Matt Roush


Matt's Picks of the Week: Aug. 29-Sept. 1

Bryan Callen

The summer TV season is winding down, but there's still plenty going on this week. A few annotated highlights:

The Dancing With the Stars Cast Reveal No, even this isn't enough to get me to suggest anyone actually tune into pap like ABC's Bachelor Pad. Between Twitter and the Internet (may I humbly suggest tvguide.com), you'll be covered, should you care to know just who it is we'll be gaping at and mocking (should they stumble) throughout the fall. The names have been flying fast and furious — my favorite in the rumor mill: read more

Ask Matt: Rescue Me, Louie, Ted Danson on CSI, Community, and More!

Louis C.K.

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Question: I have a question about the new season, or rather last season, of Rescue Me. Do you think that the "comedy" writing that they incorporate into the show seems to take away from critical acclaim that shows like The Shield and Justified get? The dramatic parts this year have really felt like they weren't even acting, specifically when Sheila finds Tommy snooping for the letter, and the job Maura Tierney did was spectacular. Granted, it seems more like therapy then acting. What do you think the show's legacy will be? — Glenn

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Matt's Weekend Picks: Aug. 26-28

Alice St. Clair, Dan Amboyer

Who says nothing happens on the weekend before Labor Day? (And we're not talking storm preparations on the East Coast — at least not in this space.) Nowadays, TV almost never takes a holiday, and such is the case this weekend. A few highlights:

Torchwood: Miracle Day (Friday, 10/9c, Starz) I wish I could report that last week's terrific episode (Jack's 1920s flashback, which went from romantic to disturbing in a bloody flash as he was revealed as "the blessing") represented a return to form for this otherwise woefully uneven season of Torchwood. But I'm afraid we're back to the present day this week, and the action is just as ridiculously clumsy and the characters (Rex and Esther in particular) as aggravating as ever. Still, with only two episodes to go after this, I'll watch to the end.

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Ask Matt: Glee Project, Summer Finales, Strike Back and More!

Damian, Samuel, Lindsay, Alex

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Question: Regardless of who wins, I have to say that watching The Glee Project this summer has been a total pleasure. I can't remember another reality competition where I was actually rooting for every contestant, and if Ryan Murphy wanted to add the entire final four to the Glee cast, I don't think I'd mind. But beyond the competition aspect, I love how the show gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how Glee is written and choreographed each week. As a bona fide TV nerd, that's the kind of stuff I find fascinating, and it's given me a new respect for the hard work the regular cast must put in. What are the chances of The Glee Project getting a second season, and what do you think of the ...
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Roush Review: BBC America's The Hour

Dominic West

Finding yourself in Mad Men withdrawal this summer? Missing those nattily dressed men and women of a bygone modernist age, smoking and drinking their way through glamorous-seeming media jobs as dark clouds loom in their personal and professional lives?

Fret not. BBC America has come to the rescue, with a deluxe six-hour diversion set in the politically charged mid-1950s, titled The Hour — and few hours this summer have been so stimulating and absorbing. The problem here, typical of so much British TV, is there just aren't enough of these hours — though each one counts. And by the end of the twisty sixth hour, you'll be satisfied, if still craving more...
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Ask Matt: Falling Skies, the End of Housewives and Eureka and More!

Noah Wyle

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Question: I just finished watching the season finale of Falling Skies and I am very happy the show got renewed for another season. I just hate that we have to wait until next summer before the show comes back on again. I have seen where people have described the show as boring. Did you think it was boring? I found it interesting and suspenseful that the audience did not know any more than the characters did about what was going on in their world. When we saw ...
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Critic's TCA Notebook: That's a Wrap

The X Factor panel

Some observations from the final weekend of the TCA summer press tour, which included presentations from a confident (for good reason) Fox, its ever-adventurous cable cousin FX, the once-again-rebuilding ABC, and the annual salute to the best-of-the-best known as the TCA Awards.

First (in the demos, anyway) came Fox, which spent Friday reveling in the fact that it's taking the biggest swings of any ...
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Critic's TCA Notebook: Showtime and the CW

Claire Danes

Disconnect much? It's not every day you hear Showtime and the CW mentioned in the same breath — but that's why they call it the press tour, an eclectic smorgasbord of all kinds of TV presented to the Television Critics Association. Thursday's TCA schedule at the Beverly Hilton was split between CBS's most disparate corporate siblings: Showtime, the surging adults-only pay-cable service determined to give HBO a run for its money, and the CW, that hodgepodge of a mini-network reaching out to the eternally post-adolescent fan-girl in us all.

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Critic's Notebook: CBS at TCA

Ashton Kutcher

The trend this season at most networks is that their fall lineups are being upstaged by the anticipation for more promising shows being held for midseason (NBC's Smash and Awake, ABC's Good Christian Belles and The River, to name a choice few). As I was quoted saying in a recent critics' poll: "It's going to be like Christmas for me at midseason, but right now it's kind of like I'm opening underwear."

It's a different situation at CBS, which has such a stable and successful prime-time schedule that there's little need for midseason replacements (only a few have been announced so far, and none has generated any real buzz). At the summer TCA press ...
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Critic's Notebook: NBC at TCA

Jason Isaacs

It's showtime for Bob Greenblatt, who spent Monday at the annual TCA press tour presenting his first fall slate of new shows (many of them initiated by the last regime) as chairman of the long-beleaguered NBC Entertainment.

A far cry from Showtime, the pay channel he successfully programmed for seven years with cutting-edge buzz shows like Dexter, Weeds and The Tudors. "I certainly don't want to turn NBC into Showtime," he told the room of critics and reporters at the Beverly Hilton. "But I would love to bring some of the creative vitality to NBC that we had at Showtime. We just have to do it in a way that's really broad and commercial," as opposed to the darker niche shows that typify so much of cable. "The devil's in the details"...
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