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Ask Matt: Death of Broadcast TV? Plus: Parenthood Defense, Glee, Repeat Rants and More

Craig T. Nelson

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Question: In this week's issue of TV Guide Magazine, Stephen Battaglio closes his column, "Why ABC Lost Hope for Its Soaps," with the following: "Many viewers will miss the soaps, just as some miss the variety show, the big-budget miniseries and other TV fare of a bygone era. It's the price viewers pay for living in a multi-channel world, where they can watch what they want when they want." Then in your Roush Review column in the same issue, "Stumbling to This Season's Finish Line," you close by saying: "After a season of coasting, let's hope the networks raise their game come fall. It's never too late." Are you perhaps using "never" too loosely?

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Ask Matt: Fringe, The Killing, Justified, NCIS and More!

Jeremy Davis

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Question: I don't understand why more people are not watching Fringe. I admit Season 1 was a bit rocky, but Season 2 was great, and so far this season has been the best, in my opinion. It's the only show that seems to fill The X-Files void for me. Last Friday's "LSD" episode was brilliant. I still crack up every time I picture the "How wonderful!" thought bubble above cartoon Walter. And how hilarious was tripping Broyles? He's the only character I've never liked on the show, because he's so rigid, but it was nice to see him loosen up a bit. Too bad it took a bad trip of LSD to do it. Anyway, I know it was renewed for a fourth season despite the poor ratings, but do you think that will be the end? I mean, how can they afford to keep such a low-rated show around?

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Save These Shows: 9 Bubble Shows We Hope Will Survive

Zachary Levi, Elizabeth Mitchell, Peter Krause

This time of year can be brutal for TV fans. In the next few weeks, a number of shows will be canceled to make room for the bright and shiny new series that the networks believe will give them the best competitive edge in the fall. The reality is that for every Outsourced or No Ordinary Family sent to the TV graveyard with little to no fuss, there's a handful of beloved shows that we're not ready to part with just yet. Behold, here are the nine shows we're desperately hoping the execs will give one more chance... read more

Top Moments: Dancing's Sex on a Stick and a Surprise 30 Rock Cameo

Dancing With The Stars, Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Our top moments of the week:

12. Best Freudian Slip: On The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business, Flight Time has a Freudian slip — literally — as he falls flat on his butt while transporting Sigmund Freud's couch to the University of Vienna. But we think the meaning was lost on him altogether since he... read more

A Parenthood Reunion for Jasmine and Crosby?

Parenthood, Dax Shepard and Joy Bryant

Forgive him or forget him? That's the dilemma Joy Bryant's Jasmine has been wrestling with since her (now former) fiancé had a one-night stand on Parenthood (10/9c, NBC). In recent weeks, Crosby (Dax Shepard) has been pulling out all the stops in his campaign to... read more

Matt's TV Week in Review

Susan Lucci, Erika Slezak

There will come a time when we tell future generations about the good old days when serialized soaps blanketed the daytime TV landscape — the way prime time once was overrun with Westerns, variety shows and big-ticket miniseries, among other fondly remembered, now-faded formats. The latest death knell, not unexpected but still a shock when it sounded, came late this week when ABC confirmed that the venerable, iconic All My Children and the similarly long-running One Life to Live had been taken off life support. Word of their demise had circulated for some time — AMC takes its final bow in September, One Life to Life will soldier on until January — but it's still a jolt to the system when confronted with the unmistakable signs than an era is ending. Changing viewing habits and economics have conspired against scripted daytime dramas in favor of cheaper-to-produce talk/lifestyle shows. Just as the remnants of variety TV can be found in the results shows of reality competitions American Idol and Dancing With the Stars, soap intrigues have been upstaged by celeb-reality high jinks: the plastic casts of Bravo's various Real Housewives shows, the debauched antics of Jersey Shore, which is being spun off while the daily soaps dwindle to a mere few... read more

Top Moments: Good Wife's Bad News and Office's New Boss

Julianna Margulies, Tim Guinee

Our top moments of the week:

13. Slowest Learning Curve: Before hearing the results of the Australia Gold sunscreen challenge, Celebrity Apprentice's Team Backbone project manager Mark McGrath says he will take all responsibility if his team loses. It did and he does — until he decides to backpedal and switch the focus to Gary Busey and his crazy antics. But it's too little too late. Silly Mark, don't you know... read more

Top Moments: Idol's Shocking Results and Dancing's Falling Star

Pia Toscano, Ryan Seacrest

Our top moments of the week:

14. Best Discovery: When Mrs. McCluskey finds an unconscious Andrew on her couch on Desperate Housewives, instead of acting concerned, she acts like, well, Mrs. McCluskey. She calls Bree and gives her a hint of the problem — "It reeks of Mai Tais, and you gave birth to it." "If I wanted a drunk homo on my couch," she continues, "I would have married my college boyfriend." Apparently, warmth and sensitivity are so 2009 on Wisteria Lane.

13. Butt Out Award: Rejected from her and her mother's dream school — Berkeley — Amber completely unravels after a classmate asks her about her college plans at... read more

Ratings: Body of Proof Loses 20 Percent of Its Audience

Body Of Proof

Body of Proof  lost more than 20 percent of its premiere audience in its second week; 11.07 million watched the third episode Tuesday. (Sunday's special episode attracted 8.44 million post-Desperate Housewives viewers.)

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Top Moments: Dancing's Lip-Lock, Grey's Musical Medicine and a Top Chef Spy

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Our top moments of the week:

11. Worst Reminder: When Tamra and Vicki head South of the Border to Cabo San Lucas on The Real Housewives of Orange County, Tamra decides to "do as the Cabo-nians do" and do a body shot at the poolside bar. She urges her friend to do the same, but Vicki is far too mortified and reminds Tamra that she's the mother of four. Well, we guess someone has to teach them eventually, right?

10. Skating on Thin Ice Award: There's a time and a place to speak your mind, Bethenny, and your first practice session ...
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