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TV Guide Magazine January 18, 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

Since we’ve been spending more time than ever indoors, it’s also meant, for a lot of people, more time with family. And in front of the TV is the one place we can all gather. I have three kids, two in college and one in high school, and we recently rewatched all the Harry Potter movies over the holidays. Whenever we’re together, we’ll also catch up on NBC’s Saturday Night Live (on Sunday morning, of course) or even rewatch The Office. But it’s not always easy to settle on shows that everyone can enjoy as a group—shows appealing to grandparents and grandchildren or to parents with their teens. So we’re introducing a new page called “Family Room” to guide you toward programming that both adults and kids will love. If…

1 min.
your feedback

NEW WORLD Thank you very much for the article on streaming [January 4, “How to…Start Streaming,” page 32]. It is so confusing with all the new and different ways to watch TV. As an older person—wow!—so intimidated. —Gayle Thank you for your article “How to…Start Streaming.” Under the “How Can I Stream for Free?” section, I would have added Pluto TV (which has a large selection of channels in addition to on-demand) as well as the Roku Channel. —Alan NO OBJECTIONS Kudos to Showtime! Bryan Cranston has another hit on his hands with Your Honor. I was hooked just 10 minutes in. It’s an amazing drama with twists and turns in every direction. Thank you for a quality program! —Candy WELL-FED SOUL Restaurant Hustle 2020: All on the Line [December 27] is must-see…

3 min.
ask matt

@TVGMMattRoush It was a treat for CBS to release the first season of Star Trek: Discovery on their regular network (probably a COVID-related decision). Do you think there is any chance those of us without CBS All Access will get to see Season 2? —Larry MATT ROUSH: On CBS, probably not. (The last time CBS tried this, with a summer run of the first season of The Good Fight, that’s all they aired.) The Trek spinoffs, including Star Trek: Picard and others in the pipeline, are crucial to the identity of ViacomCBS’s streaming platform, which later this year will be rebranded as Paramount+ to further distance it from the legacy linear network. You’re right that the first season of Discovery got this primetime exposure because of pandemic production delays, but for the…

4 min.
25 top shows

Smart Watch If you have a half hour, watch this comedy After a fight with Drew (Thomas Middleditch), wacky kidney donor Gina (Annaleigh Ashford) falls back into her reckless ways on B Positive, which just landed a full-season pickup. Thursday, Jan. 21, 8:30/7:30c, CBS If you have an hour, watch this drama We’ve been waiting since May! Fox’s highest-rated scripted series, 9-1-1, returns with new episodes. Tonight’s disaster facing the first responders: a massive reservoir dam break. Monday, Jan. 18, 8/7c, Fox If you have a free evening, watch this movie Catch kickass superhero Gal Gadot in the action-packed Wonder Woman 1984 through January 24—because after that, the made-for-the-big-screen film will no longer be available to watch at home. HBO Max If you have a free weekend, binge this series Chip and Joanna Gaines, the bantering (and beloved)…

3 min.
family room

Top Picks ANIMATED Pixar Popcorn (Series premiere, Friday, Jan. 22, Disney+) A new collection of Disney shorts features favorite film characters like Toy Story’s heroic Buzz Lightyear (in “To Fitness and Beyond”) and Finding Nemo’s forgetful Dory (“Dory Finding”) in brand-new adventures. Perfect for those with short attention spans! For everyone DRAMA All American (Season premiere, Monday, Jan. 18, 8/7c, The CW) In Season 3, football star Spencer James (Daniel Ezra), who left his South Crenshaw high school when he was recruited to play for the Beverly Hills team, returns to Crenshaw for his senior year. Coach Billy Baker (Taye Diggs) joins him. For teens REALITY Supermarket Stakeout (Tuesday, Jan. 26, 10/9c, Food Network) Four chefs negotiate with shoppers exiting the grocery store to buy ingredients for their challenges in this wacky cooking competition, hosted by…

5 min.
the roush review

@TVGMMattRoush HAVEN’T WE SEEN them somewhere before? That’s the point. Displaying a collective amnesia so common to broadcast networks, a new wave of wobbly comedic star vehicles once again proves a painful point: that sitcoms are often better at creating new stars than at repackaging familiar faces. The exception to this rule, as it has been for decades, is Ted Danson. Fresh from his inspired and touching work as the most human of demons on The Good Place, he glides effortlessly into the more earthbound role of NBC’s cluelessly benign Mr. Mayor, from those 30 Rock masterminds Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. A kinder variant of Veep, and toothless as political satire, Mayor excels at zany offhand absurdities: an aide (former Saturday Night Live clown Bobby Moynihan, a daffy delight) who wears sandals…