Matt Roush


Question: I heard that the ...

Question:
I heard that the Sci Fi channel was going to be showing reruns of Roswell. Do you know when they're going to start? — Katie

Matt:
Plans are for all three seasons of the series to be shown, in order, weeknights at 6 pm/ET starting in January. Enjoy.

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Generation Sap Oldies Are Goodies on American Dreams

If only NBC's tunefully nostalgic American Dreams could settle for just being likable and entertaining, which it often is.

But like the syrupy promos that oversell its virtues, this '60s-era family drama (Sundays, 8 pm/ET) is plagued with self-importance. The Pryors, a bustling Irish-Catholic brood from West Philadelphia, might as well be blacksmiths given how relentlessly and obviously they hammer home the show's familiar themes of working-class aspirations in a turbulent era.

"Maybe that wasn't really my dream... Kennedy says it's time for new dreams and new frontiers," preaches J.J. (Will Estes), the high-school jock son who wants to quit football. "I don't want to be one of those people that nothing special ever happens to," moons teenage daughter Meg (Brittany Snow), an adorable ingenue who's about to be discovered by the TV camera on American Bandstand.

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Question: I think that Romano ...

Question:
I think that Romano having his arm cut off will open up his life. Don't you feel they couldn't have picked a better character to have this happen to? I mean, he is the no-fuss, get-out-of-my-way doctor. He had no family come to see him and he has no friends, and now he will need help. — Virginia

Matt:
No question that this could humanize him. It's also possible it will turn him into an ER clich&#233. I personally thought that if this sort of trauma were going to happen to someone, it might have been more interesting if it happened to someone we actually liked and cared about ourselves. But you could be right.

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Question: Do you think ...

Question:
Do you think there's any chance Firefly won't get cancelled? I think it's the best new show this season, but everyone says it'll go the same way as Dark Angel, as the ratings have been less than good, and like Dark Angel it's expensive to make. Isn't it so unfair that something as great and original as Firefly gets cancelled while worthless fluff (What I Like About You for instance) is considered a hit? You think there's any hope UPN will come and save it? I mean, they could air it next to Enterprise! — Jessica

Matt:
Don't look for UPN to come to the rescue this time. That fledgling network is trying to establish itself as something other than the Used Parts Network. I would hope Fox will show some patience toward both of its new Friday shows (this and John Doe). Fox was keen on recruiting Whedon to create something for the network — entertainment president Gail Berman is still listed as an executive producer on Buffy — so while Firefly's future is tenuous at best for ... read more

Question: Is Jennifer related ...

Question:
Is Jennifer related to James Garner? — Audrey

Matt:
Nope. The only genetic material they share is a natural gift for playing to the TV camera.

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Roush Rave

The morgue the merrier. Any worries that CBS's CSI brand would be diluted by the spin-off CSI: Miami (Mondays, 10 pm/ET) were dispelled by the engrossing-and on occasion, just plain gross-premiere episode about the mysteries surrounding the downing of a corporate jet. The capable stars, David Caruso and Kim Delaney, squabble over but never upstage the evidence. Among the supporting cast, Khandi Alexander gives intriguing shadings to the coroner who carries on one-sided conversations with her inanimate charges. Finally, CBS has delivered a powerful (if formulaic) dramatic nightcap to its one successful comedy night. read more

Question: I'm hooked on the ...

Question:
I'm hooked on the show 24. I rented the first season from Blockbuster. Has the new season started? What time and on what channel does it air? — Tom

Matt:
I hope more viewers become aware of the show through the DVD release. There's the rest of the month to catch up. 24 returns for a second season on Fox, airing Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET, starting October 29.

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Question: On Buffy, I still ...

Question:
On Buffy, I still have hopes for some kind of Buffy/Spike relationship this season, but my primary concern is for Spike to continue on his road to redemption, which started when he went to Africa to get his soul. Do you think Joss Whedon will continue to have Spike try and be more of a good guy, or is this just a ploy and Spike will end up being even more evil with a soul? I am very emotionally invested in the character of Spike and would be devastated if he reverted to evil instead of becoming more of a white hat. What's your take, oh TV Guru? — Jane

Matt:
Check out my Oct. 2 Dispatch in the Roush Room. Spike is only more complicated and fascinating now that he has a soul, and while his motives always will be under suspicion (from the Scoobies if not from us), I think it's clear he'll never be simply a bad guy again.

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Question: Now that the ...

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Now that the amazingly talented Joss Whedon has a third show in production (Firefly) to go with the awesome and perenially underrated Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, any fears that he's spreading himself too thin to keep up the quality while overseeing all of this? I know that there were major changes in the head people at Angel last season. What's up with the revolving door and are there still plans for a BBC spinoff for Giles (Anthony Stewart Head)? — Carol

Matt:
The limited series for Giles has been put on the back burner for the exact reason you note here: Joss is overwhelmed. Anyone who values Whedon's work worries that he's overextending himself this season (shades of David E. Kelley). His Buffy cohort Marti Noxon's pregnancy, and his Angel partner David Greenwalt's departure for ABC's midseason drama Miracles, left Whedon juggling a lot more work, even as his ambitious and unusual Firefly was being launched. So far, I like what I've seen of Buffy and Angel
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Question: In the upcoming ...

Question:
In the upcoming season of Alias, the role of Sydney's mother will be played by an actress named Lena Olin. Any relation to Ken Olin (Michael of thirtysomething), who I believe is a producer on Alias and has a recurring guest-starring role? — Danielle

Matt:
No relation. Lena Olin is an acclaimed European actress (Chocolat and, most memorably, co-starring with Daniel Day Lewis in The Unbearable Lightness of Being). Ken, as you mentioned, is the American star-turned-executive producer, who directed last night's season premiere. His wife, incidentally, is former thirtysomething Emmy winner Patricia Wettig, who appeared in the premiere as Sydney's CIA shrink.

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