and graduated from the University of Iowa in 2009 with degrees in Journalism and Studio Art.

Phone: (727) 893-8455

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Twitter: @bevolk

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  1. Who will win big (we hope) at the Emmys on Sunday

    The Feed

    TV is the perfect escape, and boy, do we need to after that anxiety-ridden storm week. And Sunday's Emmys will honor the best distractions we have.

    Two shows are tied with the most nods: NBC's Saturday Night Live and HBO's Westworld, with 22 each. SNL, which had its best season in years thanks to an interesting political climate, has already taken home some of those at the Creative Emmy awards earlier this week, including Melissa McCarthy being honored for her take as the embattled press secretary Sean Spicer....

    Elisabeth Moss as Offred in "The Handmaid's Tale." Moss is nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series .  The Emmy Awards ceremony, will air on Sept. 17. (Hulu via AP)
  2. Fall TV Preview: Let us be your guides to best and not-so-great shows

    The Feed

    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
  3. Fall TV schedule: When do my shows come back? A list of premieres

    The Feed

    To reflect the overabundance of television choices, below you'll find the series premiere dates from the five major networks — ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and the CW — and more.

    September

    Thursday, Sept. 14
    Midnight NEW Riviera, Sundance Now
    10 p.m. Better Things, FX

    Friday, Sept. 15
    3 a.m. NEW American Vandal, Netflix...

    Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb Mclaughlin all return for the second season of Stranger Things on Netflix, premiering Friday, Oct. 27. (Netflix)
  4. Fall TV Preview: 'The Brave,' 'SEAL Team' and 'Valor' highlight a pro-military trend

    The Feed

    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)
  5. Fall TV Preview: 'Young Sheldon,' 'Ghosted' and 'The Mayor' show off this season's funny dudes

    The Feed

    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. ...

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 25:  (L-R) Maddie Dixon-Poirier, Jason Alexander, Amy Pietz, Tim Johnson Jr, Natalie Sharp, and Nick Marini attend the AT&T AUDIENCE Network premiere of "Hit The Road" during the AT&T AUDIENCE Network Summer 2017 TCA Panel at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 25, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for AT&T AUDIENCE Network)
  6. Fall TV Preview: 'At Home With Amy Sedaris,' 'SMILF' highlight this season's funny women

    The Feed

    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. ...

    Frankie Shaw as Bridgette Bird, Alexandra & Anna Reimer as Larry Bird in SMILF (Season 1, Episode 01). - Photo: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: UFSP_100_5042.R
  7. Fall TV Preview: 'DuckTales,' 'Dynasty' and 'Star Trek' lead the pack of revivals and spinoffs

    The Feed

    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. ...

    Larry David returns to HBO in a new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
  8. Fall TV Preview: 'Law and Order True Crime,' 'Alias Grace' and more juicy crime shows to add to your list

    The Feed

    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...

    Jonathan Groff stars in Mindhunter on Netflix.
  9. Fall TV Preview: 'Star Trek,' 'Will and Grace' and 8 more shows we're excited about

    The Feed

    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....

    Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally reunite.
  10. Fall TV Preview: Lifestyles of the rich mean more deliciously juicy drama

    The Feed

    It's no secret that we love a good drama about people with way too much money. This TV season serves up some delicious thrillers, awe-inspiring fashion and juicy catfights.

    Riviera (Midnight Friday, Sept. 14, Sundance Now): Wealth and crime go hand in hand in Sundance's original program that's only available on its streaming network/app. This caught our attention, thanks to its lead star, Julia Stiles. She plays Georgina, a newlywed whose billionaire husband dies in a yacht explosion. Together with her husband's first wife, played by the wickedly impressive Lena Olin (Alias), they discover his secret criminal life. It's beautifully shot and styled against the lavish world of the French Riviera. This thriller was a ratings success across the pond, so don't wait to watch. You'll definitely want to binge the 10 episodes over a weekend. ...

    Julia Stiles in Riviera.
  11. Beards are back in style, but guys, take care of them

    Blog

    Tired of sitting in front of a computer screen for a living, Tyler Goelz wanted to make something tangible. The 28-year-old web developer only had to look in the mirror to find inspiration.

    Facial hair is back in full force. Whether they are making a trendy statement, or are just lazy shavers, guys are rockin' ZZ Top full-length beards, swoon-worthy scruff or even just a wispy hipster mustache. But men are arguably clueless when it comes to skin care, said Goelz, so with his own beard in mind, he knew he could help....

    Tyler Goelz of St. Petersburg, the creator of Organic Beard Supply, is pictured at Central Oak Barber Co. in St. Petersburg with some of his products. Goelz, 28, has had a beard since he could grow one.
  12. 5 ideas for cooking with frozen tots

    Cooking

    "You are what you eat, and I'm probably a potato." I'm quoting a friend of mine, but honestly, that sounds about right for me, too. There are all sorts of varieties, but perhaps my favorite potato is one that is shaped like a tater tot. Kids love tots, but I know lots of grownups like myself who cannot pass them up on a menu. And these puffy cylinders don't have to just be vessels for dipping sauce. Here are five other ways to use a bag of your favorite frozen potato puffs....

    Tater Tots are transformed into pa-tot-as bravas, a play on the Spanish dish patatas bravas, with a spicy tomato-chorizo sauce, plus mayo and parsley. (Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
  13. Mane Stay Hair Studio owners talk color, flat irons, good selfies

    Blog

    Sitting poolside one weekend, Amanda Galmiche started daydreaming of her own salon and asking "What if?" Luckily, her friend and co-worker Rachel Korman got serious, and together, they opened Mane Stay Hair Studio in St. Petersburg in January.

    Both Galmiche, originally from Detroit, and Korman, of Palmetto, have Aveda educations and apprenticed at Arrojo Studio in New York City. But their paths didn't cross until they shared the same station at a St. Pete salon. After breaking out on their own, the women are growing their business slowly....

    Rachel Korman, left, and Amanda Galmiche opened their St. Petersburg salon, Mane Stay Hair Studio, in January. They both have Aveda educations and apprenticed at Arrojo Studio in New York City.
  14. 3 wonderfully weird shows premiering next week: 'The Lowe Files,' 'What Would Diplo Do?' 'Comrade Detective'

    Blog

    It seems like nothing is off limits on TV these days. Next week, three new shows air that I can't believe are really happening. They're all weird in their own ways, and I'm delighted. But let's be honest, at the point I'd probably watch a TV show about people coming up with TV shows. America has spoken, and we'll watch just about anything to distract us from our boring lives.

    The Lowe Files

    First up, Rob Lowe returns to our living rooms with a new reality show on A&E. This heartthrob and his two handsome sons, Matthew and John Owen, will explore mysterious legends and stories with help from scientific experts and even Rob's personal shaman. It's like a real-life version of Supernatural, a long-running CW show about two brothers and sometimes their dad hunting ghosts and supernatural beings. The nine-episode series takes them on all the quintessential adventures: searching for Bigfoot; finding an underwater alien base; and tracing haunted landmarks. The guys ooze so much charm, even when ordering doughnuts at a local shop. Rob narrates the episodes, showing just how much he loves sharing his sci-fi and paranormal obsession with his 20-something sons. It's clear they're all having a blast, especially while scaring the pants off each other. "What's that quote? It's not about the destination. It's about the journey," says Matthew in the car on the way to a haunted castle. "I think that's Miley Cyrus, maybe?" laughs John Owen. Oh, you boys are so funny. 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, on A&E....

    Matthew, from left, Rob, and John Owen Lowe explore supernatural legends in A&E's new reality show "The Lowe Files."
  15. What you need to know about eyelash extensions: how they work, what they cost

    Blog

    Natali Cespedes knew the next big thing was lash extensions.

    After applying eyelash extensions on clients for eight years out in California, she wanted to open her own business somewhere where trend hadn't quite taken off, yet.

    "I've always wanted to move here," said Cespedes. She opened Lash Addict Studio in January 2016 and her business grew so fast she had to move to a bigger place almost immediately. In the last year and a half, she has brought on more lash technicians, who are "always booked and busy."...

    Volume lash artist Gabrielle Dalip poses for a portrait at Lash Addict Studio.