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Love is on the air: Who is the greatest TV couple of all time? Round 1, part 1


Ross and Rachel. Carrie and Big. Clair and Cliff. Ricky and Lucy. These are just a few of the iconic pairings competing for the chance to be EW’s “Greatest TV Couple of All Time.” Check out our full bracket here and vote in the polls below to determine who will move on to the next round. First up — the 16 couples in our “Baby, You’re the Greatest” conference.

ALSO: EW.com’s Greatest TV Romances package


The solitary pleasures of TV binge-watching: 'Friday Night Lights' down, 'The West Wing' on deck

This February, I watched all 76 episodes of Friday Night Lights.

Somehow—despite the facts that I live in Texas and loved the movie and care about sports and am obsessed with small-town culture—I never got it together enough to watch it when it was actually on the air. I’m part of the problem of why the critically-acclaimed show long struggled in the ratings and for that I must find a way to forgive myself.

But then there came that one insomnia-ridden night in February when, adrift on Netflix, I clicked on the pilot episode. Whoa, whoa, whoa. Kyle Chandler’s coach Eric had the weight of the world on the shoulders of his blue coach’s jacket and Connie Britton, who plays his magnificent wife, Tami, had this unicorn’s tail for hair and suddenly the quarterback was in the hospital and there was this guy Riggins who had these humongous shoulders and he blamed himself for the accident and he didn’t appear to have any parents and Explosions in the Sky was playing in the background…

And so began a strange couple of weeks in which I’m reasonably sure I showered and my young child was fed. “They’re all my friends and family and nothing makes sense to me when I’m out in the bright of day,” I told somebody who worried over the amount of time I was spending in my Friday Night Lights alternate universe.

Sometimes when I mentioned to people that I was deep into the show they’d make the mistake of saying they were fans too and I’d overwhelm them with overly impassioned play-by-play. How much did your heart swell when Riggins’ dad showed up at the game? Don’t you love it when Coach Eric gets Tami more wine? Aren’t you impressed by how they never drink and drive? Ugh, Julie. Grandma Saracen will be okay, don’t you think? Remember that time Coach Tami told Tyra to spike the volleyball right into Riggins’ throat? Or that time we got every angle of Riggins doing a round of back squats? Would you say your favorite supporting character is Mindy Riggins or Smash’s mother? Can you too recite Tyra’s UT application essay? Ugh, Julie. Panthers or Lions, or is that Sophie’s Choice? Skeeter!

I got used to people backing away from me slowly, saying that it had been a while. And they called themselves fans! READ FULL STORY

Seven things we learned from the 'New York Times Magazine' profile of Connie Britton

Forget Raymond: Everybody loves Connie Britton, a woman who manages simultaneously to be a role model, a sex symbol, and a dream-BFF for anyone who ever obsessed about Friday Night Lights (read: the whole Internet).

And if you don’t love Connie Britton, chances are you just don’t know much about her yet — which is where the New York Times Magazine‘s new Britton profile comes in. The 3,100-word piece is stuffed with tidbits that prove why Connie’s the best; here are seven of the most notable ones.

1. She was a hair’s breadth away from starring in Jerry Maguire, but Renée Zellweger — an actress profile writer Susan Dominus calls “so tiny and tousled that she looked newly hatched” — ended up just beating out Britton for the part. Her final assessment of why she lost the role? “Maybe I was too tall.”

2. She taught aerobics to the luckiest gym-goers in New York City before she got famous.


Left side, strong side: 7 tear-jerking scenes from football movies (and a TV show)

This year’s Super Bowl pits brother against brother (49ers coach Jim Harbaugh vs. Ravens coach John Harbaugh). When this story inevitably becomes a movie (or, probably, made-for-TV-movie), we’re betting there will be a scene of mutual acceptance where one brother says he’s sorry he underestimated the other and the other responds “having you for a brother is greater than any Super Bowl ring.” And we predict we will need tissues.

There’s something about football (and football movies) that heightens emotions. Maybe it’s the competition, the agony of defeat, the glory of victory, the metaphors of what bringing a team together really mean, but whatever it is we find ourselves uncontrollably sobbing after every major touchdown, career-ending injury, or life-affirming gesture. Here are seven (well really nine) moments that left us reaching for the tissues.


Fake 23 blast, 90 razor, X-out and other great football plays

This year’s Super Bowl — if it’s a good one — will feature 60 minutes of complex back-and-forth between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers: sneaks and feints and breaks from the pocket.

(Oh, and a Beyoncé concert.)

That sort of x’s-and-o’s talk also fills football-themed entertainment. And, sometimes, some of the great plays they pull off on-screen are actually, y’know, great. Here’s a round-up of some of the greatest — if either team, or its fans, need a refresher.


Taking things one inch at a time with clear eyes, full hearts ... can't lose: 10 memorable football speeches

“This is our house!” “This is our time!” “It all comes down to this.” They’re phrases we’ve all heard before, and they’re phrases we’ve come to expect from sports movies and television shows, along with an epic training sequence and at least one injured player. But every now and then, a sports production steps up its game with a speech that makes us cheer and, at least briefly, want to get off the couch and do something athletic.

In honor of the upcoming Super Bowl, here are the 10 movie and television football speeches that we can’t —that we won’t — stop rooting for: READ FULL STORY

Casts of 'Boy Meets World,' 'My So-Called Life,' 'Friday Night Lights' to reunite at Austin TV Fest

Good news for anyone who loves the ’90s and lives within a reasonable distance of Austin, the Portland of the Southwest: The year-old Austin Television Festival has announced that in 2013, its second annual event will feature cast (and crew!) reunions of gone-but-not-forgotten favorites including Boy Meets World, Friday Night Lights, My S0-Called Life, Party of Five, and American Dreams, a.k.a. That Show About The ’60s That Wasn’t Mad Men. All individual participants in these reunions have not yet been revealed, but chances are good that Scott Wolf, at least — who attended the fest in its inaugural year as well — will show up.

Connie Britton fires 'Clear eyes, full hearts' back at Romney campiagn

Mitt Romney has revealed himself to be a fan of Friday Night Lights, quoting versions of the TV show’s “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” slogan during campaign speeches and the debates. But even though the author of the book the show is based upon is voting Republican next week, Romney’s attempt to associate himself with the show’s themes has not been appreciated by the show’s principals. Series creator Peter Berg accused him of plagiarizing, and now Connie Britton and executive producer Sarah Aubrey have expressed their dissatisfaction in a USA Today op-ed.

The women look beyond the phrase and examine what the female characters of Dillon, Texas would really think about the issues at stake in the election. “[The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act] makes it possible for women such as the character that I (Britton) played of Tami Taylor — to fight for the same wages as men no matter what they do or where they live, from Dillon to Philadelphia, where Tami was able to pursue her dream job as a college admissions counselor,” they wrote. “Romney actually wants to … get rid of Planned Parenthood — the health care provider that nearly three million Americans rely on for their life-saving cancer screenings, well-woman visits and affordable birth control. Planned Parenthood was well represented on the show, too — Brian “Smash” Williams’ mom worked there, Tami got a pregnancy test there, and, after being abandoned by her parents, Becky Sproles was able to get a safe and legal abortion there.”

Read the entire op-ed below: READ FULL STORY

Who made the better Peter Berg reference in final presidential debate?


Peter Berg may be the big winner in tonight’s debate — as both President Obama and Governor Romney perhaps unwittingly made reference to the director’s work.

When President Obama attacked Romney for calling Russia the biggest geopolitical threat, Romney responded with part of his favorite campaign slogan, cribbed from Berg’s Friday Night LightsREAD FULL STORY

Mitt Romney quotes 'Friday Night Lights': 'Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose' -- VIDEO

Ann Romney is a big fan of Modern Family — but it seems like her husband’s more of a Friday Night Lights kind of guy. The former governor of Massachusetts quoted the TV series’ Coach Taylor in a speech today, though he didn’t single out Kyle Chandler’s character by name.

After telling an audience about a cancer-stricken boy named David Oparowski, Romney slipped in the money quote: “I saw some years later a phrase that seemed to capture my memory of David Oparowski: Clear eyes, full heart, can’t lose.” (On the show, the “hearts” were generally plural.)

And Romney didn’t stop there: “This is something that we share in this country,” he continued. “Men and women of clear eyes, full hearts, and America can’t lose.” Check out the video below:


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