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TV Guide Magazine January 4, 2021

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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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1 min.
editor’s letter

Our annual January preview issues keep getting bigger and bigger, and 2021 is no exception. After COVID-19 wreaked havoc on TV production schedules last year, fewer shows than usual premiered in the fall season. The good news is that many of your favorites will now return this winter and spring instead, along with a slew of exciting new titles. We’ve got reports from the sets, insights from the talent in front of and behind the camera, and exclusive celebrity interviews you can’t find anywhere else. One of the shows I’m most looking forward to is Wanda-Vision on Disney+, starring Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany as Vision (above). These two characters from the Marvel superhero flicks get transported to homes and sets looking suspiciously like TV classics such…

2 min.
ask matt

@TVGMMattRoush I have been watching CBS’s The Amazing Race for many years, but this season may be my last. I am so disgusted with the “alliances.” It takes away from the excitement of the race for teams to tell others how to finish a task or what to expect. It just doesn’t seem fair. We miss out on the fun of watching the struggle. If this happens in the next season, I’ll stop watching. Your thoughts? —Larry MATT ROUSH: If this becomes the strategy going forward, I agree it will be a game changer in the worst sense of the phrase. There have been alliances before, but never one so determined to share answers to puzzles to so many teams in an effort to block weaker ones. The gloating by some within…

1 min.
your feedback

READER FAVE I’m really disappointed that Ted Lasso was not on “Matt Roush’s Top 10 of 2020” list [December 21 issue, page 6]. With its warm, kindhearted theme, this is one show that helped us through the dark days of the pandemic. —Craig MISSING HALF Our family loved CBS’s Mom from the beginning, but it’s not Mom without Anna Faris. It was the chemistry between Faris and Allison Janney that made the show great. We aren’t watching the new season. —Phil and Betty BAH, HUMBUG The CW had their heart in the right place, but they misfired with their Greatest Holiday Commercials special [December 9]. Most of the ads showed families getting together, parties, people physically connecting—which we can’t do this season because of the pandemic. I found it hard to watch.…

4 min.
25 top shows

Falling The mystery-celebrity-with-a-mic series should stick to the competition. This week’s episode—a special holiday singalong where nobody was sent home—got its lowest numbers of the season. Falling The legal drama lost more than 1 million viewers when comparing the 2019 season’s first four episodes (which had an average audience of 5.5 million) with this season’s (4.2 million). Staying strong A rescheduled Cowboys–Ravens NFL game sacked everything on Tuesday, but Gibbs and crew still emerged as the top scripted series of the week. Holding steady Dream sequences featuring beloved past cast members Patrick Dempsey (above) and T.R. Knight have helped the hospital hit continue to win its Thursday timeslot (excluding sports) during Season 17. Smart Watch If you have a half hour, watch this comedy Two Tims are better than one! On Last Man Standing, Allen straps…

5 min.
the roush review

Bridgerton Available now, Netflix LUSTIER THAN THE average Masterpiece, with tongue planted firmly in rouged cheek, Bridgerton is power producer Shonda Rhimes’ stylish if overwrought series debut at the Netflix ball. With show creator Chris Van Dusen (Scandal) adapting books by Julia Quinn, this eight-part period romance is obsessed with the toxic consequences of scandal, albeit of a comparatively milder variety than on Rhimes’ outrageous ABC melodrama. All of 1813 London, from commoner to imperious Queen Charlotte (a droll Golda Rosheuvel), hangs on every word printed in Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers, an anonymously written pamphlet of insider gossip that’s unafraid to name names and sully reputations. Deliciously voiced by a saucy Julie Andrews, Lady Whistledown is a pot-stirring scold given to making overripe statements like “There is no parasol in the world strong…

5 min.
10 new shows we can’t wait to see! mr. mayor

THURSDAY, JAN. 7, 8/7c, NBC At best, politics makes strange bedfellows. At worst, it makes the polarizing climate of 2020. But in Mr. Mayor, NBC’s new comedy starring Ted Danson as Los Angeles’ unlikeliest civil servant, it barely even makes an appearance. “Neither of us had a desire to write about politics,” series cocreator Tina Fey told TV GUIDE MAGAZINE during a December Zoom call with fellow executive producer Robert Carlock. Just as the pair’s previous NBC hit, 30 Rock, was a workplace comedy that happened to take place in the world of television, Mr. Mayor is a workplace comedy with government as a backdrop. That’s where Danson’s affable Neil Bremer comes in. He’s a wealthy retired businessman in L.A. who rashly runs for office—and unexpectedly wins—after the current mayor, as Fey…