Matt Roush


Question: Is it just me or ...

Question:
Is it just me or are sitcoms starting to focus on "mean" wives with their "dumb" husbands? On According to Jim, Still Standing, King of Queens and even Everybody Loves Raymond, the wives always seem to be irritated, bothered by or mad at their husbands. Where is the love? — DeeAnn

Matt:
As usual, it's not just you. Even the best of these shows (Raymond) sometimes overplays the domestic friction card. I think this is happening because most prime-time shows want to demonstrate a bit of "edge," when what we're really looking for is chemistry. I think Ray and Debra Barone (on Raymond) still have it more often than not. Mary Tyler Moore has gone on record saying that's the modern couple who most reminds her of Rob and Laura Petrie. Now those were the days.

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Question: Do you know why CBS ...

Question:
Do you know why CBS changed The Agency from 10 pm/ET on Thursday to 10 pm on Saturdays? Are the ratings so low that it can be cancelled soon? And what's your opinion on the show? — Arash

Matt:
CBS moved it to Saturdays because the network needed to program a stronger, more compatible show alongside CSI on Thursdays. And they've succeeded with the compelling Without a Trace, which is doing better against ER than anything since Chicago Hope way back in the mid-'90s. Agency appears to be doing OK on a night with low expectations. Personally, I think it's a solid but uninspired show. It's certainly the most realistic of TV's new wave of spy dramas, but I find 24 and Alias, though more fanciful, more enjoyable and fascinating. But then, I can't make it through an entire Tom Clancy tome, so I'm probably not the target for this particular show.

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Question: Given how The ...

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Given how The Sopranos has become one of the most popular and acclaimed shows on television, I'm surprised that we haven't seen a return (in reruns, of course) of the last show Chase produced: the brilliant I'll Fly Away. I actually think it's a superior show to The Sopranos in many ways. Why hasn't its success led to a revival (or better yet, a DVD release) of that '90s TV classic? — Ruth

Matt:
From your lips... I'll Fly Away is one of my all-time faves as well. And while Chase wasn't the creator of the show (it was a Falsey-Brand production, from the guys who also did Northern Exposure), this is an important chapter in Chase's TV career, and I agree it would be a good hook for an eventual release of episodes on TV or video. PBS did rebroadcast the show for a while, and produced a movie finale to wrap things up. With TV big on nostalgia again, I'd like to see this (and Homefront, which aired during the same seasons a decade ago) get a second look.

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Question: Angel got a 3.7/5 ...

Question:
Angel got a 3.7/5 rating for its premiere. Is that the lowest rating a WB drama has gotten so far this year? I'm seeing a steady decline in the show's ratings. Even some of the WB's comedies got higher, I think. — CF

Matt:
I suppose this is WB's lowest-rated drama, but look at the competition on Sundays. (At least it's not tanking as badly as WB's comedies on Thursday.) The good news is that Sunday has always been a dead zone for WB, so even these paltry numbers represent (according to the network) a 71 percent improvement in the time period from a year ago. To those who wonder about the show's future, it's just too early to say if WB will let it go, if UPN will pick it up, or if Buffy will even be around next season (depending on negotiations with cost and cast). But I've said before, I'd love for at least one more season where Buffy and Angel could air in tandem on the same network, with the possibility of crossovers.

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Question: Will the TV show ...

Question:
Will the TV show Falcone ever be rerun? What ever happened to the stars of the series? — Pat

Matt:
Since only nine episodes of CBS's Donnie Brasco-for-TV series were produced, it's unlikely you'll see it again, unless someone airs it as a miniseries marathon stunt. Jason Gedrick, who played the title character of the undercover cop, is back in uniform as one of the stars of NBC's excellent Boomtown. Titus Welliver, who played his target, continues to work steadily, most recently in the equally short-lived Big Apple as well as on CBS's defunct That's Life.

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Question: Whatever happened ...

Question:
Whatever happened to the actress that played Amy on Everybody Loves Raymond? Is she still going to appear once in a while? I thought that she made a great addition to the show. — Zachary

Matt:
Amy (played by Monica Horan) will be back, but the details of her return this season are right now a secret. Most recently, Robert's (Brad Garrett) ex has been seen on occasion as a loyal pal of Debra's (Patricia Heaton). There's a good reason the show stays loyal to her (besides her natural appeal): Horan is married to Raymond's executive producer, Phil Rosenthal.

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Question: I love the Buffy ...

Question:
I love the Buffy spin-off Angel, especially the chemistry between the characters Angel and Wolfram &#038 Hart lawyer Lilah (Stephanie Romanov). They should get together, have a love/hate or love/hate/lust relationship. I don't understand why the writers are wasting time with Lilah and Wesley (Alexis Denisof) when they should be developing more about the relationship between the vampire and the lawyer. That would be interesting.

Matt:
No argument, except this makes Wesley more interesting in the wake of his "betrayal" last season. In any case, sleeping with the enemy takes on all kinds of dimensions on this show, doesn't it? Besides, all of that bristling tension between vamp and lawyer might not survive an actual "relationship."

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Question: Did Buddy Ebsen do ...

Question:
Did Buddy Ebsen do a guest spot on an upcoming episode of Firefly? — Dan

Matt:
Not to my (or the studio's) knowledge. But I love the idea: Jed Clampett/Barnaby Jones in space. This is my favorite question of the week.

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Question: What do you think ...

Question:
What do you think of this season's new episodes of Reba McEntire's Reba? The show does seem to have more of an edge to it than it did last year. Personally, I like it; it makes it at least a little more realistic. Now if they would just bring Van and Cheyenne's IQ points up a little. Your thoughts, please. — James

Matt:
I only watched the season premiere, but agree with you. My problem with Reba last season was that, despite all of the chaos in her life, she always looked like she was about to go to a Junior League meeting. Reba's so down-to-earth as a personality I like the idea of her show getting a little grittier as well, more like Roseanne (the gold standard for such shows). As for the kids' IQ's, don't get your hopes up. Shows like this get lots of mileage out of having doofuses around.

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Question: Every Thursday for ...

Question:
Every Thursday for two years, I had the girls over for Temptation Island, and I see no signs of it coming back this year. Can you tell me if it is on? Please let us know! — Erica

Matt:
Sorry, I don't see it coming back. The second season of Temptation pretty much collapsed when Fox moved it to Thursdays. Besides, Fox has since moved on to American Idol. But I'm surprised if you aren't gathering "the girls" for a weekly dose of The Bachelor. It seems to me to be almost as disgusting as Temptation Island.

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