Hot List 2021: A Look at Our Favorite Hot Commodities

Matt James The Bachelor
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TV Insider‘s 32 reasons to love TV now Hot List includes jaw-dropping drama, sizzling costar chemistry and groundbreaking stars. Plus, puppies!

Whether you’re into reality, home renovation, cooking, cute animals, or more, TV right now is viewers’ choice.

Our final Hot List is an ode to the rich variety of hot commodities available with the click of a button, so scroll down to see our favorite awards show hosts, a groundbreaking Bachelor Nation star, a late-night comedy staple, and more.


Hot Dish: Selena + Chef

Part cooking show, part comedy of errors, the series pairing culinarily challenged singer Selena Gomez with famed chefs who mentor her in the kitchen virtually is a four-course blast. While we’re still a tad worried about her knife skills, the sharply funny Gomez’s just-dropped second season has us ready for thirds. — Damian Holbrook

Available now, HBO Max

ABC/Billy Kidd

Hot Groundbreaker: Bachelor Matt James

It’s apropos that Matt James works as a real-estate broker in New York, because the first Black star of The Bachelor‘s 25-season run is a hot property. With his striking features and sensible take on the whole “reality show” of it all, the 29-year-old North Carolina native’s season so far has been a mix of sexy dating games and frank chats about race and faith. — Damian Holbrook

Mondays, 8/7c, ABC

Puppy Bowl Puppies

Hot Dogs: Puppy Bowl's Pooches

Put your paws up if you can’t get enough of cute canines. Now take those paws, grab your remote, and set the DVR for Puppy Bowl XVII, the annual event to raise awareness about animal adoption. Above, some of the mutts guaranteed to melt hearts. — Eric Andersson

Premieres Sunday, Feb. 7, 2/1c, Animal Planet

Hosts Chip & Joanna Gaines chat after their walk through of the Levings-Holmes house, as seen on Fixer Upper, Season 6

Hot Property: Fixer Upper: Welcome Home

Discovery+ may be the new streaming service on the block, but it already has us hooked with its updated version of Fixer Upper, HGTV’s iconic renovation-to-reveal hit from the First Family of flipping, the Gaineses. Even better, Chip and Joanna’s revival arrives alongside previews of a bunch more appealing shows from their forthcoming Magnolia Network. That is Welcome, indeed. — Damian Holbrook

Available now, Discovery+

Jason Biggs Cherries Wild

Hot Competition: New Game Shows

It’s game on as networks pack their primetime lineups with more entertaining contests. Among the welcome additions: A Name That Tune revival with bubbly host Jane Krakowski and the new trivia challenge Cherries Wild. — John Russell

Name That Tune, Wednesdays, 9/8c, Fox

Cherries Wild, Series Premiere, Sunday, Feb. 14, 7/6c, Fox

Conan O'Brien

Red Hot: Conan O'Brien

For 28 years, Conan O’Brien has been the self-deprecating, sarcastic ginger spice of late-night TV. That all ends when he wraps his decade-old TBS talk show, Conan, this June. To be honest, he won’t be missed — mostly because our remotes are all ready to tune to the upcoming variety show he’s hosting for HBO Max. #TeamCoco4Ever — Damian Holbrook

Weeknights, 11/10c, TBS

Reese Witherspoon attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
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Hot Streak: Reese Witherspoon

Big Little Lies, Little Fires Everywhere, The Morning Show. If you fell in love with an addictive drama in the past year or so, chances are Reese Witherspoon had a hand in producing it. Since forming her Hello Sunshine production company in 2016, the powerhouse has packed the small screen with watercooler TV, and she shows no signs of stopping. Next up: an Apple TV+ mystery starring Julia Roberts. — Kate Hahn

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler arrive to the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards
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Hot Hosts: Tina Fey & Amy Poehler

And the award for best comeback goes to…Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as emcees of the Golden Globes! After overseeing the annual event from 2013 to 2015, the Lucy and Ethel of their generation had originally announced they were done with the gig. Clearly, time — and the twosome’s relationships with NBC, which airs Fey’s Mr. Mayor and Poehler’s Making It — has helped change their minds. Here’s hoping it hasn’t changed their ways. — Damian Holbrook

Sunday, February 28, 8/7c, NBC