Matt Roush


Ask Matt: LOLA Changes, Glee, House, Chuck, Grey's Babies & More!

Law & Order: Los Angeles

Question: I thought Law & Order: Los Angeles was a fairly good replacement of the legacy L&O franchise. Recently, I read that it was changing gears and removing Skeet Ulrich's character and moving Alfred Molina's ADA back to being a cop and Terrence Howard's character as the full time ADA. What are your thoughts as to why this is? And isn't it a bit odd that a Senior ADA like Alfred Molina's character would be "demoted" back to being a cop? — Teresa

Matt Roush: Have you ever heard the phrase "rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic?" That's how these desperation moves look to me.... read more

Roush Review: How Super Was Bowl Night?

The Black Eyed Pea

At least the Packers and Steelers brought it. If only the advertisers had fought as hard to be worthy of the Super Bowl hype.

In recent years, the cliché of saying "I only watch for the ads" has been supplanted by a new Super Bowl truism: The game on the field somehow upstaged the jousting from Madison Avenue. Even this year's most memorable and charming ad — a bit of wordless magic involving a child in a Darth Vader outfit tricked into thinking he had self-started the family Volkswagen — stole some of its own thunder by being leaked and disseminated online days before Sunday's showcase. For Volkswagen, this extra exposure is likely considered a win. It's the sort of ad you're happy to watch and re-watch — and online it even runs longer. But the surprise factor was gone by Sunday night, robbing the ad of its "event" status... read more

Matt's Picks: February 7-10

Michael J. Fox

The Chicago Code (Monday, 9/8c, Fox)
Perking up what has been a pretty dismal midseason so far, this tough, brisk police drama from The Shield's Shawn Ryan is set and filmed in Chicago, where the city's brash first female police superintendent (Jennifer Beals, cast against type) clashes with a corrupt alderman (Delroy Lindo, savoring his smooth villainy) who holds her department's purse strings. Colvin's eyes and ears on the mean streets is reckless local-legend detective Jarek Wysocki (Brotherhood's Jason Clarke), who's just been saddled with a young, earnest partner (Friday Night Lights' Matt Lauria) who's not as green as he looks. The show weaves each of their points-of-view into a compelling, muscular narrative. Please watch... read more

Matt's TV Week in Review

Community

This was a week where history played out before our eyes, with revolution in Egypt catching journalists — including several of TV's biggest news stars (Anderson Cooper, Christiane Amanpour among others) — in the dangerous crossfire. Another colossal winter storm cutting a swath of snowy and icy peril across the country kept millions glued to the Weather Channel (if the elements didn't knock out your cable). And Charlie Sheen's epic real-time E True Hollywood Story continues, shutting down TV's most popular sitcom and challenging Hollywood's priorities in the process.

But hey, what else was on?

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HUZZAH! The greatest compliment you can pay any TV show is to want to watch it again the second it's over. And once the February sweeps calms down, that's my plan with this week's delightfully inventive instant-classic episode of... read more

Matt's Weekend Picks: February 4-6

Glee

Grease Sing-A-Long (Friday, 7/6c, Oxygen)
You can do the hand jive and croon along to "Summer Nights," turning your TV room into a karaoke parlor, as Oxygen kicks off a "Gleek-end" of musical programming with a sing-a-long version of the hit musical movie. While you ask yourself how long it will be before Glee devotes an entire episode to this teen favorite, buckle up for a 12-hour Glee marathon on Saturday, starting at 11/10c in the morning, featuring episodes from the first two seasons (including the tributes to Madonna, Britney Spears and The Rocky Horror Picture Show)... read more

Ask Matt: The Grey's Baby, NCIS: LA, Castle, Friday Night Lights & More

Sara Ramirez

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Question: I enjoy a good soap, which is probably why I've always liked Grey's Anatomy. However, I'm really questioning this whole baby plot. From what I've gathered online, a lot of the lesbian community appears to be truly offended by a storyline that they feel would never be imposed on a straight couple and I can definitely see their point. I've never seen a primetime TV show force a man to deal with a former/current girlfriend having someone else's baby. That tends to be a deal breaker. But my understanding is that Grey's isn't the first show to use this plot with a female couple. I think Shonda Rhimes has done a great job showcasing a diverse cast and attempting to be sensitive to all communities, which is why I'd love to know exactly why she's chosen to tell this particular story, with a man smack in the middle of the only gay couple on the show forever and ever if they're going to share custody of a child. — Jen

Matt Roush: Diversity works both ways on a show like Grey's Anatomy. No matter the gender, race or sexual orientation, everyone's an aggravating mess on this show, and no one is spared the contrivances of this brand of storytelling.... read more

Matt's Picks: January 31-February 3

Donnie Wahlberg

Lie to Me (Fox, 9/8c, Monday)
Call it the unsocial network, as the "to tell the truth" procedural wraps its third season — let's hope it's not the last — with a strong episode that plays like the murderous flip side of The Social Network. When a murder occurs during the contentious wrangling over profits of a hot social-networking app, Lightman's steely focus falls on the smug creator — or so he says — of the site (played by former Nikita co-star Ashton Holmes in a variation of Jesse Eisenberg's take on Mark Zuckerberg). An hour earlier on NBC (opposite a fresh episode of the much-moved-around Human Target), a pivotal episode of Chuck airs that would have been the season finale if NBC hadn't extended the show's order. It's Chuck vs. psycho villain Volkoff (the very entertaining Timothy Dalton), and that should be great fun... read more

Matt's TV Week in Review

Southland

Much of the TV landscape is, and has always been, devoted to comfort-food formula. Some of us, though, live for those moments when a show breaks formula and delivers the unexpected. This week gave us some excellent examples of that in the most popular formula of the moment: the crime/police drama.

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First, TNT's Southland, which really doesn't qualify as a conventional police procedural, its cases often taking a back seat to the personal day-in-the-worklife dramas that unfold with gritty, muted realism. Even so, it was a jolt to witness the death of a major character (Kevin Alejandro's quietly competent Nate Moretta) unfold in the manner of a matter-of-fact nightmare...

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Roush Review: Comedy, Animated and Rehashed

Archer

For those of us stuck in the colder climes during this miserable winter, what could be better than keeping the home fires burning with laughter? Not so easy when ABC, which boasts the best all-around night of comedy with its Wednesday lineup, is currently in a repeat cycle. (No new episodes of anything besides the effervescent Cougar Town until Feb. 9 — and that's the night when Cougar is temporarily benched for the not-so-bright Mr. Sunshine.)

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At least NBC has stepped up with its ... read more

Matt's Weekend Picks: January 28-30

Supernatural

Supernatural (Friday, 9/8c, The CW)
After a long holiday break, the winter run begins with questions lingering around Sam and his long-lost soul. Namely, was Death able to restore the poor boy's essence of humanity without driving him bonkers? Dean and Bobby are on pins and needles as they wait, but they've got other things lighting a fire under them. Most notably, a dragon (!), which seems to be the cause of a series of disappearances of virgins. Dean as dragonslayer? Reason enough to welcome this show back. An hour earlier, on Smallville, all hail the return of... read more

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