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TV Guide Magazine September 28, 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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1 min.
editor’s letter

The wait is over! Fall TV is finally here. And there’s no better sign that the new season has arrived than our annual Fall Preview issue in your hands, whether you just pulled it from your mailbox or picked it up off the newsstand. If it feels like this year’s Fall Preview is coming to you later than usual, you’re right. We’ve all spent an extra-long summer indoors, which has been great for catching up on TV classics or finally bingeing those shows your friends have been insisting you try. But social distancing also meant that shooting schedules were delayed and planned shows were pushed to air even later. Now, we’ve got you covered. We’re previewing 54 brand-new shows: dramas, comedies, sci-fi, reality and animation. You’ll get to see favorite stars like…

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

@TVGMMattRoush I saw the news that Anna Faris is leaving CBS’s Mom, one of my favorite comedies. I’ll be curious how this affects the show, seeing as how she was one of the main characters. What are your thoughts on her exit and the show’s fate? —Nikki MATT ROUSH: As a fan of the show and of Anna Faris, I’m sorry she won’t be around for the eighth season. But Mom has evolved over the years, successfully expanding beyond the premise of the rocky relationship between Bonnie (Allison Janney) and daughter Christy (Faris), both single moms. It’s now a true ensemble comedy featuring their friends in a support group. I figure Bonnie and husband Adam (the terrific William Fichtner) will remain the primary focus, but with a supporting cast including Jaime Pressly,…

2 min.
derek’s back on dancing!

Much is different this season on Dancing With the Stars. Tyra Banks hosts, the seats in the ballroom are empty of spectators, and both contestants and judges practice social distancing. Another major change at that extra-long judges table: Six-time Mirrorball Trophy winner Derek Hough is front and center, joining Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli (flanking him, above) to critique the pro dancers and their celebrity partners. Fan favorite Hough (below, with Brooke Burke in 2008), who left the show in 2016, fills in for longtime expert Len Goodman, who can’t make it to the U.S. due to current travel restrictions. His style is a bit softer—though still specific and honest—than the often blunt Goodman. “Hopefully, I can lend some comfort, motivation or inspiration [to contestants],” Hough says. So far,…

1 min.
america’s most watched 25 top shows

Watched Live 1 Thursday Night Football: Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs NBC 21.0 2 Sunday Night Football: Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Rams NBC 19.0 The Rams won 20–17, but the broadcast fumbled from last year’s opening matchup (Patriots vs. Steelers), which drew 22 million. 3 60 Minutes CBS 8.0 4 America’s Got Talent (Tuesday) NBC 6.0 5 The Masked Singer Season 4 Preview Fox5.6 6 America’s Got Talent (Wednesday) NBC 5.5 7 NCIS CBS 5.0 8 Big Brother (Sunday) CBS 4.1 Big Brother (Wednesday) CBS 4.1 Big Brother (Thursday) CBS 4.1 11 Transplant NBC 3.7 20/20 ABC 3.7 The two-hour edition investigating the April murder of Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen in Texas topped Friday night in total viewers and with adults age 25–54. American Ninja Warrior NBC 3.7 14 America’s Funniest Home Videos ABC 3.5 Saturday Night Football: Clemson vs. Wake Forest ABC 3.5 16…

2 min.
diana rigg

There was no one like this Dame. It’s a rare talent who can inspire cult obsessions nearly a half century apart. Dame Diana Rigg, who died September 10 of cancer at 82, was the epitome of slinky cool as the karate-kicking, jumpsuitsporting Mrs. Emma Peel (right) in the 1960s British spy parody The Avengers. In 2013, when she joined HBO’s blockbuster Game of Thrones in its third season, she stole every scene as the indomitable Olenna Tyrell—better known as the “Queen of Thorns” for her waspish wit. “Dame Diana keeps everyone on their toes,” Thrones’ awed executive producer Dan Weiss told TV GUIDE MAGAZINE in 2013. Not unlike how the Queen of Thorns could put all of Westeros in its place. In one of her most memorable burns, she faced off against…

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kevin dobson

If not for Kevin Dobson, Kojak might have become known for apples instead of lollipops. The rugged actor, who died September 6 at age 77 of heart failure, recalled in a Kojak DVD featurette that he spotted a Tootsie Pop on the set of the iconic crime drama (1973–78) and flipped Telly Savalas the candy to replace the apple he’d been handed. That’s how legends are born. Dobson was an Army MP in the 1960s and a Long Island Rail Road conductor before taking up acting. His big break came when he was cast as Kojak’s eager sidekick, Det. Bobby Crocker. “We were looking for a certain street quality, and Kevin had it,” Kojak supervising producer Jim McAdams told TV GUIDE MAGAZINE in 1977. That authenticity also served him well as a…