Matt Roush


Question: I saw the trailer ...

Question:
I saw the trailer for a new comedy show about a guy in his 30s who relives his high school years, but keeps his older mentality. What is the name of that show? And when will it air? — Danny

Matt:
Actually, there are two shows for whom this description applies. It's quite creepy how much they resemble each other. One is a half-hour WB comedy, Do Over, airing on Thursdays at 8:30 pm/ET. The other is an hourlong fantasy comedy-drama for ABC, That Was Then, airing on Fridays at 9 pm/ET. I prefer the WB version, which at least casts a kid in the high-school role (in the ABC show, the older actor plays both his grown-up and teen self, and it just doesn't work).

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Question: Last season the 24 ...

Question:
Last season the 24 scripts, apart from being predictable (even the multiple "Kim-nappings") were full of holes and obviously poorly planned — if planned at all. Do you feel the writers have a consistent direction this year or will it be another waste of time? — K

Matt:
There's no way of knowing until the show returns Oct. 29, but I'm hopeful it won't be a waste of your time. My time was very well spent, and enjoyed, last season. The first year was, by admission, a learning process for the producers, who set a near-impossible task for themselves by plotting a 24-episode suspense thriller that would play out over one single day. I enjoyed the experience enough to look beyond the improbabilities. One difference this year is that the writers are planning several action climaxes throughout the season, so the show can recharge itself along the way, as the first season did after Jack rescued his wife and daughter from the compound. I can't wait to see what's in store the ... read more

Question: Now that this ...

Question:
Now that this year's Emmys are over, who didn't win that you feel is deserving, and who's been snubbed that you'd like to see nominated? I thought Charlotte Ross was excellent in NYPD Blue last season. She was outstanding in the episodes dealing with her daughter and her romance with Andy (especially since we're supposed to buy that her character is all for the romance while Andy is uncertain). Her performance was superior to a couple of the nominees for Best Actress. I'd like to see the Malcolm in the Middle parents win. With the real-life pregnancy being written into the show, the two stars should have their moments to shine. — Corey

Matt:
As noted at the top of this column, I think Jennifer Garner was wrongly denied a win for her breakthrough first year in Alias. I would have liked to see 24 win for best drama. And most of the excellent Scrubs cast (especially John C. McGinley) should have been recognized with nominations. It's also a shame that NYPD, having reversed
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Question: Why is Christa ...

Question:
Why is Christa Miller leaving The Drew Carey Show? Is she working on Scrubs now? — Stacy

Matt:
Wouldn't you leave a sinking ship like Drew, which by all rights should have been canned last year after its ratings and creative collapse? (It's only back because of a misbegotten renewal deal that ABC should never have made with the show.) Miller is appearing on Scrubs on a recurring basis, as Dr. Cox's (John C. McGinley) manipulative — and now pregnant — ex-wife. She has a personal reason for being on this show. She's married to Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence.

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Question: When will FX's The ...

Question:
When will FX's The Shield start new shows? — Kim

Matt:
Look for a second season of 13 episodes to begin in January. And how cool was Michael Chiklis's win? (Too bad he couldn't have tied with 24's Kiefer Sutherland.)

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Question: Do you think there ...

Question:
Do you think there is any hope for a Luke/Lorelai romance this season on WB's Gilmore Girls? So many fans want those two to end up together! — Tricia

Matt:
There's always hope. After all, did you see the wonderfully clever dream-sequence tease that opened last week's season premiere, with Lorelai (Lauren Graham) imagining she had spent the summer snuggled with Luke (Scott Patterson) and was even carrying his twins? No question what her subconscious is thinking, but for the time being, the show is probably better off keeping them at arm's length. Their friendship, with all of its barbed banter, is one of the many enjoyable aspects of this terrific show. If either one of them did anything to screw it up — and on this show, you know that's a distinct possibility — I know I'd miss it.

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Question: On The Sopranos, ...

Question:
On The Sopranos, whatever happened to the Russian in the woods with Christopher and Paulie from the last season? — Kevin

Matt:
We may never know. The show's creator, David Chase, insists that he's OK with not tying up certain loose ends. The instant-classic "Pine Barrens" episode to which you refer is sort of like a mini-movie within The Sopranos's third season. The Russian got away, and as far as we're meant to be concerned, he's staying away.

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Question: Can you tell me ...

Question:
Can you tell me when is the new season of MTV's The Osbournes supposed to start? I heard they were taping in July, then his wife was diagnosed with cancer. Is the show now cancelled? Thanks. — Charlie

Matt:
I'm happy to tell you The Osbournes will return Nov. 27 with a new season, although the tone no doubt will be affected by Sharon's illness and recovery. If you saw the family together presenting at the Emmy awards, Sharon looked and sounded strong. Good news for a unique family, and good news for MTV.

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Question: Will Andy Richter ...

Question:
Will Andy Richter Controls the Universe be back on the air and, if so, when? I loved this show but I've heard nothing about it since I saw the last episode aired last spring. — Andee

Matt:
Fox picked up this very offbeat show for midseason, so look for it in the spring. It was fun to see him spar with his old pal Conan O'Brien during the Emmys (Richter Controls the Universe was nominated for writing).

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Question: Weren't you also ...

Question:
Weren't you also surprised that Ray Romano ended up winning the Best Actor Emmy over Matt LeBlanc? I heard that Matt submitted the episode where he told Rachel he loved her. While it was a nice episode, don't you think Matt would have had the Emmy locked up if he submitted the one where he went out on a date with Rachel, since your magazine agrees that was clearly the standout episode on Friends last season? — Mike

Matt:
You may be right. As with the issue of song choice on American Idol, the selection of what episode to submit is crucial to snagging an Emmy. Or so we are led to believe. I think the date episode was a high-water mark for both actors. Truthfully, I'm just amazed the Emmy voters finally woke up and recognized Friends as the modern comedy classic it is at its best. I had assumed, like most others, that Romano would be an also-ran, that his abilities would again be underrated because he is perceived to just be playing a version of himself as he adapts his
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