Matt Roush


Roush Review: Grading The Big C

The Big C

Who's up for a death comedy jam? Don't everybody raise their hands at once.

Leave it to an adventurous network like Showtime to develop a series that confronts the age-old maxim about how "dying is easy but comedy is hard." That's certainly the case with The Big C, an affecting yet uneven tragicomedy that comes to life whenever its heroine confronts her mortality but tends to die any time the story line goes overboard on the wackiness... read more

Matt's Picks: August 16-19

Warehouse 13

LIE TO ME (Monday, 9/8c, Fox)
It's a mini-Shield reunion when a half-dozen former cast members appear in guest roles—an homage courtesy of Shawn Ryan, who created The Shield and is show-runner for Lie's summer season. Look for David Rees Snell, David Marciano, Catherine Dent, Benito Martinez, Cathy Cahlin Ryan and Kenneth Johnson in this episode, which finds Lightman and ex-wife Zoe witnessing an execution and wondering if they sent the wrong person to Death Row... read more

Matt's Weekend Picks: August 13-15

David Hasselhoff

THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH (Friday, 10/9c, Starz)
More scheming, brawling and tragic treachery afoot in the pivotal fifth hour of this sprawling historical melodrama, as Waleran (Ian McShane) plays political games to further his goal to become Archbishop of Canterbury. Meanwhile, as the town of Kingsbridge prepares for another attack, the conflict between sort-of-brothers Jack and Alfred leads to ruin... read more

Matt's Picks: August 9-12

Pretty Little Liars

Teen Choice 2010
(Monday, 8/7c, Fox) "California Gurl" Katy Perry hosts and performs on the 12th edition of this teen-centric celebration of film, TV, music, sports and fashion icons. Here's a surprise ... read more

Ask Matt: True Blood, Work of Art, Friday Night Lights, Mad Men and More

Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer

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 Question: I have recently discovered True Blood and spent the summer watching seasons 1 and 2. Alan Ball and company did all the right things to get me to invest completely in Bill and Sookie. So much so that now I physically hurt at the thought that things might not work out for them. (Kudos to them for getting that kind of response for fictional characters.) I know that things aren't following the books exactly, which is fine by me, since I haven't read them. However, I am getting a little worried about ... read more

Matt's Weekend Picks: August 6-8

Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights
(Friday, 8/7c, NBC) The fourth season ends on a bittersweet Thanksgiving note, as Riggins takes one for the team, family-style, while Principal Tami contemplates a profound career decision and ...
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Critic's Notebook: Fox at TCA

James Wolk

No news wasn't good news for the press gathered at Fox's TCA day on Monday, with everyone hoping in vain for some definitive word on who'll be judging (or not) on American Idol next season. No deals, so no deal, said the side-stepping Fox execs.

Who needs judges? Let us be the judge—of Fox's new fall programming, which is the main reason summer TCA exists, after all. The good news: Fox is launching only three new shows, and one is my favorite new drama of the season and one my favorite new comedy... read more

Critic's Notebook: ABC at TCA

Michael Chiklis

Wait and see. That's a fairly typical approach to the fall TV season this time of year, as pilots are being tweaked and strategies put in place to launch a new crop of shows.

But for ABC, rocked in the last few days by the abrupt resignation of its entertainment president Steve McPherson, a wait-and-see attitude permeated the network's entire Sunday presentation on the TCA circuit.

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There was no official elaboration on ... read more

Ask Matt: Rescue Me, Doctor Who, Mad Men, LOLA and More!

Denis Leary

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Question: I was wondering what you think about this season of Rescue Me so far. I thought last week's episode was one of the best they have done in a while. I like that the show refuses to compromise or tack on happy endings. Just when it looks like Tommy will finally make an effort to be a good father or husband, something happens and ... read more

Matt's Picks: August 2-5

Aftermath with William Shatner (Monday, 10/9c, BIO) As he proved in his Shatner's Raw Nerve series, the future star of $#*! My Dad Says is no slouch when it comes to interviewing people who interest him. In this new series, he catches up with people who became famous or infamous overnight. First subject: Bernard Goetz, the so-called "Subway Vigilante" who shot four men he alleged were intending to mug him on a New York subway train in 1984... read more

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