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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

Email: bvolk@tampabay.com

Twitter: @bevolk

Instagram: @tampabaytimesdesign and @bevolk

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  1. Review: Truth and lies are the focus of 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace'

    The Feed

    Maybe Jack Nicholson was wrong. We can handle the truth.

    The #MeToo movement is giving a microphone to once unheard voices. Political lies are constantly challenged. At the Golden Globes, Oprah's rousing speech asserted "the most powerful tool is speaking your truth."

    But Ryan Murphy's second installment of American Crime Story shows the dangerous difference between the absolute truth and "your truth." ...

  2. 'Roseanne,' 'The Chi,' 'Electric Dreams' and other TV options to keep you warm this winter season

    The Feed

    Winter is a time for sweaters, hot drinks and adding new TV shows to our never-ending lists. Just kidding. We know it's Florida, and we won't be snowed in. But let us live. We have a lot of TV to watch.

    The beginning of 2017 brought us some of the year's best scripted television. Big Little Lies, Feud: Bette and Joan and The Handmaid's Tale all premiered before summer. Typically, networks put the most effort into the fall season, but with the arrival of more cable channels and constant streaming services, and the audience's lust for binge viewing, we now get new offerings almost every week. ...

  3. 5 new shows that we're going to pass on this season

    The Feed

    The options on TV runneth over these days, and fewer options would weed out time-wasters. These unoriginal shows coming to your tube this season have some work to do.

    Living Biblically (CBS, 9:30 p.m., Feb. 26): In the wake of his best friend's death, Chip Curry (Jay R. Ferguson), decides to take a year to live strictly according to biblical dogma. The show will need to find an encompassing tone to walk the line between the politics and cultural context of the Bible....

  4. If you miss Downton Abbey, these new period shows will get you through

    The Feed

    The Crown and Downton Abbey prove this niche drama has wide appeal. These three shows debuting in the coming months will sop up some of the hungry period drama fan base.

    The Alienist (TNT)

    10 p.m., Jan. 22

    Nineteenth century psychology, turn of the century fashion and a murder mystery all wrapped up in the seedy underbelly of New York City. It's 1896 and the city is being stalked by a brutal killer. Luke Evans plays John Moore, a New York Times reporter and illustrator who teams up with Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Bruhl) to figure how who is killing boy sex workers and why. Kreizler labels himself an alienist, which in the 19th century meant he practiced an early form of criminal psychology. The two are called upon to investigate the violence in secret by none other than police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt. They're joined by Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning) a whip-smart young secretary who's determined to become New York's first female detective. Based on Caleb Carr's 1994 bestseller....

  5. 6 new shows featuring actors we know and love

    The Feed

    When cherished shows end, it's sad to say goodbye, but there's hope the actors will get recast in something just as great. This season, some of our favorite faces (hi, Joan from Mad Men!) are back on our screens.

    Good Girls (NBC)

    10 p.m., Feb. 26

    When three suburban moms get tired of misfortune, they take matters into their own hands by robbing a local grocery store to get enough money to save their families. It's the dream team we had no idea we needed. Retta invented the "Treat Yo' self" mantra on Parks and Recreation and gave us cramp-inducing laughs. Christina Hendricks was terrifying and heartbreaking as Joan in Mad Men. And Mae Whitman moved us to blinding tears as she grew from salty teen to apologetic daughter on Parenthood. Now together, they rage. Good Girls is a heartwarming, hilarious, look at what happens when women get fed up....

  6. Roseanne, Queer Eye and more join TV reboots this winter

    The Feed

    What's old is still old again. TV execs are obsessed with bringing back beloved characters, and the new winter TV offerings are no exception. Welcome back these familiar faces this season.

    Roseanne (ABC)

    8 p.m., March 27

    Roseanne is back with her self-proclaimed white trash family, the Conners. Everyone is returning, including both Beckys (Alicia Goranson and Sarah Chalke). And the best TV dad ever, Dan Conner (John Goodman), returns from the dead — not really, the reboot forgets about that terrible finale. Back in 1988, the freshman sitcom was revered as an honest portrayal of Midwest life. So now riding the Trumpian wave, how will the show stay relevant? Who did the Conners vote for? Roseanne, a Green Party presidential candidate, will for sure bring the laughs to this political turmoil....

  7. If 'This Is Us' makes you cry, these new winter shows will, too

    The Feed

    We expected more tear-jerkers since This Is Us continues its ratings domination; and escaping from the real world is great. Get the tissues ready to go for these new sobworthy shows coming out for the winter TV season.

    Here and Now (HBO)

    9 p.m., Feb. 11

    A show from Alan Ball won't be as family-friendly as This Is Us, but he's still going to give us feels. From the creator of Six Feet Under and True Blood comes Here and Now, a dark comedy and scripted commentary on the polarizing elements of American culture. Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter star as the parents of a multi-ethnic family — three adopted children from Vietnam, Liberia and Colombia and one biological child. The series also promises to explore the family's relationship with a Muslim family, headed by a psychiatrist treating one of their children....

  8. From Versace to Waco, check out these new true crime shows

    The Feed

    The winter TV season is upon us, and our hunger for true crime dramatizations remains fierce. Last year's shows such as Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders (NBC) and Mindhunter (Netflix) prove the genre is far from dead. Here are some newcomers we're looking forward to this season, bringing modern relevance to true stories.

    The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)...

  9. Handmaids to X-Files: when all your favorite shows are coming back

    The Feed

    There's a plethroa of new TV options to catch our eye, but there's something about old loves that we keep coming back to. Here's when some fan favorites are returning for new seasons.

    The X-Files (Fox, 8 p.m., Jan. 3): One of the most anticipated revivals of 2017, returns for 10 more episodes. Haley Joel Osment will guest star in an episode.

    Nashville (CMT, 9 p.m., Jan. 4): After killing Saint Rayna (Connie Britton), the show was never the same. However, we need this final season to say farewell to our favorite country crooners....

  10. Love watching teen drama? Check out these 4 new shows

    The Feed

    The Bold Type (Freeform), a show about young adults in the magazine world, was one of the year's most unexpectedly good shows. Because, hey, teenagers have just as much drama. Here are some other shows about young people we're looking forward to catching this winter.

    Grown-ish (Freeform)

    8 p.m., Wednesdays

    Just like The Cosby Show did in 1987 with A Different World, Black-ish sends off its oldest kid to college, giving Zoey Johnson (Yara Shahidi) her own spinoff show. On Black-ish, Zoey was an entitled millennial, glued to her phone, spewing sarcasm and side-eyes. The teenager navigates a new life free from parents at college, and quickly realizes, like all of us, how much she still has to learn. ...

  11. Watch these three new winter shows that bring diversity

    The Feed

    2017 was the year women owned your television. They were in front of and behind the camera, bringing new, award-winning stories like Big Little Lies and The Handmaid's Tale. Now, it's time for a fresh fall season, and these shows have us excited for even more diversity. Let's keep that going, and add voices from the LGBTQ community and people of color....

  12. 12 easy rollups for your next party

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    My latest super easy desk lunch has been the rollup. A collection of whatever is in the fridge, these simple pinwheels are all over Pinterest. They also make great party appetizers, perfect for your New Year's Eve festivities. (Also, the Super Bowl.) A collection of ingredients rolled up tightly in a tortilla, they are easy to make and to clean up. And when cut into bite-sized morsels, they become a perfect food your guests can pop into their mouths while juggling a Champagne cocktail in the other hand....

  13. Five ideas for festive cheesecakes

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    In the delicious battle of pie versus cake, how do you classify the indulgent cheesecake? It has "cake" in its name, but probably because "cheesepie" just sounded weird. Like pie, cheesecake is basically a decadent filling inside a crust. It can be sweet or savory — yes, savory! — and it's perfect anytime of the year, especially during the indulgent holidays. So instead of serving a classic pie this month, consider the gloriously gluttonous cheesecake. It's a crowd-pleaser, and not too hard to make, especially in a mini version. ...

  14. 19 great Christmas episodes of TV shows and where to watch them

    The Feed

    We welcome TV characters into our homes every week. They become like family, and who better to spend the holidays with than your actual family.

    Traditionally, television loves to celebrate the season with special episodes. They're usually not the best episodes of the series, but we look forward to sharing in the spirit. Our beloved TV families help us learn the true meaning of Christmas, or give us belly laughs that make us regret that last cookie. Sometimes both....

  15. Best of 2017: Top 10 new TV shows of the year

    The Feed

    A woman's place is on TV.

    The year's best shows gave the spotlight to ladies in Hollywood to bring us extraordinary female-centric stories.

    They were also huge Emmy winners: The Handmaid's Tale, Big Little Lies and Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Veep all took home top honors. We're hungry for stories starring, created and produced by women.

    And as we lose predatory men in Hollywood (and elsewhere), we can only hope they are replaced with new voices from women, as well as LGBTQ people and people of color. 2017 was a promising start, but we're far from equality....