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TV Guide Magazine September 14, 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

I recently binged the first two seasons of Cobra Kai and was surprised by how true it is to the spirit of the original Karate Kid movies. The returning actors easily fall back into their characters, now 30-plus years later, and the new roles cast with younger actors are realistically portrayed. The production is nearly movie quality and the fight sequences are great. Now that the already-produced third season is moving from YouTube to Netflix, along with the first two seasons already streaming, I really expect it to take off since Netflix has such a higher global reach. Do you think Netflix has plans for extending the series further? They typically don’t rescue shows unless they plan on producing their own seasons. —Mark MATT ROUSH: Netflix may choose to wait to…

4 min.
what’s ahead for these top dramas?

NCIS One reason to love the crime-solvers of CBS’s NCIS: The team feels like a family. So it’s fitting that for the 400th episode, coming this fall, the military drama will see a real-life father-and-son reunion. TV GUIDE MAGAZINE can exclusively reveal that Mark Harmon, who plays flinty big boss Leroy Jethro Gibbs, welcomes back his son Sean, again stepping into the shoes of Gibbs’ younger self. The acting gene is strong: Sean’s mom is Harmon’s wife of 33 years, Pam Dawber (Mork & Mindy). The junior Harmon, 32, has tackled the role in six previous episodes. The first was in 2008 when he appeared in flashbacks after a crime led the NCIS team to Gibbs’ hometown of Stillwater, Pennsylvania. Most recently he was seen in 2012 for another landmark, the 200th…

1 min.
record visitors to yellowstone

Viewers stampeded to the August 23 season finale of Paramount Network’s Yellowstone, lassoing in record ratings. The Western, which stars Kevin Costner (above), has grown steadily since its 2018 launch, and 5.2 million viewers tuned in to the (literally!) explosive third-season ender. Whether the draw has been intense family drama, the conflict between good and evil, men (and women) on horseback or quiet competition from other summer series, this episode was the most watched scripted cable telecast of the year, up 84 percent from last year’s finale. No surprise, Season 4 is in the works.…

1 min.
readers’ letters

GRIDIRON GREAT I would have been so disappointed if you had not included Super Bowl–winning Patrick Mahomes on the cover of the NFL Preview issue [August 31]. Never has a quarterback come along like Mahomes. He is a very decent young man, and Kansas City Chiefs fans are enormously proud of him. He deserves the accolades. —Terry GOOD CLEAN FUN It was so great to see daytime dramas get the positive recognition they deserve [August 17]. The actors, writers, producers and crew work so hard to produce quality TV. Watching soap operas during this time provides some semblance of normalcy and escape. Four different covers representing each soap is wonderful. —Iris PERFECT CHEMISTRY The actors who play detectives Jackson and Lola (Babou Ceesay and Eve Myles) in the Showtime series We Hunt…

2 min.
together again

HOME IMPROVEMENT It’s Tool Time again! Sort of. Home Improvement’s Tim Allen and Richard Karn, who played Tim Taylor and Al Borland, respectively, on the 1991–99 ABC sitcom, are rejoining forces for Assembly Required, a 10-episode competition coming to History next year. Contestants will rebuild common household items, trying to, yes, improve them. The duo, who cohost and judge, will also dig into the products’ history. Says Allen: “I’ve created a show to remind people of the satisfaction and pride that comes from rebuilding something on their own.” THE WEST WING “#TheWestWing team is getting back on the field!” Rob Lowe excitedly tweeted in late August. President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) and his staff will reunite in October for a theatrical performance of the NBC drama’s 2002 episode “Hatsfield’s Landing,” which is…

1 min.
america’s most watched 25 top shows

Watched Live 1 60 Minutes CBS 7.2 2 America’s Got Talent (Tuesday) NBC 5.6 3 America’s Got Talent (Wednesday) NBC 5.1 The Ticket: The First Interview ABC 5.1 5 America’s Funniest Home Videos ABC 4.7 6 NCIS CBS 4.6 7 Big Brother (Sunday) CBS 4.1 8 Blue Bloods CBS 4.0 9 Big Brother (Thursday) CBS 3.9 Big Brother (Wednesday) CBS 3.9 11 NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers ABC 3.8 The Lakers beat the Trail Blazers 116–108 to win Game 3 of the series. The matchup also topped the week with viewers age 18–49 (1.7 million). 12 The Neighborhood CBS 3.5 FBI CBS 3.5 Bob Abishola CBS 3.5 15 Magnum P.I. CBS 3.4 16 MacGyver CBS 3.1 17 2020 Democratic National Convention (Thursday) ABC 3.0 18 United We Fall ABC 2.8 In the penultimate episode of Season 1, the family sitcom hit a series low, dropping more…