Ask Matt: Glee vs. Grey's, White Collar, Army Wives, Morning TV and More
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Question: So you know that Glee is moving to Thursdays at 9/8c, though I haven't the slightest clue why. Anyways, it is going up against my all-time favorite, Grey's Anatomy. Yeah, I know half of TV viewers say the show has run its course, blah blah blah. But I just can't shake it, and I'm just too invested to stop now. My question, actually it's not even a question of Grey's vs. "The Rachel and Blaine Hour," I mean Glee. It's the question of whether or not I should spend 40 minutes on the Internet (I don't have DVR) to watch it when for the past last half of the season, it has always been the same characters in the spotlight. I love Artie and Tina, I really do, mainly because she was right when she said that she was there since, "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat." And if it's just going to be the same characters over and over again, why should I waste my time? And if Ryan Murphy is reading this, I have nothing against him. American Horror Story: Asylum? I'm already there. Is it time I left the Glee boat? — Martin
Matt Roush: As noted in my review last week, I was pleasurably surprised by the season opener of Glee: both the Rachel-and-Kurt material in New York (capped by the heart-wrenching goodbye scene between Hummel son and dad), the guest-star bravado of Kate Hudson, and especially the introduction of several promising new characters back at McKinley High, making me think they've discovered some much-needed fresh talent this season — not to mention the impending arrival of this summer's Glee Project winner, Blake Jenner, in a few weeks. But if you've never been able to accept the fact that Rachel, Kurt, Blaine and a few select others will always be first-among-equal stars of a large ensemble, maybe it is time to bail. Still, I'd give this season of reinvention some time to prove itself. I thought it got off to a strong start.
As to why Fox moved the show: The network has several priorities this season, including assembling a two-hour comedy block of quirky half-hour comedies on Tuesday (this year's best-of-fall-season newbies are The Mindy Project and Ben and Kate). And the strategy of the Thursday move is to pair Glee with the musically compatible The X Factor. There's no question Thursday is a tough and overstuffed night, especially for someone without a DVR, but if this move damages Glee significantly, I'd expect Fox to remedy the situation before giving up on this franchise.
Question: White Collar has become known for exciting cliffhangers — but with the mid-season finale coming up on Tuesday, there have been few clues as to what to expect. Any inside info? Will we be treated to another exciting, dramatic cliffhanger to keep us in suspense? — Laura
Matt Roush: It's no secret I'm spoiler-averse, but since I have screened the episode, let me just tease that the show goes on its hiatus with not so much a cliffhanger as it is a reveal that could change everything — about what, I won't say. But much of the episode, as hinted last week, hinges on the issue of trust. Can Neal ever trust Peter again? Can Peter win back Neal's confidence and good humor? Can anyone trust Sam? It all sets up the back half of the season (in early 2013) pretty nicely.