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TV Guide Magazine December 10, 2018

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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ask matt

@TVGMMattRoush America’s top TV critic Matt Roush answers your burning questions What’s going on with Linda Hunt (Hetty) of NCIS: Los Angeles? She’s been gone awhile. i hope all is well with her. —Robert MATT ROUSH: This is easily the question I’ve been asked most frequently since the fall TV season began, and an answer finally arrived just before Thanksgiving when CBS issued this update from Hunt that mentions the 73-year-old’s July 2 car accident: “I first want to say how much I appreciate the outpouring of support from the NCIS: Los Angeles fans following my car accident this summer. Though I had hoped to return to playing Hetty at the start of the season, I had to take some additional time to recover. I look forward to returning later this season.” We’re…

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plus your feedback

COVER LOVE Great cover story on FBI [November 26], my new go-to program. The Maggie and OA pairing is per fect—but that’s what [creator] Dick Wolf does! I’m also glad Jeremy Sisto has found a new home. —Joyce NEW FRIEND I was delighted to see that you included God Friended Me in your “Feel-Good TV” package [November 26]. It is so refreshing to watch a TV show where everybody likes each other. There are too many downers in television nowadays. —Kathy ONCE MORE What a fabulous season of SundanceTV’s Deutschland 86! I forgot I was reading subtitles. I hope creators Anna and Jörg Winger write one more: ’89. I’d love to see how they handle the fall of the Berlin Wall. —Christine Email us: letters@tvgm.com FAN ART THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL By Manu Sánchez @manu.sanchezvazquez…

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LEGO BRICKHEADZ The 215-piece homage to The Simpsons’ Homer and Krusty the Clown (left) makes a perfect stocking stuffer. Just be sure to keep all the pieces off the floor or you’ll be the one yelling “D’oh!” And if the kids have been extra nice this year, splurge on Harry Potter’s massive 6,000-pluspiece Hogwarts Castle. Give it to them early to keep them busy in between all the movie marathons running through the holidays! ($20 for The Simpsons, $400 for Hogwarts Castle; lego.com) SAMSUNG FRAME When not delivering gorgeous 4K UHD TV, Samsung’s updated set is a literal work of art: Powered off, this beauty displays a slide show of artwork (your choice!) instead of a boring black screen. The Frame also pairs flawlessly with the sleek AKGY500 headphones (far right), so you…

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giada de laurentiis

Giada’s Holiday Handbook SEASON FINALE Sunday, Dec. 16, 11:30am/10:30c, Food Network ITALY COULDN’T HAVE asked for a better ambassador than Giada De Laurentiis. Since making her debut on the Food Network in 2003 with Everyday Italian, the classically trained chef and former food stylist has been winning over home cooks with her high-wattage smile, welcoming demeanor and—of course—penchant for overenunciating words like pancetta and rigatoni. (De Laurentiis comes by her Old World accent honestly: She was born in Rome and moved with her family to Los Angeles at age 7.) Now a longtime member of the culinary media A-list, the 48-year-old keeps a finger in every pot. She’s written nine cookbooks, opened three restaurants, launched her own cookware line and continues to host multiple series, including Giada’s Holiday Handbook, which wraps its fourth season…

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the roush review

@TVGMMattRoush The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel This fabulously ahead-of-her-time comic is perfect for our times SEASON PREMIERE Wednesday, Dec. 5, Amazon Prime Video THERE’S ALWAYS MUSIC and magic in the air whenever Miriam “Midge” Maisel is in the room—whether delivering off-color zingers on the stand-up stage, bantering with friends and family or zipping her chair between stations at a busy department-store switchboard with the panache of Gene Kelly. Amy Sherman-Palladino writes bawdy and brilliantly funny dialogue that sings, making The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel my favorite nonmusical musical. In its perfectly delightful second season, which pays life-changing visits to romantic Paris and the Catskills during a balmy summer, this award-winning triumph is the binge that refreshes. Even Scrooge would succumb to its charms. Not that Midge (the brash and dazzling Rachel Brosnahan) has an easy road to success and…

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top of the morning

Today Weekdays, 7am, NBC Whether they’re hosting the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in record-low temperatures or posing in sky-high heels for TV GUIDE MAGAZINE’s holiday-themed photo shoot, Savannah Guthrie’s and Hoda Kotb’s smiles never dim. Now approaching their first anniversary as Today coanchors, the longtime NBC News colleagues are a generally irrepressible duo exuding good cheer and friendship—and they’re striking ratings gold. After Matt Lauer’s exit last November due to alleged sexual improprieties, Today has comfortably remained No. 1 among morning shows in the advertiser-coveted demo of viewers age 25–54, while steadily gaining on ABC’s Good Morning America in total viewers. (At press time, it had beaten GMA for four straight weeks.) We sat down with the pair—after they changed into comfortable flats—to talk about their close relationship, covering tough stories and their…