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'Bent': Love the 'Riggins,' hate the 'Screwsie'?

If you missed the premiere of NBC’s new comedy Bent last night — and judging by the ratings, many of you did — you can read Ken Tucker’s review here. What I want to discuss is whether the show lost whatever cool points it got for making “Riggins” the last name of contractor Pete (David Walton) by choosing “Screwsie” as the name for the wild younger sister (Margo Harshman) of his new client Alex (Amanda Peet).

Riggins was the last name of Taylor Kitsch’s character on Friday Night Lights, and since Bent cast FNL‘s Jesse Plemons (i.e. Landry) as one of Pete’s crew, it’s safe to assume the shoutout was intentional. Riggins fits Pete. He’s a laid-back bad boy who could have any woman he wants for a night except good girl Alex, a newly single mom with a new rich doctor boyfriend. She’d need Pete to be a better, more responsible man before she’d sleep with him. I assume Screwsie is a clever nickname for a promiscuous screwup actually named Susie, and the fact that Alex loves her sister is supposed to give us hope that she could love Pete. But Screwsie? Really? Or am I the only one it annoyed?

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Taylor Kitsch's short hair a problem, even for airport security -- VIDEO

John Carter star Taylor Kitsch stopped by the Late Show With David Letterman last night and entertained Dave with a story about getting stopped by customs at an airport in the Philippines when his passport had no room left for a stamp. He was informed he was going to be sent back on the next plane to Japan, where he just flew in from, but Kitsch, who had a work visa to film the upcoming Oliver Stone film Savages, told the agent he was an actor — which the man didn’t believe. With the airport’s computers down, and the man not familiar with X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Kitsch pulled out his iPhone and played him the John Carter trailer. “He’s like, ‘That’s not you.’ I’m like, ‘What?’ He’s like, ‘You have short hair.’ And I’m like, ‘Mate, I cut it. It grows. It’s me,'” Kitsch says. Luckily, the guy liked the trailer and Kitsch got to stay.  READ FULL STORY

Spot Inspection: What TV show are you self-marathoning?

If you’ve been on Twitter in the last week, odds are your feed had multiple people tweeting about the TV shows they were self-marathoning. With repeats filling the current TV schedule, vacation days to burn, and a need for a break from relatives, it seems an ideal time to catch up on shows you missed or revisit ones you loved. Because we forecast this trend to continue through Jan. 2, let’s just get go ahead and get it all out here, folks. Spot Inspection: What TV show are you marathoning?

I know I wasn’t the only one hitting Friday Night Lights last week. (Thank you, Netflix.) After seeing back-to-back Taylor Kitsch trailers for John Carter and Battleship in theaters, I decided I needed to properly mourn the cutting of Kitsch’s hair for the latter. I also needed to come to terms with the fact that the FNL character I most resembled in high school was not a leading lady but Julie’s friend Lois, the one who, after Julie recounts how Kitsch’s Tim Riggins shielded her during a tornado in season 2, asks, “Tim Riggins was, like, holding you? … What does he smell like?”*

Your turn.

*If you follow me on Twitter, you already knew that.

Product placement rankings: last-place NBC is the shilliest network; Fox and ABC tie for second

Welcome to the fold, X Factor! In a list just released by Nielsen, Simon Cowell’s latest endeavor was the only newbie to rank among 2011’s top 10 shows in terms of product placement tie-ins. Then again, it’s no surprise since Cowell’s former stomping grounds American Idol ranked first, with an egregious 577 advertiser-friendly placements over the course of season 10 — and that’s even without Cowell.

Interestingly, Fox wasn’t the most product-laden network. That dubious honor went to NBC, where The Biggest Loser, The Celebrity Apprentice, America’s Got Talent, and even beloved drama Friday Night Lights (the only non-reality show on the list) all found a place in the top 10. Which other shows shamelessly pimped their advertisers’ merch this year? Read on… READ FULL STORY

Best of 2011 (Behind the Scenes): Jason Katims on the most tear-jerking moment in the 'Friday Night Lights' series finale

As 2011 comes to a close, EW.com wanted to honor some of the hardworking names and faces from behind the scenes for their outstanding achievements. Here, Emmy-winning writer and executive producer Jason Katims discusses the pivotal moment in the immensely satisfying Friday Night Lights series finale when Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) tells his wife Tami (Connie Britton) that he’s decided to go to Philadelphia with her so that she can finally follow her dream. Full hearts? Definitely. Clear eyes? Not a single dry one to be found. For more behind the scenes access to the year’s best TV and movie scenes, click here for EW.com‘s Best of 2011: Behind the Scenes coverage.

As told by: Jason Katims

We knew it was the final season and we really wanted to do a great story for Coach and Tami. As writers, we were trying to figure out what to do that was different from what we had done before. When we came up with the notion that she gets offered this job that would relocate them, we thought that was really interesting. READ FULL STORY

'Friday Night Lights' forever: The cast is popping up everywhere these days! Score!

Okay, so it certainly would have been nice if the demand for the exceptionally talented cast of Friday Night Lights had been this high while the show was actually, you know, on the air, as opposed to after the show’s run. But, as any true blue FNL fan can attest, we’ll take more Riggins, Coach, Mrs. Coach, and the other attractive, complex, football-loving citizens of Dillon, Texas where we can get them. (Except for you, Epyck. Everyone but you.)


Don't worry Minka Kelly, the Bravermans still need you over on 'Parenthood'!

It’s hard to say, “Poor Minka Kelly!” (I mean, come on… seriously!) But, as any avid fan of Friday Night Lights can attest, we tend to keep an eye out for our beloved Dillon natives. (In case you were wondering what all that excessive gawking at Taylor Kitsch was about. Just keepin’ tabs on Timmy Riggins, is all.)

Still, it was hard not to feel a little bad for “poor Minka Kelly” when it was announced today that her new series, ABC’s remake of Charlie’s Angels, has been canceled. And just a few weeks after her split from longtime boyfriend Derek Jeter, no less. But, let’s not feel too sorry for Lyla Garrity for too long (because, seriously, come on). Because I’m pretty sure the Bravermans would still love to have Kelly back as Max’s behavioral aide Gaby over on Parenthood. READ FULL STORY

'Friday Night Lights' movie in the works: Can't lose?

Hey, ya’ll, did you hear the news that a Friday Night Lights movie is in the works? Peter Berg, the executive producer of the recently departed (sigh!), Emmy-nominated (woo hoo!) series, told reporters at the TCAs that FNL would be heading (back) to the big screen. And exec producer Jason Katims told EW that the script process is “still very early — I’m just beginning to plot out the story for the script — but it’s something that we’re all excited about.”

For any fan of FNL, this is bound to bring up some conflicting feelings. READ FULL STORY

'Friday Night Lights' ends after five heartbreakingly good seasons: Clear Eyes, Full Hearts... Don't Go!

It’s a day we’ve been dreading for months… years, really. It marks the end of an era and a time to say goodbye to friends who, while fictitious, helped us to grow and love and appreciate life through a way so much different than our own. And no, PopWatchers, I’m actually not talking about Harry Potter this time.

After five staggeringly wonderful seasons, the heartbreaking, authentic, and criminally underrated (it took you far too long, Emmy voters, but we’ll still take it) drama Friday Night Lights will fade to black. While the end has come for many of us already — either by watching it on DirecTV back in February, or on DVD — it still doesn’t make coming to terms with the end of the series any easier. READ FULL STORY

DVR Screengrab of the Week: 'Friday Night Lights' Gracie Bell isn't having it, you guys

As any Friday Night Lights fanatic can tell you, Buddy Garrity — despite all his best intentions and unwavering devotion to East Dillon football — can be one seriously annoying fellow. But without uttering a single word, Coach and Tami’s youngest daughter Gracie Bell perfectly got across what it’s like to listen to Buddy yammer on. When the Lions not-so-subtly threw a pep rally to get Coach to stay put (the episode was called, fittingly, “Don’t Go”) and Buddy came over to chat up the Taylor clan again, Miss Gracie Bell (wee actress Madilyn Landry… hey, Landry!) gave a look to kill and earned the honor of our DVR Screengrab of the Day. In the pantheon of annoyed tots, Gracie Bell just schooled Royal Wedding flower girl Grace Van Cutsem on how it’s done, Texas-style.

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‘Friday Night Lights’ recap: Don’t Go!

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