Matt Roush


Matt's Weekend Picks: January 14-16

Ricky Gervais

Law & Order: UK (Friday, 9/8c, BBC America)
The big trend this winter is the Americanization of British series (Showtime's Shameless, Syfy's Being Human, MTV's Skins), so it's rather refreshing to check back in on this British translation of one of America's most successful exports, the Law & Order mothership. Season two of the UK version begins with an adaptation of a chilling 1999 episode that debates the issue of when and whether to put on trial children who kill.

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Roush Review: Off the Map Not Offbeat Enough

Off the Map

You've heard the phrase "Physician, heal thyself." In Off the Map, the latest and most exotic medical romance to emerge from the Shonda Rhimes assembly line, you could add, "And sun yourself while you're at it."

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Roush Review: Game On for Lights Out

Holt McCallany

With Lights Out, a gripping new series about a middle-aged boxer who may not be as washed-up as he seems, FX continues to redefine the notion of a TV hero. Far from a Rocky road to redemption, with the forced uplift that implies, Lights Out goes much darker, so much so that at times you may feel you need a flashlight to watch.

If it weren't for bad luck, there would be no series. At least that's the impression you get upon first meeting Patrick "Lights" Leary, a former heavyweight champ who's been out of the ring for five years at the urging of his wife. (We first see him suffering the effects of a concussion, face pounded like ground meat ...
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Ask Matt: Being Human, Closer, Bones, Cape, Spartacus and More!

Sam Huntington, Meaghan Rath, Sam Witwer

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Question: I know you like the BBC version of Being Human, as do I. So I am curious if you have seen any previews of Syfy's version of Being Human. Are we looking at an Office-like success or a Coupling-like failure? I will take a peek. However, I am so in love with the original version, I am not sure if I can accept this version. — Pam

Matt Roush: I'm with you, Pam. I've seen three episodes ... read more

Matt's Picks: January 10-13

Holt McCallany

Men of a Certain Age (Monday, 10/9c, TNT)
This bittersweet midlife comedy-drama reaches its midseason finale (already?), with an episode that doesn't just get under its characters' skin but goes where few series would dare: to a colonoscopy. When Terry (Scott Bakula, who has been great this season) decides his 50th birthday calls for the procedure — consider this the show's Public Service Announcement — Joe and Owen decide to make it a group event in Palm Springs. While their plumbing gets a workout, the getaway prompts... read more

Matt's TV Week in Review

Oprah

Happy New Year! Or should we say: Happy Oprah Year!

I don't know how you spent your first few days of 2011, but I was immersed — or perhaps baptized is a better word — in the launch of OWN, which isn't just another cable channel. The Oprah Winfrey Network is a crusade, on a mission of unyielding and unapologetic uplift, inviting us into an electronic big-tent revival where each weepy show should come with its own supply of Kleenex and where all of Oprah's ambassadors stay relentlessly on message... read more

Roush Review: A Super Busy TV Sunday

Episodes

Only a week into the new year, and already the volume of new TV is overwhelming. Case in point: this Sunday's logjam of new titles on network and cable, ranging from the truly sublime to the hopelessly ridiculous and instantly forgettable. Here's a rundown from best to worst.

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Matt's Weekend Picks: January 7-9

William H. Macy, Blake Johnson, Emmy Rossum

CSI: NY (Friday, 9/8c, CBS)
Ever since JAG signed off nearly six years ago, one of the most frequent topics in my mailbag is the hope that David James Elliott (last seen in ABC's short-lived Scoundrels last summer) will find his way back to CBS. For at least one week, his fans get their wish, as Elliott guests as the FBI agent ex-husband of Sela Ward's Jo. (Do we sense a triangle brewing?) In the case of the week, a guy dressed as a clown shoots a bakery owner, and the investigation reveals a skeleton in Det. Flack's past. (Presumably not wearing floppy shoes.)

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Roush Review: Return of V and Southland

Elizabeth Mitchell, Regina King

Embrace your inner lizard. V is back for a second season tonight on ABC (9/8c), with a red tint in the air and an ominous shower of red rain (the episode's title) falling on the embattled earthlings, although on my screener, everything looked orange. The color of cheese.

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If this alien-adventure melodrama were any more cartoonish, you might expect the Road Runner to "Beep Beep!" behind the evil Anna the next time she's foiled... read more

Ask Matt: NCIS Without Gibbs? Plus Human Target, Shameless and midseason TV

Mark Harmon

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Question: In many of my favorite shows (NCIS, Grey's Anatomy, etc.), there have been contract issues and in some cases instances where lead actors and actresses decide to leave the show. I feel like if one main character left, then it would end the show in some sort of way. What do the cast members and directors do when a lead character leaves the show? An example: What if Mark Harmon or Ellen Pompeo left NCIS or Grey's? ... read more

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