Clear 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 »
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I know this is a joke about how predictable those montage-y scenes at the end of shows are, but… Lost, Gossip Girl, Friday Night Lights, Gilmore Girls, Scrubs (not a drama, but still), old Grey’s Anatomy? I love those shows. The song starts about 1 minute in:
Bring on the two-handed kissing! [via]
I feel a little like the Writers Guild Award nominees, announced yesterday, were downloaded directly from my own brain. Or at least my DVR list. And knowing what I know about what shows PopWatchers tend to get all message-boardy about, I’m guessing you feel the same. There in the drama category are Breaking Bad, Dexter, Friday Night Lights (pictured), Lost, and Mad Men. In comedy we have 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Glee, Modern Family, and The Office. And as if all that weren’t enough, we have the new series category: Glee, Modern Family, The Good Wife, Nurse Jackie, and Hung. First and foremost, I’m thrilled when any awards are smart enough to recognize the brilliance that is Friday Night Lights — a show that, by premise, could’ve been lame at best, but instead manages to wring tearful drama from grounded-in-reality situations every week that it hangs on despite its ratings challenges. I’m also thrilled when any awards are smart enough to get Lost, as well, which basically does the opposite — makes utterly ridiculous, barely comprehensible plotlines hit us in the heart (oh, Sawyer and Juliet!) despite their reliance on string theory. It’s nice to see Glee up for its first big awards, too — it’s just plain not easy to write a musical every freaking week and make it work, and while the dialogue and plotting occasionally gets heavy-handed, it still works — and ditto for Modern Family, the funniest new show this season. (Love 30 Rock and Mad Men, too, but even the Emmys have been onto those for a while.)
I’m a writing-first kind of TV watcher, so it makes sense that I’d like this list. (The awards, by the way, will be given out Feb. 20.) But what’s missing? How I Met Your Mother is the only one I can think of off my own DVR list — what do you think, PopWatchers? Was Grey’s Anatomy good enough? Did Gossip Girl hold up for you? Did FlashForward get dissed?
When last we visited the football-crazed town of Dillon, Tex., change was everywhere. Big Timmy Riggins? Off to college (supposedly). QB1 Matt Saracen? Ditching art school to stay home with Grandma and Julie. Coach Taylor had his boat rocked hardest of all, fired from his job at Dillon High and installed as the head coach at the newly reformed Dillon East. Change like crazy! Those DirecTV subscribers among you can see just what all the fuss is about tonight at 10 p.m. The rest will have to wait until NBC gives it a network run next summer.
Back to you! In the realms of TV/movies/music/books/games/online, what’s on your latest Must List? And why — don’t skimp on the follow-through, people! Remember to include your e-mail address, in case we decide to use your submission in the magazine. Deadline is Thursday, Oct. 29 at noon ET.
Come on, people, you never leave the perp with Wentworth Miller! That’s Article 96, Section 242, Clause 3 of the Procedural Code! Wait, wait. Before we get too shouty about last night’s Law & Order: SVU, let’s call the meeting to order and go over some Beat Cop business.
At our last meeting, commenter Judy Woodruff (let’s just assume that’s an alias, and the PBS anchor is way busy with actual news) asked if we’re going to loop Southland (tonight at 9 on NBC) into our discussions. This brings up an excellent point, Coppers: What counts as a procedural? The matter is open to a vote, but these are the general guidelines we’ll work under:
The series is typically one hour long.
The series is on a nationally recognized TV network (e.g., ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, The CW).
The series typically concludes with the resolution of a mystery (crime, court case, medical diagnosis, etc.).
The series is primarily focused on said mystery, rather than the personal lives of those involved.
The series is ghost-free.
What does that mean? That Southland totally counts, because it’s all about catching bad guys, just more cinematically. That Medium, Ghost Whisperer, and Supernatural all solve mysteries, but bite it on the ghost clause. That House weasels its way in because the show treats sick people more like Sudoku than soap opera. (So suck it, Grey’s Anatomy!) And that we’re going to talk about Castle, even though it’s arguably weighted as much on the charm and talents of one Nathan Fillion as it is on dead people, because Fillion is one of our many imaginary boyfriends. (Though apparently, we’ve got competition for his affection.)
Now that our Cop business is concluded, let’s get to it!
Law & Order: SVU
We begin with another man in our imaginary boyfriend stable, Wentworth Miller, late of Prison Break. I dug the episode, but here’s the quibble: You saw (nearly) all that coming, right? Once I got past the idea that there actually was someone employed by the NYPD that was ragier, jerkier, and more unstable than Stabler (Chris Meloni—and don’t you roll your eyes at me, you know it’s true!), Miller’s backstory unfolded like origami. He’s a jackass, but a tragic one! He’s terrible to women, but wonderful to kids! He believes in the law, but God forbid if you’re too stupid to realize he shouldn’t be taking a confessed rapist/murderer to the john. I admit, I thought it was going to be a “You know what? He totally slipped and smashed his head into the porcelain sink…twice,” kind of thing. But they got me on the defenestration. I imagine they got all of us on that sick little legal twist that keeps the innocent dude in prison. And will somebody please get Diane Neal’s Casey Novak back here before we do something unspeakably hinky to vicious new ADA Christine Lahti? It is SVU—we can get creative. READ FULL STORY »
Word on the street — and by “the street” I mean Michael Ausiello’s Smurf-bedecked suite — is that Friday Night Lights will very likely end in 2011 after airing two more seasons. After breaking this news with Ausiello, star Connie Britton hedged a bit in another recent interview: “You never know — if it does do really, really well, maybe they would go on for more seasons.” Sure, if FNL suddenly becomes a ratings beast in the next year or so, then all involved will no doubt reconsider their options. But Britton added that she’s not afraid of the possibility that the series might say goodbye after season 5: “Everybody is really embracing the idea of having two seasons and being able to be really specific with these arcs and know where we’re going to end up.”
I’m inclined to agree with her. Friday Night Lights has had a fantastic creative run so far, one of the strongest of any network drama in recent memory. I can’t wait to get junkie-level, absolutely-can’t-miss hooked again when season 4 premieres. But consider how much cast upheaval FNL already saw last season, with so many core characters graduating or otherwise leaving Dillon High. Two seasons from now, I can only assume many of the replacement characters from season 4 will be facing that same crossroads. And while I’d love to see Britton and Kyle Chandler (pictured) mentoring an infinite series of new high-schoolers for years to come, I expect the end of season 5 will make a natural stopping point for the characters we’ve gotten to know. Besides, I’ll count us lucky to have gotten even five full seasons of a show with ratings as (undeservedly) dicey as FNL‘s.
But what do you think? Will you be happy with five seasons from Friday Night Lights, or do you wish this show could go on forever?
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