Matt Roush


Question: After watching the ...

Question:
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 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: When will FX's The ...

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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 ...

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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: 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: 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: 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: Now that this ...

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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: I saw the trailer ...

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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: 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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