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TV Guide Magazine January 21, 2019

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 loved the flashback episode of Showtime’s Escape at Dannemora, which showed why Sweat (Paul Dano) and Matt (Benicio Del Toro) were in prison as well as the setup for Tilly (Patricia Arquette) cheating on her first husband. But I question the placement as the penultimate episode. Airing it at the point when the prison break was imminent seemed to slow things down unnecessarily. —Michael MATT ROUSH: I thought it was genius for director Ben Stiller and the screenwriters to place the characters’ backstories right before the climax. We had become so invested in their escape that stepping back to provide sobering context added to the rich character development. This wasn’t a typical prison-escape drama, and that episode is another reason why. I…

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KILLER SKILL I couldn’t agree more with your Jeer [January 7] about the wonderful Jodie Comer from Killing Eve being overlooked [for awards]. As far as I’m concerned, she was the star of the show. —Rob GOING WILD Crikey! It’s the Irwins is redefining feel-good TV. The positive attitudes of Bindi, Robert and Terri combined with adorable animals bring a smile to my face every time. What a great legacy for Steve Irwin! —Aimee FRESH TAKES The Cool Kids and God Friended Me are two great shows we never miss watching. Thank goodness for these new concepts. —Donna FINAL TWISTS Cheers to an exciting season ender for Midnight, Texas [the series finale aired December 28]. It was full of unexpected turns. —Sharon Email us: letters@tvgm.com FAN ART STAR TREK: DISCOVERY @thesenesx…

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a lifetime of tv

THE PREFERRED “MODERN” gift for a 35th anniversary may be jade, but Lifetime—which turns 35 on February 1—has something else that’s green and valuable to show for its milestone: success, the kind fueled by a ratings smash. That would be January’s Surviving R. Kelly, a controversial docuseries featuring women breaking their silence with allegations of sexual, mental and physical abuse by the R&B singer. Over the three nights it aired, Surviving averaged 2.1 million viewers and ranked as the No. 1 nonsports program among cable series with viewers age 18–49. The tie between Lifetime and its audience has thrived thanks to a mission that was unique in 1984 and continues today. “We’ve always championed women’s stories,” says Tanya Lopez, executive vice-president, movies, limited series and original movie acquisitions. “That means smart,…

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coming soon

Death of a Cheerleader (Saturday, Feb. 2, 8/7c) This remake of the 1994 version with Tori Spelling and Kellie Martin now stars Martin as an FBI agent investigating a high school murder. My Great Big Live Wedding With David Tutera (Tuesday, Feb. 5, 10/9c) Each episode of the reality series culminates in one couple’s live nuptials, designed by ultimate party planner Tutera. V.C. Andrews Novels (late summer) Five movie-length adaptations of the popular fiction will air over consecutive weeks, starting with Heaven, about a twisted West Virginia family. Robin Roberts Presents (TBD) The news anchor is producing inspirational scripted projects that include companion documentaries. A biopic on gospel singer Mahalia Jackson is first up.…

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good vs. evil

Pure SERIES PREMIERE Wednesday, Jan. 23, 10/9c, WGN America Good and evil collide—and test one man’s faith—in this edgy crime drama set within the insular and rarely explored world of Mennonite sects. Ryan Robbins stars as Noah Funk, a freshly installed Mennonite pastor who finds himself and his wife (Alex Paxton-Beesley, above, with Robbins) drawn into a double life of corruption and violence after a drug ring begins to overtake their peaceful religious community. Costarring AJ Buckley (CSI: NY) and Rosie Perez (Rise), Pure has already been picked up for a second season that is set to launch later this year. So it’s OK to get hooked on this one! Gone SERIES PREMIERE Wednesday, Feb. 27, 9/8c, WGN America More than 10 years after retiring his Law & Order badge, Chris Noth returns to the beat for…

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carrie ann inaba gets talk-ing

AFTER ALMOST 40 appearances as a guest host on CBS daytime series The Talk, Carrie Ann Inaba is taking a permanent seat at the table. The Dancing With the Stars judge officially joined Sheryl Underwood, Sharon Osbourne, Sara Gilbert and Eve on January 2. (She replaces Julie Chen Moonves, who left in September.) “Being on the panel with these ladies is such an honor,” Inaba says. “You have to be really true to yourself, and I feel that I’m there now.” We caught up with Inaba during her first week on the job to chat about her aspirations both on and off the show. You’ve done it all: dancing, acting, singing, judging. Why did you want to lend your voice to The Talk permanently? From Day 1, I felt a warmth from…