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Posted by Matthew Gilbert  December 11, 2008 11:55 AM

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Matthew Gilbert talks TV(12/11/2008) 
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12:00
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  G'day.

12:00
[Comment From Kate Austin]
Hi Matt. What are you thoughts on spoilers? Do you prefer to be surprised or do you let curiosity get the best of you? I went searching for the identity of the Oceanic 6 last year and immediately regretted it! I'm trying to hold myself back from searching for any info about the upcoming season

12:02
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  I'm familiar with that process -- intense curiosity, gobbling down the spoilers, then regret and letdown. So I've started to avoid spoilers, and I try to keep them out of my reviews (unless I give a warning).

12:02
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  If I'm going to judge a show, and its storytelling, I need to experience it naturally, without online cheating.

12:04
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  That desire to know what happens is kind of precious, I think. We need to savor it. I REALLY want to know what happens in the Dexter finale on Sunday. That's a nice feeling. My imagination is going wild. If I read a spoiler, my imagination would be quashed, and my excitement, too.

12:05
[Comment From Tory]
what do you think of the golden globe noms,.

12:07
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  I'm of two minds, surprise surprise. SO VERY HAPPY to see that In Treatment, the HBO therapy series, got some due. Glad, too, to see Californication and True Blood on the list.

12:07
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  But NO Friday Night Lights? What's up with that. Seriously, it's a breathtaking show. And the excitement about the HBO movie Recount is lost on me. I thought it was really disappointing.

12:07
[Comment From Jill]
Are you still enjoying Gossip Girl? The Lily "secret" was such a letdown I think!! So unoriginal. I'm hoping Bart B. faked his death

12:09
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  YES. Still hooked. The Lily secret still seems vague to me. I think it may be more than just (SPOILER) a baby.

12:09
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  And yes, I'm in the Bart-faked-it school, too. Fingers crossed.

12:09
[Comment From LostFan789]
No Lost for Globes? What up with that?

12:10
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  Yeah, I know. I think the Globes and the Emmys have let go of Lost, because it had one not-great season, and because it's a serial with a cult of viewers. Too bad. Last season of Lost was GREAT TELEVISION.

12:10
[Comment From LostFan789]
Obligatory Chuck promo - Watch it, people! Best hour on NBC BY FAR...

12:11
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  I obey, as always.

12:11
[Comment From Sol]
Hey Matt, As usual, Zeljko Ivanek seems to be popping up all over the place this season. Do you have a favorite role of his? To me, he'll always be Ed Danvers but I really enjoyed his turn on True Blood...

12:12
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  Yeah, that Emmy for Damages hasn't hurt him, although he was everywhere before that, too. I loved him on 24 -- it was the first time I really took note. But he was fantastic on True Blood -- perfectly cast. I hope he returns to the show next season.

12:12
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  On the other hand, did you see him in House recently. WOW. What a bad, long, stupid episode.

12:12
[Comment From bos]
Are you psyched about "In Treatment" or what?

12:12
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  Psyched is the word.

12:13
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  Although WHY OH WHY do the awards people keep ignoring Mia Wasikowska? Is her name, like, too complicated?

12:14
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  I do believe she gave the performance of the year on In Treatment. And she is going to be a star -- check out her imdb page. She's in the next Tim Burton movie, and a few other biggies. The GGs and the Emmys will be sorry....!

12:14
[Comment From hey]
What are your thoughts on the Leno news?

12:14
[Comment From LostFan789]
How do you think the Jay Leno at 10 experiment will go? I tend to think it's pretty brilliant.

12:15
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  I'm really impressed by NBC boldness. THat's what desperation leads to -- risk, with the potential to win. (Let's hope that's reflected in our national politics, too...!). A nightly talk show in prime time. Great.

12:15
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  BUT.

12:15
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  And this is a big but.

12:16
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  One that ALL CAPS might not indicate clearly enough.

12:16
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  And that but is:

12:16
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  Jay Leno.

12:16
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  I do wish NBC were going this route with someone less fake and goofy and old-school and unoriginal.

12:17
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  I respect Jay's hard work, blah blah blah (requisite faint praise), but I can't imagine watching him every night.

12:17
[Comment From PL373]
am i missing something? i dont understand the leno thing. whats going to happen to nbc's 10:00 shows? law and order etc?

12:18
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  Those NBC dramas at 10 are either going to 9 or going to....

12:18
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  that great cancellation pile in the sky.

12:19
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  No annoucements yet, as far as I know, regarding specific shows. ER is already set to end, of course.

12:19
[Comment From LostFan789]
People who love Conan will follow him anywhere. Though Conan is a horrendous interviewer, his comedy is spot on

12:20
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  Tis true. I think Conan will thrive at 11:30. I think the world has finally caught up with him.

12:20
[Comment From LostFan789]
Yeah, but Leno has a built in audience - many (old-er) people must like him for a reason

12:21
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  Yeah, but people watch Big Brother, too. Just because it has a viewership doesn't mean it's good, right? And I'm not sure the people getting ready for sleep are going to be willing to follow him into prime time. We approach prime time with somewhat different -- and higher -- expectations.

12:22
[Comment From LostFan789]
Though I wonder how much of Conan's style will be allowed to exist in the Tonight Show format. Your thoughts?

12:23
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  I will be SHOCKED if NBC tries to de-Conan Conan. They're putting him at that hour to bring younger viewers along into the Tonight Show slot. If they dumb him down, they deserve to fail.

12:23
[Comment From Ms Fit]
I'm not sure the Leno show at 10 is meant to be watched every night. I'd think they'd be happy if people tuned in one or two nights or tuned in when they get sick of what they're watching on another channel or change channels to him during a commercial. I got a huge laugh out of the comment that people aren't staying up as late because of the economy so earlier slot is a good thing for them. Like we're all so depressed by the economy that we're drinking ourselves into a stupor and passing out before 1130...OK, some of us probably are.

12:23
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  I'm not depressed.

12:23
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  Just recessed.

12:24
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  But seriously folks...

12:24
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  This is an experiment that will tell us a lot about viewing patterns, and just how locked into them people are. I can't wait to see what happens. Although, as I said, I with it weren't Leno.

12:25
[Comment From bb130]
Hi Matt, Do you know when Medium is coming back

12:26
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  It will be back in February.

12:26
[Comment From Ms Fit]
So do you think they'll give the boot to Letterman too?

12:26
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  An interesting question. I think not in the very near future.

12:27
[Comment From hockeyfan]
What about Flashpoint with Enrico Colantoni? Is that coming back?

12:28
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  Yes, it is. That Canadian-made series was a surprise summer success on CBS. It will be back next month.

12:28
[Comment From hibricc]
what's your take on "Leverage"? I've DVR'd the first two eps, haven't watched yet. I usually love "heist" movies/shows...

12:28
[Comment From Tracy]
Are you liking Leverage? I am finding it very entertaining.

12:29
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  Yes, I've seen four and liked them all. Not loved, but liked. Con artist shows are great. Y'all MUST try Hustle, if you've never seen it. It's a British series that ran on AMC (and may still be on demand; it's definitely on DVD). It's a really light-hearted Ocean's 11-type con-artist heist series.

12:30
[Comment From Sol]
When is the monthly Gilbert/Weiss podcast coming? The people (person?) have spoken!

12:30
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  

Mom, I mean Sol, it may come soon. Joanna's on maternity leave until next year, and then we may have a chance to pull something together. Thanks for the interest.


12:31
[Comment From hibricc]
Re Medium.... returns Monday Feb2 with 19 new episodes (up from an original order of 13).

12:31
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  The Medium people have spoken.

12:31
[Comment From hockeyfan]
What do you think of Eleventh Hour? I haven't watched it but the promos look intriguing.

12:32
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  I find it really unsatisfying, and I'm a big procedural guy. Love CSI and (old) L&O.

12:32
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  The stories are particularly poorly told, so that the preposteriousness factor is distractingly high.

12:33
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  And Rufus Sewell is my least favortie of the Brits on American Prime Time right now. He's a little cold and creepy and hard to spend time with, unlike Gil Grissom, who's cool and odd but great company.

12:33
[Comment From Bret]
Excited about Flight of the Concords returning?

12:34
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  Yes and no. I would be, except that Bret and Jemaine said something to the press about how hard it was to make a second season. So I worry that it will disappoint. Fingers, as I like to say too much, crossed.

12:34
[Comment From Sol]
Curious to hear your thoughts on this season of Brotherhood. I can't quite seem to place it but something about this season doesn't quite hold up to the first two...

12:36
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  I am in full agreement. Love the atmosphere, love the acting (though not some of the accents), love the local-political milieu. But the storytelling is off, and Tommy has just been too indiscreet. It's out of character.

12:36
[Comment From Me]
Hi Matthew, love your stuff. I'm curious - what's your favorite holiday show. Me, I'm a sucker for the "original" Grinch with the voice of the great Boris Karloff.

12:37
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  

Thanks, me. I mean you. I love the Grinch, of course ( though NOT the Carrey movie; that was a headache). But I'd have to go with Peanuts, of course. Linus. The commercialism message. The tree. Yeah, Charlie Brown.


12:37
[Comment From hockeyfan]
How would you evaluate this season of ``House''? I don't completely agree with you regarding the hostage episode because I applaud them for trying something different as opposed to the same, ``what is the differential diagnosis?'' aspect. I like that Omar Epps finally gets a love interest. He's still underused but Hugh Laurie's character drives the show along with his conscience - Dr. Wilson.

12:39
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  I'm a House loyalist, for sure. I think the season has been a little uneven, but good on the whole. That episode just didn't work for me. But it was a risk-taking episode, and that's a good thing. The House writers definitely like to try new approaches, which is healthy. The efforts don't always pan out, but that's the price of staying vital.

12:40
[Comment From hibricc]
What went wrong with My Own Worst Enemy? (My wife likes to joke that every new show I pick gets cancelled... oh well, at least I have Mad Men!) I thought Christian Slater and Mike O'Malley were great, but Alfre Woodard and James Cromwell feel like they're killing time between film gigs.

12:41
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  I think the concept wasn't well-thought out. There was something both unoriginal and yet sloppy about the whole two-personality thing. And I don't think viewers cottoned to Christian Slater in the way NBC had hoped. His appeal is spotty.

12:42
[Comment From Guest]
Hi Matt - any idea when this goat story is finally going to be told on How I Met Your Mother? My favorite show on TV right now.

12:43
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  I KNOW! They keep cutting to that goat. I love HIMYM, and I am in awe of the writers' amazing sense of continuity. They reward regular viewers, without turning off new ones.

12:44
[Comment From DebC32]
HI Matt... Ive recently been watching Friends/Seinfeld reruns with my teenagers. The early seasons of those shows, especially Seinfeld, were NOT that good. But clearly the network stuck with them. It seems like they give up on shows/potential a lot more easily today, whats changed?

12:46
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  So much has changed! Most of all, cable TV. There is so much more competition for viewers' eyes than there was in the early and mid-1990s. It seems like yesterday, but it was in the period before The Sopranos -- and better technology -- really made cable channels and pay-cable channels feel usable for most viewers.

12:47
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  It's hard for a network to stand by a low-rated show for too long these days. The networks are losing more and more viewers; no time to waste, as far as they're concerned.

12:47
[Comment From Dr. Greene]
Matt, How do you like the late series castings like Angela Basset or Lawrence Fishburn? I feel like they a little late to the party.

12:50
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  I like both of those actors. I've been unimpressed by Basset on ER, just because of the role she plays, not because she's a late comer. We'll see about Fishburne on CSI. I'm not sure the show will maintain its magic without William Petersen. He's essential. Petersen's leaving next month, Dourden's gone, as is Jorja Fox.

12:50
[Comment From LostFan789]
On another site, the question was posed of what dvd's do we buy and not watch. Do you own any TV series on DVD?

12:52
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  Oh yeah, I own a bunch. The Wire, The Sopranos, Rescue Me, Freaks and Geeks, The Comeback, etc. Do I watch them? NEVER! But I do loan them. And some day I will get a really long flu, and I will park myself in front of the TV and marathon.

12:52
[Comment From Elizabeth]
Why aren't there TV shows where from the start it's developed so that it's going to be only one or two seasons, and that's all? I feel like too much shows go on past their prime, then end in mediocrity or worse.

12:53
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  I completely agree. I'm writing a feature for Monday's paper about "How to Fix Network TV," and that is my FIRST recommendation. Once a show catches on, give us an end date. Look at how have an end date has revived Lost. The writers, the actors, and the viewers all focus more when the finish line is in sight.

12:53
[Comment From Rags]
Back to HIMYM, any predictions as to who the mother will be? Think we have met the character yet? The show is very well written.

12:54
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  I'm the wrong person to ask. I though it was going to be Sarah Chalke's character's sister -- until we met her in the wedding episode.

12:54
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  I suspect we haven't met her yet.

12:55
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  In fact, my fantasy is that we won't meet her until the very last moment of the last episode, and we will only see her from behind in her wedding dress,

12:55
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  But I'm not a psychic, and I'd make a really bad fake psychic.

12:55
[Comment From Nicolina08]
Is there any chance of saving Dirty Sexy Money? I love that show!!

12:56
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  You and me. Love it. But I don't think ABC is going to reverse the verdict on it. And I can't imagine another channel picking it up.

12:56
[Comment From LostFan789]
Would you want her to be someone famous like a Jennifer Aniston?

12:56
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  The Mother on How I Met Your Mother?

12:56
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  NOOOOOO.

12:57
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  If it's Jennifer Aniston I will hold a lifelong grudge.

12:57
[Comment From LostFan789]
You know they're setting up a "Special Guest Star" for it...

12:58
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  

What do you know? Spill.


12:58
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  

Or maybe you are being hypothetical.


12:59
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  I do hope they choose the right actress, I thought Sarah Chalke worked out well. So the show's casting people seem to be on the ball. Then again, well, you know, Britney.

12:59
[Comment From LostFan789]
Just hypothetical - can see the hype for it and they're going to want to make a splash

12:59
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  

Ah, the dreaded splash.


12:59
[Comment From LostFan789]
maybe it IS britney!

1:00
Matthew Gilbert, TV guy:  And on THAT note. Thanks for showing up, folks. Sorry about missing the Heroes question -- will get it next week. Take care.
MG

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  1. What ever happened to the live action shows on Nickelodeon? Why have they gone to all cartoons. I miss the game shows from when I was a kid and would love for mine to see them

    Posted by Chris December 11, 08 11:32 AM
 

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