Matt Roush


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

Matt's TV Week in Review

Elisabeth Moss and Jon Hamm

As summer TV begins to hand off to the fall season, some thoughts and observations on a few of the shows and headlines that stood out.

Instant Classic TV: I haven't been able to stop thinking about Sunday's episode of Mad Men, regarded by many as the high point of the season to date and a series peak as well, a blistering tour de force for Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss, who now have dynamite entries for their Emmy reel next year. (This season has been particularly strong for Moss, as Peggy Olson comes into her own: partying with bohemians, doffing her clothes to unnerve the chauvinistic new art director, and now standing up to Don.) "The Suitcase," so masterfully penned by Matthew Weiner that it wouldn't be a surprise to see him at the Emmy podium yet again next year, felt like watching a three-act play — or maybe a three-ring circus veering from drama to comedy back to drama, or perhaps an emotional heavyweight bout that went on much longer — and with more actual ferocity — than the legendary Cassius Clay-Sonny Liston rematch knockdown of May 1965.

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Roush Review: CW's Vamps and Spy Vamp

Nikita, Vampire Diaries

Who knew the little CW network could become such a player in Thursday's overcrowded TV battleground? All it took were a couple of hot vampires. (Something not lost on HBO these days, either.) Tonight's major TV event: the return of the addictively twisty The Vampire Diaries for its second season of "Bite me, Twilight" supernatural-romance angst. As a bonus, the newest version of the Nikita franchise immediately follows, and it's well worth your time, too. (I'll miss Supernatural on Thursdays, but it will help fill the void on Fridays now that Syfy is turning to wrestling) ... read more

Matt's Weekend Picks: September 10-12

True Blood

Stand Up To Cancer (Friday, 8/7c, all major networks)
In one of the more collaborative fund-raising TV events of the year, network anchors Katie Couric, Brian Williams and Diane Sawyer host an hourlong telethon to raise funds and awareness for cancer research, with appearances by notable philanthropic celebs like George Clooney and performances including Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Neil Diamond, Leona Lewis, Lady Antebellum, The Edge and — fitting for an occasion that calls for an open pocketbook and heart — Heart sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson... read more

Roush Review: Terriers and Hellcats

Donal Logue, Ashley Tisdale

Don't look for the scruffy buddy-heroes of FX's Terriers to be named Best of Show. Top dogs they're not. These likably roguish mutts, private eyes who operate without a license because "we found that by not working with them we never have to worry about losing them," are the opposite of slick. Brawn is not their strong suit. But they're great, funny, funky company.

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Hank (scrappy Donal Logue) and Britt (wily Michael Raymond-James, from True Blood's first season) are spiritual kin to ... read more

Matt's Picks: September 6-9

White Collar

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Monday, 10/9c, Travel Channel)
The outspoken culinary expert and world traveler celebrates his 100th episode with a return to Paris — hitting all the foodie hot spots in the City of Lights with the renowed chef Eric Ripert (whose chops Bourdain busted while guest-judging Top Chef last week). A daylong marathon of favorite episodes ends at 9/8c, with a "What Were We Thinking?" retrospective special that looks back at five years of filming the show in locales all across the world... read more

Ask Matt: Post-Emmys, Plus Fall Preview, Secret Life, Huge, Weeds, Persons Unknown and More

Jim Parsons

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Question: I was absolutely thrilled with the Emmys, both the show itself, plus the recipients of the awards were for once not terrible to watch. But a couple of questions remain. I was probably happiest that Jim Parsons received the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a comedy, though I wish the show itself would have gotten recognition. I know that you have discussed previously why Big Bang Theory wasn't nominated and probably won't be, but do you think that Parsons' win could possibly change that? The show seems to be on a continuing upward spiral, and I hope that the Academy will maybe recognize that next year.

My mom and I were discussing the Emmys the morning after, and I told her that Modern Family had beat Glee in the comedy series category. She couldn't fathom how Glee would possibly be considered a comedy (she's probably seen about half of its episodes). I tried to explain to her that if Glee had gone in as a drama that it would have had absolutely no chance, and that putting Glee and, for example, Mad Men on the same playing field would be absolutely ridiculous. Maybe you could help better explain why Glee is a comedy, and why it's not a drama? — Alex

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Matt's Weekend Picks: September 3-5

Rubicon

CAMP ROCK 2: THE FINAL JAM (Friday, 8/7c, Disney Channel)
Tween alert! Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers are back in a sequel to the 2008 hit TV-movie, which finds the music-oriented Camp Rock threatened by the snooty new Camp Star across the lake. You know what that means — an end-of-summer performance duel to save the camp's reputation and future. A "Rock Along" sing-along version of the movie airs Saturday, and a "Dance Jam" edition airs Sunday, with a making-of look at the dance numbers... read more

Roush Review: The Emmy Awards

Jimmy Fallon

Dare I say it? This year's Emmy Awards show was almost, gasp, Emmy-worthy (well, up until that deadly stretch in the back half; kills the show every time). And with a surprising number of first-time winners, a few of them quite surprising and even for the most part surprisingly satisfying, it rarely felt like a retread of past seasons.

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