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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

Clip du jour: 'This is the song you hear...at the end of a TV drama'

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]

'Friday Night Lights,' 'Lost,' 'Glee'...Are the Writers Guild Awards our dream come true?

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?

You MUST watch 'Friday Night Lights.' (And declare your Must List.)

friday_night_lights_lWhen 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.

Alynda Wheat's Beat Cop: In which Wentworth Miller, Cromartie, and Benjamin Button crash our sets

Wentworth-Miller_lCome 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

Great episodes of good shows: What are your 'time capsule' episodes?

I watched a preview of tonight’s season premiere of House, and without giving anything away, I can say that it’s really, really good. I loved it, and I hope you love it — but nothing will ever come close to season 1’s “Three Stories” for me. That was the episode where House went from being a show I liked to a show I loved, from being good to proving it had the capacity to be great. I think of these as time capsule episodes, the ones I’d want future societies to see so they could think “my my, this ancient civilization had marvelous taste and popular art.” It’s the episode where a series really plants its flag and says, “no, this is what our show is about.” For example… READ FULL STORY

The EWwys: Still time to turn Emmys' drama snub-ees into winners

Voting for the second annual EWwys, EW’s awards program created to honor those shows and performers most unforgivably snubbed by the Emmys, continues. Today’s reminder features your six EWwy nominees for Best Drama Series: Friday Night Lights, The Shield, Battlestar Galactica, Burn Notice, True Blood, and Rescue Me. Cast your ballot here. When you’ve done your duty, check out all the nominees in the drama categories and the wrongs we’re giving you a chance to right in the comedy categories and vote for your favorites. Our friends at Hulu.com have set up an EWwy Awards video hub as a click-a-clip refresher.


'Friday Night Lights': Are five seasons enough?

Friday_night_lights_l 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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'Friday Night Lights' on DVD scores our Must List pick this week: What's yours?

Fnlseason3_lWith most of our beloved television shows wrapping up their respective seasons, our attention can now turn to the summer TV drought that is looming. (At least until Big Brother premieres. And yes, I’m dead serious about that. Love that show.) My plan? I’m going to dedicate a fair amount of time this summer to catch up on shows I have missed. And not just shows I have missed one or two or twelve episodes of, either. I’m going to start waaaaay at the beginning.

First on my hit list: Fringe. With Lost entering its final season (and it’s apparent replacement Flash Forward not due until fall), I need to look elsewhere for a sci-fi fix, preferably one that’s created by J.J. Abrams. Next: Chuck. I was slightly bemused by all the fan hoopla (and Subway tie-ins) to save the show from cancellation, and now that it is saved, I think it’s time to give it a shot. I watched the pilot back in the day, and enjoyed it, so I’m not sure why I haven’t kept up.

Finally, the Must List pick of this week: Friday Night Lights. The third season of NBC’s high school football drama hit DVD yesterday, which means I’ll be able to Netflix every season thus far and devour them in the span of one thoroughly unhealthy week or two. Why would I make a show I’ve never seen before my Must List pick, you ask? Because I already know it’s good. People I know who don’t even particularly like or watch much TV swear by it. I know once I watch, I’ll love it. Thus, the Must List pick.

Enough about me. I’m much more interested in YOU. What’s on your Must List this week? The new Denis Johnson novel? The Sherlock Holmes trailer? Jillian, the lovable Canuck on The Bachelorette? Speak up! Watch Dalton Ross and Jessica Shaw spar on the most recent Must List Live, then list your top three Must List picks in the comments below. Include your e-mail address, just in case we decide to use your submission in the magazine. The deadline is Thursday, May 14 at noon ET. Ready. Set. Go.

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NBC's 'Dorothy Gale': Do we really need another 'Wizard of Oz' reimagining?

114654__wizard_of_oz_lThe Wizard of Oz is a great movie. I’m not disagreeing with that. But I think we’ve officially hit a saturation point with all of the spin-offs and reimaginings and whatnot. We already had The Wiz. Return to Oz. Wicked. Tin Man. Now comes word that Friday Night Lights executive producer Jason Katims is working on a pilot called Dorothy Gale, set in present-day Manhattan, where Dorothy battles her "wicked" boss. Get it?! It’s all so subtle. And boring. But you know what show I would watch? Flying Monkey. It would be about a flying monkey, obvs, who moves to the big city and shares an apartment with a struggling actress and a scruffy bartender. They would all hang out in the pizza parlor downstairs. Oh, and there would be a lot of zingers about how the star is a monkey with wings. Greenlight that NBC! I dare ya!

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