Matt Roush


Question: It seems most ...

Question:
It seems most critics are tired of ER and either trash or ignore it, but last week's (Sept. 26) season premiere still made my mouth gape open with surprise when Romano (Paul McCrane) had his arm sliced off. I realize the writers sometimes try too hard with far-fetched story lines, but I still find it a very entertaining show. Do you think it will gain a second wind with the critics or should it bow out on top like Friends and Seinfeld? — MM

Matt:
With ER, it's critics be damned. Many of us haven't liked it much the last several years, and the show remains enduringly popular, though the ratings are beginning to show some wear — and if CBS's Without a Trace lives up to its promise, ER's numbers are likely to continue to erode. The new characters the past few seasons haven't done much to replace our longing for those who have left (especially George Clooney and Julianna Margulies). Even Maura Tierney's Abby, so promising at the start, has been developed inconsistently. (I ... read more

Question: I am a big fan of ...

Question:
I am a big fan of your Roush Review in TV Guide. However, in your latest column you wrote "...Boomtown reminds me of what it was like 12 years ago when we FIRST witnessed the possibilities of Law &#038 Order, which dared to split a legal narrative into two halves". I don't believe Law &#038 Order was the first series to do this. Didn't a series called Arrest and Trial do this many years ago? It starred Chuck Connors as the Law part and Ben Gazzara as the Order part. — Ken

Matt:
This is why I love what I do. As much as I believe I know about TV, there's always more to learn. You and others who have written in are absolutely right. Arrest and Trial was a 90-minute ABC series split into two 45-minute segments, a precursor to the franchise that put Dick Wolf on the map. It only lasted a season (1963-64), so you still have to admit that doing Law &#038 Order was a risk. No one saw it having such staying, and propagating, power.

... read more

Question: Why do you think it ...

Question:
Why do you think it is that the Emmys are so set against giving nominations to quality WB network programming such as Gilmore Girls and Felicity? It can't be because it's a small network, because at one time so was Fox and they seem to get nods every now and then. — Matthew

Matt:
It's not so much the size of the network but its target audience (young people, primarily female) that causes the industry to undervalue it. WB's shows seem to be regarded largely as kids' and teen shows, and besides, young performers have always had a difficult time being taken seriously at the Emmys (even on a major network show like ABC's much-lamented Once and Again). The shut-out of Gilmore Girls, the true successor to Northern Exposure in my book, is a real travesty.

... read more

Question: Now that the ...

Question:
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
read more

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.

... read more

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.

... read more

Question: Why do you think it ...

Question:
Why do you think it is that the Emmys are so set against giving nominations to quality WB network programming such as Gilmore Girls and Felicity? It can't be because it's a small network, because at one time so was Fox and they seem to get nods every now and then. — Matthew

Matt:
It's not so much the size of the network but its target audience (young people, primarily female) that causes the industry to undervalue it. WB's shows seem to be regarded largely as kids' and teen shows, and besides, young performers have always had a difficult time being taken seriously at the Emmys (even on a major network show like ABC's much-lamented Once and Again). The shut-out of Gilmore Girls, the true successor to Northern Exposure in my book, is a real travesty.

... read more

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.

... read more

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.

... read more

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.

... read more

My Watchlist

On TV

Editors' Picks

10:00PM | CBS
8:30PM | ABC
9:00PM | FOX

Full Episodes

Find a TV Show

See more »

TV GUIDE Users' Most Popular