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Why 'Parks and Rec,' 'Community,' and 'Justified' can hope for an Emmy nod: Thank the TCA Awards!

Earlier this week, nominations for the 27th annual Television Critics Association Awards were announced. With Emmy nomination ballots not due until June 24 (nominations are announced July 14), we got to wondering what the critics’ picks could tell us about the Academy’s. After comparing the last 10 years’ worth of nominations, here are four predictions:

• When a primetime comedy makes it into the TCA’s all-encompassing Program of the Year category — which has only happened four times between 2001 and 2010 — it always earns an Emmy nomination. That means Parks and Recreation — the sole comedy in TCA’s 2011 Program of the Year category — should earn its first Emmy nod for Outstanding Comedy Series.  READ FULL STORY

Julie's creepy TA from 'Friday Night Lights' stars in Lowe's commercial. Have you ever been unable to disassociate actors from their characters?

I can say with the utmost certainty that never before had I been upset by a hardware superstore commercial. Shopping for paint samples is annoying, certainly. But upsetting? Rarely.

That is, until I saw a commercial for Lowe’s that involved actor Gil McKinney. Sure, in the ad he’s just a dude looking for some affordable lawn furniture with his significant other, but all I could see was the creeper T.A. from Friday Night Lights who has been corrupting our dear Julie Taylor (Aimee Teegarden, pictured here sucking face with said culprit). As soon as I recognized the actor, it was hard not to think, “How can you be buying furniture at a time like this? Don’t you know what you’re putting the Taylor family through? Have you no shame, sir?!” I’m sure Mr. McKinney is a swell fellow in real life, and it’s certainly a testament to his skills as an actor (any FNL fan can attest they got bad vibes from him immediately), but I instantly saw Derek the Creeper T.A. when I saw him. (Sadly, the commercial has not yet made its way onto YouTube yet, so you’ll just have to wait patiently to see it on the old-fashioned television. Fight the urge to rewind!)

I’ve actually had this happen before, though. As I noted in the trailer for the upcoming Mandy Moore flick Love, Wedding, Marriage, as soon as I spotted actor Michael Weston, it was jarring. READ FULL STORY

NBC to auction off 'Friday Night Lights' props. Would you rather have Panther gear or Lion gear?

Great news, Friday Night Lights fans: NBC is going to be auctioning off props from the show — things like coach’s sunglasses and Tim Riggins’ farm coat. But there’s one decision that’s sure to raise at least an internal debate while casting your bids: Would you rather own Panther or Lion gear? READ FULL STORY

'Friday Night Lights': Can you resist the DVD shortcut?

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.

But then I learned this: Season 5 of Friday Night Lights is available on DVD 10 days before it premieres on NBC! Oh, NBC Universal, why do you toy with me so? READ FULL STORY

'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

TV's Most Dateable Characters: Choose your 'one' from readers' top picks (Poll!)

Dateable-charactersImage Credit: Greg Gayne/NBC; Justin Lubin/NBC; Brian Bowen Smith/Fox; Mitchell Haaseth/NBC; Bob D'Amico/ABC (2)Last week, 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 STORY

Which TV character would you date in real life?

TV-characters-to-dateImage Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS; Eric McCandless/ABC; Mitchell Haaseth/NBC; Justin Stephens/NBC; John P. Johnson/HBOSince Valentine’s Day is approaching, we’ve decided it’s time to crown TV’s Most Datable Characters. Here’s how this works: 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:

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

Which TV character is yelling at you... RIGHT NOW?

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

Adrianne Palicki on 'Criminal Minds': Tyra Collette is back -- and ready to kill

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Of all the well-drawn characters from Friday Night Lights, Tyra Collette, played by Adrianne Palicki, is closest to my heart. She’s a girl who isn’t girly, a lover (and a fighter), and way taller and hotter and quicker than anyone should rightfully be. Consequently, I was one of the few tuning in when Fox’s Lone Star premiered, keyed up for a second coming of Palicki that, according to predictions, was going to be long-lasting. (Aaaaaaand we know how that turned out.)

But, now!: Palicki is back on the air! For her first gig since that beloved, but ill-fated, one, she’s guest-starring on an episode of Criminal Minds set to air in early 2011, according to Deadline. Her character is Syd, “a tough, irreverent, and sexually manipulative lunatic who sets out on a cross-country killing spree with her badass sociopathic husband Ray (The Black Donnellys’ Jonathan Tucker).” It’s an apparently conscious homage to the original lunatic couple — Mickey and Mallory of Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers, who shag and murder across the American Southwest.

SPOILER ALERT to my life: I’ve never watched Criminal Minds. Still, I’m excited. Adrianne is nothing if not tough and irreverent. As for sexually manipulative, I think there’s a Landry out there who can answer that. Now lets see if we can pull a reverse Lone Star and stir up so many views, this one-off turns into something regular — somewhere. Will you watch with me, PopWatchers?

Read more:
‘Friday Night Lights’ lures back Taylor Kitsch and Adrianne Palicki
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'Prom' First Look: Aimee Teegarden + hot newcomer = photo win!

prom3Image Credit: Richard Foreman

Julie Taylor might be kickin’ it at college on Friday Night Lights, but in the upcoming Walt Disney movie Prom, Aimee Teegarden finds herself back in high school — and in very good(-looking!) company, based on this exclusive first look at the film.

In the flick, set for theatrical release on April 29, we follow teen couples on the bumpy and complicated road to the prom — a premise anchored, of course, by a will-they-or-won’t-they twosome played by Teegarden and newcomer Thomas McDonell. (And — if teen movie status does not betray us — they will end up together, right?) Best of all, I have the warm and fuzzies thanks to the ’80s teen movie vibe emanating from the photo of the pair in a warehouse-looking room and the Love, Actually nod in the photo of the best prom invite ever. Count me in!

But what about you, PopWatchers? Do you like the looks of Prom? (See two more exclusive pictures after the jump!) Are you excited that you’ll get to see TV faves Yin Chang (Nelly Yuki from Gossip Girl) and Nicholas Braun (10 Things I Hate About You TV series, Sky High) on the big screen? READ FULL STORY

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