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May 13, 2019

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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america’s top tv critic matt roush answers your burning questions

Madam President? (JEFF NEUMANN/CBS.)@TVGMMattRoushDo you think the fact that we’re heading into an election year will have an impact on whether CBS renews Madam Secretary? The argument in favor: It capitalizes on our increased attention to the world of politics while providing a cathartic, somewhat idealized version of the world. Against: People will be sick of politics and won’t choose this as their go-to entertainment. I personally am hoping for renewal, as there is a ton of territory to mine with a McCord presidential campaign. —KirstenMATT ROUSH: At press time, CBS had yet to announce a decision (and may not until its May 15 upfront presentation). But I’m with you that the series has earned a sixth season to tell the story of ElizabethMcCord’s (Téa Leoni) run for the highest…

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your feedback

TRIPLE THREAT As a fan of the old MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum, P.I., I want to say how much I love the new shows [April 29, page 16]! These men have taken on the task of making us fall in love with these characters all over again. And we have! —KarenMYSTERY ADDICT Thank you for featuring Kellie Martin [April 29, page 18]. I’ve been a fan since [the movie series] Mystery Woman, which I think paved the way for all the mysteries now on my favorite channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. —JanetEmail us: letters@tvgm.com…

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all in the family and the jeffersons go live!

Marisa Tomei as EdithWoody Harrelson as ArchieEllie Kemper as GloriaTHOSE WERE THE days, indeed. TV sitcoms don’t get much more iconic than legendary writer-producer Norman Lear’s thought-provoking All in the Family (1971–79) and its groundbreaking spinoff The Jeffersons (1975–85). And now they’re back—albeit for one night only.One episode of each (still to be announced as of press time) will be recreated by current stars in the 90-minute special Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons on May 22 (8/7c, ABC), produced by Lear and late-night host Jimmy Kimmel. “It was Jimmy’s idea,” Lear tells TV GUIDE MAGAZINE. Once Lear—the man known for “changing the face of American television,” per fellow executive producer Brent Miller—heard the pitch, he didn’t think twice about…

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going out with a bang

Group effort: (from left) Galecki, Parsons, Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch left their handprints at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood on May 1, the first TV cast to do so. (CHRIS FRAWLEY/WARNER BROS)IT REALLY IS OVER. After 12 seasons, 279 episodes and countless bazingas, The Big Bang Theory shot its series finale on April 30 at Warner Bros. Studio’s Stage 25 in Los Angeles. The last exploits of Sheldon (Jim Parsons), Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and their pals air May 16 (8/7c, CBS)—and we predict fans will need Kleenex. We say that because we were among those holding back waterworks at a nearly three-hour taping that was both joyous and sad. As for the sometimes weepy actors, they held nothing back…

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ken kercheval 1935–2019

(CBS PHOTO ARCHIVE/GETTYIMAGES)EVERY GREAT TV villain needs a pestersome foil—and few were as memorable as Dallas’s hapless Cliff Barnes, the perennial thorn in J.R. Ewing’s (Larry Hagman) side. Ken Kercheval, who died of pneumonia at age 83 on April 21, played Barnes throughout the hit primetime serial’s entire 1978–91 run on CBS.“I think that Barnes is probably the most determined person up against the meanest foe on television,” he told TV GUIDE MAGAZINE in 1985, at the height of Dallas’s popularity. “Barnes never gives up. When people say, ‘When are you going to get J.R.?,’ I tell them I slept with his wife for a year and a half. I don’t think that’s something to be forgotten!” Though J.R. had a deflating quip for each encounter—“Oh, Barnes, you just get…

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for the record

SERIES PREMIERESCatch-22 (FREDERICK M. BROWN/GETTYIMAGES)L.A.’s Finest May 13, Spectrum OriginalsSay Yes to the Nest May 13, 10/9c, HGTVThe Employables May 15, 10/9c, A&ECatch-22 May 17, HuluBlood & Treasure May 21, 9/8c, CBSThe Butcher May 22, 10/9c, HistoryChristina on the Coast May 23, 9/8c, HGTVThe Name of the Rose May 23, 10/9c, SundanceTVPitching In May 24, Acorn TVWhat/If May 24, NetflixSEASON PREMIERESLine of Duty May 13, Acorn TVThe Bachelorette May 13, 8/7c, ABCBest Baker in America May 13, 9/8c, Food NetworkPaid Off With Michael Torpey May 13, 10/9c, truTVGood Bones May 14, 9/8c, HGTVSouthern Charm May 15, 8/7c, BravoWahlburgers May 15, 9/8c, A&EFleabag May 17, Prime VideoNailed It! May 17, NetflixWhite Gold May 17, NetflixBeat Shazam May 20, 8/7c, FoxPawn Stars May 20, 10/9c, HistoryMan Fire Food May 22, 9/8c, Cooking…