TV Guide Magazine August 2, 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

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ask matt

@TVGMMattRoush I am a longtime fan of CBS’s The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon. On Big Bang, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) always dresses like a 13-year-old with his T-shirts, while on Young Sheldon, the character (played by Iain Armitage) dresses like an adult. What am I missing? —Carol MATT ROUSH: I love this observation, and here’s my theory. I see young Sheldon as trying to project a precocious maturity on par with his intellect via his wardrobe, hoping the bow tie will make him look older than his years. By the time we meet the elder Sheldon on Big Bang, he no longer has anything to prove and can indulge in more youthful sartorial choices like comic book T-shirts and loud socks the way he never could or would as a kid. It…

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25 top shows

Smart Watch If you have a half hour, watch this series Creator-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Don Jon) builds on an increasingly impressive rep behind the camera with Mr. Corman, a dark comedy about a fifth-grade teacher’s dashed expectations. Friday, Aug. 6, Apple TV+ If you have an hour, check out this series A new season of Secrets dives into the 1999 undersea discovery of “Cleopatra’s Lost City,” aka Canopus, ancient Egypt’s version of Atlantis, where healing, ceremony and debauchery ruled. Monday, Aug. 9, 8/7c, Smithsonian If you have a free evening, watch this special Thanks to All Creatures Great and Small: Between the Pages, fans of the franchise reboot can revisit their favorite Yorkshire vets as the series heads to Season 2. Aug. 15, 7:30/6:30c, PBS (check local listings at If you have a free weekend, binge…

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first look

As the fourth and final season of David E. Kelley’s gritty legal drama Goliath begins, gruff lawyer Billy McBride (Billy Bob Thornton) is bloodied but unbowed, with demons to excise. Recovering from being shot in the Season 3 finale, he follows fellow attorney and pal Patty (Nina Arianda) to a prestigious San Francisco firm where they’ll battle a true Goliath: the opioid industry. The season launches September 24, when Amazon makes the whole series available for bingeing. J.K. Simmons shows up in a surprise role, with Bruce Dern along as well. The Show We’re Talking About in the Office If there’s something that kicks Season 4 of Unforgotten (PBS) up a notch from previous ones—no small feat for this brilliantly patient procedural—it’s that Nicola Walker’s Detective Chief Inspector Cassie Stuart is herself dealing…

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the roush review

@TVGMMattRoush Ted Lasso The Emmys love this feel-good comedy—because who wouldn’t? Fridays, Apple TV+ DON’T TELL TED Lasso, but he’s a front-runner—at the Emmys, anyway, where the delightful feel-good sports spoof achieved a personal best by earning 20 nominations, the most ever for a freshman comedy. In Season 2, however, Coach Ted and his AFC Richmond soccer team remain underdogs of the lowest order. Not that Ted (the effortlessly charming Jason Sudeikis) minds much. “There’s two buttons I never like to hit, and that’s panic and snooze,” the folksy Kansas transplant quips at a press conference after a particularly mortifying mishap on the field. He still can’t abide the tea in his newly adopted land of England, but Ted has managed to win over most every skeptic with his disarming optimism and down-home wisdom. This despite…

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blue skies ahead

Chesapeake Shores SEASON PREMIERE Sunday, Aug. 15, 8/7c, Hallmark Channel “MEGHAN, WOULD IT be safe to say one of the themes of Season 5 is how Abby got her groove back?” “Well, I do have bangs this year.” “And they are working for you!” It’s late June, and Chesapeake Shores star Meghan Ory and her new leading man, Robert Buckley, are chatting with TV GUIDE MAGAZINE via Zoom from the set of the endearing Hallmark Channel family drama. They’re between scenes, but as that banter proves, the chemistry between their characters—grounded divorcée (and eldest O’Brien daughter) Abby and self-made billionaire Evan Kincaid—comes naturally. “I’m excited for people to see this new energy we have,” Ory says. “It’s a whole new show. There’s a lot more laughter.” To explain how Buckley (iZombie) breezes into town, we need to back…

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welcome (back) to fantasy island

Fantasy Island SERIES PREMIERE Tuesday, Aug. 10, 9/8c, Fox GET READY FOR warm breezes, wild tales of wish-fulfillment and gentle waves of nostalgia, folks. Thirty-seven years after the late, great Ricardo Montalbán greeted his final guests as Mr. Roarke on ABC’s tropical anthology Fantasy Island, Fox is taking us back to the beach for a continuation of the 1978–84 hit. And now, the mythical hot spot’s host is Roarke’s fiercely fabulous grand-niece, Elena (Grand Hotel’s Roselyn Sanchez). “Sequel is a good way to put it,” says Elizabeth Craft, who executive produces with Sarah Fain. “It’s definitely a contemporary version of Fantasy Island with a distinct female point of view.” And de plain truth is, it’s about time. “That part is so right and so needed nowadays,” agrees the perfectly cast Sanchez, who says she…