I’ve been pondering the philosophical implications of our latest Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year bracket game, and I’m getting dizzy. Let’s just say that the divine Patricia Clarkson (Easy A, Shutter Island) edges the voice of Barbie from Toy Story 3, Jodi Benson, in Round 1 and goes on to win the entire contest. Does that make her the most Under-appreciated Entertainer of 2010, or by winning, is she no longer under-appreciated? By that argument then, isn’t the entertainer who loses the first-round popular vote by the largest margin, technically, the most underrated? And if the most underrated entertainer falls in the forest and there’s no paparazzi around to snap a picture, does the entertainer not bleed — Stop! My head hurts.
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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?
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.”This 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
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…
Clear-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?
ABC 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?
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.One 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
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
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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