Matt Roush


Monday in Review: Bones, a Literary American Masters and More

Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz

Once again testing the audience's willingness to follow Bones all over prime time, Fox follows up its non-surprise eighth-season renewal by moving the enjoyable romantic/forensic procedural to yet another night: Mondays at 8/7c, in front of the ...
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Ask Matt: Frozen Planet, NCIS, Southland, Alcatraz and More

Frozen Planet

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Question: I am in awe! There is not much TV can do to shock me anymore (I'm a very jaded 33), but the quality ...
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Matt's TV Week in Review

Jessica Paré

There's music that sticks with you — like Megan's can't-get-it-out-of-your-head "Zou Bisou Bisou" birthday party bump and grind from Mad Men — and music you can't wait to forget: as in whatever the hell Katharine McPhee was screaming on that revolving mattress-prison during the ambush production number on Smash's worst episode to date.

Which seems an appropriate way to begin our medley of some of the week's notable hits and misses.

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Weekend TV in Review: Game of Thrones, The Killing, Great Expectations and More

Carice van Houton and Stephen Dillane

No fooling, this April Fool's TV weekend has something for just about everyone.

Starting with the long-awaited (though not nearly as long as Mad Men made us wait) second season of HBO's masterful epic fantasy Game of Thrones (Sunday, 9/8c). read more

Thursday TV in Review: Community Vs. Big Bang, the Return of Punk'd, and More

Jim Parsons

Give a gold star — or whatever qualifies as a decent grade at Greendale Community College these days — to NBC for the smart decision to bring back Community while CBS was preoccupied with NCAA March Madness for several weeks. This allowed the very cult ...
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Roush Review: Return to Whitechapel

Whitechapel

London's grisly past informs the bloody present in a new season of BBC America's creepy Whitechapel (Wednesdays, 10/9c), telling its ghoulish crime stories in gripping two-week increments. Gone are the obvious copycats aping the infamous exploits of such legendary fiends as Jack the Ripper and the Kray brothers. Turns out the new breed of bogeymen can be just about as mystifying and terrifying, if not as memorable.

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Ask Matt: Justified, The Killing, Hunger Games (on TV?), Smash, and More

Timothy Olyphant

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Question: I'm really surprised by the lack of comment (here and elsewhere) on this season of Justified. It had a lot to live up to after that near-perfect second season and (in my opinion) has been maintaining the standard extremely well. I haven't enjoyed TV-show dialogue this much since The West Wing went off the air. read more

Matt's TV Week in Review

Smash

Let's start this week's rundown with some good news.

Like a bit of reality redemption, as the charming and freakishly talented Mondo wins Project Runway All Stars. read more

Weekend TV Review: Mad Men and The Good Wife

Jon Hamm

It's about time that AMC got the '60s party started again, so it's only fitting that Mad Men's excruciatingly long-awaited two-hour season opener (Sunday, 9/8c), a clever and often bitterly witty piece of writing by series creator Matthew Weiner, is built around a memorable party.
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Thursday TV in Review: Touch, Awake, Community, Archer

David Mazouz, Kiefer Sutherland

Anyone who thinks TV isn't trying hard enough to raise the bar this midseason should check out tonight's most distinctive shows. With the official series launch of Fox's fantastical Touch (9/8c) and another fascinating episode of NBC's mystifying Awake (10/9c), I imagine some will maintain that they may be trying a little too hard.

It's probably fair to wonder if Fox is touched in the head for going forward with a show as out-there as Touch. This hasn't been an easy time for truly offbeat shows to gain traction, as risk-takers including Smash, The River and Awake have struggled in the ratings, with critics eager to point out their obvious flaws while often undervaluing the ambition it took to put ...
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