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TV Guide Magazine November 12, 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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life after megyn!

Longtime cohosts Roker, Guthrie, Melvin and Jones manned the anchor desk for the 9am hour on October 30 (NATHAN CONGLETON/NBC)ADD ONE MORE jolting change to the landscape of morning television. Thirteen months after NBC welcomed Megyn Kelly Today as the 9am hour of its popular Today franchise—headlined by the former Fox News anchor—the show was canceled. While ratings have been underwhelming, the move came after Kelly defended the use of blackface makeup for Halloween costumes on her October 23 episode. Kelly apologized on-air the following day, but NBC News chief Andy Lack opened a staff meeting by saying in part, “I condemn those remarks; there is no place on our air or in this workplace for them.” two days later NBC confirmed that Megan Kelly Today was not returning, and…

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the verdict is in: tv judges are hotter than ever

JUDGE MATHISJUDGE JUDYCALL IT MUST-SEE gavel TV—courtroom shows are ruling the daytime ratings. The long-running syndicated hits Judge Judy (23 seasons), Judge Mathis (20 seasons) and Hot Bench (the newcomer, now in its fifth season) have enjoyed a recent spike in viewership, building on their already strong numbers. So what’s their secret for hanging on to loyal fans while also attracting new ones?One main reason the genre stays arrestingly fresh—despite sticking to the same basic formula—is because the litigants’ issues are constantly changing. “We stay current by following what’s happening in culture,” says Bo Banks, a longtime executive producer for Judge Mathis. “People used to bring in answering machine tapes as evidence. Today it’s text messages. Over the past couple years, we’ve started doing paternity tests on our show and…

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pulling double duty

Cody FernAmerican Horror Story: Apocalypse (Series finale, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 10/9c, FX) His Michael Langdon (above) works a cape with finesse, chews scenery with the best of them (including Joan Collins!) and has the sort of fluid sexuality that sets Twitter aflutter. Most important, the character is the Antichrist who brought on the season’s main event—the apocalypse. House of Cards (Netflix)Fern costars in the drama’s final season as Duncan Shepherd (below), the politically ambitious spawn of high-powered industrialist Annette Shepherd (Diane Lane). Is there a connection? Hell, Washington—it’s all the same!Eric McCormackWill & Grace (Thursdays, 9/8c, NBC) He goes for laughs as lawyer Will Truman (below), gay bestie to interior designer Grace Adler (Debra Messing), on the sitcom revival.Travelers (Netflix) McCormack can also be dramatic, playing time-traveling operative from the…

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ratings

America’s Most Watched 25 TOP SHOWSRough Start for The RookieNathan Fillion’s charm and good looks helped make Castle an eight-season hit, but his much-hyped return to series TV, in ABC cop drama The Rookie, has been struggling to gain traction. The series debuted to 5.4 million viewers, with Episodes 2 and 3 garnering just 4.5 million, placing it third in the 10pm hour after NBC’s New Amsterdam and CBS’s NCIS: New Orleans. The good news: The premiere added 4.3 million viewers, an 80 percent boost, through seven days of time-shifted viewing on DVR and video-on-demand.Play Ball!Ratings for the World Series were more of a double than a home run for Fox this year. The five-game face-off, which saw the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers to win their…

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ask matt

Weeks and Hernandez: Will they or won’t they?@TVGMMattRoushAmerica’s top TV critic Matt Roush answers your burning questionsIn regard to the new-vs.-old Magnum P.I. debate [see page 58 of our October 15 issue], it’s easy to pick the original, as I find the new version overwhelmingly unnecessary. But Jim Halterman makes an important point about the reboot when he describes the “fun twist” of the will-they-or-won’t-they relationship between Magnum (Jay Hernandez) and the new female Higgins (Perdita Weeks). It makes me wish the new series was more of a Mr. & Mrs. Smith/Remington Steele–type show based in Hawaii. Do you think the powers that be would ever really allow that transformation to occur? —ToddMATT ROUSH: It’s possible the producers could escalate the love-hate vibe between Magnum and Juliet Higgins. But given…

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plus your feedback

(TOP: KAREN NEAL/CBS. BOTTOM: SVEN FRENZEL/ABC)CROSSING OVER My friend Staci and I were really hooked on The Crossing and were extremely disappointed when it was canceled. But along came Manifest, and it’s a great replacement. I hope this new show will attract enough followers so it will have a longer life than The Crossing. —Dan [Editor’s note: Manifest has been picked up for a full 16-episode season, surpassing The Crossing’s 11.]TOP-NOTCH ENTERTAINMENT I have been watching 60 Minutes for more than 50 years, and the October 21 program was the best I have ever seen. The story on GEDmatch and [genetic genealogist] CeCe Moore was fascinating. The story about [Metropolitan Transportation Authority president] Andy Byford cleaning up the subway system and being so hands on was great. I hope his…

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