Matt Roush


Matt's Picks: Week of June 20-23

Keith Olbermann

This is one of the more jam-packed weeks of a seriously overstuffed TV summer, so let's break it down by night.

MONDAY

COMEBACK: The mercurial and always opinionated Keith Olbermann, most recently ousted from his MSNBC perch, brings his act back to cable with the same title (Countdown) but a new network (Current TV). His eclectic roster of contributors will include documentarian Ken Burns, comedian Richard Lewis and filmmaker Michael Moore. Let the ranting begin.

GUILTY PLEASURE: [As seen in TV Guide Magazine] RuPaul's Drag U, Logo at 9/8c. Think... read more

Roush Review: Break Out the Popcorn for Summer Sci-Fi

Noah Wyle, Eric Mabius

The first wave of summer TV's sci-fi/fantasy invasion is upon us, and while the new arrivals take themselves a bit more seriously than we're accustomed to — for whimsy, you'll have to wait for Syfy's Warehouse 13 and Eureka to return in July — this doesn't necessarily rule out a good time.

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Matt's Weekend Picks: June 17-19

Kyle Chandler and Michael B. Jordan

Friday Night Lights (Friday, 9/8c, NBC)
[Reprinted from last Friday, when this episode was pre-empted by the hockey finals; sorry for the confusion] Someone needs an attitude adjustment — and that someone is star player Vince (Michael B. Jordan), caught in a tug of war over his future between his arrogant ex-con dad and well-meaning Coach Taylor, who threatens to bench Vince if he can't be more of a team player. Meanwhile, coach's wife Tami has her hands full with problem student Epyck and their daughter Julie runs off to Chicago for a rendezvous with one of coach's most beloved former protégés.

Inception (Saturday, 8/7c, HBO)
Last summer's hit "life is but a dream" brain-teaser arrives on pay cable, a perfect opportunity to... read more

Critic's Notebook: Tonys and Tragedy on Sunday Night

Neil Patrick Harris

And by tragedy, we're not taking sides (or expressing too much schadenfreude) over Miami's climactic loss to Dallas in the NBA finals — although I'm sure ABC is weeping over being denied a seventh game to milk some more ratings juice out of this match-up. Before we discuss what went down on Game of Thrones, a few thoughts on a sparkling night of Broadway entertainment courtesy of the Tony Awards.

Once again, host extraordinaire Neil Patrick Harris brought the house down — albeit the uptown Beacon, since the mammoth Radio City was otherwise engaged — taking as his inspiration this year's much honored musical ...
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Ask Matt: Crime-Show Upheavals, Dancing and Killing and More!

Laurence Fishburne

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Question: I am thrilled! Laurence Fishburne is leaving CSI. I thought that the mothership of this franchise lost a lot when Grissom left, but bringing in Laurence Fishburne's character was the worst possible mistake ever.
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Matt's TV Week in Review

Mary Murphy, Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley

A few quick thoughts on a week when, in my neck of the woods, it was too hot to do much of anything but stay in and watch TV. Under normal circumstances, a dip in a pool would be just the thing, but leave it to America's Got Sideshow Talent to ruin even that image. Metaphor of the week: a 50-year-old daredevil taking a high dive into a shallow kids' pool. That's Talent in a nutshell: Shallow and all wet. And yet popular, in the greasy junky way of the onion blossom booth at the county fair...
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Matt's Weekend Picks: June 10-12

Michael B. Jordan, Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights (Friday, 8/7c, NBC)
Someone needs an attitude adjustment — and that someone is star player Vince (Michael B. Jordan), caught in a tug of war over his future between his arrogant ex-con dad and well-meaning Coach Taylor, who threatens to bench Vince if he can't be more of a team player. Meanwhile, coach's wife Tami has her hands full with problem student Epyck and their daughter Julie runs off to.... read more

Ask Matt: Is Modern Family the Best? Plus: Killing, Fringe and More!

Ed O'Neill, Julie Bowen

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Question: I have long been aware of your fondness for ABC's Modern Family, but in one of your recent "Matt's Picks" columns, you heralded it as "TV's best comedy," which honestly caught me by surprise. I rather enjoyed season 1, but as with many viewers, I feel like season 2 was a letdown. Perhaps last year the show could have been in the running for Best Comedy, but after an increasingly dull sophomore year, I'm surprised at your continued admiration for the show. Where Modern Family shifted toward more gimmicky humor, lame ...
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Matt's Picks: June 6-9

Matt Bomer

Inside the Actors Studio (Tuesday, 8/7c, Bravo)

James Lipton welcomes the cast of a modern instant classic, ABC's Modern Family, to the stage for an interview that includes questions tossed to the characters each of the stars plays. So while Actors Studio celebrates the careers of Ed O'Neill, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet, we'll also hear from Jay and Gloria, Claire and Phil, and Mitchell and Cameron.

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Matt's TV Week in Review

Jewel, Kara DioGuardi

A quick rundown of highs and lows from the first week of what's going to be a busy summer season.

TV didn't even take Memorial Day weekend off — to the delight of fans of Sunday's two top cable dramas. High point of the week: HBO's Game of Thrones, which has been pretty magnificent from the start and is truly hitting its stride now. Good news for the loyal viewer and fan of epic fantasy, but bad news for noble Ned Stark, who loses his patron when Fat King Robert is gutted by a boar ("murdered by a pig," he scoffs, although suspicion is now falling on the squire who ladled him with booze on the hunt). Poor solemn Ned isn't much of one for bluffing against his dastardly enemies, especially the evil Queen Cersei, who lays out the series' theme (and title) as she warns him, "When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground."

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