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'Friday Night Lights' returns tonight on DirecTV. The end is nigh; someone hold me.

Friday-Night-LightsMy 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

Ahoy, Rihanna! Pop star joins the 'Battleship' crew

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?

Also: Rihanna boards ‘Battleship’ movie

Alexander Skarsgard joins Taylor Kitsch in 'Battleship'

Battleship-brothersImage Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR Photos; Chris Hatcher/PR PhotosThis casting is a direct hit, Universal. True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard has been cast alongside Friday Night Lights‘ Taylor Kitsch in Peter Berg’s big-screen adaptation of the board game Battleship. According to The Hollywood Reporter‘s Heat Vision blog, “Skarsgard will play Kitsch’s brother, a straight and narrow naval officer whom Kitsch, a wildly spirited naval officer, idolizes.” UNIFORMS! Suddenly, I’m thinking this movie — which will shoot in Hawaii this fall and be in theaters in June 2012 — will be the best thing since Independence Day. I say that because Heat Vision also reports that the script involves “an international fleet coming together to battle a water-bound armada of otherworldly origin.”

Any predictions for how the alien invasion will play out? I can’t decide whether Skarsgard will die near the end, and that’s what finally gets Kitsch to step up, or if Kitsch will sacrifice himself at the very end because he knows it’s what his brother would do…

'Friday Night Lights' character Joe McCoy belongs in the TV Villains Hall of Fame

Joe-McCoyImage Credit: Bill Records/NBCClear-eyed, full-hearted fans of Friday Night Lights have learned the face of pure evil, and its name is Joe McCoy. Played by actor D.W. Moffett, the wealthy father of the obnoxious star quarterback at West Dillon High is the biggest Texas villain since J.R. Ewing. He engineered Coach Taylor’s dismissal from the Panthers. He usurped Buddy as the head of the boosters. He’s even got his sights set on retribution against Tami. Ugly stuff. But it’s the gleeful way that he does his Machiavellian deeds that has me hurling nonsensicals at the TV screen before I can even put a dent in my Friday-night box-o-wine. His smug smile. His mirrored shades. I loathe him. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to separate the actor from the character. Moffett could go on to play Albert Schweitzer in some movie, and I’d curse his character through gritted teeth. (Reverence for life, my a–!)

I trust the warm-and-fuzzy folks behind Friday Night Lights to serve McCoy his proper comeuppance (NO SPOILERS, DIRECTV CROWD!), but I don’t expect any peace until I see his glasses broken and his son in a sling.

Where does McCoy rank in the pantheon of TV villains? Who are the other characters currently on TV you love to hate?

The 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years: Here's our full list!

1105_coverTo help celebrate Entertainment Weekly‘s 20th anniversary (one more year and we can finally drink booze!), the writers and editors have carefully curated a list of the 100 greatest characters in pop-culture over the last 20 years. Whether the fictional women, men, ogres, muppets, babies, and cartoon rockers who made our list were initially created before 1990 didn’t matter so long as they made a lasting impact in the culture after 1990. Some characters were so inseparable in our minds and hearts — like a certain highly articulate TV mother and daughter, for example — that we simply listed them together. (Hey, it’s our list, so we get to make the rules.) Rest assured, we carefully deliberated, debated, argued, and bickered over who would make the cut and where they deserved to be ranked; after you take a look at our list, please feel free to do the same in the comments. READ FULL STORY

ABC Family picks up 'Friday Night Lights' reruns. Touchdown!

friday-night-lightsABC Family has acquired the cable syndication rights to the brilliant, but ratings-challenged Friday Night Lights, The Wrap reports. The cable network will air all five seasons of the show from the start beginning this September. No, you didn’t jump in time and miss a season. The show’s currently airing its fourth season on NBC, but was already renewed for a 13-episode fifth season as part of the NBC-DirecTV partnership that repeatedly saved the show from cancellation. The fifth and final season will air on DirecTV this fall before it premieres on NBC in 2011.

ABC Family’s rebroadcasts sound like the perfect way to relieve the glory of the first season or check out what all the fuss is about before the series signs off. Perhaps the move will even get some people to finally realize the show is not about football. That’s just the engine that drives the stories about life, love, work, duty, money, racism and, yes, family. Friday Night Lights is more grounded than ABC Family’s newer fare, but it should still fit in nicely with the network’s “a new kind of family” lineup, which includes reruns of Gilmore Girls. Now, if only they could bring back reruns of Everwood.

PopWatchers, will you tune in to relive Friday Night Lights from the beginning on ABC Family? Any newbies plan on checking it out?

'Friday Night Lights' stars land new shows. Where's Connie Britton's show?

Connie-BrittonImage Credit: Justin Stephens/NBCOne of the best parts of upfronts week is finding out which of your favorite actors will be back on TV in the fall with new shows. Sometimes, the returning faces have been long absent from the small screen. (Keri Russell, we missed you so!) Other times, it makes the end of one great show a little more bearable. Take Friday Night Lights, which is in production on its fifth and likely last season. Several cast members are already preparing for the end. FNL alum Adrianne Palicki plays one of two wives to a Texas con artist in Fox’s Lonestar. New cast members Jurnee Smollett and Matt Lauria have also lined up new shows. Smollett stars opposite Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell in CBS’ The Defenders. Lauria costars in Shawn Ryan’s Ride-Along, which will air midseason on Fox. Several FNL alums also had pilots that weren’t picked up: Scott Porter (Nomads), Minka Kelly (Mad Love), and Zach Gilford (Matadors). And Kyle Chandler passed on the lead in Steven Spielberg’s Terra Nova pilot for Fox.

But one name is missing from that paragraph: Friday Night Lights’ MVP Connie Britton. Never has the saying, “Behind every great man there’s a great woman,” been truer than when it comes to Coach (Chandler) and Mrs. Coach (Britton). Maybe scheduling didn’t permit time to shoot a pilot. Perhaps Britton wants to take a break or pursue movies after the show signs off. But I can’t help being selfish and wanting her on my TV every week. It may be too late to jump abroad a pilot, but I still have some unsolicited advice for Britton’s next TV role: READ FULL STORY

'Friday Night Lights' returns tonight: Can't lose

friday-night-lightsClear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t… stop watching this show. Friday Night Lights is one of my desert island series, a show I could watch over and over again and never tire of, one whose praises I sing at the top of my lungs. And when the fourth season returns on NBC tonight, I’ll be watching, even though I saw the whole season when it aired on DirecTV. That’s how good it is! Have I convinced you yet? How about now? READ FULL STORY

Coach Taylor's heading back to prehistoric times?

Kyle-ChandlerImage Credit: Janet Mayer/PR PhotosAs Michael Ausiello reported today, it looks like Kyle Chandler will be taking the plum lead role in Terra Nova, the upcoming Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi series. While I have supreme confidence in Chandler’s acting abilities, I have a sneaking suspicion I’m going to have a bit of a hard time thinking of him as anyone other than Coach Taylor. Which is partly his fault for making his character in Friday Night Lights so darn believable and three-dimensional.

Apparently, the series will follow a futuristic family that time-travels back to the era of the dinosaur. (No word on whether it happens during a routine expedition.) And although I doubt it’ll happen, I have to say I’m hoping for a scene where Chandler confronts an iguanodon who missed practice because it had to stay home to take care of its alcoholic father. READ FULL STORY

Minka Kelly on 'Parenthood': Bring on the 'FNL'ers!

Minka-kellyImage Credit: Justin Lubin/NBCParenthood should be my favorite show: Gilmore Girls and Six Feet Under are two of my all-time faves, I’m the world’s biggest fan of family dramas, I was raised on Bob Dylan songs, and I firmly believe that executive producer Jason Katims’ other show, Friday Night Lights, is one of the best shows in living memory. And yet Parenthood still hasn’t quite hooked me, even with last night’s addition of Minka Kelly. READ FULL STORY

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