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What to watch and listen to this week: Spike's 'The Mist' remake, Nancy podcast

MONDAY

The Bachelorette, 8 p.m., ABC: Rachel and the guys head to Hilton Head Island, S.C. Later, she and her date get a private concert from Russell Dickerson and the guys put on a spelling bee.

Kids BBQ Championship, 8 p.m., Food Network: Four new kid grillers work up their best boardwalk bites to impress the hosts.

SEASON FINALE: Better Call Saul, 10 p.m., AMC: In the Season 3 finale, Kim takes time off while Jimmy tries to make amends. The series has not yet been renewed for another season.

TUESDAY

The Story of China, 8 p.m., PBS: Host Michael Wood joins a family reunion on Tomb Sweeping Day, sees the first Chinese writing and first city and travels with a million pilgrims to a festival in this new special.

SERIES PREMIERE: The Bold Type, 9 p.m., Freeform: The new series is inspired by the life of Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles and follows the personal and professional lives of three friends who work for a global women's magazine in New York City.

WEDNESDAY

SERIES PREMIERE: Big Pacific, 8 p.m., PBS: The premieres of this series about the creatures living in the world's largest ocean.

SERIES PREMIERE: Little Big Shots: Forever Young, 8 p.m., NBC: A spinoff of the variety show Little Big Shots, the new series sees talented elderly folks perform. Steve Harvey hosts with appearances by Betty White and gospel singer Shirley Caesar.

THURSDAY

SEASON PREMIERE: Hollywood Game Night, 8 p.m., NBC: In the Season 5 premiere, the celebrity players are from shows Veep and The Walking Dead.

SERIES PREMIERE: Boy Band, 8 p.m., ABC: Thirty young male vocalists audition in Hollywood in the premiere of this competition series where viewers help assemble the next big boy band.

SERIES PREMIERE: The Gong Show, 10 p.m., ABC: Unique performers demonstrate their talent in this update of the kitschy '70s show, which has the worst performances cut short by the bang of a gong. "Tommy Maitland" hosts. He looks suspiciously like Mike Myers.

SERIES PREMIERE: The Mist, 10 p.m., Spike: A TV adaptation of the Steven King novella, where a mysterious mist envelops a small town and brings out the worst fears of its inhabitants. This iteration is said to stick closer to King's story, where the not knowing who or what is hiding and killing people in the mist is more terrifying.

Plug in

Nancy

Three weeks into Pride Month and five days away from St. Petersburg's annual Pride parade, there's no better time than now to dive into WNYC Studio's Nancy podcast.

The podcast's name comes from an old-school term for a gay man, and features funny, intimate and authentic conversations about folks in the LGBTQ community. Some of the episodes from the series' 12-episode first season include a discussion on how Harry Potter is "the gayest book ever," two men talking about life before and after becoming HIV-positive and conversations with gay Republicans.

Hosts Kathy Tu and Tobin Low describe their show as "super queer and super fun," and take listeners on journeys both hilarious and heartbreaking. In the first episode, they discuss their coming out stories. After Low came out, his dad fell in love with the series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Tu had a rougher time, with her Taiwanese mother refusing to accept her sexuality and Tu having to come out numerous times. She recorded the last time and plays it on the first episode.

From there, the rest of the series dives into Low talking about the significance of Brandon Lee, "the first Asian top," LGBTQ role models for children discovering themselves and a heated yet comical debate about whether Albus Dumbledore is really the greatest gay wizard.

If you're looking for a frank, funny and inspiring new podcast to plug into, give Nancy a listen. Just be sure to have tissues available.

Listen on iTunes, NPR and wnyc.org.

Contact Chelsea Tatham at ctatham@tampabay.com. Follow @chelseatatham.

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