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Tampa 'Survivor' facing tough times

By Walt Belcher
Published: October 19, 2011 Updated: March 21, 2013 at 03:31 AM
So far, model, bartender and former Lingerie Football League player Mikayla Wingle has survived on CBS's "Survivor: South Pacific."But as the field narrows, it's getting tougher on the remaining castaways. The 22-year-old Tampa resident and former cover model for Playboy could face her toughest challenge tonight.Websites that offer spoilers on the show predict Wingle will be voted off and head to Redemption Island where she will have to take on challengers to survive.The New Jersey native, a longtime fan of "Survivor," moved to the Tampa area three years ago. She posed for the cover of Playboy magazine earlier this year. She is sitting out this season with the Tampa Bay Breeze Lingerie Football League team because of "Survivor."She's been a good player on the CBS reality show, where she has been targeted by creepy castaway Brandon Hantz.Hantz, nephew of former "Survivor" player Russell Hantz, has an unexplained love/hate obsession with Wingle and has tried to get her voted out. NEW GIG: Former Valrico resident and Bloomingdale High School graduate Mark Consuelos has landed a recurring role on Fox's new comedy "I Hate My Teenage Daughter," which debuts Nov. 30.Consuelos, married to daytime talk show host Kelly Ripa, will play Carlos Castillo, a Spanish professor at a community college who is attracted to a character played by series co-star Jaime Pressly. Pressly and Katie Finneran play mothers of bratty teens. Consuelos also has appeared on "Missing," "Hope & Faith" and "All My Children." VIDBITS: The results are staggering — and so are the zombies. More than 11 million viewers watched the season debut of American Movie Classic's "The Walking Dead." The audience was spread over three airings Sunday. The 9 p.m. debut of the second season garnered 7.3 million viewers, a record number for AMC.Feel the zombie love: Fox is developing a comedy based on the cult hit "Zombieland," possibly for next fall. CHEER HER ON: Former Tampa Bay Bucs cheerleader Brooke Newton, a native of Ocala, has a guest role on ABC's "Happy Endings" tonight. Since moving to Hollywood a few years ago, she's been working in films and television with roles on "CSI," "Glee," "How I Met Your Mother" and "Mad Men." She is playing the role of Christine, a new girlfriend for single dude Dave (Zachary Knighton).FLORIDA EMMYS: Tampa area TV stations racked up more than 60 nominations this week from the Suncoast regional news Emmys. The region includes Florida; Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles and New Orleans, La.; Mobile, Ala.; Thomasville, Ga.; and Puerto Rico.PBS outlet WEDU, Channel 3, leads the pack with 20 nominations, including nods for the station's "Gulf Coast Journal" newsmagazine with Jack Perkins and the health specials hosted by Angie Moreschi.WFTS, Channel 28 ("ABC Action News"), has more than a dozen nominations, including one for best newscast. Action News and Bay News 9 also are competing for best team coverage Emmys.WTSP, Channel 10 ("10 News"); WTVT, Channel 13 ("Fox 13"); Bay News 9; and WFLA, Channel 8 ("News Channel 8") also have multiple nominations.Among the on-air talent nominations are Keith Cate and Steve Andrews of News Channel 8; Veronica Cintron, Laurie Davison, Juli Marquez and Brian McClure of Bay News 9; Mark Wilson, Robin Carter and Christopher Chmura of Fox 13; Mike Deeson, Preston Rudie, Kevin Carlson, Angela Clooney and Noah Pransky of 10 News; and Linda Hurtado, Rebecca Medina, Alan Cohn, Jackie Callaway, Matt McGlashen, Carson Chambers, Delisa Walden, Lissette Campos-Perez and Randy Wright of ABC Action News.

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