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TV Guide Magazine January 7, 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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streaming wars

There was almost a new episode of Friends written last month: “The One With Netflix Losing Your Favorite Show.” In early December, anyone clicking to watch the popular 1994–2004 sitcom on Netflix first read some alarming language on their screen, stating the series would no longer be available on the streaming service starting January 1, because Netflix’s contract to air Friends was expiring. Fans quickly voiced loud displeasure on social media; within days, Netflix agreed to pay WarnerMedia—the huge entertainment company that owns, among other things, HBO, Turner and, yes, the rights to Friends—$100 million to keep Ross, Rachel and their pals on the streaming giant—but only for another year. The new fee was more than three times what they’d been paying for Friends annually. While it seems to have worked out…

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the new players

Netflix has been the stream king for years—and will keep Friends (above) through 2019—with Amazon Prime Video and Hulu also top choices for viewers. But more streaming upstarts will bring cash and content to this new fight. Apple Launch: Between March 2019 and the summer Price: Free for those with Apple devices (TBA for non-Apple customers). What You’ll Get: A new take on Steven Spielberg’s 1980s sci-fi anthology series, Amazing Stories; Carpool Karaoke: The Series, with great viral videos from The Late Late Show With James Corden; a drama series about a TV morning show, with Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell; and programming from Oprah Winfrey, NBA superstar Kevin Durant, J.J. Abrams, Justin Lin, M. Night Shyamalan and Damien Chazelle. Disney Launch: Late 2019 Price: Disney CEO Bob Iger has said the cost will be…

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the bradys’ reno reunion

HERE’S THE STORY… On HGTV’s upcoming A Very Brady Renovation, the six actors who played the Brady Bunch kids reunite to restore the midcentury house they were “raised” in—and the ’70s-inspired results aim to be groovier than a stack of vinyl records. Generations of Americans grew up on the ABC sitcom about a blended family, which premiered in September 1969. While interior scenes were filmed on a soundstage, a real house in L.A.’s Studio City neighborhood was used for exterior shots. It was a symbol of happy families and became a cultural icon and popular tourist attraction. When the home went on the market in 2018, HGTV snapped it up for a rumored $3 million. Now the cast—along with some of HGTV’s design teams, including Property Brothers’ Drew and Jonathan Scott (below, with…

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penny marshall 1943–2018

LET’S RAISE A glass of milk and Pepsi to toast the life and career of Penny Marshall. The actress turned director died December 17 at age 75 due to complications from diabetes. The drink was a favorite of brassy Laverne DeFazio, her character on the ABC sitcom Laverne & Shirley (1976–83). “She brought her own unique brand of humor to what was on the written page,” remembers Henry Winkler, whose Fonzie introduced Laverne and her BFF, Shirley Feeney (Cindy Williams), to viewers in a popular 1975 Happy Days guest spot that spawned the spinoff. Marshall got her big break on TV in 1972 as Myrna on The Odd Couple, created by her brother, Garry. But it was the character of Laverne who made her a star. Laverne & Shirley was an…

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ask matt

@TVGMMattRoush America’s top TV critic Matt Roush answers your burning questions I’m concerned that the one storyline I was invested in during this season of This Is Us—the Vietnam backstory of Jack and his brother, Nicky—is going by the wayside. The twist of Nicky being alive in the present day feels cheap, undercutting the emotional impact the Vietnam scenes were meant to have. Nicky’s story of a veteran returning home and not functioning may resonate, but the bait and switch seems to undercut that too. I hope I’m wrong. —Molly MATT ROUSH: I hope so too. From the beginning, This Is Us has delivered manipulative surprise twists, and while the cliffhanger reveal may have seemed like a stunt, introducing adult Nicky has a positive side. It can give us a much-needed new perspective…

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plus your feedback

NEW FRIEND When I first saw the title God Friended Me, I assumed it was just another silly show that wouldn’t last. I was so wrong. I haven’t missed an episode and have enjoyed every one. Good writing, interesting characters and good stories each week. —Donna “VOICING” OPINIONS I’m really disappointed with Adam Levine for not standing by his word to take DeAndre Nico to the end [of The Voice]. He lost my respect. —Jessica YULETIDE CHEER A new classic Christmas movie is born! My husband and I just watched The Christmas Chronicles, and we loved it! Great cast, story, special effects—and the musical number was a real highlight. Great job, Netflix! —Marsha Email us: letters@tvgm.com FAN ART UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT By Danalyn Reyes @danalynreyes…