Matt Roush


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

Roush Review: Luther a Dynamite Crime Drama

Idris Elba

The line between genius and insanity can be treacherously thin, which makes for electrifying viewing when our TV heroes turn out to be basket cases.

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A week from Sunday, PBS' Masterpiece Mystery! will introduce ...
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Matt's Weekend Picks: October 15-17

Tom Welling

Smallville (Friday, 8/7c, The CW)
My, Clark, how you've grown. The Young Man of Steel marks his milestone 200th episode with an episode sure to please fans. It's partly a nostalgia trip, as Lois urges Clark to attend ...
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Ask Matt: On Modern TV Families, Community, Big Bang, LUX and More!

The Middle

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Question: My current favorite show on TV is Modern Family. How could anyone not love that show? My other favorite show is Friday Night Lights. How it has never been a huge hit baffles me. Both are such refreshing, positive shows about everyday families. There are no other shows that portray families in such a realistic way. Instead of amoral teenagers who have little to no parental influence or just overly dramatic dysfunctional families, these shows celebrate the best of what families are: They fight with and for their each other, but it is because ...
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Matt's Picks: October 11-14

The Good Wife

God in America (Monday, PBS, check local schedules)
Is that Benjamin Linus in Puritan drag? Michael Emerson is among the familiar faces in historical recreations (as John Winthrop) as two of PBS' most prestigious franchises, American Experience and Frontline, team for a six-part (over three nights) survey of American history as seen through the prism of religion. From the nation's origins, built on the principal of religious freedom, the series winds its way through wars and social revolutions including the civil-rights movement, exploring the part religion has played in shaping this country's melting-pot nature... read more

Matt's TV Week in Review

Michael Shannon

Let's get this week's highlight reel started on a positive note.

TEARJERKER OF THE WEEK: Kurt Hummel plaintively singing "I Want to Hold Your Hand" on Glee as we relive home movies in his mind, showing bonding moments with his (now comatose) dad Burt, including a tea party where the little boy playing Young Kurt is an uncanny dead ringer. A catch in his voice, a lump in our collective throats, a Kleenex run at the commercial break. Chris Colfer's sensitive yet tough performance as a boy sticking by his non-beliefs during a trying time is the highlight of "Grilled Cheesus," a tricky, affecting exploration of faith, religion, friendship and family. Amber James' soaring renditions of "I Look to You" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (the latter backed up by a church choir) also top this week's Glee Hit Parade, and or course Rachel turns to Yentl for inspiration. Even a friend's dad's coma can't rain on her Streisand parade. We also learn Sue has turned from God because of the cruelties visited upon her beloved sister, and Emma shows uncommon wisdom as she opens Finn's eyes to the folly of praying to a sandwich. The best Glee episode in quite a while, reminding us why we stick with this show even when the notes sometimes seem sour.

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