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TV Guide Magazine

TV Guide Magazine

January 20, 2020

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


2 min.
ask matt

@TVGMMattRoush Has ABC gone sour on The Rookie? While many of the network’s shows are returning from the holiday break with new episodes after a month or less, The Rookie will have been off the air for 10 weeks before returning February 23 to resolve its ill-advised cliffhanger. For this we have to wait until the daffodils bloom? Has ABC done so well this season that it can afford to blow off a series that has hung in against tough competition in two timeslots? Or do you see some grander plan at work? —J. Norris MATT ROUSH: The waiting game is never fun, but it looks to me as though ABC is protecting the show by keeping it off the air during one of the busiest periods for Sunday stunt programming. From…

1 min.
plus your feedback

WHAT GIVES? Cheers to Damian Holbrook’s “Jeer” of The Masked Singer [January 6]. I like the show, but how a basketball player lasts over Patti LaBelle and [Destiny’s Child’s] Michelle Williams is beyond me. —Sharon PERFECT PAIRING I really enjoyed the Hawaii Five-0/Magnum P.I. crossover [January 3]. It had everything: action, scenery, a plot twist, romance—and it ended with a song. The characters played great off of each other. I hope they do it again soon! —Connie HEART-WARMER God Friended Me’s January 5 episode with Judd Hirsch about the Holocaust survivor and his sister brought tears to my eyes. That was truly beautiful and touching. —CL Email us: letters@tvgm.com COMING NEXT ISSUE NCIS: NEW ORLEANS Special Agent Dwayne Pride (Scott Bakula, above) has avenged his team member’s murder—but at what cost? TV GUIDE MAGAZINE’s February 3 issue digs deep…

6 min.
singer gets tv’s super timeslot

WHEN SOMEONE ASKS “Who’s gonna win?” this Super Bowl Sunday, don’t bet all your nacho chips that they’re definitely talking about the two teams in the 54th annual football matchup (or even the unofficial scramble to become “most viral commercial”). Fox, which broadcasts the game on February 2, also has sky-high hopes (and fingers crossed) regarding how many folks will tune in to the Season 3 premiere of The Masked Singer that same day. The network tapped the hit competition—which features costumed, unrecognizable celebrity vocalists whom judges try to identify—for the most coveted timeslot in any given television year: the programming window directly after the Super Bowl. On the list of Top 20 most watched broadcasts in U.S. history, Super Bowls hold 19 positions, so whatever airs postgame gets a boost…

1 min.
for the record

PREMIERES Family Reunion Jan. 20, Netflix Brain Games Jan. 20, 8/7c, National Geographic Home Town Jan. 20, 9/8c, HGTV Spy Games Jan. 20, 10/9c, Bravo Carter Jan. 20, 10/9c, WGN America DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Jan. 21, 9/8c, The CW Project Blue Book Jan. 21, 10/9c, History October Faction Jan. 23, Netflix Station 19 Jan. 23, 8/7c, ABC Outmatched Jan. 23, 8:30/7:30c, Fox The Bold Type Jan. 23, 9/8c, Freeform Swamp People Jan. 23, 9/8c, History Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Jan. 24, Netflix The Ranch Jan. 24, Netflix Ancient Aliens Jan. 25, 10/9c, History The Biggest Loser Jan. 28, 9/8c, USA Miracle Workers: Dark Ages Jan. 28, 10:30/9:30c, TBS Next in Fashion Jan. 29, Netflix Miz & Mrs Jan. 29, 10/9c, USA The Stranger Jan. 30, Netflix Impractical Jokers Jan. 30, 10/9c, truTV BoJack Horseman Jan. 31, Netflix I Am a Killer Jan. 31, Netflix Fire Masters Feb. 1, 10/9c, Cooking Channel FINALES Perfect Harmony Jan.…

5 min.
the roush review

The Outsider Sundays, 9/8c, HBO I CONFESS, I’M a sucker for a good Stephen King story, and The Outsider is one of his better recent efforts. This is because the 2018 novel, and writer Richard Price’s excellent adaptation for HBO, follow one of the horror master’s cardinal rules: Make you care first, the better to scare you later. The two-hour opener (which aired January 12), directed by and starring Jason Bateman (Ozark), is an instantly riveting exercise in emotional suspense, trapping a nice-guy small-town coach in a Hitchcockian “wrong man” nightmare. Bateman’s affable everyman charm makes the dilemma of Terry Maitland even more disturbing when he is arrested, very publicly, for the horrific murder of a young boy. Eyewitness, forensic and video evidence place him at the scene. But equally convincing details back…

5 min.
back to the future!

Star Trek: Picard SERIES PREMIERE Thursday, Jan. 23, CBS All Access For the first time since the 2002 film Star Trek: Nemesis, Patrick Stewart, aka Jean-Luc Picard, is seated on a 24th-century starship’s bridge, booming “Engage!” in that stentorian British accent as he and the crew head out on an interstellar mission. It’s a scene from Star Trek: Picard, a series no one expected to see. Certainly not Alex Kurtzman, cocreator of another CBS All Access show, Star Trek: Discovery, who conjured the idea for this eighth Trekverse entry. “I put the odds at zero that Patrick would agree to reprise the role,” he recalls with a chuckle. And not Stewart, who thought that after seven seasons of the syndicated drama The Next Generation (1987–94) and four movie sequels, he had completed his…