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TV Guide Magazine February 15, 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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RECENT ISSUES Thank you for the Editor’s Letter stating that there are others who haven’t received their TV GUIDE MAGAZINE. I am a longtime subscriber and wondered if we were the only ones having difficulty with delivery. I am a nurse and realize how devastating COVID-19 has been for everyone. My sincerest thank you to those in the postal service who are doing their best to deliver the mail in a timely manner while trying to remain healthy. —Sona MISLEADING MOMENT When I saw Jack [George Eads] in MacGyver’s “previously on” [January 15 episode], I figured he must be coming back! Then, to open with Jack’s funeral, my bubble burst! —Syl HOST TOAST I really loved seeing John Krasinski on Saturday Night Live on January 30. Although I think the writers missed…

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ask matt

@TVGMMattRoush A pet peeve: I find it extremely annoying for live people to talk with dead people, especially if they have never or barely met. I’m referring to HBO Max’s The Flight Attendant, in which the title character continues to talk to a victim with whom she had a one-night stand. Give me a break! And then there’s This Is Us and Randall’s conversation with his dead mother, whom he never knew. I realize it’s dramatic license, and in Randall’s case important to his character, but this device is getting more common and I dislike it greatly! —JV MATT ROUSH: Ghosts have their place in storytelling, but I had a similar problem with The Flight Attendant (although in this case, he’s more a figment of her subconscious): mainly that the gimmick was…

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25 top shows

Smart Watch If you have a half hour, watch this comedy See how it all began for one of the world’s biggest stars. Young Rock is a sitcom take on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s formative years, from childhood to college. Tuesday, Feb. 16, 8/7c, NBC If you have an hour, watch this drama On Law & Order: SVU, Benson (Mariska Hargitay) gets an assist from Lt. Carolyn Barek (Annabella Sciorra, who played the role on Criminal Intent) to stop a serial rapist. Thursday, Feb. 18, 9/8c, NBC If you have a free evening, watch this movie Andra Day shines as the jazz great in The United States vs. Billie Holiday. The film covers the government’s attempt to silence her protest song “Strange Fruit.” Friday, Feb. 26, Hulu If you have a free weekend, binge this series Haven’t yet…

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the roush review

@TVGMMattRoush HELLO, DIRTY HARRIET! “Now it’s my world,” gloats Robyn McCall (Queen Latifah, regally fierce) after taking down three armed combatants without breaking a sweat. The CIA agent turned vigilante do-gooder is The Equalizer 2.0, a role that fits the Queen almost too perfectly. Cool and calculated, unflappable even when being waterboarded, Robyn is a one-woman demolition squad with an eye for the underdog. Everyone in her secret orbit, including her former handler (the expert Chris Noth), acknowledges she’s the best, and who’s arguing? If looks could kill, she’d be a serial offender. “You don’t have to give me the mean look,” quips her hacker buddy Harry (Adam Goldberg). Mel (Liza Lapira), another off-the-grid helper who’s a crack shot when not tending bar, observes, “I know that look. That’s your ‘I’m going to…

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lady’s choice

When Calls the Heart SEASON PREMIERE Sunday, Feb. 21, 9/8c, Hallmark Channel EARLY IN THE new season of Hallmark’s hit frontier drama When Calls the Heart, an emotional Elizabeth Thornton (Erin Krakow) hurtles across a field on a fast-galloping horse as music swells. We can’t tell you if she’s speeding toward or away from someone, but it’s safe to say that her love triangle with hero Mountie Nathan Grant (Kevin McGarry) and adventurous saloon owner/oilman Lucas Bouchard (Chris McNally) is finally coming to a head in Season 8. “I can assure you we will have an answer,” promises Krakow, who’s also a co–executive producer of Heart, which is based on Janette Oke’s Canadian West novels. “Elizabeth makes a choice this season. It’s time.” “Hearties,” the show’s ardent fans, agree. The Hope Valley teacher became…

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master class

CICELY TYSON STOOD about 5-foot-3, but she had the presence to command attention in any room. A year before she passed away on January 28, the actress stepped into TV GUIDE MAGAZINE’s busy photo studio at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California, to pose with accomplished film and television creator Ava DuVernay. Immediately, the hustle and bustle ceased, and the staffers hushed. A legend had arrived. It didn’t remain quiet for long. The two women, who worked together on DuVernay’s 2020 OWN drama Cherish the Day, embraced and laughed like friends who’d known each other forever. Seeing their connection, we knew that a conversation between these two was a must for our Master Class series, where we bring folks of different generations together for a lively discussion. That…