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TV Guide Magazine June 22, 2020

TV Guide Magazine tells you what’s worth watching. With its unparalleled access and authority, it's the only publication devoted exclusively to television. It includes celebrity interviews, in-depth previews, sneak peeks and authoritative reviews from critic Matt Roush.

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in this issue

2 min.
america’s top tv critic matt roush answers your burning questions

Now that ABC has renewed Who Wants to Be a Millionaire for next season, what do you think they will do with it? Seeing the celebrities play is fun, but I would like to see regular contestants too. Maybe they could alternate cycles. And do you think it’s possible for Millionaire to go back into production sooner than scripted series if they use a similar format with no audience? —Jake MATT ROUSH: In announcing the show’s renewal, ABC made reference to the celebrity edition, but I’d also like to see Who Wants to Be a Millionaire return to its original format at times. As AMC’s terrific limited series Quiz reminded us recently, the show’s initial appeal was in watching everyday trivia buffs sweat it out in the hot seat. As for…

2 min.
save our shows!

IN 1968, A rally of Star Trek fans outside NBC’s Burbank offices in California rescued the struggling series from the chopping block and earned it a third (and ultimately final) season. Ever since, viewers have mobilized in support of their beloved but imperiled shows. In 2018, thanks to a Twitter uproar, Netflix snapped up Lucifer after the devilish detective romp was cast out by Fox, and NBC recruited Fox’s axed cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine. (Not all campaigns succeed: A flood of flowers and pies couldn’t save ABC’s quirky 2007–09 mystery Pushing Daisies.) One current grassroots effort is on behalf of History’s Project Blue Book. Nearly 15,000 fans have signed a Change.org petition to find the UFO-investigation drama a new home. Exec producers David O’Leary and Sean Jablonski are urging viewers to…

1 min.
readers’ letters

PERRY PAL When I saw the cover with HBO’s Perry Mason reboot [June 8], I knew right away I wanted to check it out. Then I get to the article and see the cast includes Tatiana Maslany?! She is so good. I will absolutely watch. —Cindy FAST FAN I absolutely fell in love with HBO’s Run, a very quick series starring Merritt Wever and Domhnall Gleeson. I am praying they come back with a Season 2, as this story is far from over. I just love the premise and how it was handled by everyone involved. I have followed Merritt for years—Nurse Jackie, The Walking Dead—and absolutely adore her. I will be so disappointed if this is the only season. —Sue TOO MUCH? I’ve been waiting expectantly for ABC’s Holey Moley II: The Sequel. I…

1 min.
america’s most watched 25 top shows

Watched Live 1 America’s Got Talent NBC 8.8 The variety competition remains the summer season’s top series, but it’s down 1 million viewers from the same point last season and 2.5 million from 2018. 2 60 Minutes CBS 7.8 3 NCIS CBS 6.6 4 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire ABC 6.5 5 Celebrity Family Feud (Sunday) ABC 5.7 6 60 Minutes Presents: The Lost Music CBS 5.2 7 Young Sheldon CBS 5.1 8 Celebrity Family Feud (Monday) ABC 4.9 9 Man With a Plan CBS 4.8 FBI CBS 4.8 11 America’s Funniest Home Videos ABC 4.5 Mom CBS 4.5 13 World of Dance NBC 4.3 14 Blue Bloods CBS 4.2 15 FBI: Most Wanted CBS 4.1 Magnum P.I. CBS 4.1 Broke CBS 4.1 18 The Titan Games NBC 4.0 The Wall NBC 4.0 20 20/20 ABC 3.9 Grease Sing-A-Long CBS 3.9 Viewers are loving Sunday Night Movies’ classic blockbusters, but Grease Sing-A-Long…

2 min.
it’s almost game time!

FINALLY, SOME GOOD news for sports fans. Leagues are confirming plans to get teams back to work to finish up their pandemic-halted 2019–20 seasons. NASCAR and horse racing have already hit the tracks, and on June 5, the NBA announced that 22 teams will return to the court for an eight-game season wrapup followed by the playoffs. Training camp begins June 30; teams then head to Orlando, where games are expected to run July 31 to October 12 (one location prevents the need to travel). “We are hopeful of finishing the season in a safe and responsible manner,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. Basketball will air on ABC, ESPN and TNT. For hockey buffs, voluntary smallgroup practice has begun, and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman hopes training camps will launch…

2 min.
perry mason

@TVGMMattRoush Sundays, 9/8c, HBO CALL IT “THE Case of the Revolutionary Revision.” This is not the Perry Mason we grew up on: He’s disheveled, drunk, volatile, more of a seedy Sam Spade than an infallible attorney. You know you’re in an alternate TV universe when, toward the end of HBO’s gritty reimagining of the iconic legal warrior, he’s warned by a character very familiar in the canon: “No one ever confesses on the stand.” Huh? What Perry Mason is this, anyway? A more realistic and sordidly satisfying one, it turns out. (Not that anything could deter me from watching the occasional late-night repeat of the Raymond Burr classic, an eternally soothing tonic.) Erupting in pugilistic rage at injustice and corruption, his face lined with sorrow and trauma, Matthew Rhys (The Americans) is a marvelous…