TV Guide Magazine September 13, 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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TV Guide Magazine, LLC
26 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor’s letter

We know how much you, our readers, love this annual Returning Favorites issue. It’s one of the year’s bestsellers, and the volume of our reader emails shoots up dramatically right after you’ve had a chance to dig into all the updates about your favorite shows. Once viewers get attached to a series, their passion rarely wanes. We saw that especially this year when we put Christopher Meloni on the cover in the spring for his return to the Law & Order franchise as the lead in Orga nized Crime. Viewers missed the partnership of Benson and Stabler (Mariska Hargitay and Meloni) on Law & Order: SVU and have been excited to see them back together again in the numerous crossovers. So, we talked to the stars for our cover story, and,…

1 min
your feedback

HEROIC RETURN I adored Scott Foley as Jake Ballard in ABC’s Scandal, so I will be checking out The Big Leap on Fox [Fall Preview, page 20]. Now, we just need more of the fabulous Kerry Washington! —Marianne OLD FAVES I cannot wait for CSI to come back to TV [CSI: Vegas, Fall Preview, page 16]! Jorja Fox and William Petersen have such amazing chemistry. Can only imagine what they’ve been up to in “Margaritaville.” —Cecile BLOODY BRILLIANT! Dexter coming back to TV is just what the doctor ordered [Dexter: New Blood, Fall Preview, page 23]! After the Showtime drama’s not-great final season, I really hope the writers can do right by the incredible actor Michael C. Hall. Time will tell! —David GETTIN’ HOT Season 1 of The Hot Zone on National Geographic…

3 min
ask matt

@TVGMMattRoush I give Schmigadoon! on Apple TV+ a standing ovation! Any word yet on a second season for this movie-musical parody? I think it is perfect, and there are so many musicals yet to be “referenced.” —Sharon R. MATT ROUSH: Apple has yet to greenlight a new season of this inspired musical spoof, but I’d also love to see more. The show’s creator and gifted songwriter, Cinco Paul, has said he already has an idea for a continuation that would once again include the characters of Melissa (Cecily Strong) and Josh (Keegan-Michael Key), last seen attempting to step away from the magically tuneful village. I’m hopeful Paul will get another crack at sending up the Great American and Broadway songbooks. With Sandra Oh starring in the Netflix series The Chair, does this mean…

1 min
tv insider

Smart Watch If you have a half hour, check out this finale Brooklyn Nine-Nine, led by SNL vet Andy Samberg, goes out in a blaze of policeantics glory in a two-episode sitcom doubleheader. We’re hoping for at least one more Die Hard reference. Thursday, Sept. 16, 8/7c, NBC If you have a couple of hours, watch this movie Cruella, now streaming for free for Disney+ subscribers, stars Emma Stone in a fun and raucous live-action origin story of one of cinema’s all-time favorite animated villains, whom we first met in 101 Dalmatians. Disney+ If you have a free evening, watch this awards show Will the fourth time be the charm for This Is Us? It’s nominated for outstanding drama series for the 73rd Emmy Awards. Cedric the Entertainer (The Neigh borhood) hosts. Sunday,…

2 min
ed asner (1929–2021)

SOMETIMES IT ONLY takes a moment to become a TV icon. For Ed Asner, that moment arrived in 1970 during the first episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, when Lou Grant acknowledged new hire Mary Richards’ spunk, then took a beat before growling, “I hate spunk.” He didn’t, really. Gruff on the surface that masked a soft heart in spirit, Asner as Lou epitomized the archetype TV GUIDE MAGAZINE once called “the lovable sourpuss.” Asner, who died in his sleep on August 29 at 91, earned his spot in TV history as the first actor to win Emmys in comedy and drama for the same role in two series: three for the MTM sitcom and twice for its hourlong spinoff, Lou Grant, as city editor at the Los Angeles Tribune. He’s…

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family room

Top Picks ANIMATED The Smurfs (Series premiere, Friday, Sept. 10, 7:30/6:30c, Nickelodeon) We’re not smurfing around—the iconic blue troublemakers (above) are back in action. Villainous wizard Gargamel (voiced by Lenny Mark Irons), out to capture them, ups the stakes, but a tribe of girl Smurfs (making their debut) are here to help. Everyone SITCOM The Wonder Years (Series premiere, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 8:30/7:30c, ABC) The beloved 1988–93 comedy gets a reboot following a family in 1968 Alabama. Narrated by Don Cheadle as the adult version of its tween protagonist (Elisha “EJ” Williams, second from left, with Laura Kariuki, Saycon Sengbloh and Dulé Hill), the series tackles first crushes and the time period’s racial divides in Little League. Tweens COMPETITION Top Chef Family Style (Peacock) In this delicious competition series, child prodigies in the kitchen team up…