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TV Guide Magazine September 16, 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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2 min.
america’s top tv critic matt roush answers your burning questions

@TVGMMattRoush I really enjoyed Instinct and am sorry it has been canceled. What is ironic is that on page 10 of the Fall Preview issue [September 2], its cancellation is noted in “For the Record.” On page 11, it is tied for No. 21 in “America’s Most Watched” shows. There is some disconnect here. Plus, there are loose ends and new storylines that will never be resolved. Any chance of a wrap-up episode? —Ronald MATT ROUSH: We got a lot of mail from those dismayed about this cancellation—and quite a few pointed out the disparity with the ratings chart. Truth is, it’s hard to know where the bar is set for summer programming, and ratings for the Alan Cumming–Bojana Novakovic procedural were down from its first year (much of which aired during…

1 min.
plus your feedback

FRESH TAKE The Beverly Hills, 90210 reboot has charmed the pants off me! The casting is inspired with the return of [Christine Elise as] Emily Valentine and the addition of Vanessa Lachey. The fake reality show of it all cracks me up. The only improvement to be made—Luke Perry—is impossible. Thanks for the creative twist on nostalgia! —Aimee FAN PRAISE How you keep outdoing yourselves with your Comic-Con issue [on newsstands through October 14] I’ll never know, but I wait for it with bated breath. The 2019 issue is awesome, but also bittersweet, since we say goodbye to two powerhouses, Arrow and Supernatural. Keep up the good work, TVGM! Long may you reign! —Elizabeth Email us: COMING NEXT ISSUE WRESTLING MANIA! Get in the ring with three of fall’s biggest wrestling showcases, All Elite Wrestling…

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welcome back to downton abbey

BY ORDER OF the king, the majestic doors of Downton Abbey are open again! The beloved drama moves from PBS’s Masterpiece to the big screen in a lavish new film, in theaters September 20, that reunites most of its characters, last seen on the TV series’ 2015 finale. It’s 1927, and 18 months have passed for the upstairs/downstairs folks—now preparing for a visit from Britain’s King George V and Queen Mary during a tour of Yorkshire. No surprise, the royals and their retinue shake up the Crawley family’s quiet country manor. “We needed a story that would have all the characters involved in one endeavor together,” says executive producer Gareth Neame, “so we created the biggest event to ever happen at Downton.” The arrival of the king (Simon Jones), queen (Geraldine…

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criminal behavior

20/20 SEASON PREMIERE FRIDAY, SEPT. 27, 9/8C, ABC Having transitioned from the standard newsmagazine to a two-hour documentary-style format, the venerated 20/20, now in its 42nd season, is leaning even further into viewers’ fascination with factual malfeasance. “True crime satiates this need we all have to figure out who did something, why they did it and how it can possibly be prevented,” says coanchor Amy Robach. “Hollywood scripts often pale in comparison to real life, and truth is often stranger than fiction.” Fittingly, the season opens with an exclusive interview from the entertainment world: Las Vegas icons Siegfried & Roy weigh in on recent allegations of human error surrounding the 2003 tiger attack that ended their stage show. But don’t expect 20/20’s take to be tabloid-y. “Everyone who trusts us to tell their story—oftentimes…

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valerie harper

It’s hard to remember a time when we weren’t rooting for Valerie Harper. It began in the ’70s, when she played wisecracking Rhoda Morgenstern, the brash and brassy sidekick to winsome Mary Richards in the first four seasons of the legendary Mary Tyler Moore Show. We already knew we loved Mary, but we quickly came to worship Rhoda for her feisty and self-deprecating wit. This beacon of independent feminism won us over the moment she considered a piece of candy and quipped: “I don’t know why I’m putting this in my mouth. I should just apply it directly to my hips.” Who was she kidding? Rhoda was a catch, the kind of fearlessly funny friend anyone would be lucky to have. And Harper, who died August 30 at 80 after a…

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who will win?

WITH ONE EPIC exception, this year’s Emmy Awards (Sunday, September 22, 8/7c, Fox) could be the toughest to predict in ages. With so much great work being done on multiple platforms, many categories feel like a toss-up. (See ballot on pages 18–19.) But that’s never stopped us from trying to pick the winners! Some thoughts: DRAMA SERIES Though polarizing to fans and critics alike, the final season of Game of Thrones towers over the competition with a record 32 nominations. None of the seven other contenders in this category would seem to have a chance. Better luck next year. DRAMA ACTOR For all Thrones’ success, only Peter Dinklage has won acting honors, in supporting, and that’s not likely to change (Kit Harington is nominated here this year). I’m betting Bob Odenkirk’s increasingly…