TV Guide Magazine July 19, 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

2 min
ask matt

@TVGMMattRoush I saw in TV GUIDE MAGAZINE’s “First Look at the Best New Fall Shows” [June 21 issue] that FBI: International will be sandwiched between the other two FBI series on Tuesdays. What is CBS thinking, moving the NCIS mothership from its longtime Tuesday slot? Are they trying to kill it? I hope they’re not putting it on Sunday night! —William MATT ROUSH: Not to worry. Original NCIS is moving to Mondays at 9/8c in the fall, where it will lead into the new spinoff, NCIS: Hawai'i. Of course they’re not “trying to kill” their golden goose. It’s a calculated risk that NCIS’s enormous fanbase will follow the procedural wherever it goes—and if that turns out not to be the case, I expect you’ll see them reverse course posthaste. Do you think Jeopardy!…

1 min
tv insider

Smart Watch If you have a half hour, watch this game show Robin Roberts becomes the first Black woman to host Jeopardy! “You felt the presence of Alex [Trebek],” Roberts says of the unquestionably fun but pressurefilled experience. Monday, July 19, syndicated If you have an hour, check out this series Alaska can be brutal, but on new spinoff Gold Rush: Winter’s Fortune, hope springs eternal for miners seeking new claims, battling icy conditions and prepping for next year. Friday, July 30, 8/7c, Discovery If you have a free evening, watch this movie ’Tis the season for Hallmark to remind us The Nine Lives of Christmas is ever the charmer. A commitment-shy firefighter (Brandon Routh) falls for a stray cat and a vet student (Kimberley Sustad). Sunday, July 25, 10/9c If you have a free weekend, binge…

2 min
first look

Investigative journalist–podcaster Poppy Parnell (Octavia Spencer) helps a childhood friend, successful lifestyle guru Micah Keith (Kate Hudson, left, with Spencer), find her husband’s killer in Season 2 of thrill ride Truth Be Told, streaming August 20 on Apple TV+. Getting the facts is Poppy’s passion, but she knows you can’t always trust those closest to you. Family lies riddled the debut installment of this twisty drama (now streaming), in which Poppy revisited the 1999 case of a man (Aaron Paul) jailed as a teen for a brutal murder and, separately, discovered her own kin’s secrets. One truth is certain: The determined reporter’s ex-boyfriend, former cop Markus (Mekhi Phifer), will always have—and want—her back. The Show We’re Talking About in the Office We thought the zombie genre was played out. Parodies have been…

4 min
the roush review

@TVGMMattRoush Schmigadoon! A loving send-up of the musical’s golden age hits all the right notes Fridays, Apple TV+ LOVE MUSICALS? HATE them? Schmigadoon! hears you. Though obviously aimed at those with an affinity for perky song-and-dance parodies, this jubilant and wonderfully clever six-part series also empathizes with a malcontent like Josh (Keegan-Michael Key), a spiritually tone-deaf surgeon. He’s horrified to have stumbled into the magical title land—a nod to Brigadoon—while on a camping trip to heal his relationship with fellow doctor Melissa (Saturday Night Live’s Cecily Strong). They’re instantly greeted with an upbeat production number that’s like “Oklahoma!” on helium, as the gleeful residents describe a village “where it’s warm and safe as a new cocoon, and our hearts all glow like a harvest moon.” Melissa, earlier seen in bed watching Astaire and Rogers, feels at…

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let the games begin!

Opening Ceremony Friday, July 23, 7am/6c and 7:30/6:30c, NBC THE WAITING GAME is over: The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have finally arrived. Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the 17-day premier international event experienced the most astonishing “false start” in modern sports history. But come July 23, some 11,000 generally relaxed and vaxxed athletes from more than 200 nations will begin to compete in 33 sports—with a grateful world watching. As always, the United States team enters with high hopes. (At 46 golds and 121 total medals, the U.S. trounced all comers at the 2016 Rio Games.) And NBC plans to capture every leg of competition, from aquatics to wrestling, in record-breaking fashion, with over 7,000 hours of coverage across multiple networks and platforms, along with 5,500 hours of streaming. Health protocols will keep athletes’…

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gymnastics: good as gold

Simone Biles is the greatest gymnast of all time, and not just because she is expected to leave Tokyo with the same number of medals she earned in Rio in 2016 (five: gold in the individual all-around, vault and floor, bronze in balance beam and gold in the team event). It’s how she’ll do it: “She could have done the exact same [routines] and still would’ve been able to win. But she’s truly trying to be better than herself every year,” says Liukin. Since Rio, Biles, 24, has had three more gravitydefying new skills named after her; if she lands her take on a Yurchenko double pike vault at the Games, her career tally will be five. Along with potentially giving the U.S. its fifth consecutive women’s individual all-around champion, Biles…