It wasn’t easy to ignore the final season of Friday Night Lights when it originally aired this winter on DirecTV. I work for an entertainment website after all. Heck, Ken Tucker, he of the splendid FNL recaps, works down the hall from me. There are only so many times you can stick your fingers in your ears and yell incoherently while running in the opposite direction from your co-workers when they chat about Dillon football before they begin to think there’s something seriously wrong with you. But I did it. I was disciplined. I managed to remain completely oblivious of season 5′s developments and ultimate conclusion, and I was looking forward to be rewarded with 13 weeks of Dillon triumph and a bittersweet farewell.
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'Friday Night Lights,' 'Parenthood,' 'Private Practice' to be honored as 'Television with a Conscience.' Which shows changed you?
The Television Academy will honor eight programs this May for exemplifying “Television with a Conscience.” The fourth annual Television Academy Honors will single out Friday Night Lights‘ “I Can’t” episode for its handling of unwanted pregnancy; Parenthood‘s pilot for showing the impact of an Asperger’s diagnosis; Private Practice’s “Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King?” episode for its depiction of sexual assault, its aftermath and the long-term mental health effects that follow; The Big C’s “Taking the Plunge” episode for exploring the transition from denial to acceptance of living with life-threatening cancer; Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution for its movement to reduce childhood obesity; the Morgan Freeman-narrated documentary The 16th Man for educating viewers on how Nelson Mandela used the sport of rugby and the 1995 Rugby World Cup title to help heal South Africa; the documentary Wartorn 1861-2010, executive produced by James Gandolfini, for its chronicling of the lingering effects of combat and post-traumatic stress on military personnel and their families throughout American history; and The Oprah Winfrey Show‘s self-explanatory “Two-Day Oprah Show Event: 200 Adult Men Who Were Molested Come Forward.”
Thinking back, what would you have wanted to receive this honor had it existed before 2008? The first thing that came to my mind was “The Runaway” episode of The Fact of Life, which I’ve embedded after the jump for anyone who wants to see Tootie nearly be tricked into becoming a teen prostitute. READ FULL STORY
PopWatch asked readers to name the TV character they’d date in real life. After tallying more than 2,000 nominations (yes, we read them all), we’re ready to take it to a vote. We’ve put your top picks — 25 men, and 29 women (there was a tie for that last spot) — in two polls below. Vote now through Tuesday at midnight ET. Come back Friday when we’ll reveal the results. Remember: You can’t change anything about the character you’re picking, other than that he or she will no longer have feelings for his or her show love interest. (Second rule: Do not feel guilty.) Note: The order the characters are listed in the polls below is how they ranked during the first round, when you could be indecisive. What will happen when you can only pick one? READ FULL STORYLast week,
As we did in 2008, we are asking you to name the TV character you’d actually date in real life. The rules remain the same:Since Valentine’s Day is approaching, we’ve decided it’s time to crown TV’s Most Datable Characters. Here’s how this works:
1. Hosts or reality TV contestants of any kind are disqualified. The relationship you’re creating is real; your better half must be fictional.
2. You can’t change anything about your partner — other than that he or she will no longer have feelings for the show love interest, obviously.
Here’s what’s different: This year, we’ll tally your nominations — male and female, from current shows only — and, assuming it’s not a landslide, create polls with your top picks and take this to an official vote. The Office‘s Jim Halpert won the men’s title in ’08. Can he repeat? Let’s find out.
To get you thinking, here are a few names being tossed around PopWatch HQ. Remember, if you want them to make the poll round, you have to nominate them as well… READ FULL STORY
As we prepare for tonight’s season finale of The Biggest Loser, we ponder: When did people on TV get so freakin’ loud? Political pundits scream loud opinions. Sitcom characters scream loud punchlines. On Reality TV, hosts and judges hurl screeching insults into contestants’ faces… and it’s all for their own good! Maybe it’s because, in the modern age of overstimulation, we gravitate to strong personalities who cut through the cacophonous din, one megaphone-blasted syllable at at time.
But now, things have gone too far. Everyone is yelling. The deafening roar from your television has left you dizzy with confusion. “Who,” you ask yourself, “Is yelling now?” Is it Sofia Vergara screeching at her husband on Modern Family? Or Jane Lynch berating the Glee kids? Or The Real Housewives screaming over some arcane point of rich-person social etiquette? You poor deafened soul, you probably can’t even figure out the difference between Glenn Beck and Keith Olbermann anymore. (It’s a scientific fact that political differences burn away in the upper decibels of sound, leaving nothing but sound, fury, and gray hair.)
Well, beleaguered TV viewer, open your ears! The fabulously attractive research scientists here at the PopWatch Medical Center have put together a handy little guide to TV’s loudest people. When someone on TV is yelling you into disorientation, just refer to this flowchart. We promise you won’t be confused anymore. As for your eardrums… well, think of how fashionable hearing aids will be a few decades from now! Check out the full chart after the jump… READ FULL STORY
My relationship with Friday Night Lights has been very much like Tim Riggins in a good football game: quick and dirty.
I admit I wasn’t there from the beginning. I checked out season 1 from our EW library a little more than a month ago. Since then, I’ve found myself walking into the office of our Info Center Manager, Sean, every Monday, smiling sheepishly as I ask him for the next season. I finished season 4 on Sunday. Now, it’s the beginning of the end, and I feel like I cheated myself out of the experience of watching this fantastic show in small doses.
This is unexpected, because I’m a dedicated marathoner. I love sitting down on Friday night to start a show and finishing an entire season by Sunday night in time for Dexter. But in the course of my FNL binge, I now wish I had taken it slower. It is simply too inventive and too rare to have been so gluttonously consumed.
To those of you who have loyally stuck with it, through the cancellation drama, the network hopping, and the truncated seasons, I say, you are the real heroes here. I envy (and admire) the fact that you experienced the emotional turmoil of Jason Street’s injury at a normal week-to-week pace. At the same time, I can’t imagine how you must have felt watching Landry walk into the police station to confess a murder, and then have to wait a whole week to find out what happened. Talk about television torture. But that’s the fun of it, right? READ FULL STORY
Hit! Or miss? According to Variety, Rihanna will make her feature film acting debut in the live action adaptation of the popular Hasbro ’80s game that I spent long summer afternoons playing at my neighbor Christina Lockwood’s house. (Quick question: If you were Rihanna’s manager, would you want her to start small, with a tiny but juicy role in a modest indie, or go straight for the shiny dollars of a Hasbro movie?) On the surface, this whole project sounds rather silly. The game was a great one to be sure, but the prospect of Rihanna’s rooster hair standing immobile in an ocean gale as alien forces bombard a destroyer is worrisome. That said, I do love director Peter Berg, if for nothing else than his decision to cast Tim McGraw in the marvelous Friday Night Lights and employ Explosions in the Sky on the even better soundtrack. The prospect of FNL‘s Taylor Kitsch and True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard as Batttleship‘s war-ready brothers does make my cheeks flush. If nothing else, this will be the prettiest cast ever assembled under one Hollywood sound stage. Universal has already set a May 25, 2012 release date.
What do you umbrella owners think? Is this an enterprise you can get behind? Does Rihanna coming aboard make you more or less skeptical? The Friday Night Lights soundtrack is among my top 5 soundtracks of all time — up there with the Mission, True Romance, She’s Having a Baby, and You Can Count on Me. What’s on your list of top 5 soundtracks?
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