Matt Roush


Question: Do you know if WB's ...

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Do you know if WB's contract for Angel expires at the end of this season like Buffy's did at the end of the 2000-2001 season? What are the odds of UPN still picking it up? — Harvey

Matt:
The future of both shows is a little hazy right now. If Sarah Michelle Gellar leaves Buffy when her contract is up after this season, will it continue without her? (The producers seem willing to try, although they'll have to convince me why they should.) WB seems determined to kill Angel with its new Sunday time period, so its contract with the studio is almost a moot issue. If WB releases Angel, then UPN may want to acquire it as a brand-name lure, as it did with Buffy. I personally would like one more year of a Buffy-Angel Tuesday combo on whatever network. I'm not sure it's in the cards, though.

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Question: Was it just me, or ...

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Was it just me, or did there seem to be an inordinate amount of commercials for this year's Emmy Awards telecast? We'd get two awards, and then a stack of commercials. They did a good job of limiting the speech time, even limiting the speech to only one person for "team" winners. But I'm thinking it could have ended on time if there were less breaks. (So many of the commercials seemed to be hype for NBC shows!) — Bill

Matt:
The commercial load, especially toward the end of the broadcast, was insufferable. NBC's promos are among the industry's most gag-inducing to begin with, and they made the night seem interminable. I don't know if there were more than usual, but I agree with you that it seemed so — especially because there was so little content between the breaks.

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Question: I was watching the ...

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I was watching the Emmys and noticed that Fox's Futurama won the award for best animated series. It was kind of a surprise since the show itself did not have many episodes last season. Do you think The Simpsons has lost steam and is on the brink of going off television after this upcoming fall season? — Emily

Matt:
All it takes is one good episode to score an animated Emmy win in the series category. But what a vote of confidence to Futurama, which is only on this season's schedule because Fox airs it so infrequently there is a whole season's worth of episodes on the shelf. As for The Simpsons, I find it very uneven — inevitable given how long it has been on the air and how accustomed we have become to it — but it's still capable of surprise and delight. Rumors circulated about its eventual demise last season, and creator Matt Groening was quick to pipe up that it's not over until he and the rest of his gang say so. Fox will keep it on the air as long as they're willing ... read more

Question: After watching the ...

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After watching the premiere episode of Fox's John Doe it seems to be another case of "been there, done that," only this time with a steroid freak. Any thoughts on how many weeks it will be before it's canceled? — K

Matt:
Don't hold your breath. The ratings for the pilot, helped no doubt by the summer-long promotion during American Idol, were quite promising, especially considering the Friday time period. I would expect Fox to be patient with this and with Joss Whedon's Firefly. I'm not sold on John Doe, either — I love the character's high concept, but not that of trapping him in a help-the-police procedural. However, I'm willing to give it a few weeks. It's not like Friday is bursting with that many other good shows to watch.

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Question: I've read your ...

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I've read your reactions to Jennifer Garner losing for Best Actress in a Drama at the Emmys, and I'm right with you. It seems like Hollywood elitists can't make room for the little guys for fear of losing their place in the hierarchy of power. Perish the thought that someone could break the ranks and receive an Emmy which they have EARNED. I do believe that the only saving grace besides Conan's efforts was Michael Chiklis's win — rightfully earned. I'm amazed that even happened. My question is this: How in the world did Allison Janney promote herself to Lead Actress status? And why did the Emmy voters agree for a role that is in no way close to a LEAD? I'm not saying Allison Janney isn't good or hardworking. In fact I've seen her in several films in small roles. I just want to understand the system, or at least get a reason before I bash them even more. — Clarissima

Matt:
Bash away. The Emmys are always a prime target. And one of the flaws of the system is that actors
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Question: Excuse me while I ...

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Excuse me while I swoon but I heard that Nicholas Lea (a.k.a Krycek from The X-Files) will be on NYPD Blue. Yay! Tell me more, Matt! — M.H.

Matt:
According to trade publications, Lea — a good actor who rarely gets to play a good guy — will appear in three episodes as the abusive brother-in-law of Connie McDowell, the detective played by Charlotte Ross. Look for him to appear later in October.

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Question: Is Dark Angel ...

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Is Dark Angel coming back this season? — Daniel

Matt:
I've received many such questions, and the answer is: no. Fox pulled the plug after two seasons. The move to Friday was probably fatal for this ambitious and rather costly cult series, which began promisingly but (to me) faltered in its second year as it added too many characters and tangents into what once was a rather thrilling and streamlined female Fugitive series.

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Question: In your opinion ...

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In your opinion would Rory and Lorelai be justified in shunning Christopher (Lorelai's ex) after the season two finale? I think yes. — Alexis

Matt:
Well, if you watched the season opener, you know that's exactly how Rory and Lorelai reacted. Neither have had contact with him since learning he was going back to his pregnant girlfriend. But Lorelai's mother Emily (Kelly Bishop) isn't giving up, and a confrontation with Christopher (David Sutcliffe) is on tap for Tuesday night's (Oct. 1) episode. Can't wait.

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Question: More of a comment ...

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More of a comment than a question. I just wanted to compliment you on your work during the lengthy E! Countdown to the Emmys coverage on Sunday. In obviously uncomfortable weather conditions and defending your choices with aplomb in spirited debate with Tom O'Neil, you came off beautifully. By the way, in the wrap-up comments at the end of the show when you two were cut off by Jules Asner and Todd Newton, I longed for the two of you to have a Siskel-Ebert program devoted to just your comments and analysis. Any chance of E! doing that with you two next year? Or how about a half-hour weekly show in which you and Wanda discuss TV of the previous week? Could be a keeper. — Matt

Matt:
Very nice of you to say so. (And I promise I didn't write this one myself.) But I'm content with doing just so much on-TV analysis of TV. If I were to be on a channel like E! regularly, I would have to worry about perceptions of my objectivity. And there's no way I want to be inhibited in any
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Question: Why isn't Terry ...

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Why isn't Terry Farrell listed in the cast for Becker? I don't see how they can interact in the diner without Reggie. She was great in her role. Is she written out of the cast, and if so, was it because of money? Did she want to leave? What the heck happened? — Peter

Matt:
From all accounts, the actress was as surprised as you at her sudden termination at the end of last season. With the show moving to a new night (Sundays at 8 pm/ET), the producers seem to have decided to shake things up and pair Becker instead with his new neighbor (Nancy Travis). I don't imagine the show's fans will be pleased with this. How this affects the scenes in the diner or even if the diner set will be used remains to be seen. If, in fact, anyone is still watching after the show moves away from its cushy Monday time period. I have my doubts.

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