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TV Guide Magazine

TV Guide Magazine September 30, 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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26 Issues

In this issue

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

@TVGMMattRoush I have never seen The Conners, but I can’t believe they are trying to put Dan (John Goodman) with another woman. I love Katey Sagal, but this seems wrong. No matter how you feel about the real Roseanne, the character of Roseanne Conner deserves better. If I didn’t want to watch it before, I sure don’t want to watch it now. I can’t find it entertaining to see Dan and Roseanne’s marriage be forgotten or made to be nothing. —Lorraine MATT ROUSH: I advocate watching something before you judge, but even so, I don’t see how expecting the character of Dan to stay in a perpetual state of mourning honors, or even reflects, the character and nature of his late wife. As Conners exec producer Bruce Helford noted in our Returning…

1 min.
plus your feedback

BEST IN SHOW Our female English pointer had five puppies in June. We named them all for NCIS characters. Abby, Ducky and Hetty all have good homes. We are keeping Gibbs and Ziva. Thank you for putting [the show] on your cover [September 16 issue]. —Kathy THREE’S A CROWD I enjoyed watching Strahan & Sara every day. I’m sorry to say I have stopped [now that it is GMA3: Strahan, Sara & Keke] because I do not like Keke Palmer. I find she takes away the ambience of the show. I was happy to see it [jeered] in “Cheers & Jeers” [September 16]. Michael [Strahan] and Sara [Haines] have a good relationship. Why ruin a good thing? —Ben Email us: letters@tvgm.com COMING NEXT ISSUE SUPERNATURAL The stars of the long-running demon-hunting series, Misha Collins, Jensen Ackles and…

1 min.
cokie roberts 1943–2019

JOURNALIST COKIE ROBERTS, born Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs, considered going into the family business—her parents, Hale and Lindy, both served long terms in the U.S. House of Representatives—but she opted to cover, not enter, politics. Practically growing up on Capitol Hill, she told the TV academy in 2018, “was very, very helpful” in her chosen profession. Roberts, who died September 17 at 75 of complications from breast cancer, made her mark as a journalist and political analyst in the days when newswomen had to fight to get their voices heard. Winner of three Emmys, she was a knowledgeable, thoughtful observer and explainer of world events and Washington policies. Roberts was best known for her NPR commentary and three decades with ABC News, most notably on This Week, which she…

3 min.
will tony return to ncis?

IT ALMOST SEEMS too much to ask. Now that beloved Cote de Pablo is back on NCIS—her formidable Mossad/NCIS vet Ziva David appears in the CBS hit’s first two episodes and again later in the season—could Ziva’s love interest and sparring partner, irreverent fellow agent Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly), return for a guest spot, too? When Weatherly departed the procedural in 2016 (three years after de Pablo’s exit), he told TV GUIDE MAGAZINE he’d be willing to come back if the story needed him. He also revealed he’d started thinking about leaving when de Pablo said goodbye in 2013. “The great dynamic, badinage and flirting between the two characters and how they would swing from siblings to near lovers and back to buddies was gone,” he explained. “I felt like I…

3 min.
carla hall

Halloween Baking Championship Mondays, 9/8c, Food Network HER WARM, LIGHTHEARTED Southern personality made Carla Hall a fan favorite on Seasons 5 and 8 of Bravo’s Top Chef. Since then, the Nashville native has done tons of TV, including cohosting ABC’s The Chew for seven seasons and voicing herself in an episode of Netflix’s BoJack Horseman. Her current gig: judging Food Network’s Halloween Baking Championship. (The finale will air right before the holiday.) The Howard University grad and onetime accountant, runway model and, as she calls herself, “recovering caterer” shares her food philosophy. On Top Chef you touted “cooking with love.” How do you define that? It starts out with the intention of making really great food for someone you care about. It sounds kind of ethereal, but you have to want to do it.…

4 min.
the roush review

Godfather of Harlem Sundays, 9/8c, Epix TAKE IT FROM an expert, as embattled Harlem crime boss Bumpy Johnson quips while scheming to outwit his enemies: “Sometimes to be the new dog, you need an old trick.” The grin erupting across Forest Whitaker’s expressive face speaks volumes about his passion for playing this real-life, and larger-than-life, character. Bumpy seems to know everyone who mattered to his urban neighborhood during the turbulent 1960s. That includes Malcolm X (Selma’s Nigél Thatch), who goes way back with Bumpy from his criminal days as “Detroit Red.” Malcolm sees Bumpy as “a stone with many facets: intellect, rage, pent-up emotion.” To which Bumpy’s estranged junkie daughter, Elise (Antoinette Crowe-Legacy), dolefully adds, “Pride.” The colorful, evocative Godfather of Harlem opens in 1963 with Bumpy’s return after a decade in Alcatraz. When…