Matt Roush


Critic's Notebook: Giving Thanks (and No Thanks)

Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv, John Noble

Before we settle in for a nice long Thanksgiving weekend, some thoughts on a few of the TV shows and headlines that caught my eye over the last few days—some of which makes me thankful, some not so much.

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THANKS to Fox for suddenly making the midseason interesting with its bold scheduling moves in the new year — though NO THANKS to some of the side-effects (especially involving Fringe) and NO THANKS to breaking the news late on a Friday night, as if we somehow wouldn't take notice... read more

Ask Matt: Palins on TV, Mentalist, Fringe, Blue Bloods, and More!

Anna Torv

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Question: I like the underdog too, but seriously, Bristol Palin in the finals of Dancing With the Stars? If the public is voting for the BEST dancers, then the last two couples would be Derek/Jennifer and Maks/Brandy. I agree that Bristol has come a long way and is better than she was, but she is NOT one of the best dancers!

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Matt's Picks: November 22-25

Glee

LennoNYC (Monday, 9/8c, PBS)
While you're busy downloading the Beatles catalog from iTunes, make time for this excellent American Masters documentary about the last decade in the life of Beatle extraordinaire John Lennon, whose life was cut short 30 years ago next month. LennoNYC uses rare archival material including home movies and revealing audio outtakes from ... read more

Matt's TV Week in Review

Gwyneth Paltrow

From the you-can't-make-these-things-up department: So there's a guy in Wisconsin who shot his TV after getting all riled up watching Bristol "The Dancing Dead" Palin on Dancing With the Stars this week. And that's before she made the finals, booting a visibly distraught (and much more talented) Brandy. Before you start going "I know how he feels," a moment of silence for the poor TV. Why do the innocent always have to suffer?... read more

Matt's Weekend Picks: November 19-21

supernatural

Supernatural (Friday, 9/8c, The CW)
Fancy this! After a season of emotional and horrific turbulence for the Winchesters, finally a whimsical change of pace, courtesy of Ben (The Tick) Edlund, who wrote this episode that finds the boys running afoul of fairies, elves, gnomes and leprechauns. Oh my! It all begins when ... read more

Roush Review: Human Target Hits the Bull's-eye

Human Target

Nice save, Fox. Before the season started, it looked as if the network was hanging the appealing high-action sleeper Human Target out to dry on Fridays, where it was originally scheduled. But the early cancellation of Lone Star and a schedule shuffle opened up a slot on the show's former night (Wednesday) from last midseason. And all of a sudden we now have an hour of exhilarating midweek escapism to enjoy, reminding us how good a show like this can be (as opposed to the fizzle and fast fade of NBC's Undercovers in the same time period)... read more

Ask Matt: Terriers, Community, Glee, CSI: Miami, Chuck and More!

Donal Logue

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Question: Couldn't agree with you more regarding Terriers. This has fast become one of my favorite shows. The problem is that the show is not the show that the promotions (what little there was) showed us. I could have done without the "quirky detectives on the beach" show in the promos, but this show is no more about private detectives than Friday Night Lights is about football. Virtually every scene with Hank Dolworth and his sister (played by Donal Logue and HIS sister!) was heartbreaking. Is it too early to contact DirecTV with a candidate for the 101 Network? — Rick

Matt Roush: Let's hope it doesn't come to that. Yet. I'm hoping FX will decide to ... read more

Matt's Picks: November 15-18

Glee

How I Met Your Mother (Monday, 8/7c, CBS)
Some of the funniest moments in this sitcom's history involve Robin's shamefully cheesy past as Canadian child star "Robin Sparkles." Who can forget "Let's Got to the Mall" and "Sandcastles in the Sand," to name a magic few videos Robin would just as soon forget. This nagging skeleton once again emerges as Barney finds a copy of Space Teens, and this time we make the acquaintance of her co-star Jessica Glitter (played by Pussycat Doll and Dancing With the Stars champ Nicole Scherzinger). Let the good times roll, eh?

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Matt's TV Week in Review

Tom Hanks, Conan O'Brien

This was a week dominated by the Coco Express (and the launch of Conan took some of my focus off prime time this week, so this will be a more selective roundup). Let's start there.

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LATE NIGHT WITH COCO
: If Conan O'Brien keeps creeping earlier and earlier onto the schedule with each step of his career (from 12:30 to 11:30 and now to 11/all times ET), eventually he'll be ready for prime time. But not really. As I noted in my insta-reaction to Conan's opening night, the move to basic cable (feeding nicely into Conan's self-mocking persona) is the equivalent of going from Broadway to off-Broadway. Ergo the hipster beard. Being the underdog suits Conan, and while his explosive opening ratings quickly came down to earth, it's clear that a significant slice of the younger fan base is thrilled to see this funky and deeply silly Irish folk hero of TV comedy get back in the game... read more

Matt's Weekend Picks: November 12-14

Brothers & Sisters

Smallville (Friday, 8/7c, The CW)
Before she was a desperate housewife, Teri Hatcher was a memorably dithery Lois on the mid-'90s hit Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Now she's coming full circle in a guest cameo as the new Lois Lane's dearly departed ...
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