TV Guide Magazine May 24, 2021

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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BON VOYAGE I am so very sorry that CBS’s NCIS: New Orleans has been canceled [“Pride & Joy,” May 10 issue]. I enjoyed the people on that show each week and just the fact that it took place in New Orleans with that wonderful music! I hope the actors get picked up in new shows soon. Goodbye, NO! —Lynda POWER COUPLE Supergirl’s episodes “Prom Night!” and “Prom Again!” [April 27 and May 4] prove that Brainy and Dreamer need their own spinoff series now that The CW’s Supergirl is ending! Both Nicole Maines and Jesse Rath are superstars. —Anja MANIFEST DESTINY Holly Taylor as Angelina has been a breath of fresh air on the new season of NBC’s Manifest. The former daughter of Soviet spies Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell on FX’s excellent The Americans,…

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@TVGMMattRoush At some point, the iconic character of Young Sheldon is going to have to leave the nest, and will we have to get used to a postpubescent Iain Armitage as not-so-young Sheldon who looks nothing like The Big Bang Theory’s adult Sheldon, Jim Parsons? I have the perfect solution: Missy. Raegan Revord is the show’s underrated scene-stealer. They could replace Young Sheldon with Missy, recasting the role as a collegeage Missy and having the voiceover done by Raegan. The Cooper family could be on the air for 20-plus years! I should be a TV executive. How would you feel about giving me a glowing recommendation? —Mark MATT ROUSH: Pitching a spinoff? You’re a natural. But seriously, Raegan Revord is one of several not-so-secret weapons among Sheldon’s well-cast family. (I’ve been a…

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25 top shows

Smart Watch If you have a half hour, check out this sitcom The lure of The Moodys has long been the funny dysfunction playing out in family gatherings. As wedding bells loom, back-to-back episodes of the Denis Leary series air June 6. (The finale airs June 20.) 9/8c, Fox If you have an hour, watch this game show Jamie Foxx turns every episode of Beat Shazam into a most welcome house party as contestants on the “name that tune”–style series get big money while they get down. Season 4 premieres Thursday, June 3, 8/7c, Fox If you have a free evening, watch this movie Lush undersea images draw you into the Oscar-winning documentary My Octopus Teacher, but the thrill is in the editing, which turns a naturalist’s daily visits with the title mollusk into a journey…

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@TVGMMattRoush The Underground Railroad Available now, Prime Video “IF YOU WANT to see what this nation’s all about, you gotta ride the rails,” crows a station agent who welcomes aboard two desperate runaway slaves, Cora (Thuso Mbedu) and Caesar (Aaron Pierre). “Just look outside as you speed through and you’ll see the true face of America.” It’s not a pretty face, to put it mildly, and the subterranean train—the invention of Colson Whitehead from his searing Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Underground Railroad—is a macabre manifestation of the pipeline of clandestine homes that once carried slaves to freedom. Caesar’s prize possession is a contraband edition of Gulliver’s Travels, but a more appropriate metaphor for this grueling 10-part limited-series adaptation would be Dante’s Inferno. These passengers soon learn there’s no safe haven in a nation that…

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first look at summer tv

THE CELEBRITY DATING GAME EVER WANTED TO ask Taye Diggs to dinner? Now could be your chance. On The Celebrity Dating Game—a retooling of The Dating Game, a matchup show that first aired in the 1960s—three singles try to win over stars, including Diggs, Modern Family’s Nolan Gould and Hannah Brown from The Bachelorette. Overseeing the flirtatious affair: Grammy-winning singer Michael Bolton and his cohost, actress Zooey Deschanel (New Girl). To get to know their potential dates, who are hidden behind a partition, the stars ask questions: “If you were in a beauty pageant, what would your talent be?” or “Name a fun, romantic activity we could do together at home.” Bolton, meanwhile, gives hints about the celeb’s identity by singing his songs (and other artists’ hits) with altered lyrics! Here, he…

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keep the laughs coming!

Wellington Paranormal Before FX’s riotous TV adaptation of the 2014 vampire comedy movie What We Do in the Shadows, there was this New Zealand spinoff mockumentary, making its U.S. debut with the movie’s cop characters (Mike Minogue and Karen O’Leary) tackling all sorts of spooky cases. Sunday, July 11, 9/8c, The CW Turner & Hooch Josh Peck stars as a by-the-book U.S. marshal who inherits a slobbering French mastiff that turns out to be the perfect four-legged partner. On this spinoff of the 1989 movie, Peck plays the son of Tom Hanks’ character! Friday, July 16, Disney+ The Chair Sandra Oh goes from Killing Eve to breaking barriers in this naughty romcom from executive producer Amanda Peet about the first woman of color to chair the English department at a prestigious but stodgy university. Friday, August 27, Netflix Miracle…