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TV Guide Magazine December 9, 2019

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

@TVGMMattRoush Is CBS’s The Unicorn really a comedy? Don’t get me wrong, I love it. But other than the fact that it’s a half-hour long, and that it’s inherently funny to see Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins’ role in Justified) playing at Jim Anderson (Father Knows Best), what makes this a comedy? Even quirky single-camera comedies like The Good Place have obvious lines or sight gags that are designed to elicit laughs. I can’t think of a single piece of dialogue in the early episodes that was intended to get a big laugh. Put another way: If the show were to expand to an hour, would we consider it a dramedy? —Rick MATT ROUSH: Why worry how to pigeonhole it when The Unicorn is so darned good? Though the show deals with grief…

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plus your feedback

HEY, GOOD IDEA! I know Blue Bloods [November 25] did a Mother’s Day episode once, but I feel the show should do a special Father’s Day episode for the off-season. The family could honor all three patriarchs: Henry (Len Cariou), Frank (Tom Selleck) and Danny (Donnie Wahlberg). —Elizabeth FINAL THOUGHTS A big shout-out to Jack Farthing as the villainous George Warleggan for giving us an exciting, surprising Poldark series finale [November 17] and adding so much dimension to his character this season. May viewers hopefully see him in something else worthy of his acting chops in the near future. —Jacqueline Email us: letters@tvgm.com COMING NEXT ISSUE ▸ ZIVA’S BACK—AGAIN! We’re talking about the return of the formidable Ziva David (Cote de Pablo, above, with Mark Harmon), in TV GUIDE MAGAZINE’s December 23 issue, as she continues her…

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jeopardy! crowns its master mind

IT IS, WITHOUT QUESTION, the event Jeopardy! fans have been clamoring to see. The three most successful players in the game show’s history—James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, with combined winnings of more than $10 million—will square off on Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time (premieres Tuesday, January 7, 8/7c, on ABC). Hosted by Alex Trebek over multiple consecutive nights, this will be the first primetime match-play battle royal since 1990. “Jeopardy! viewers are very active on social media, and the chorus of voices calling for this kind of competition just kept growing louder and louder,” explains longtime executive producer Harry Friedman. “We’re [giving] them exactly what they want.” In the show’s familiar “tournament” structure, competitors will duke it out in a set of two back-to-back 30-minute games. (Friedman promises the…

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first look

Perfect Harmony ARE YOU READY for a Bartlet administration reunion? On the January 9 episode of NBC comedy Perfect Harmony (8:30/7:30c), star Bradley Whitford welcomes fellow West Wing alum Joshua Malina (above left, with Whitford). Malina guests as eccentric podcaster Torsten VanBlaricum, who sits alongside crabby small-town choir director Arthur Cochran (Whitford) on the panel judging the Conley Fork’s Finest pageant. “Torsten is a previous winner; [unlike Arthur,] he is entirely enraptured by the proceedings,” Malina says. “I think his life has peaked.” The actors have maintained a fond rivalry since they met in 1990 appearing in the Broadway run of an earlier Aaron Sorkin project, A Few Good Men. (Malina joined Sorkin’s The West Wing in 2002, midway through its seven-season run.) “He likes to lord his Emmys over me,” the…

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when your favorites are coming back!

HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES CAN keep us merry for a while, but once the stockings are unstuffed, there’s nothing left to stop us from pining for new episodes of our most treasured shows that have been away. Mark your calendar with these return dates. Almost Family Jan. 1, 9/8c, Fox Last Man Standing Jan. 2, 8/7c, Fox America’s Funniest Home Videos Jan. 5, 7/6c, ABC The Bachelor Jan. 6, 8/7c, ABC Manifest Jan. 6, 10/9c, NBC The Resident Jan. 7, 8/7c, Fox mixed-ish Jan. 7, 9/8c, ABC black-ish Jan. 7, 9:30/8:30c, ABC Emergence Jan. 7, 10/9c, ABC Chicago Med Jan. 8, 8/7c, NBC Modern Family Jan. 8, 9/8c, ABC Criminal Minds Jan. 8, 9/8c, CBS Chicago Fire Jan. 8, 9/8c, NBC Single Parents Jan. 8, 9:30/8:30c, ABC Chicago P.D. Jan. 8, 10/9c, NBC The Good Doctor Jan. 13, 10/9c, ABC This Is Us Jan. 14, 9/8c, NBC The Goldbergs Jan.…

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hannah brown wins dwts!

SHE MAY HAVE lost out on love as the Bachelorette, but Hannah Brown scored something she’s happier to have and to hold than her two-timing former fiancé: the coveted Dancing With the Stars Mirrorball trophy. After earning a perfect score for her freestyle dance with pro partner Alan Bersten, the Alabama knockout bested Season 28 finalists Kel Mitchell (Good Burger), pop star Ally Brooke and country singer Lauren Alaina thanks in part to the audience’s vote. “That is what’s been so amazing for me—to feel so much support through this year,” an exhausted Brown said the day after her big win. “I’m really thankful.” And while Brown admits she was “so shocked” by the outcome—“Everybody was so talented and was just as deserving as I am”—Robert Mills, ABC’s senior VP…