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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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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: 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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crispy latkes

“This is a hybrid—latke meets traditional Sunday kosher brunch,” Hakman says of his crispy latke recipe, below. Emphasis on the crispy. It’s Hakman’s favorite way to make the classic potato pancake treat. “The trick is really making sure you strain those potatoes and all the moisture that’s coming out of them when you grate them, so they’ll be nicely golden-browned,” he says. Makes 6 Ingredients 1 large russet potato¼ cup frying oilSalt and pepper to taste¼ cup sour cream1 teaspoon freshly grated horseradish2–3 ounces smoked loxSprigs of dill Directions Latke: Grate potato and strain it of liquid really well. Heat a skillet on medium-high heat and add oil (I like avocado oil). When oil is at temperature, mold the grated potatoes in your hand to a size slightly larger than a silver dollar. Fry on…

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the roush review

@TVGMMattRoush The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel SEASON PREMIERE Friday, Dec. 6, Prime Video SHE TOOK MANHATTAN. Now it’s time for Las Vegas, Miami and who-knows-where-next to bow to the whimsy and wonder of Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), the tart 1960s stand-up comedy sensation who’s thrilled to be—apologies to Mary Tyler Moore—making it after all. “It’s the big time, baby!” exults her cantankerous fireplug of a sidekick/manager, Susie (the hilarious Alex Borstein), as they watch Mrs. Maisel’s name go up in lights on a Vegas marquee. Her rise to almost the top—she’s opening on the road for Shy Baldwin (Leroy McClain), a Johnny Mathis–style crooner—is not without speed bumps. Although when she bombs, she bounces back. Midge isn’t one to give up or, if you’ve witnessed her rat-a-tat banter, to let up. “Failure is how we…