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TV Guide Magazine May 11, 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 I really enjoyed Will & Grace’s tribute to I Love Lucy. It was brilliantly executed—and bravo for the Lucie Arnaz appearance. However, as a big I Love Lucy fan, I noticed that all of the Lucy sequence dialogue was taken verbatim from the original episodes, but without recognition given to the amazing writers of the originals. Back in college, we would have called that plagiarism (and been given an F). Any thoughts? —Trevor MATT ROUSH: I also enjoyed the April 9 episode tremendously, a high point of an uneven final season. Even on just a technical level, they re-created some of I Love Lucy’s most iconic moments with style and affection. And because this was so obviously an homage, I wouldn’t go so far as accusing them of plagiarizing, since they…

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score! sports are back (sort of)

THE NBA SEASON is suspended, Major League Baseball’s opening day is on hold, and top golf and tennis tournaments have been canceled. Since mid-March, sports fans have been itching for a fix. They finally got one with the premiere of ESPN’s The Last Dance, a documentary series delving into the history of basketball great Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. The 10-parter—which is setting ratings records—gives an unprecedented look at the making of a dynasty. It offers exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from the team’s 1997–98 final championship season as well as the high school and college careers of Jordan and several teammates. In fact, Dance is the most watched doc in ESPN history. The first two episodes, which aired April 19, averaged 6.1 million viewers; Episodes 3 and 4 on…

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goose bumps and tears at the masked finale

“Take it off! Take it off!” That deafening audience roar coming from Stage 46 at Hollywood’s Television City can mean only one thing: The Masked Singer’s final three contestants will soon doff their disguises as one is crowned the winner. “It’s the most suspenseful [finale] yet!” says judge Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg of the reality hit’s Season 3 wrap-up (May 20, 8/7c, Fox). TV GUIDE MAGAZINE was the only press invited to watch it all unfold. The vocal competition pits celebrities—made anonymous by extravagant costumes such as Frog and Turtle (below)—against one another; their identities remain hidden until they are voted off. This episode taped in February, before the coronavirus shut down production. “If there was a show right now that America needs, it’s this one,” Wahlberg says. “The whole family can…

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how morning news covers the pandemic

YOU’RE NOT THE only one commuting from bed to kitchen table to start your workday while under coronavirus stay-at-home orders. Turn on the TV and you’ll see CBS This Morning’s Gayle King reporting from home while Today’s Savannah Guthrie, at her Upstate New York house, checks in with Hoda Kotb, coanchoring from the NYC studios. “There was never a worry the show might not go on,” says Today exec producer Libby Leist of the quick move to mostly remote broadcasts. (Weatherman Al Roker and cohost Carson Daly are also at home, while news anchor Craig Melvin is back at the studio.) “Our goal is the same: Inform people, bring practical solutions and make them smile.” But first they all had to meet the challenge of operating with on-air talent scattered in many…

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america’s most watched 25 top shows

Watched Live 1 NFL Draft Round 1 (Thursday) ABC, ESPN, NFL Network 15.6 2 60 Minutes CBS 10.9 3 The Voice NBC 9.2 4 Survivor CBS 8.2 5 NFL Draft Rounds 2 and 3 (Friday) ABC, ESPN, NFL Network 8.2 6 The Masked Singer Fox 8.1 7 Blue Bloods CBS 8.0 8 NCIS CBS 7.7 9 Magnum P.I. CBS 7.2 10 9-1-1 Fox 6.8 11 Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince CBS 6.5 The audience went crazy for this concert special honoring the late superstar—it was Tuesday night’s top program with viewers age 18–49. 12 God Friended Me (8pm) CBS 6.3 13 MacGyver CBS 6.2 14 God Friended Me (9pm) CBS 6.1 The Last Dance (9pm) ESPN, ESPN2 6.1 American Idol ABC 6.1 The first live remote show kept the competition moving forward, but the episode was down more than 2.5 million viewers from the same…

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i know this much is true

Sundays, 9/8c, HBO AND YOU THOUGHT the Hulk was angry. Although he never transforms into a giant green behemoth in the emotionally intense I Know This Much Is True, Mark Ruffalo’s explosive displays of frustrated rage and tragic madness as he plays very different identical twins are even more disturbing in their realism. I know this much: As Dominick and Thomas Birdsey, Ruffalo ascends to the head of the Emmy class in a demanding dual role. Adapting Wally Lamb’s mammoth bestseller into a six-part limited series, writer-director Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) spares no one in this sorrowful tale of familial responsibility and mystery. “He is my curse,” blurts hot-blooded and hardheaded Dominick to Dr. Patel (Archie Panjabi), the coolly compassionate psychologist now treating his fragile brother. Thomas, a paranoid schizophrenic, has been…