TV Guide Magazine December 20, 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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26 Issues

in this issue

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ask matt

@TVGMMattRoush Now that NBC has officially passed on the series Getaway that Marg Helgenberger was supposed to be in, is there any chance she will return to either All Rise or CBS’s new CSI: Vegas? —Linda MATT ROUSH: More likely the former. She was contractually obligated to the Getaway pilot, which she booked after CBS canceled All Rise and before OWN rescued it. At press time, we hadn’t seen any updates about casting for the legal drama’s third season, but it was reported at the time of All Rise’s pickup that the door was open for her and other veterans of the show to appear, pending availability. Regarding CSI: Vegas, we’re not even sure there will be a second season. Back in November, I caught the first episode of Dan Brown’s The Lost…

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a fond farewell

Tanya Roberts October 15, 1955–January 4, 2021 After a career as a model, Roberts rocketed to TV stardom in 1980 on Charlie’s Angels, replacing Shelley Hack and playing one of the famous trio of scantily clad female private eyes. Nearly 20 years later, she showed a different side on the nostalgic sitcom That ’70s Show as Midwestern housewife Midge Pinciotti for three seasons. Hal Holbrook February 17, 1925–January 23, 2021 A distinguished star of stage and screen who excelled in commanding roles, Holbrook won one of his five Emmys for his turn as Abraham Lincoln in a TV miniseries and was nominated for playing Mark Twain in a screen version of his one-man play. He also famously played Deep Throat in All the President’s Men. In later years, he was a regular on the Burt…

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matt roush’s top 10 of 2021

@TVGMMattRoush 1 Ted Lasso When I found myself choking up at an instant-classic Christmas episode—in the middle of August!—that was so overwhelmingly heartwarming it almost caused acid reflux, I realized what a gift Ted Lasso is for all seasons. This year’s Emmy darling, about a Kansas football coach transplanted to England to lead a soccer team, is a feel-good underdog story that expertly blends saltiness and spice with an underlying sweetness. It’s a welcome tonic for our toxic times. In its second season, as folksy-corny Ted (Jason Sudeikis, center, with Brendan Hunt and Nick Mohammed) faces his demons with the help of a warily compassionate sports psychologist (the terrific Sarah Niles), our love only grows for the show’s deep bench of memorable characters. And for Ted’s way with words: “You are more…

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healthy for the holidays

Phone a friend. Reaching out to say hello and check in on friends, old and new, is the perfect way to brighten someone’s day. And if you haven’t talked in months, or even a year or two? Even better. Taking the first step to reach out and spread some holiday cheer means a lot. Stick to a schedule. Since more activities are taking place from home, it’s easy to become lax about mealtimes, chores, and that endless holiday to-do list. Carving out a specific time—for watching your favorite show, catching up on emails, and even sneaking in a treat or two – helps you make the most out of every day. Give the gift of movement. Stressing out over what to get as a last-minute gift? Cubii’s compact seated ellipticals are a fun, easy way…

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and broadcast’s top 10!

The Wonder Years (ABC) This warm reimagining of the nostalgic comedy transports us to a very different region of the 1960s: the Deep South, reminding us that coming-of-age stories are universal. This Is Us (NBC) The Pearsons aren’t going away until 2022, but we’ve already got separation anxiety. TV’s first family of emotional turmoil has lost none of its ability to surprise—and jerk tears. All Creatures Great and Small (PBS) James Herriot’s animal stories never get old. We’re newly charmed by the latest Masterpiece adaptation, featuring Diana Rigg in one of her last roles as an eccentric dog owner. Mom (CBS) Christy (Anna Faris) left too soon, but “grateful alcoholic” Bonnie (Allison Janney) had support to the end from her friends in one of the great testaments to comic sisterhood. The Good Doctor (ABC) Though autistic surgeon Shaun Murphy…

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boba fett rules!

The Book of Boba Fett SERIES PREMIERE Wednesday, Dec. 29, Disney+ IN A STAR WARS Universe that has found great glory in returning favorites (Young Han! Old Luke! Baby Yoda!), there may be no resurrection more welcome than The Book of Boba Fett. As faithful fans of the franchise know, stoic bounty hunter Boba Fett is the space-set canon’s ultimate quiet masked antihero, a character who piqued great interest in the 1980 film Episode V—The Empire Strikes Back, met a ridiculous end in 1983’s Episode VI—Return of the Jedi and had his backstory told in the prequel films that followed. Finally, he’s back. The badass fighter played by Temuera Morrison was technically reintroduced during the second season of The Mandalorian to help the heroic Mando (Pedro Pascal) rescue a kidnapped Grogu, aka Baby Yoda.…