Matt Roush


Question: Why do you think ...

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Why do you think Frasier is never about the show's namesake anymore? My husband and I have taken to calling the show Niles. He's the focus of most episodes, and if he's not, the ads make it sound like he is (or, of course, Niles and Daphne). Is NBC gearing up for a spinoff? I want Frasier back with Kelsey Grammer front and center and the rest of the terrific supporting cast livening up Frasier's stories. (Why couldn't they have given Frasier the heart condition?) — Lynn

Matt:
Why did they have to give anyone the heart condition, is my question. To some extent, you have to give Grammer credit for spreading the wealth and allowing his wonderful supporting cast to get the spotlight now and again, even if you may feel it has backfired. My problem is that the characters (with the exception of Niles and Daphne's relationship, which stopped being funny once it was out in the open) have not grown on this show to any great degree. Watching Grammer huff and puff and sow the seeds
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Question: Does Entertainment ...

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Does Entertainment Tonight get a commission for all the JAG stories they do? Every time I watch ET there is another. — Mark A.

Matt:
ET and JAG are both produced by Paramount. Blame corporate synergy.

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Question: This is driving me ...

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This is driving me batty! Who is the new church assistant to 7th Heaven's Eric? I have seen him somewhere before and I cannot place where! Please help me out! — Shawna

Matt:
This would be Jeremy London, best known for playing the brooding Griffin on Party of Five. He has a twin brother, Jason, who's also an actor.

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Question: Nowadays, it seems ...

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Nowadays, it seems that whenever a high-profile celebrity is set to guest-star on a TV series, the network announces how many episodes he or she is set to appear weeks — even months — in advance of their appearance. Is it just me, or does this information take away from the suspense? By knowing that Mark Harmon will only appear in four episodes of The West Wing, for example, it was hardly a shock when his character was killed at the end of last season. This is also true for the current storyline involving Christian Slater. NBC announced weeks ago that he would appear in four episodes come November. With this information, who in their right mind will be shocked at his exit, whatever may cause it? Was this always the case with networks? — Marcus

Matt:
Good points. This is part of the downside of our age of relentless hype. Entertainment is covered so thoroughly these days we all know too much about something before we even get a chance to see it. The networks want to
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Question: I know this isn't ...

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I know this isn't related to a tv show, but in a recent column you said you went trick-or-treating in small-town Indiana. Being a fellow fanatic of shows like Alias, Angel and Buffy, as well as a fellow Indiana small-town native, I wondered if you would share with your readers and fans what small Indiana town you're from. I know I'm curious. — Beth

Matt:
Lawrenceburg — heard of it? (It's on the Ohio River, nestled against Ohio and Kentucky — best known perhaps for its Seagram distillery, but also now the harbor for a very popular tourist-draw riverboat. The first time I appeared on national TV, I was marching in the Lawrenceburg Tigers band in the Orange Bowl parade. We got around.)

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Question: Why has Jamie-Lynn ...

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Why has Jamie-Lynn Sigler's Meadow Soprano been MIA from The Sopranos this season? — Joanne

Matt:
Surely you know better than to question David Chase's motives. Who can say why characters drop in and out of this show so randomly? Maybe because it better reflects life not to contrive a subplot for each character each week. Besides, after her blistering confrontation with Tony in this season's second episode, Meadow has been situated, presumably happily, in college. And something tells me that she's probably thrilled to have escaped the family's clutches for a while. Meadow was expected to be back in the Dec. 1 episode (which I didn't see before broadcast), so maybe your concerns will be addressed.

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Question: Whatever happened ...

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Whatever happened to the Western? I grew up with Alias Smith and Jones, Wild Wild West and Bonanza. I fell in love with Magnificent Seven and Paradise. Do you think there's any possibility of the Western ever coming back to TV? — Terri

Matt:
The Western isn't dead, just dormant. As TV fads come and go, I imagine there will always be someone waiting to try to revive the genre. HBO already is developing one (a no-holds-barred Western sounds like a great idea), and I think ABC is as well. Whether or not either makes it to the air, I would imagine you'll see one sooner than later. But never again will the Western dominate the scene as it did in the '50s and '60s. As counterprogramming, though, it seems like a real opportunity waiting for someone to take the reins.

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Question: Is it true that the ...

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Is it true that the alias "Jack Roush," which Jack Bauer used in 24 to infiltrate a terrorist cell in L.A, was inspired by your name as a way of saying thanks for all the support that you have given to the show? I personally love 24. It just blows my mind away. I hope that next year the Emmys give Kiefer Sutherland and the show some justice! — Adrian

Matt:
I have never heard confirmation of this "homage" directly from the producers, but I was rather startled when I saw the episode myself. (They even spelled the last name right, which is almost a first.) But unless it was meant as a nod to Roush Racing (no relation), I had to think it was something of an in-joke. Like you, I hope 24 gets many more awards. Sutherland has really upped the stakes with his ruthless characterization of Bauer (aka Roush) this season. His scenes are truly electrifying.

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Question: From day one, I ...

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From day one, I have found the coupling of Andy (Dennis Franz) and Connie (Charlotte Ross) on NYPD Blue not very believable. Are we honestly supposed to believe that a young, busty blonde is going to go for an aging, bald fat man? It's a big joke if you ask me. What do you think? — Andy L.

Matt:
I've said before that I think NYPD is hampered by its tendency to pair off all of its regulars into romantic couples. (I'm even less interested in Mark Paul Gosselaar's dalliance with Jacqueline Obradors's character. Yawn.) While I won't argue that the Andy-Connie relationship strains credibility in many regards, I do think they have created a true emotional bond around Andy's son Theo (Austin Majors is unquestionably the cutest child actor on the planet). Plus, the acting between Franz and Ross is so strong that it's not such a stretch to think that these two needy, scarred and lonely people might at least temporarily find solace with each other. And with her dead sister's baby ... read more

Question: While I love ...

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While I love Trading Spaces, I can't get over its popularity. Any idea as to why? — Jo P.

Matt:
Because lots of people love it, much like you. Pretty simple. It's a genius concept, irresistible and very addictive to watch.

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