Matt Roush


Ask Matt: Finale Fallout (Mentalist, House, Glee) and More!

Teresa Lisbon and Patrick Jane

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Question: I don't agree that Patrick Jane killed the real Red John in The Mentalist finale. Bringing in a never-before-seen actor and calling him Red John is too easy and takes away from the drama of the show. Using an unknown "disposable" like this guy is indeed Red John's MO. "Who can Patrick Jane trust?" is the real central theme of the show.

As of this episode, he trusts the CBI team, finally telling them what he knows. He still doesn't trust LaRoche (what was in the plastic box?), which is probably a wise move. It could never have been Director Bertram — he was too worried about media and not about what went on. LaRoche certainly has some baggage, including killing the bomber and responding as he did when Jane was running off to spring the trap. ("Busy boy.") My guess is that LaRoche ...
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Matt's Picks: May 30-June 2

Robert E. Lee

Gettysburg (History, 9/8c, Monday)
Launching a four-year project to commemorate the Civil War, which is marking its 150th anniversary this year, History has commissioned action producers Tony and Ridley Scott to produce a two-hour feature documentary about one of the war's most legendary and costly battles. Airing on the night of Memorial Day, Gettysburg fuses CGI and action footage designed to render the conflict as real as... read more

Matt's TV Week in Review

Brian Van Holt, Courteney Cox, Dan Byrd

How happy are we that, despite the latest round of apocalyptic predictions, the world didn't end last weekend. Although for Oprah Winfrey fans, the week that followed probably felt like the End of Days. It was also the End of Season — which comes as a bit of a relief, although TV didn't take even a day's rest before launching the summer season with the premiere of a personal fave, Fox's So You Think You Can Dance.

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Matt's Weekend Picks: May 27-29

Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights (Friday, 8/7c, NBC)
In their perfect (so far) season, it's now "rivalry week" as the East Dillon Lions take on their arch-rival Dillon Panthers (Coach Taylor's old team) — but the battle with the higher stakes may be the tug of war over star player Vince's future between the Coach and Vince's shady father Ornette. Meanwhile, Billy becomes Luke's personal trainer and puts the poor kid through the paces. Whatever helps you win.

National Memorial Day Concert (Sunday, 8/7c, PBS; check tvguide.com listings)
For an American Idol also-ran, Pia Toscano certainly gets around. She's one of the headliners for this year's... read more

Ask Matt: Finale Fever, Cougar Town, The Killing, Cancellation Fallout and More!

Courteney Cox

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Question: I know that last week was packed with season finales, talk of cancellations, and predictions of the successes for next fall, but I hope The Good Wife might get some attention. I'm in no way a TV expert, but the gestalt of the last scene was surprising. From the editing to the acting to the music (so out of place for the show, but somehow appropriate at the same time), those few minutes just felt like what great TV is. In particular, the editing of the elevator ride made me feel as though I was watching a cabler. While on the page the plot was perhaps mundane or even cliché, the execution was impressive. — Erin

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Matt's TV Week in Review

Julianna Margulies, Josh Charles

Welcome to the season finale/Upfront edition of our Week in Review, recapping one of the busiest weeks of any TV year. Every day a different splashy song and dance (in some cases, literally) heralding the new shows that are going to save network TV, while at night the season-ending sweeps frenzy means potentially game-changing moments on show after show. The irony is that Upfront week is also a social week, with parties and other commitments keeping a loyal viewer away from the TV for too many precious hours. Still, I managed to get through much of my playlist, so here goes.

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Matt's Picks: May 23-26

Oprah

Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular (Monday-Tuesday, syndicated, check tvguide.com listings)
You didn't think the queen of daytime talk would leave the stage without a flourish, did you? In a two-episode gala taped last week at Chicago's United Center, Oprah Winfrey's historic domination of the daytime-TV landscape is celebrated with an all-star tribute that includes Aretha Franklin singing "Amazing Grace," Tom Hanks serving as... read more

Critic's Notebook: The CW Upfront

Sarah Michelle Gellar

You know you're at the CW Upfront when the flamboyantly dressed woman in front of you turns out not to be a particularly funky ad rep but a gyrating hip-hopping audience plant who's part of LMFAO's opening number. You also begin to realize that you may not exactly be in the mini-web's target demo anymore.

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Matt's Weekend Picks: May 20-22

Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles

Supernatural (Friday, 8/7c, The CW)

The good news is that fans don't have to sweat this cult show's future. It has been picked up for a seventh season. The bad news: Sam's life becomes a living (and possibly literal) hell in the second of two back-to-back episodes constituting the season finale. Series creator Eric Kripke wrote the final hour, during which the wall in Sam's head cloaking his bad memories finally collapses, and the poor boy is none the better for the experience. While Dean and Bobby feel helpless as Sam breaks, the battle for heaven reaches a turning point...
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Critic's Notebook: The CBS Upfront

Ashton Kutcher

With CBS, it's not the shows that surprise us, it's the moves. Like uprooting CSI from its decade-long anchor position on Thursdays, making room for a new crime drama — you were expecting something else? — while bolstering Wednesday night (not unlike Survivor's move last season) by taking on the even longer-in-the-tooth Law & Order: SVU at 10/9c. Or moving its most acclaimed drama, The Good Wife, to become the centerpiece of the high-profile Sunday lineup. (Yes, viewers affected by fall football overruns will have to cope, but if any show benefits by being watched live, it's this modern masterpiece)...
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