Matt Roush


Roush Review: Zombie Terror Alert!

The Walking Dead

Need a little break from all of those angst-ridden vampires and werewolves? Stiffen your spine and toughen your stomach, because here comes a zombie jamboree.

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In many ways, zombies are the most horrifying of classic monsters. They're not romantic, tragic-hero types. They just are. No explaining them, no containing them; they're the human animal reduced to its most primitive and soulless state, compelled by only one need: to feed. All you can do is run.

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Ask Matt: Mad Men, Undercovers, MTV, Grey's, The Event and More!

Private Practice

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Question: I'd argue that Mad Men's recently wrapped fourth season was perhaps its finest to date, but I'm disappointed with the way the writers treated Betty throughout the season. Betty was easily one of my favorite characters during the first three years of the show, and I was thrilled when January Jones finally received an overdue Emmy nomination for her stellar work. However, not only was the actress sorely underused this past season, but she was asked to play Betty as a one-note shrew for the majority of her screen time. There were glimpses of the broken woman inside the monster here and there, but unfortunately I think Matthew Weiner has turned Betty into a character Mad Men fans love to hate. I can't help but view this as a waste of a great actress and a potentially fascinating character. What's your take on Betty now that season 4 is over? Can she be redeemed in the eyes of fans next year, or has the character outlived her usefulness now that both she and Don have moved on? — Donnie

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Matt's Picks: October 25-28

Friday Night Lights

Dead Set (Monday-Friday, midnight/11c, IFC)
TV is gearing up for a zombie invasion, and Halloween-ies with strong stomachs will be in hog hell (because frankly, it doesn't really feel like heaven). As a disgustingly hilarious curtain-raiser for AMC's much-anticipated Halloween night premiere of The Walking Dead, IFC imports this wildly graphic five-part British miniseries that imagines a zombie outbreak sweeping London, with the last safe haven being... read more

Matt's TV Week in Review

Barbara Billingsley, Tom Bosley

This week's "In Review" begins with a timely "In Memoriam." Before we get to the highlights reel, some excerpts of my magazine tribute to two indelible stars of classic family sitcoms.

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FAREWELL, MOM AND DAD: For those of us who grew up with them, and never outgrew them, June Cleaver and Howard "Mr. C" Cunningham were more than classic-sitcom icons. They were charter members of a beloved extended family of moms and dads who made us feel instantly at home in front of the TV.

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Roush Review: A Contemporary Sherlock

Sherlock

The old news: Masterpiece Mystery! does Sherlock Holmes. The new and exciting news: You've never seen the fabled sleuth quite like this.

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Sherlock
, which premieres the first of three delightful 90-minute movies on PBS this Sunday (check local schedules), is the brainchild of Steven Moffat (perpetrator of the latest series of Doctor Who as well as an acclaimed updating of Jekyll several years ago) — and it's wonderful brain candy. The twist: This Sherlock is operating in the 21st century, and while he's still at 221B Baker Street, times have changed — although Holmes himself remains as prickly, mercurial and maddening as ever... read more

Matt's Weekend Picks: October 22-24

Medium

Medium (Friday, 8/7c, CBS)
One of the funniest bits on 30 Rock's recent live episode was Jon Hamm's cameo as a guy whose hand transplant goes awry (a classic horror-movie staple). This week, it's Allison's turn to play it a bit more straight, as she gets a skin graft on her hand and it begins acting up as if the other hand doesn't know what it's doing. The episode is titled "Talk to the Hand." Good to know moving to Fridays and a different network didn't rob the series of its sense of humor.

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Finale Watch: Mad Men, Rubicon

Jon Hamm, James Badge Dale

The times, they are always a changin' on Mad Men, but as often happens with this fascinatingly unpredictable series, the changes come where you least expect them. After the last several weeks of intense workplace drama, priming us for another game-changer in the wake of Don Draper's anti-tobacco manifesto, Sunday's thoroughly absorbing and entertaining fourth-season finale takes a startling hairpin turn back to the personal. Cut to the headline: Don's getting married. To Megan!

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The main action: While Peggy triumphantly lands a new pantyhose account, the first win for the troubled agency since the Lucky Strike defection, Don takes the kids to California, world of Tomorrowland (the episode's title), and has a personal epiphany about his own future — as it relates to his tormented and once-hidden past — in the lovely and toothsome presence of Megan, the ethereal secretary-turned-nanny who is every inch the anti-Betty... read more

Ask Matt: Fringe, Terriers, House, Bones, Fall Malaise and More!

Anna Torv

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Question: I know that you and many others are loving this season of Fringe with the alt-world, Doublivia high jinks but I am a bit more, shall we say, off-put. One of my problems is that I'm getting a very Charmed vibe about the whole thing. Allow me to explain. I was a devoted Charmed fan (until the unfortunate last season), but one of the staples of that show which always bothered me were the possession/body-swap type episodes. One of the sisters would be overtaken or possessed or swapped out or what have you and the other sisters would take forever and a day to noodle it out. No matter how strangely or out of character they acted, they would sense nothing was amiss until the whole thing blew up in their faces. With Fauxlivia in the mix on our side, I'm getting that familiar feeling of "Really? Come on!" when it comes to the continued obliviousness of the rest of the cast.... read more

Matt's Picks: October 18-21

Raising Hope

How I Met Your Mother (Monday, 8/7c, CBS)
House's loss is Mother's gain, as Jennifer Morrison begins a recurring role as the new woman in Ted's life. Sparks fly when Ted encounters Zoey, an outspoken activist passionately committed to saving the landmark building that's slated to be torn down for the new GNB headquarters — Ted's architectural dream project. In other House news regarding a famous Jennifer, you're not seeing double, but ... read more

Matt's TV Week in Review

Danny Pudi, Joel McHale, Donald Glover

A very selective look at the shows and various other TV odds and ends that stood out for me this week:

STUNT OF THE WEEK: Live from New York, it was 30 Rock. (And the following comments apply only to the early version. Couldn't really imagine sitting through it again to see how and where they tweaked it.) Much as I wrote many years ago when ER pulled off a similar stunt, I hope they take a nice bow and promise never to do it again. There were some inspired moments, as there usually are on this show — and I couldn't get enough of Julia Louis-Dreyfus' surprise cameo as "Flashback-Liz" (as real-time Liz notes, "My memory has Seinfeld money"). But most of what worked had little to do with the thinly sliced meat of the actual episode.... read more

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