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TV Guide Magazine and are now owned by separate companies. Matt Roush is staying with the magazine and will no longer write for Matt's been a great friend to the site and to our users over the years. He's an exceptional professional, and we wish him all the best.

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Ask Matt: Analyzing 24's Politics, Mourning Daisies and Eli and More!

Kiefer Sutherland

TV Guide's Senior Critic Matt Roush takes your TV questions. Have a rant, rave or burning question about your favorite show you'd like addressed? E-mail him here!

Question: Something was very much glaring for me in the advance reviews for 24: Redemption. More often than not, reviewers questioned 24's relevance in the post-Bush era, droning on and on about the issue of torture in 24, how the show would adjust with a new president and relating just about everything to do with the show with politics. Look, I was not a big fan of Season 6, and I'm certainly not one of those who can't accept criticism of the show. If there are any problems with the plots and characters, please do fire away. But what I just can't stand is the penchant of many reviewers to "politicize" every single thing related to the show. To me a TV show has one main purpose: to entertain. If it does that, why the hell would I care if it is relevant with, say, the current political administration? Or whether it was associated with Bush politics in the past? I care far more about Teri's death, Mason's sacrifice, the nerve gas attack on CTU and Jack faking his death than those political perceptions with which the people in the media seem intent on tying the show. Let the show entertain. If it doesn't, point out its faults, simple as that, The only thing that will ever make a show relevant is its quality from a storytelling perspective, because in the end, that's what it really is: a fictional story. — Jack F.

See Matt's response plus questions on Pushing Daisies' cancellation, Life on Mars, Grey's Anatomy, Friday Night Lights, ER and more after the jump. read more

Roush Dispatch: Rosie Live, Dead on Arrival

Rosie Live

If the TV variety format weren't already dead, the ghastly ego trip of NBC's Thanksgiving-eve turkey Rosie Live would surely have killed it. Like the pie Alec Baldwin predictably pushed into Conan O'Brien's face that fell to the floor without sticking, the entire hour landed with a sickening, sad, ill-conceived thud. It felt like an off night at America's Got Talent, bookended by wobbly appearances from Liza Minnelli and Gloria Estefan, each forced to perform with the caterwauling host, Rosie O'Donnell.

The low point? There were so many ... read more

The Shield Finale: All's Well That Ends Badly

The Shield

The Shield made TV history in so many ways. It put FX on the map. It signaled new possibilities not only for the police drama, which it turned on its head, but for basic-cable programming, which had never gone this dark or explosively, explicitly bold. This week, the show made history again, wrapping its remarkable seven-season run with one of the most searing and satisfying series finales of all time. (Read the full recap here.)

Series creator Shawn Ryan cunningly mapped out a way for Vic Mackey, that dirtiest but most gifted of ham-fisted detectives, to get away with murder, while also ... read more

Ask Matt: What is Heroes Doing to Hiro? Is Worst Enemy Done for Good? And More!

Masi Oka, Heroes

TV Guide's Senior Critic Matt Roush takes your TV questions. Have a rant, rave or burning question about your favorite show you'd like addressed? E-mail him here!

Question: Would you say Heroes decline in viewership is similar to the decline that Lost suffered after its first season? Lost originally had huge numbers when it debuted, but steadily declined because casual fans found the show "too mysterious" and that there were "too many questions and not enough answers." Would it be safe to say the mainstream, sci-fi shows that are aired on major networks may all suffer from this fate in some form or another? I know a lot of people blame Heroes' decline on poor writing (I don't watch the show so I can't say for myself) as opposed to the impatience some viewers experienced with Lost, but both shows seem to have a very solid fan base who will watch no matter what. Do you see NBC doing what it can to save Heroes the way ABC did with Lost? — Sarah S.

Matt Roush: I see quite a few similarities here, in part because I never expected either show to do as well as they did in their first seasons ...

See the rest of Matt's answer and questions on My Own Worst Enemy, The Shield, Worst Week, Monk, Friday Night Lights and more after the jump. read more

Ask Matt: Lamenting Terminator's Move to Friday, Protesting Izzie's Ghost Love and More!

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

TV Guide's Senior Critic Matt Roush takes your TV questions. Have a rant, rave or burning question about your favorite show you'd like addressed? E-mail him here!

Question: Sometimes I ask God why it was decided that I should be a sci-fi geek. I don't know about anyone else, but I have been impressed with the character development on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. It is clear that Fox asked the producers to cut back on special effects to save money, so the writers had to actually (gasp!) write. I think they've done a wonderful job. I am enjoying the development of John and Cameron the most, but also of Sarah, Derek and Ellison. And then Fox pulls a Firefly on me and moves it to Friday along with Dollhouse. I don't understand how Fox and other networks cannot get this ...

See the rest of this question, Matt's response, and questions on Grey's Anatomy, Life, Brothers & Sisters, Pushing Daisies, Ghost Whispere, Kath & Kim and more after the jump read more

Roush Review: Justice Served Raw: Hanging up The Shield

Michael Chiklis and David Rees Snell

"I was too good," boasts that brutal bear of a crooked cop Vic Mackey, confessing his multitude of sins, a bloody litany of corrupt bravado that has kept us riveted for seven all-too-brief seasons of The Shield, FX's darker-than-dark breakthrough crime melodrama.

By "good," Vic means bad — to the last drop, the last gripping scene, as The Shield hangs up its tarnished badge forever (Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 10 pm/ET). No Sopranos-style blackout, thankfully. This is how it all really truly ends, not with ... read more

Ask Matt: Is The Shield TV's Best Drama? Can Heroes Catch a Break? And More!

Michael Chiklis

TV Guide's Senior Critic Matt Roush takes your TV questions. Have a rant, rave or burning question about your favorite show you'd like addressed? E-mail him here!

Question: Since Mad Men has recently wrapped up its second season, do you think the final season of The Shield is the best drama on television right now? I agree with you that the initial episodes involving the Mexican and Armenian gang war was convoluted and a bit illogical at times, yet these last few episodes have been some of the best television I've seen in a long time. The scene where Vic almost shot Shane and Mara had to be one of the most suspenseful moments on any show. Other scenes, like when Vic finally turned in his badge and gun and called it quits or when Shane hinted at the idea of having to leave his family, were great as well. I would go as far as to say that this season has surpassed the final seasons of other great shows like The Sopranos or The Wire. Apart from a few selected shows like Dexter or Brotherhood, The Shield is definitely the best drama on TV right now. — Grant

Matt Roush:
With only two episodes remaining, what better time to salute The Shield, which I've always considered one of TV's best dramas and which is ...

See the rest of Matt's response plus questions on Heroes, The Mentalist, Dancing with the Stars, House, Chuck and more after the jump read more

Roush Dispatch: Memo to Grey's: Give Up the Ghost!

Katherine Heigl and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Grey's Anatomy

Ghosts are big business on TV these days, I get it — wait till you see what CBS's Friday hit Ghost Whisperer has in store for Melinda and her newly deceased hubby Jim over the next few weeks. But where Grey's Anatomy is concerned, Izzie shouldn't have sent Alex to burn Denny's sweater to rid her of her dead lover's ghost — a J. Crew exorcism? She should have sent him out to burn the script ... read more

Ask Matt: Will Big Bang Make an Emmy Splash? What's Next for Ghost Whisperer and More!

Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

TV Guide's Senior Critic Matt Roush takes your TV questions. Have a rant, rave or burning question about your favorite show you'd like addressed? E-mail him here!

Question: I can't tell you how delighted I was to see The Big Bang Theory hit a series-high 10 million viewers last Monday. It is so nice to see people are finally noticing and watching the funniest sitcom on TV. I just love this show. I know it is ridiculously early, but do you think Jim Parsons will get an Emmy nomination this year? Sheldon has become the funniest character on TV, and the creativity and difficulty of learning all the science really makes Parsons a standout. Like I said, I know it is early, but what do you think of his chances, and how about The Big Bang Theory getting a nomination for best comedy show? — Scott G.

Matt Roush: Isn't it fun when good things happen to great shows? The steady growth ...

See the rest of Matt's response, plus questions on Grey's Anatomy, Ghost Whisperer, Mad Men, Dexter and more after the jump. read more

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