Matt Roush


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Lone Star, The Event

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Question: I wanted to find out your thoughts on all the shows on Monday night. It seems like it has almost become the go-to night for TV viewing with the returning favorites and some of the more buzz-worthy new shows. My TiVos are going to get a workout that night. What do you think should be watched live, DVR'ed for viewing later and forgotten altogether? — Melissa

Matt Roush: No night this season is easy to navigate, but Mondays and Thursdays (see next question) are particularly packed.... read more

Matt's Picks: September 20-23

Glee

Lone Star (Monday, 9/8c, Fox)
My favorite new drama of the fall season is a provocative and twisted romance with a touch of Dallas-style oil intrigue, as a con man (charmer James Wolk) juggles a double life with a rich wife in Houston and a down-home sweetie in a small town where he's pulling a swindle. How long can he get away with it? We'll see. The show faces competition from NBC's heavily hyped conspiracy thriller-fantasy-adventure hybrid The Event, cloaked in mystery and hobbled by a convoluted time-jumping script. But Jason Ritter as the everyguy hero embroiled in the madness is so likable you can't help but want to tune in next week to see what happens. DVR alert... read more

The New Season in Review: Monday Madness

Lone Star, The Event

Forget surviving Premiere Week. Just making it through Monday is going to take nearly superhuman endurance this season. So many diverse and worthy choices, I almost won't miss The Big Bang Theory being shuffled off to Thursdays.

Let's start with the new, and in each case, I'll reprint my Fall Preview blurb with some additional comments. And then on to the handful of returning favorites I've been able to screen in advance.

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From the top, my favorite new drama: Fox's Lone Star (9/8c). "This fall's best and most original drama taps a gusher of intrigue and twisty romance, with star-is-born James Wolk the most irresistible con man since Lost's Sawyer. Where is this story going? Can't wait to find out."

To elaborate: Newcomer James Wolk... read more

Matt's TV Week in Review

Kyra Sedgwick

In this era of nonstop TV, where the seasons blur together with nary a break, finales cluttered this week's TV landscape while we count the days for the official fall TV season to begin. So as our lead topic, some fond and not-so-fond farewells.

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Starting with TNT's Emmy-winning The Closer, a humdinger of a showdown between Brenda and a sarin gas-bomb-toting psychopath (Matthew Glave, well played), taking revenge on the police and fire squads who'd rejected him. His manifesto ... read more

Roush Review: Dazzling Boardwalk: I'll Drink to That!

Steve Buscemi

Have the Roaring '20s ever roared with such vibrant, violent, extravagantly entertaining life as in HBO's Boardwalk Empire? This instantly captivating period piece feels thrillingly modern as it captures with remarkable detail a chaotic time of invention and re-invention, of social progress and prosperity upstaged by the gaudy corruption and jazzy debauchery of the Prohibition era.

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Boardwalk
brilliantly marries Martin Scorsese's virtuosic cinematic eye to Terence Winter's (The Sopranos) panoramic mastery of rich character and eventful story. They romanticize Atlantic City as the Rome of a bootleg empire, where gangsters converge from Chicago and New York to traffic in illegal hooch (among other vices)... read more

Matt's Weekend Picks: September 17-19

Boardwalk Empire

Real Time with Bill Maher (Friday, 10/9c, HBO)
HBO's provocative salon of current-affairs satirical comedy returns for a new round of episodes. What are the odds this outspoken comic will have an opinion about the ongoing hubbub over the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque?" No topic is too sensitive or volatile for Maher and his weekly roundtable of celebrity guests and commentators. Stay to the end to watch Maher skewer the culture's most pompous, hypocritical and otherwise ridiculous targets with his "New Rules" segment... read more

The New Season in Review: Outlaw, Survivor, Just Desserts

Jimmy Smits, Jimmy Johnson

The new Wednesday TV schedule is still a week or two away from taking its final fall shape, but there's plenty to talk about regarding tonight's lineup. A number of reality competition shows are taking a final bow — America's Got Talent, Big Brother, MasterChef and classic Top Chef — but let's discuss the new.

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Finale Watch: True Blood

Anna Paquin and Dennis O'Hare

"When am I not in trouble?" Sookie quips to TV's hottest werewolf, Alcide, when he arrives back on the scene after a long absence. She's not kidding. This damsel is in perpetual distress. But the real trouble in Sunday's season finale of True Blood wasn't just that there was too little Alcide, but that there was so much more that was lacking.

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Matt's Picks: September 13-16

Survivor

The Closer (Monday, 9/8c, TNT)
Surprise Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick wraps this summer's season of the hit crime drama, as Brenda's unit and the FBI investigate the murder of two paramedics, a case with terrorist implications. This forces Brenda to work alongside the head of the counter-terrorism unit, who is also up for the Chief of Police job. (If you missed any of the current season, the episodes will be replayed in a daylong marathon starting at noon/11c.)... read more

Ask Matt: Go, Peggy! Plus White Collar, Big Bang, NCIS, and More!

Elisabeth Moss

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Question: I'm starting to think Elisabeth Moss is going to have a major problem to deal with next summer: deciding which Mad Men episode to submit for Emmy consideration! Peggy has always been one of Mad Men's most complex and intriguing characters, but this season it just feels like Moss and the writers providing her material have been stepping it up more and more in each episode. I can't decide which Peggy moment has been my favorite so far this season: her dabblings in '60s counterculture, her moving reaction to the news of Trudy Campbell's pregnancy, her clever takedown of the horrid new art director, or any of her scenes with Don in the heartbreaking "The Suitcase" episode. What really is blowing my mind is that we're only about halfway through this season of Mad Men. If it's this good already, I can't even imagine how great the climactic episodes are going to be! I just wanted to check in and see if you have been enjoying Peggy lately as much as I have been... read more

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