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TV Guide Magazine February 17, 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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2 min.
ask matt

@TVGMMattRoush What do you make of WarnerMedia’s decision to stop producing scripted originals for Cinemax? Will that also mean the end of Warrior, a great show based on the writings of Bruce Lee? The second season is already in the can, but the question remains when it will air and whether there is any kind of future for it, since HBO Max has rejected the idea of taking over any of the Cinemax brand. It would be sad for a fun, pulpy piece of historical fiction to come to a premature end due to corporate reshuffling. —Sascha MATT ROUSH: Given the company’s deep-pocketed push to launch HBO Max this spring, I’m not surprised that they’ve dropped Cinemax originals. (Still, given how vast the HBO Max well of programming is, I don’t know…

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plus your feedback

NO-BRAINER NBC is missing the ultimate crossover episode with The Blacklist and New Amsterdam: The Blacklist’s Elizabeth gets injured, is taken to New Amsterdam’s hospital and wakes to find Dr. Goodwin, her husband Tom [both played by Ryan Eggold], treating her! C’mon! —Ron BAUER FOREVER! As far as I’m concerned, a revival of 24 [“TV’s Coming Attractions,” February 3] without Kiefer Sutherland and Mary Lynn Rajskub is a waste of money and time. —John NOT-SO-SMART MOVE Jeers to Outmatched. The likelihood of one family bearing three genius kids is beyond ludicrous. This [Fox] show is no Young Sheldon, if that is what the writers were hoping for. —Sharon Email us: COMING NEXT ISSUE SPRING PREVIEW See where the Winchester bros (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, above) are headed in the Supernatural finale, and get intel on Pauley Perrette’s…

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kobe bryant

In a stellar 20-season career, all with the Los Angeles Lakers, NBA legend Kobe Bryant had a reputation for rising to the occasion with the same ease and determination he would use to deliver a towering slam dunk on the court. His time in basketball was like one long highlights reel and included five NBA titles, two Olympic gold medals and 18 NBA All-Star games. The highlights will now, sadly, have to tell the full tale of his brilliance in the wake of the January 26 California helicopter crash that claimed nine, including both Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna, 13. For any basketball fan, those game clips that aired the week after his passing—along with a stream of tributes and the recollections of current and former NBA pros—showed television at its…

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kobe at his best

KOBE BRYANT’S LEGACY includes more than hardwood skills. Here are five things to watch on YouTube and TV to celebrate his contributions on and off the court. • His April 13, 2016, final game Bryant scored 60 points—15 of the team’s final 17—to secure a swan-song win for the ages. • Kobe Doin’ Work Spike Lee’s immersive documentary aimed 30 cameras at No. 24 during a 2008 game to capture his passion. • My Wish: Kobe Bryant Plays HORSE With Salvador A prime example of the athlete’s philanthropy: his Make-A-Wish day with a young b-ball-crazy leukemia survivor. • Dear Basketball This Oscar-winning 2017 animated short (above, left) is based on Bryant’s letter signaling his NBA retirement. • Celtics vs. Lakers (Sunday, Feb. 23, 3:30/2:30c, ABC) Lakers star LeBron James (right) has dedicated the season to…

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a milestone for history

They cannot tell a lie: Executives at History are excited to mark their 25th anniversary on television with the Presidents’ Day weekend premiere of Washington (Sunday, February 16, 8/7c). Airing on three consecutive nights, the docudrama helps the network celebrate a quarter century of what executive vice president Eli Lehrer calls historical storytelling. “Our mission statement,” he adds, “is embedded in our name.” That name has evolved to encompass multiple programming themes since the History Channel—as it was first known—launched on January 1, 1995. After an early focus on documentaries that leaned hard into WWII, History now airs a popular mix of unscripted series (Pawn Stars and American Pickers among them), fact-based fare and acclaimed scripted hits (from the miniseries The Bible to Vikings). It’s a combination that, Lehrer says, “bridges the…

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fred silverman 1937–2020

HE MAY NOT have been a household name or face, but legendary programmer Fred Silverman, who passed away January 30 at age 82, was the only executive ever to lead the entertainment divisions of CBS, ABC and NBC. Without him, we might never have seen All in the Family (which he rescued after ABC passed on it). Or Roots. Or Hill Street Blues. “The shows that are the riskiest are the ones that have the potential to be the biggest hits,” he told TV GUIDE MAGAZINE in 1977, after he had left CBS to take ABC to the top of the ratings with series such as Happy Days and Charlie’s Angels. When he failed to reverse struggling NBC’s fortunes, he turned to producing, with more success (Matlock, the Perry Mason movies,…