TV Guide Magazine August 16, 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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2 min
ask matt

@TVGMMattRoush I am so excited that Ted Lasso is back, having devoured it last year. But do you think Apple TV+ is making a mistake by dropping episodes weekly? We’re so conditioned to binge watching that making us wait a week between episodes could diminish some of the enthusiasm. Or will it just build anticipation? —Trina MATT ROUSH: I’m thinking the latter. This “binge or not to binge” question fascinates me, and when it comes to episodic series like the feel-good Ted, I’m still a believer in the value of being asked to come back week after week for more of a shared experience, even in the streaming world. But I also feel Apple did a disservice to its delightful limited-series musical spoof Schmigadoon! by not releasing all six episodes at once.…

4 min
25 top shows

Smart Watch If you have a half hour, watch this series The final season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine loads up on laughs about the difficulties of work-life balance between precinct and life partners Jake (Andy Samberg) and Amy (Melissa Fumero). Thursday, Aug. 19, 8:30/7:30c, NBC If you have an hour, check out this series Season 2 of the hugely successful reboot Forensic Files II ends with two cases, one solving a 1984 Wisconsin murder, the other using ballistics to find the killer of a man who was hard of hearing. Sunday, Aug.22, 10/9c, HLN If you have a free evening, watch this competition The cruelty of the Canadian wilderness continues to plague the last three contestants on the Alone finale, as only one can avoid emotional agonies (and a new predator) to claim the $500,000 prize. Thursday,…

5 min
the roush review

@TVGMMattRoush Modern Love The romantic anthology returns to lift (or maybe break) the heart SEASON PREMIERE Friday, Aug. 13, Prime Video BE STILL MY heart. A new batch of eight slice-of-life—and love—vignettes inspired by the New York Times column has arrived like a gift from a mercurial Cupid. As with any good rom-com, or rom-dram for that matter, Modern Love can make you weep, sigh, laugh, shudder or swoon, sometimes all within a single story. Even when this exceptionally well-cast and admirably diverse series plays by the romance genre’s rules, there’s usually an element of surprise. Take “Strangers on a (Dublin) Train,” one of my favorites. This timely tale set against the pandemic’s early days brings together Paula (Lucy Boynton), a bookish student of medievalism, and charming tech expert Michael (Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington), both headed…

3 min
ncis in paradise

NCIS: Hawai'i SERIES PREMIERE Monday, Sept. 20, 10/9c, CBS SOCCER MOMS DRIVE minivans, right? It’s a cliché because it’s true? Jane Tennant (Vanessa Lachey) is on the field coaching 10-year-old daughter Julie (Mahina Anne Marie Napoleon) when her ride arrives: a Black Hawk helicopter. The special agent in charge of NCIS Pearl Harbor is needed on site where an experimental aircraft has crashed into a cliff, perhaps due to foul play. And just like that, she’s off into the indelibly blue skies over Oahu. For the actress (and self-described Air Force brat), shooting in the military transport was quite a welcome to NCIS: Hawai'i, the job of a lifetime. “Day 1, Hour 1, I’m in a Black Hawk. I’m going up, I’m landing, I’m walking off, standing tall and proud, [heading] toward a crime…

1 min
jane’s team

THE LOCAL Kai Holman (Alex Tarrant) Island native Kai (yes, he surfs!) left at 18 to join the Marines. He recently returned to care for his father, Wally (Moses Goods), who is sick. Expect more on the pair’s relationship, as well as what drove the team newbie away in the first place. THE RIGHT-HAND MAN Jesse Boone (Noah Mills) A former Washington, D.C., cop with a background in urban crimes, solid Jesse has put in the most time on the team. “He’s the person Tennant relies on,” says Nash. He’s also a husband and father of three. THE OVERACHIEVER Lucy Tara (Yasmine Al-Bustami) The bar is self-set high for the team’s enthusiastic youngest member. The Texas native can make “surprising choices when she’s trying to figure out how to do what she’s been told to do,” says Nash.…

2 min
back on the mainland…

NCIS Gibbs survives a murder attempt—but can he resuscitate his former life? Season 19 = payback time. Indefinitely suspended NCIS boss Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) goes after the serial killer who tried to eliminate him in an explosion that turned his boat, Rule 91, into toothpicks. “It’s not clear what state he’s in,” exec producer Steven D. Binder says. But “when you blow up a man’s boat that he’s handcrafted in his basement for the past half decade, you’ve opened up a serious can of whoop-ass.” Gibbs’ righteous anger could be his worst enemy. We know he avenged the deaths of his wife and daughter, and his enraged assault on a perp got him suspended. His actions now could scuttle his career. “Even if he were to go back to his former…