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Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with these TV marathons


Thanksgiving weekend is a marathon of excess—excessive eating, excessive amounts of awkward family members, and excessive amounts of your favorite movies and television shows.

While streaming services have made it easier than ever to create your own marathons of beloved films and shows, plenty of TV networks are continuing the long tradition of programming long stretches of classic TV shows and film franchises throughout the Thanksgiving weekend.

Here are some of the best excuses to keep the TV tuned to a single channel throughout the holiday weekend.


'Friday Night Lights' director says his son won't be playing football

Peter Berg, the writer/director/actor/producer behind both the film and television versions of Friday Night Lights, has pulled his own son away from the game that he helped so many fall in love with. And the reason why may resonate with Jason Street fans.

In an essay for Time Magazine, Berg wrote about the dangers with head and neck injuries in football, saying: “Head and neck injuries are what parents thinking about letting their children play tackle football should be thinking about, talking about, and demanding answers about, from any coach presenting himself as a worthy custodian for their child’s introduction to tackle football.”


The Cure for Pop Culture Exhaustion

Burned out by the incessant opinions, snark, and sniping? Drop out of the conversation and binge on something in a vacuum.

While the rest of the world has been busy gnashing its teeth over the How I Met Your Mother finale, mourning the sudden death of Will Gardner, and snickering over Gwyneth Paltrow’s “conscious uncoupling,” I’ve devoted the past week to watching the first four seasons of Parks and Recreation. Many would call this a binge — or a cry for help — but I prefer to think of it as a detox. There’s so much hashtagging and around-the-clock quarterbacking in pop culture today. Sometimes one just needs to give herself the quiet relief of sinking blissfully into a Leslie Knope-hole. READ FULL STORY

It's time for some Tim Riggins-inspired poetry. No regrets.

Friday Night Lights‘ Tim Riggins has always been an endless source of inspiration. First, he inspired many people to grow their hair out. Then, odds are, he inspired some unfortunate underage drinking. And hopefully, he inspired people not to open a chop shop with their older brother. Regardless, years after the show’s series finale, Riggins is still influential.

For starters, he inspired me to name my dog after him. And more recently, poet Nico Alvarado wrote four Tim Riggins-inspired poem for the winter-spring 2014 edition of Gulf Coast, the University of Houston’s literary journal. Alvarado’s poems include “Tim Riggins Speaks of Waterfalls,” and below, we’ve included “Tim Riggins Invents a New Number”: READ FULL STORY

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose: 'Friday Night Lights' cast's casual reunion

Sure, it’s just one Instagram photo.

But it’s an Instagram photo with Street, Saracen, Smash, Luke, and even Herc, and for any Friday Night Lights fan, that’s enough to get us, well, teary-eyed, broken-hearted and… lost at the sight of our favorite Dillon football players.

Posted by Scott Porter (Jason Street), the photo shows him and his former costars Matt Lauria (Luke), Gaius Charles (Smash), Zach Gilford (Matt Saracen), and Kevin Rankin (Herc) catching a break on #SundayFunday. It’s a small cast gathering, but it almost makes us forget that FNL isn’t on the fast-track back to the big screen. READ FULL STORY

I'm Still Not Over... The TV I missed thanks to the Writers' Strike

Let me preface this by saying that I supported the 2007-08 Writers Guild of America Strike. Without its writers, a television show doesn’t exist. It’s that simple. However, that doesn’t mean that the Writers’ Strike didn’t take many precious hours away from me.

Through the years, I’ve had many television obsessions, but when it comes to pure quality and the question of the best show ever made, there are two particular names that pop into my head: Friday Night Lights and Breaking Bad. I love them both, and I think both did downright remarkable things with storytelling in television. And considering both shows only gave me five seasons, I cherish each and every moment, so you can imagine how I felt when the Writers’ Strike caused both shows to cut a season short.

For Breaking Bad, it was season 1. Cutting it two episodes short, we were left with the image of Walt and Jesse standing in a junkyard after having gotten into business with madman Tuco. There was no real sense of closure; there wasn’t even one of those gasping-for-air cliffhangers that only Breaking Bad can do. And for good reason: That wasn’t supposed to be the finale. The writers had planned their season’s arc, and then we just didn’t get to see it. And it physically hurt me.

But what hurt me even more than Breaking Bad was the way Friday Night Lights‘ second season was interrupted. What was forced to serve as the season 2 finale was really just a fun episode in which Tami’s ex (played by showrunner Peter Berg) came into town, and we got to see the jealous side of Coach Taylor. Riggins was smack in the middle of his going-to-church-to-see-Lyla story line, and Smash was surrounded by scholarship mania. Oh, and did I forget to mention how the episode ended? Hey Jason, remember that one-night-stand? Well, she’s pregnant! And fade to black.


I'm Still Not Over... Matt Saracen from 'Friday Night Lights' in 'The Son'

To be honest, you can just say the words Friday Night Lights to me, and I’ll probably start tearing up. FNL fans know what I mean: The series as a whole was just the perfect mix of heartwarming and tragic storylines, and as a crier, I’m particularly vulnerable. Coach’s “we will be tested” speech in the pilot? Sobs. The Mud Bowl? Waterworks. Tyra getting into college? Niagara Falls on my face.

But nothing made me bawl more than season 4’s “The Son,” which — spoilers ahead, obviously — centered on Matt Saracen and his struggles to grieve over the death of his father, a man he hated. I didn’t need a Kleenex for this one; I needed a towel.

And I still do. Because anyone who has lost someone understands how hard it is to grieve and to go through the numbness that happens in the aftermath. And for Matt — awkward do-gooder Matt Saracen, number 7 and former QB1 — his father’s death doesn’t just numb him, it destroys him.

In Matt’s eyes, Henry Saracen was a terrible father. He was never around, always enlisting back in the Army and leaving Matt to take care of his grandmother. But when Henry dies in combat in Iraq, Matt’s forced to listen to one soldier after another telling him how heroic, how “funny,” how patriotic his dad was, and to him, it’s torture. Why should he remember someone he hated as “a good man”? Why should he have to eulogize someone he’s never really known? And from there, the episode launches into a barrage of character-defining, gut-wrenching Matt Saracen moments, each more painful than the last, and each contributing to why I just can’t get over “The Son”:

'True Blood' star Carrie Preston takes EW's Pop Culture Personality Test -- VIDEO


Her character, Arlene, may still be in mourning on HBO’s True Blood, but Carrie Preston was all smiles when she stopped by EW recently to take our Pop Culture Personality Test. Even when we got her talking about the show her husband, Michael Emerson, once caught her sobbing while watching.

She also shares the TV show that makes her yell at the TV (Game of Thrones spoiler alert!), the show she wishes would’ve gone on forever, the movie she has to watch every time she spots it on cable, the former neighbor she wrote a fan letter to, and her geekiest possession. READ FULL STORY

Will crowd-funding a 'Friday Night Lights' movie work? -- POLL

Producer Brian Grazer, and his company Imagine Entertainment, would very much like to crowd-fund the long-rumored Friday Night Lights movie. (The series, itself adapted from a film, ran for five seasons on NBC, ending in 2011.) “We made a terrific feature with Pete Berg, turned it into a terrific TV series and will now make a movie from that series. I’m not sure such a thing has been done before,” Grazer told Deadline. Grazer is out of the country and unavailable for comment, though Imagine told us that while discussions are ongoing, there are no plans yet.


The Greatest TV Couple of All Time? EW Staff Pick: Coach and Tami

As Kurt and Blaine battle it out with the Doctor and Rose in EW’s Greatest TV Couple of All Time championship, we’re unveiling our favorite couples, who didn’t advanced as far as we would have liked. Here’s the case for Coach and Tami of Friday Night Lights.

Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler said that what allowed them to play such a strong, realistic married couple on Friday Night Lights was the fact that on day one, the writers told them that they were never going to break up. And that is the foundation of what would become, in my opinion, the greatest television couple of all time … even if they were knocked out in round one of our bracket game (Thanks a lot, Jim and Pam). READ FULL STORY

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