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TV Guide Magazine April 12, 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.

United States
TV Guide Magazine, LLC
26 Issues

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FUNNY GUY I’m looking forward to the new Christopher Meloni series [Law & Order: Organized Crime], but I have to say I will miss him performing on comedies. He is as talented an actor in that genre as he is in drama. —Terry SOMETHING SPECIAL I agree 100 percent with your Jeer to everyone who isn’t watching The Unicorn [“Cheers & Jeers,” March 29 issue]. The laughs and tears elicited are genuine, never forced. It’s a comedy, but with so much heart. —Patty MAGICAL VIEWING I love A Discovery of Witches on Sundance Now. It’s a series for adults who love sci-fi/fantasy and not for teenyboppers. It has a great story of different people with a common goal. —Michelle SING ON I loved seeing Netflix’s Country Comfort with Katharine McPhee. I’ve liked her…

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ask matt

@TVGMMattRoush As we enter our second year with COVID-19, I’m wondering if the producers who decided to bring the pandemic into their storylines weren’t prepared for the vaccines to come along so quickly. Grey’s Anatomy still seems to be in the early days of the pandemic. These stories don’t seem as current as they would have a few months ago. I also have to say that Meredith’s COVID storyline is getting boring. Do you think Hollywood overestimated the length of the pandemic? Did a show like Grey’s go too far in on COVID? —Steve MATT ROUSH: I get that many of us are experiencing COVID exhaustion, in real life and in the media. But remember that Grey’s, which I’d describe as still being in the thick of the pandemic as we go…

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tv insider

25 TOP SHOWS Smart Watch If you have a half hour, watch this comedy The Simpsons welcomes back Benedict Cumberbatch, this time as the voice of Lisa’s (Yeardley Smith) new imaginary friend, Willoughby. The Sherlock star first guested (as Severus Snape!) in 2013. April 18, 8/7c, Fox If you have an hour, watch this drama Family turmoil on New Amsterdam: Dr. Helen Sharpe (Freema Agyeman) wasn’t close to the brother she just lost. Now she’s taking in his daughter Mina (Nadia Affolter) from Iran! April 13, 10/9c, NBC If you have a free evening, watch this documentary Heart of stone? Not her! In Cher & the Loneliest Elephant, cameras follow the do-gooding singer and actress to Pakistan as she helps free a malnourished captive pachyderm named Kaavan. April 22, Paramount+ If you have a free…

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tv dinners

CLEVELAND ROCKS—AND SO does the city’s bighearted James Beard Award winner Michael Symon, who’s all about helping folks through food. “One of the great things about being a chef is mentoring people who are learning their way around the kitchen,” he says. That attitude should be a bonus in his new gig on Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America: The Best of the Worst, where he and fellow chef Anne Burrell lead past contestants in a battle royal of foodie failures. “They had slightly different skill levels,” he notes of his team members. “But for the most part, they really couldn’t cook.” Below, the philanthropic Iron Chef champ dishes out info. Who fired up your love of cooking? I have a Greek-Sicilian mother, so food was at the forefront of everything we…

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family room

Top Picks DRAMA Kung Fu (Wednesdays, 8/7c, The CW) Inspired by the old-school David Carradine TV Western, this modern take follows young Chinese American Nicky Shen (Olivia Liang, right), who returns to her San Francisco home after a life-changing trip to China. She battles street crime with her fists and feet—and definitely not as the lawyer her parents expect her to be. Teens ANIMATED Infinity Train (April 15, HBO Max) All aboard! The fourth and final season of the fantasy anthology—which moved from Cartoon Network to HBO Max in 2020—is pulling in to the station. On deck for the last ride: a fresh tale about a pair of BFFs and aspiring rock stars who wake up on the mind-bending locomotive. Tweens COMEDY Rutherford Falls (April 22, Peacock) This small-town sitcom is the latest project from The…

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the roush review

@TVGMMattRoush Mare of Easttown SERIES PREMIERE Sunday, April 18, 10/9c, HBO YOU DON’T MESS around with Mare. That’s a given if you live in the rural Pennsylvania burg of Easttown, where she’s a no-nonsense, easily exasperated detective sergeant. Take it from the local priest: “I won’t even look you in the eyes—and I’m your cousin.” Kate Winslet (an Emmy winner for HBO’s Mildred Pierce) is a ferocious marvel as Mare of Easttown, inhabiting this determined antihero with grit, weary wit and a born cynic’s knee-jerk suspicion of anyone who admires her. That short list includes a newly arrived visiting professor (Guy Pearce, another Emmy winner for Pierce), a one-hit literary wonder who also knows about disappointment. When she’s teamed with a young hotshot county detective (American Horror Story’s Evan Peters) who begins to see through…