Matt Roush


Critic's Guide to Wednesday's TV: CMAs vs. X Factor and a Ripper Anniversary

Jason Lee

Noticeably lacking in the ranks of The X Factor's contestants: budding country music stars. (Maybe they didn't want to risk another Scotty McCreery-style steamroller upstaging upstarts like "Astro.") And now, as the Top 11 square off, Fox's overblown singing contest (8/7c) faces its toughest competition to date: another musical extravaganza, ABC's three-hour broadcast of The 45th Annual CMA Awards (8/7c) from Nashville, with Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley co-hosting for the fourth year in a row. (They'll perform their hit "Remind Me" during the show.)

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Critic's Guide to Tuesday TV: Absolute Anarchy, Glee (Bed)Side Story, and More!

Ron Perlman

The timing couldn't be better for this week's announcement by FX that the current — and best to date — season of Sons of Anarchy is being expanded by an extra episode (No. 14 will now air Dec. 6). read more

Critic's Guide to Monday TV: Guest Stars Galore, Where's Matt Lauer, Two and a Half Men

Jon Cryer

By the time you read this, Today's well-traveled Matt Lauer may well already be on his way to his next destination. This is the 10th anniversary of his "Where in the World Is Matt Lauer?" stunt (airing all week, starting at 7am), and as he tells our Stephen Battaglio, this could be ...
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Ask Matt: Walking Dead, Homeland, Revenge and More!

The Walking Dead

Question: I am currently enjoying The Walking Dead and Homeland, both cable shows and therefore both with shorter seasons. However, after a couple of fast-moving episodes at the start, they've both come to a bit of a standstill. The Walking Dead has basically been stuck at the same place for the last couple of episodes, and Homeland now feels like they don't ...
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Critic's Guide to Weekend TV: Hell on Wheels, Fringe, Homeland, and More!

Anson Mount

Describing Hell on Wheels as "Revenge in the mud" makes it sound a lot more enjoyable than it is. AMC's sprawling but heavy-handed attempt to revive and redefine the Western (a newly hot TV-development trend) is solemn business indeed, with precious little wit or originality. (It premieres Sunday at 10/9c.)
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Critic's Guide to Thursday TV: Return of Bones and Burn Notice and More!

Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz

"Sort of like an eclipse — it doesn't happen that often." That's Angela's wry take on the remarkable sight of "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel) crying copiously at a grisly crime scene, as Fox's Bones (9/8c) finally begins its seventh season, re-establishing ...
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Critic's Guide to Wednesday TV: Reality Wars (X Factor, Survivor, Top Chef)

Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio

They say "Everything's Bigger in Texas," which happens to be the episode title for the premiere of Bravo's Texas-set ninth season of Top Chef (10/9c). And it also may explain why a ginormous platoon of 29 chef-testants descends on the historic Alamo for the first round of competition, and why the process of narrowing the field to a Top 16 can't even be contained within the first pulse-pounding episode.

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Roush Review: Rock Center

Brian Williams

At least no one has to tell Brian Williams to pull up his socks. Rock Center With Brian Williams, the new NBC newsmag that relentlessly puts the urbane anchorman at center stage, was solid as a rock on Monday's opening night (10/9c)... read more

Critic's Guide to Monday TV: Rock Center, Halloween Marathons, and More!

Rock Center with Brian Williams

The biggest TV news of the night comes from a network's news division, as NBC News launches Rock Center With Brian Williams (10/9c), the first high-profile network newsmagazine with serious intent to premiere in a long while, closer in tone to 60 Minutes than Dateline's lurid true-crime fixation. How serious is this? No less a legend than Ted Koppel has signed on as ...
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Ask Matt: Homeland, The Middle, Raising Hope, Community

Claire Danes

Send questions to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: So thrilled that Homeland has been picked up for Season Two! I'm absolutely riveted week after week. I've seen some premature discussion here and there about whether or not Damian Lewis will still be on the show next season given his storyline, and I sincerely hope he is. Granted, I'm a big fan and would watch him in Reading the Phone Book: The Series, but I think Brody and his clan are integral to the show's success. If it became just about Carrie hunting a new threat each season, I'm not sure I would be as invested. Don't get me wrong, Claire Danes is doing excellent work and Carrie is a great character, but the Brody family's interactions have me on the edge of my seat just as much as the terrorism plot, if not more so. (How lovely to see Morena Baccarin shine with ...
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