Matt Roush


Roush Review: Give Terriers a Chance

Michael Raymond-James and Donal Logue

Like a dog returning to a favorite bone, I can't stop singing the praises of FX's Terriers (Wednesdays at 10/9c), which has flown dangerously under the radar since premiering with little fanfare right after Labor Day. It's an easier series to love than it is to pigeonhole, which (along with a vague and misleading title) may explain why it has struggled to find a following beyond a passionate few. In a fall season that has been remarkable for so much unremarkable formula blandness at the network level, Terriers is the rare show whose endearingly messy and flawed characters get under your skin and stay there. ...

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Roush Review: Mostly Cuckoo for Conan

Lea Michele, Conan O'Brien

On his first night back in the late-night saddle, Conan O'Brien killed — and was killed, Sonny Corleone-style, riddled with bullets as he left the NBC gates in his hilarious cold open. Then the guests came on, and he died a little. And then he roared back to life, jamming and clowning with ...
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Ask Matt: Grey's New Blood, Cancellation Post-Mortems, and More!

Sela Ward and Gary Sinise

Send questions to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: What are your thoughts on the new Grey's Anatomy additions of Jackson and April? I know Grey's fans have been very vocal about how useless they are. I however never saw what the big deal was till the episode in which our residents became attendings for a day. I noticed that when Cristina didn't answer questions, I was upset and heartbroken to see her so helpless, and when Alex and Meredith rocked their surgeries I felt proud. But when I was watching April and Jackson struggle, I realized I didn't care, and I think when a show has characters people don't care about, that's a problem. read more

Matt's Picks: November 8-11

Conan O'Brien

House (Monday, 8/7c, Fox)
While Thirteen's away, House's team must play nice with Cuddy, agreeing to add a female doctor to fill the void. Enter Joan of Arcadia's Amber Tamblyn as Martha Masters, a third-year med student who can hold her own against these strong personalities. Even the mercurial boss man. She gets a chance to prove herself in the case of a senator's campaign manager who collapses, mid-campaign, with liver failure and temporary paralysis.

Conan (Premieres Monday, 11/10c, TBS)
Like a red-maned phoenix rising from the ashes of last winter's peacock debacle, Conan O'Brien is finally back plying his wacky mad comedy skills in late night — with Andy Richter in tow and The Basic Cable Band (led by... read more

Matt's TV Week in Review

The Walking Dead

Let's dig into a busy sweeps week, starting with the scary before we get to the funny.

MONSTER MASH: Zombies are cool. That's the takeaway from the boffo ratings for the premiere of AMC's riveting zombie epic The Walking Dead. (Episode two this Sunday has a moment that made even this fan of the macabre want to look away.) But zombie horror is also disturbing, in this case emotionally affecting, as the survivors look on at an inexplicably wrecked world populated by the lumbering dead who can strike awfully close to home... read more

Matt's Weekend Picks: November 5-7

The Simpsons

Blue Bloods (Friday, 10/9c, CBS)
This week, it's Erin the assistant district attorney who's in the family's crosshairs — and if you've been watching this Friday night hit, you know the dinner-table debates in this multigenerational crime-fighting family are a weekly highlight. What's got the Reagans riled up this time? Erin's methods in taking down a notorious gang leader, which involves... read more

Roush Review: Circus Isn't Just Clowning Around

Paul Binder

If more reality TV were like Circus, there would probably be a lot fewer reality snobs out there. But Circus isn't a typical reality show. For one thing, this captivating six-hour series (airing over three Wednesdays, starting this week) is on PBS, so the proper way to describe it is probably "docu-reality," as the show goes behind the curtain of the Big Apple Circus to give a fly-on-the-tent look at... read more

Ask Matt: Raising Hope, Good Wife, Glee, Walking Dead and More

Lucas Neff

Send questions to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: I am loving Raising Hope, but I'm wondering if there will be any back story on Virginia's and Bert's families, other than Maw Maw, of course. Have you heard if they have parents and siblings? I think there has been mention of other relatives who want Maw Maw's house, but do you know if we will get to meet them? I think it would be a hoot to see the rest of the families on both sides! — Ginni

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Matt's Picks: November 1-4

Saturday Night Live

The Women of SNL (Monday, 9/8c, NBC)
For years, the female members of the Saturday Night Live ensemble have been the scene-stealers to watch, and this two-hour special will put them in the spotlight, with classic clips interspersed with original material. Look for the greatest moments of contemporary faves like Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph and Rachel Dratch, as well as classic bits from Cheri Oteri, Molly Shannon, Ana Gasteyer, Nora Dunn and original cast members Jane Curtin and Laraine Newman.

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Matt's TV Week in Review

Grey's Anatomy

SEATTLE MED: Welcome, TV peeps, to the November sweeps, late-October edition, where not all stunts are created equal. First among non-equals is TV's still-reigning hospital soap, the durable Grey's Anatomy, showing it has lost none of its juice — and neither has the faux-documentary format — in a wrenching and pivotal episode seemingly inspired by last summer's excellent Boston Med. Or is it the local sweeps news? The show temporarily becomes Seattle Medical: Road to Recovery, with sensational teasers amid other infotainment hoopla, as hand-held cameras follow the doctors along the usual rounds of triumph (a double arm transplant, a regenerative trachea procedure in the pediatrics ward) and tragedy (Mandy Moore, from the shoot-em-up cliffhanger, is back, but goes into an irreversible coma after Bailey's routine op). The gimmick, though familiar, illuminates character as we watch them do their jobs from a new perspective while sparing us from the show's maddening tendency to overshare... read more

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