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"TV Guide Magazine: Best Covers Volume 1" (available to buy at www.tvguidemagazine.com). A handsome keepsake volume, available in perfect-bound hard copy or digital this-or-that, delivers what the title promises: a gallery of great covers from across six decades of publication. I will wait while you try to wrap your head around 60 years of TV Guide. (Actually, you'll have to wait while I try to wrap my head around it … almost there … just a … OK … ready.) If you have ever lived with this publication, or by this publication, or for this publication -- as I did in my TV-misspent youth -- you will find the images here bringing on a Proustian rush, whether they be of Lucy, Johnny, Lassie, Jerry, Batman,
MasterChef Junior (Fox, Friday). Yes, this again, and for the last time until Season 2 arrives, as it will, if there is any justice in this world, and this spell I have just cast is any good. We have come to the finale, which pits 13-year-old Alexander against 12-year-old Dara, both deserving and neither of them stuck up about it, which makes them doubly easy to root for, and equally hard to root against. (I root for everyone in these shows, so I am always pleased, and always disappointed.) It's true that for much of the series' run the money would have been on an Alexander-Troy match-up, but Troy flamed out last week with an uncharacteristically undercooked chicken, as well as a bit of game-playing that came back to bite him; having won the opening challenge (to perfectly cook a soft-boiled egg, ironically), he had the right to assign the parts: Alexander, stuck with chicken livers, made a pate on garlic crostini; Dara sculpted chicken wings into soy-and-ginger-flavored lollipops. I am moved again, even as I write, by the judges' astonished and clearly most sincere praise. You can find earlier episodes online to prep for the finals, or begin (or begin again) from the beginning.
"Burning Love" (E!, Wednesdays, and Yahoo! Screen, anytime). E! imports this perfectly executed, Web-born parody -- barely a parody -- of "The Bachelor,"