Matt Roush


Question: Could you please ...

Question:
Could you please tell me when Six Feet Under is due to return to the air? I'm going through withdrawal. — Michael

Matt:
HBO hasn't yet scheduled the third season of 13 episodes, now in production. But with the final season of Oz set for January, we may not see Six Feet until spring.

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Question: Did I miss ...

Question:
Did I miss something? On Alias, I thought that Will (Bradley Cooper) was killed off last season. In the season opener on 9/29, they didn't even mention that he had been shot. Could you please fill me in? Thanks! — WriteOnInc

Matt:
Will was shot with a tranquilizer gun, kidnapped and beaten, but was rescued by Sydney (Jennifer Garner) and Jack (Victor Garber). Now that he knows Syd's secret and had to sacrifice his journalistic reputation and career to stay alive, Will's character should only become more interesting.

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Question: What happened to ...

Question:
What happened to Sex and the City? I have looked for it but it has disappeared. — Sarah

Matt:
This summer's season, shorter than usual because of Sarah Jessica Parker's pregnancy, is over. I would imagine the next (and maybe final) season will air next summer.

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Question: Am I the only one ...

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Am I the only one who has difficulty understanding the dialogue on ER? It seems that either the music is too loud and drowns out the voices, or, as in last night's episode, the sound of the helicopter completely drowned out the dialogue. — Chriss

Matt:
Not only that, but the difference in sound levels between a show's dialogue and the blaring ads that interrupt can be very annoying. On ER, though, you're not meant to get all the dialogue all of the time. Much of it is very technical, and the point of the garble is to emphasize the realism of chaos. It's something of a trademark of the show.

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Question: I heard Jessalyn ...

Question:
I heard Jessalyn Gilsig is leaving Fox's Boston Public. Do you have any info as to why? Will she be gone from the start the start of the season or will she be written out after a few episodes? — Paul

Matt:
Cast turnover is nothing new on this show, and this season the focus is on introducing several young male teachers (including former New Kids on the Block singer Joey McIntyre) into the cast. Besides Gilsig, Rashida Jones (who played Louisa) is gone as well, her character replaced by a student aide. Neither Gilsig nor Jones appear in the first two episodes, and Gilsig's character, Lauren Davis, isn't even mentioned. As the season continues, look for Nicky Katt, who plays maverick teacher Harry Senate, to leave as well.

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Question: Could you please ...

Question:
Could you please tell me when Six Feet Under is due to return to the air? I'm going through withdrawal. — Michael

Matt:
HBO hasn't yet scheduled the third season of 13 episodes, now in production. But with the final season of Oz set for January, we may not see Six Feet until spring.

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Question: It seems like ...

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It seems like everybody is saying that The West Wing's Allison Janney's bump from supporting to lead actress in the Emmys is wrong. But truth be told, isn't it kind of silly the way everyone except Martin Sheen is considered "supporting?" If the Friends cast can ALL be bumped up to LEADING categories, why not the West Wing cast? It could certainly be argued that Edie Falco's character on The Sopranos has been more of a supporting character in the last two seasons, but no one argues that she should be demoted. I know it's all silly, but it seems like Janney is being unfairly singled out in all the ridiculousness. — Ryan

Matt:
You're right. It is all silly. But, sadly, it does become an issue in an ensemble drama or comedy as to how to assign starring and supporting status. I would argue that Falco is without a doubt the lead actress on Sopranos, and Lorraine Bracco does herself a disservice by forcing herself into that lead category each year when she is unquestionably a
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Question: I watched the ...

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I watched the season premiere of Ed last Wednesday (Sept. 25) and was pleasantly surprised to hear the original theme song from Season 1 ("Next Year" by Foo Fighters) had returned. My question is, why did it disappear for Season 2 and why is it back for Season 3? Can we expect it will stick around for the remainder of the show's existence? — Tiffany

Matt:
I'm with you. I was thrilled to hear the original theme song return. Apparently, the producers fought to restore it, and won. It seems the production company has a corporate policy only to use themes and songs it owns the rights to, and Ed's producers were forced to replace it last season. Now let's just hope the ratings improve for this charming series so it can survive to a fourth season, whatever the theme song may be.

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Question: I read with great ...

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I read with great interest your comments about the Emmy telecast and how you were basically satisfied that "HBO's overrated" Six Feet Under didn't win awards in the major categories. Why is that? Why don't you like the show? I agree that the show isn't always consistently at its best from episode to episode, but I think the acting is quite good, especially performances from Rachel Griffiths, Peter Krause and Lauren Ambrose. What's your take? — David

Matt:
I also admire the actors on this show. They do miracles with what they're given. I was surprised none of them won, and was especially disappointed that Ambrose lost to Stockard Channing, who had maybe one good episode of West Wing last season.

My problem with Six Feet Under is that the writing is so self-conscious and forced, and in the second batch of 13 episodes, the plotting was often as trite as on a bad soap opera. Some weeks the show really works — especially when it makes good thematic use of the funeral-hom ... read more

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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