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TV Guide Magazine December 24, 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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@TVGMMattRoush America’s top TV critic Matt Roush answers your burning questions I was crushed to learn that ABC isn’t going to go forward with The Middle’s spinoff following the wonderful Eden Sher as Sue Heck in her postcollege years exploring Chicago. Any thoughts on why they’d pass on such a great talent and lovable character? —Lydia MATT ROUSH: I’m disappointed too, because the notion of spending more time with sue softened the blow of The Middle going off the air. Without having seen the pilot, I can’t comment on whether it was a worthy vehicle for sher. but this may have been a victim of the ongoing regime change at Disney’s ABC, which just replaced its entertainment president. Disney is also absorbing the Fox studio and many of its execs. When these shifts…

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HOME RUN Law & Order: SVU hit it out of the park with its November 29 episode, “Alta Kockers,” with [guest stars] Judd Hirsch and Wallace Shawn. These acting legends, at 83 and 75 years old, respectively, delivered powerful performances along with the regular SVU cast and elevated this already incredible series to a completely new level. —Mary EXTENDED STAY Cheers to Season 2 of TBS’s The Guest Book! it is filled with Easter eggs of joy for fans of [creator] Greg Garcia. I am loving every second! —Aimee DRIVING FORCE I am completely hooked on the Welsh detective series Hinterland on Netflix. it has great plots and characters, but why do they have to include so many shots of their main characters driving in cars down lonely roads? it gets old…

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going for the gold

WHAT’S NEW AT the Golden Globes? Just about everything! Carol Burnett will receive the first TV special-achievement award (named in her honor). And looking at the TV drama and comedy categories, nine of 10 shows are first-time nominees, and seven are freshmen series. With so much new blood, it’s trickier than ever to guess how the unpredictable Hollywood Foreign Press Association voters will swing. (The show airs Sunday, January 6, at 8/7c on NBC.) Here’s how we think and/or wish the night will go. DRAMA SERIES Better late than never. The Globes finally acknowledged FX’s The Americans, my No. 1 show of 2018 (see page 20), for its terrific farewell season while snubbing last year’s winner, The Handmaid’s Tale, and network fan favorite This Is Us. The competition is buzzy—Netflix’s Bodyguard,…

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friends from college

THE NUPTIALS OF Max (Fred Savage) and long-suffering love Felix (Billy Eichner, far left, with Savage) on Season 2 of Friends From College reunite the sextet of Harvard alums, estranged for close to a year. (The Netflix comedy returns Friday, January 11.) “The wedding is just bonkers,” says Francesca Delbanco, who cocreated the series with her husband, Nicholas Stoller. “Max is thrilled to be getting married, but he can’t help getting stressed out by small details. But Felix is a surgeon—he’s not going to let a wedding rattle him!” NICOLE RIVELLI/AMAZON PRIME VIDEO, NETFLIX(2)…

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Mysterious Islands Wednesday, Dec. 26, 11/10c, Travel Channel DON’T LET THE picture postcard fool you: Travel Channel’s Mysterious Islands, hosted by Kellee Edwards (right), won’t unlock the riddle of how to get the most out of your next beach vacation or mix up the perfect mai tai. Rather, two new half-hour specials airing back-to-back explore a pair of little-known destinations that have been harboring some—how shall we say—less-than-sunny secrets on their shores. “Remote islands are compelling [precisely] because they’re not easily accessible,” says Edwards, a trained pilot, scuba diver and founder of adventure blog Kellee Set Go! “They tend to be resistant to outside influence, and we wanted to seek out places that have unusual stories.” Mission accomplished. First stop on the itinerary: Sapelo Island, an 11-mile long barrier island off the coast…

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America’s Most Watched 25 TOP SHOWS Watched Live 1 Sunday Night Football Rams vs. Bears NBC 19.4 2 The Big Bang Theory CBS 12.5 3 NCIS CBS 12.0 4 Monday Night Football Redskins vs. Eagles ESPN 11.2 5 Young Sheldon CBS 10.9 6 Thursday Night Football Jaguars vs. Titans Fox/NFL Network 10.8 Enough fans watched Tennessee beat Jacksonville 30–9 to land the game in the Top 10, but a week earlier the Cowboys/Saints matchup drew a season high of 21.3 million viewers. 7 FBI CBS 9.7 8 The Voice (Monday) NBC 9.0 9 The Voice (Tuesday) NBC 8.9 Blue Bloods CBS 8.9 The drama’s midseason finale brought in the second-highest viewership this season, topped only by the November 9 episode (9 million). 60 Minutes CBS 8.9 12 NCIS: New Orleans CBS 8.3 13 Chicago Med NBC 7.9 Chicago Fire NBC 7.9 Mom CBS 7.9 16 Hawaii Five-0 CBS 7.8 17 The…