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Match Game brings the laughs in its winter finale

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Here’s what’s up in the world of television for Wednesday, February 21. All times are Eastern.

Top pick

Match Game (ABC, 10 p.m.): We were as surprised and pleased as anyone when the new Alec Baldwin-hosted version of Match Game turned out to be a delight, a guilt-free fusion of whip-smart humor and cheap-seats broadness overseen by Baldwin’s surprisingly fast comedic reflexes. Tonight is the winter finale of the show’s too-brief run, but it features a bevy of the game’s heavy hitters in the hot seats, including Horatio Sanz, Niecy Nash, Leah Remini, and good old RuPaul front row center, right where Ru belongs. It will almost certainly be better than the undercooked parody of Match Game RuPaul brought to Drag Race last week.


Regular coverage

The Olympics continues to steamroll over everything in its path, so come back next week when we return to our (mostly) regularly scheduled programming. In the meantime...

Wild card

Forgotten (Netflix): A thriller combining mystery and all-is-not-what-it-seems paranoia, Netflix’s latest acquisition features a hypersensitive young man named Jin-Seok moving in with his parents and older brother, only to see his brother kidnapped one night. After returning home 19 days later with seemingly no memory of what happened during his ordeal, Jin-Seok begins to suspect there may be more to the story than his brother is letting on. This South Korean import is great fun for a cold winter’s night.


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