Matt Roush


Ask Matt: Walking Dead, Homeland, Terra Nova, Dexter and More!

Walking Dead

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Question: I'm new to The Walking Dead this season, but I did catch up on all of Season 1 with the marathon presentation before the Season 2 premiere. I mostly like it and I know we're supposed to suspend disbelief, especially when watching a show about zombies. However, I do think they try to make it seem "real" plot-wise, and I especially like the explanation provided during the Season 1 finale where only the brain stem comes back to life which would account for the mobility and other "mindless" behavior. However, it also occurs to me that these are supposed to be smart people caught up in this fantastic scenario from hell. So why don't they just make it to a marina and procure a nice big boat and hang out on a lake somewhere? The way these zombies move, it's clear they can't swim or otherwise follow, and they could just cruise around and make the occasional raid to get gas and hunt, not to mention just fish for sustenance. I know ...
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Matt's Guide to Weekend TV: Premieres of Once Upon a Time, Boss and More!

Lana Parrilla, Jennifer Morrison

Once is not enough. Sometimes a second look, or a second episode, is necessary to convince a skeptic that a show is worth taking a risk on. So it is with ABC's dazzling but dauntingly precious Once Upon a Time (Sunday, 8/7c), which back when I was considering it for Fall Preview left me wondering: "Is this ambitiously whimsical fantasia the next Pushing Daisies cult fave or the next Eastwick insta-flop? (Either way, it will likely be an uphill climb to happily ever after.) It would be easier to love if it weren't so convoluted and campy."

But then ABC made another episode (the third, airing Nov. 6) available for review, and I started to find myself enchanted and beguiled, ready to curl up with more chapters of this fractured fairy tale. First, though, you have to digest the premise, and the overstuffed and often overripe pilot is a lot to swallow. We begin in a lavishly rendered fairy-tale land ...
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Matt's Guide to Thursday TV: Person of Interest, Vampire Diaries and More!

Jim Caviezel

CBS' Person of Interest (9/8c) is one of the fall's few new dramas of interest, and it appears to be a keeper. Though not without some formula aspects — this is CBS, after all, so things tend to get wrapped up pretty neatly by the hour's end — the intriguing Interest sends its damaged heroes on their high-tech vigilante missions under a tantalizing cloak of paranoid secrecy. Each week, there's also the promise of heightened and stylized mayhem at the hands of the coolly lethal Reese (Jim Caviezel), who's so unflappably taciturn in his explosive takedowns of rooms full of bad guys he can make Jack Bauer look like a blabbermouth wimp.

Reese's partner in crime-stopping, Michael Emerson as the mousy ...
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Matt's Guide to Wednesday TV: World Series, Luther Finale, a Pretty prequel, and More

Idris Elba

Play ball! Or, seeing that TV hardly rolls over for the World Series any more, should we be saying, "Play hardball?" The showdown between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers begins tonight (Fox, 7:30/et) from Busch Stadium in St. Louis. No matter how many innings the games go, it probably won't seem as long as some of these recent two-hour episodes of The X Factor.

That takes care of sports enthusiasts, but there's plenty else going on. Some highlights:

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Matt's Guide to Tuesday TV: Man Up! a Downer, Plus: X Factor's Top 16!

Man UP

Oh, ABC. How adorable that you felt that your sad new sitcom Man Up! (8:30/7:30c) deserves an exclamation point. As in, maybe: Yikes, this sucks! The network describes this latest "comedy" about male insecurities as being "in the vein of The Hangover." Only in the vein of people who watch The Hangover and think: Boy, I wish I could be that funny.
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Ask Matt: Remakes, Community, Vampire Bad Boys, Pan Am, Fringe and More!

Minka Kelly, Annie Ilonzeh, Rachael Taylor

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Question: I was wondering what your take is on all the griping and complaining people do about the recent reboots and remakes of classic TV series lately, especially in light of the recent cancellation of Charlie's Angels. I find most of the complaints about plots, writing, acting, story lines, etc., laughable, especially in light of the series most of us are talking about... read more

Matt's Guide to Weekend TV: Walking Dead, Case Histories and More!

Andrew Lincoln

"Here comes the bad part."

When you hear ominous words like these in a show as unflinchingly graphic and terrifying as AMC's The Walking Dead (Sunday, 9/8c), you know you're in trouble. Bad, of course, meaning good and gruesome — just how a zombie-phile likes it. Following a long hiatus and behind-the-scenes tumult including the departure of co-creator/director Frank Darabont, Dead returns very much alive and kicking, the gut-wrenching highlight of another busy TV weekend.

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Matt's Guide to Thursday TV: A Classic Community and All that Jazz

Danny Pudi

There's no comedy series quite like Community, and as is often the case with such an uncompromised original, being this defiantly different comes with a price. And sadly, that price tends to be the sort of cellar-dwelling ratings that would get most shows canceled, if on any other network. Thankfully, NBC can ill afford these days to turn away any show that gets this kind of cult and media buzz, although everyone wishes it were doing better or were programmed in a time period (the old 30 Rock slot currently being wasted on Whitney, maybe?) that might increase its exposure.

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Matt's Guide to Wednesday TV: A Good Knight for Guest Stars

T.R. Knight

Say it ain't so, George. T.R. Knight, once upon a time the beatific BFF of all the Grey's Anatomy gals, is this week's guest rapist on Law & Order: SVU? He can't believe it either, and in this week's episode (NBC, 10/9c), which provides new cast members Kelli Giddish and Danny Pino with their best showcase yet, Knight is thoroughly convincing as a family man who never stops protesting his innocence, though the evidence is damning. Told that DNA doesn't lie, he sputters, "Neither do I!" as he literally sweats out this ordeal. But never forget this is SVU, known for the outlandish twist, so when the DA declares, "You have got to be kidding me!" at a critical juncture, you wonder if she's ever watched this show. Bravo to Knight for his bravura work here. He has been missed.

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Roush Review: Last Man Standing

Tim Allen

Even TV comfort food has an expiration date. So it is with Tim Allen's comeback vehicle on the network that made him a star.
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