What to watch this week: ‘The Sinner’ on USA, ‘Siesta Key’ on MTV

Siesta Key

By now you probably know MTV shot a reality series on the No. 1 beach in America. Siesta Key, debuting at 10 tonight, follows a group of young adults as they navigate life in their early 20s over a summer in sunny Florida.

The Times previously reported that the mastermind behind this new show is Dr. Gary Kompothecras of 1-800-Ask-Gary. His son, Alex, is the star of the show, and much of the action in the series’ first episode happens inside and out of Kompothecras’ mansion on the beach. Kompothecras even makes a few cameos.

Previous coverage: What MTV’s Siesta Key has to do with 1-800-Ask-Gary

In the premiere, cast member Juliette Porter calls Siesta Key “our secret paradise” where there is “a lot of money and even more drama.”

Here’s everything you need to know about the newest Florida-set reality series.

Local premiere party for Siesta Key canceled amid death threats

On the eve of the premiere for MTV’s reality show Siesta Key, a local screening party was canceled. Dr. Gary Kompothecras, a Sarasota chiropractor known for his medical referral service 1-800-Ask-Gary, confirmed that the party scheduled for tonight at CineBistro in Sarasota was canceled because his son and series star, Alex Kompothecras, had received death threats, among other reasons. The show has led to a social media backlash. 

Siesta Key: Local premiere party canceled after death threats aimed at show’s star

Watch this week


The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All, 8 p.m., ABC: Rachel and her most memorable men return to talk about their experiences, including Lee, Kenny, Blake, Lucas and Adam.

Mississippi River Sharks, 8 p.m., Syfy: Shark Week may be over, but the terribly wonderful creature features aren’t. This one has sharks attacking a fish rodeo on the Mississippi River and it’s up to a visiting actor from a successful franchise of shark movies to stop them.


Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf, 7 p.m., Syfy: Because, why not?

SERIES PREMIERE: Manhunt: Unabomber, 9 p.m., Discovery: Sam Worthington and Paul Bettany star in this new series that explores how an FBI profiler helped track down the Unabomber.


SERIES PREMIERE: The Sinner, 10 p.m., USA: Jessica Biel is an unassuming woman who snaps and murders a random stranger during a family outing at the beach. And that’s just in the first episode. The real shocks come when the police and her husband try to figure out why she did it.


SERIES PREMIERE: The Guest Book, 10 p.m., TBS: Similar to HBO’s new anthology series Room 104, The Guest Book follows guests of a hotel. But TBS’ new series has more comedy, with different sets of guests vacationing at the Froggy Cottage in a small mountain town.

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


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