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TV Guide Magazine December 21, 2020

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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 Well, HBO has gone and canceled The Outsider. What are the odds of this great show being picked up by another network? —Justin MATT ROUSH: Better than most. I typically answer questions like this with a qualified “probably not,” but the difference here is the Stephen King factor. His name alone is a draw, and there were reports that the show’s writers had made progress breaking stories for a second season before HBO decided not to go forward. The production company, MRC, and exec producer Jason Bateman both have a strong relationship with Netflix, so anything is possible, there or elsewhere. I am really enjoying two new shows this season. Please tell me that The CW’s Coroner and NBC’s Transplant will be renewed. —Anne MATT ROUSH: As it turns out, both of your…

5 min.
the year in cheers & jeers

Cheers to The Great British Baking Show for mixing up the usual recipe. Netflix’s cozy cooking gem is generally as light as a puff pastry, so we were gobsmacked when things took a darker turn with the surprise elimination of fan fave Hermine. Sometimes ya need a little spice. Jeers to Dancing With the Stars for showing Tom Bergeron the pas de door. The perfect host was shuffled off ABC's dance floor without even a chance to take a bow after 15 years. That’s some jive right there. Cheers to The Mandalorian for delivering more than just Baby Yoda. Who needs movies when the rollicking space Western from Disney+ is bringing cinematic action, clever links to the Star Wars canon and (nonedible!) Easter eggs aplenty? Jeers to streaming platforms that don’t flow everywhere.…

4 min.
matt roush’s top 10 of 2020

@TVGMMattRoush 1 Mrs. America The fight for equality has never been easy—or more fun to watch. In a year marking the centennial of women earning the right to vote, FX on Hulu assembled a look-who’s-playing-who dream team of top-shelf actresses for Dahvi Waller’s terrific limited-series docudrama depicting the cultural and political wars in the 1970s over ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. Pitchperfect performances included (from left) Rose Byrne as feminist icon Gloria Steinem, Emmy winner Uzo Aduba as pioneering presidential candidate Shirley Chisholm, a revelatory Cate Blanchett as well-connected conservative adversary Phyllis Schlafly and Margo Martindale as outspoken New York firebrand Bella Abzug. They helped make Mrs. America the most entertaining and relevant history lesson in ages. (Footnote: The final chapter has yet to be written, as the battle continues today.) 2…

4 min.
animal attraction

Call Me Kat SERIES PREMIERE Sunday, Jan. 3, 8/7c, Fox TIMESLOT PREMIERE Thursday, Jan. 7, 9/8c, Fox MAYIM BIALIK DIDN’T know she was being offered a job back in 2019 when Jim Parsons, her friend and costar on The Big Bang Theory, asked for her take on the uproarious British sitcom Miranda, which he was then adapting. “I thought he was just asking my opinion. I had no idea he wanted me to capture this character for an American audience!” says Bialik, now the star and executive producer (with her former TV husband) of that project, Fox’s Call Me Kat. Using Miranda Hart’s 2009–15 BBC sitcom as a blueprint, the series revolves around Katharine “Kat” Silver (Bialik), a 39-year-old single math professor who, after her dad dies, quits her job and opens Kat’s Cat Café in…

1 min.
catching up with the rest of the big bang theory cast

Jim Parsons Along with being an executive producer on Kat, Parsons produced the LGBTQ docuseries Equal (HBO Max) and continues narrating Young Sheldon (CBS). On the acting side, he played a talent agent in the limited series Hollywood and the bitter Michael in The Boys in the Band (both on Netflix). Johnny Galecki He returned to ABC’s The Conners as Darlene’s ex, David, last season and has since been busy with his latest role—father to son Avery, born last December. Kaley Cuoco She stars as messy alcoholic Cassie in the drama The Flight Attendant on HBO Max (and is also an executive producer) and voices the title character in the streamer’s animated Harley Quinn. Kunal Nayyar He reprised his role as Guy in the animated Trolls World Tour (Hulu) earlier this year and played a killer in…

8 min.
a fond farewell

BUCK HENRY December 9, 1930–January 8, 2020 Younger viewers will remember him as Liz Lemon’s (Tina Fey) overly supportive father, Dick, on 30 Rock. But Henry’s career dates back to the early 1960s, when he was a regular on The New Steve Allen Show. His most enduring achievement is the ’60s spy spoof Get Smart, which he cocreated with Mel Brooks. JIM LEHRER May 19, 1934–January 23, 2020 The Emmy and Peabody Award–winning journalist made a name for himself covering the Watergate hearings for PBS in the 1970s. In addition to anchoring PBS NewsHour, Lehrer moderated 12 presidential debates, earning the nickname “The Dean of Moderators.” ROBERT CONRAD March 1, 1935–February 8, 2020 Long before Will Smith took on the role in the 1999 film version of The Wild Wild West, Conrad starred as James T. West in…