Articles for Friday Night Lights Season 1

Fall 2006 New Shows Rank: #4Gist of the Show: Small-town Texas High School football. Need I say more. Friday Night Lights is based on the book and film of the same name.Cast Member Looking To Reclaim Former Glory: None, they‘re mostly unknown actors.Similar in Theme to: "Varsity Blues", the film version of Friday Night Lights.Time Slot Competition:Dancing With the Stars, Gilmore GirlsLikelihood of Second Season:74%Final Word:Friday Night Lights was popular as a movie, and I don‘t see any reason it won‘t be a hit on TV. I‘m interested to see how high the production values will be, especially for the football scenes. My hope is that Friday Night Lights doesn‘t fall into formulaic high school melodrama; other shows do it better, and the main focus shoot be on football and football-related issues. -Oscar Dahl Read more »
NBC‘s new series Friday Night Lights, a spinoff of the movie of the same name, has been given a thumbs-up by the author of the book that inspired it all. The 2004 movie and about-to-debut series are based on the best-selling book about a Texas high school football team by H.G. "Buzz" Bissinger.Bissinger did not have such a contented stance toward the movie "Varsity Blues", nor MTV‘s "Two-A-Days" (a reality series about high school football team in Alabama) as he believes they were both also "inspired by" (ie "ripped off from") his work.Bissinger says he loved the pilot of the new series. Of course, Bissinger‘s second cousin Peter Berg is the director of the series, and as an official spinoff of the movie, the series will pay Bissinger residuals from each episode.Friday Night Lights premieres October 3 on NBC. Read more »
Some critics have already complained, even before NBC‘s Friday Night Lights has premiered, that there‘s already a show about a football team on TV.However, MTV‘s "Two-A-Days" is a documentary-style reality show, following the football team of Hoover High School in Hoover, Alabama. Friday Night Lights, on the other hand, is a drama set in Texas, based on the book and movie of the same name. And, okay, it‘s also about a high school football team.Friday Night Lights stars Kyle Chandler and Scott Porter, and premieres Friday, October 3 on NBC. Read more »
Friday Night Lights, the TV show based on the movie which was based on the book, looks good. Literally. It is filmed in that same digital camera/documentary style as the film and it succeeds in bringing a crushing realism to the proceedings. The lighting is dark and moody, tinted blue, and it feels like Texas football should feel. Sometimes-Actor Peter Berg, the writer and director of the film version, takes the reigns of the small-screen Friday Night Lights as it‘s executive producer. He also writes and directs the pilot, assuring cohesiveness between the two versions. For the first three quarters of the pilot, he immerses the viewer in the hyper-real, sometimes feel-good, sometimes frightening, world of big-time high school football. Then the game starts, and it turns into "Varsity Blues". Let‘s move back a little bit. The pilot thrusts us right into the action, beginning on Monday, five days before Dillon High‘s season opener. Quarterback Jason Street and Running Back “Smashâ€? Williams are the team‘s stars, but the rest of the guys are pretty good too. Sports Illustrated has named them the best team in all of Texas and news crews follow the players everywhere. We meet the Coach Eric Taylor, who enters his first year as head coach after six years of coaching the JV squad. We meet the women of Dillon High. We meet the parents. We meet the boosters. And this is all in anticipation of that Friday‘s game, the season opener. After a lot of awesome and immersing build-up, the game starts and Friday Night Lights problems begin. Friday Night Lights set me up. The layered dialogue, multiple storylines, complex characters, the whole spectrum of the first half hour of the pilot made a case for Friday Night Lights as an atypical Hollywood sports production. Well it‘s not. The sheer predictability of the game is staggering. I won‘t ruin it for you, but you can probably guess exactly what happens once you get a few minutes into the game.The cast is devoid of big names, and this is good; as I said, Friday Night Lights looks and feels real. I just hope they come up with some story lines we haven‘t seen four thousand times.-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer Read more »
Adrianne Palicki is someone you‘ll probably want to watch out for. Announcing her presence with a stunning turn on the series premiere of Friday Night Lights as bad girl Tyra Collette, Palicki stole the show. Where so many actors her age (she‘s only 23) would have struggled in making the small-town temptress believable, Adrianne pulls it off effortlessly. Oh, and it doesn‘t hurt that she‘s drop-dead gorgeous. Did you see the picture?  Read more »
NBC has again showed showed faith in an under-dog, awarding the struggling Friday Night Lights a full season order as well as a time slot change meant to get it out of the path of January‘s ratings steamroller American Idol. Friday Night Lights is expected to move to Sunday in January, with changes to other shows in the way of the worlds most popular talent show to be announced soon. Friday Night Lights has averaged less than 7 million viewers, which does not meet even the barest of big network expectations for a cinematic, big budget production. Non-the-less, NBC apparently believes in Friday Night Lights, and is willing to give it a chance to shine."We‘re proud to reward an authentic, poignant series like ‘Friday Night Lights‘ with a full-season order, demonstrating our confidence in its appeal and quality," NBC Entertainment president Kevin Reilly said. Read more »
Our friends over at MediaVillage obtained an advance copy of tonight‘s new episode of NBC‘s Friday Night Lights and have reviewed it. Here is an excerpt from that review:“Don‘t miss tonight‘s episode of Friday Night Lights. If you‘re already a fan, there is a huge emotional payoff that has been building since the show began. If you‘re new to the show, this is the perfect time to lock into the ongoing story of the Dillon Panthers, a high school football team in one of those small Texas towns where high school football is all.” Read more »
Yesterday, The Writers Guild of America announced its nominees for their annual end of the year awards. This is the season for awards and, while largely inconsequential, I‘m a sucker for all of it. I love awards, I love nominations. I like to intelligently discuss (read: argue incoherently) the nominations with my friends and foes. Whose deserving? Who got the shaft? All good topics.The Writers Guild are, obviously, concerned with the written aspects of television, so it‘s right up my alley. I‘m generally in agreement with the group‘s nominees this year, although I have a couple of minor nitpicks.The nominees are... Read more »
Well, so it begins. The carousel is getting started and the under performing television programs are meeting their inevitable fates. I don‘t totally disagree with anything that either FOX or NBC are doing, but I always question the point of producing shows that any normal guy could see were destined for failure.Who on earth thought that the Lithgow/Tambor golden years comedy 20 Good Years would succeed? Anyone? Well, no more. 20 Good Years has been given the old boot and will be replaced by, to add insult to injury, a special two-hour edition of The Biggest Loser. Ouch.Here‘s the complete rundown of the changes: Read more »
I know we ran through this last week, but there have been more changes and a boatload more speculation since then regarding the new prime time schedules for the major networks. Sweeps is a key time for re-tooling schedules, and once all the mid-season replacements are placed, the network‘s hands are pretty much tied. There‘s no turning back.In the past few days there have been some mildly surprising announcements (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip receiving a full-season pickup, Men In Trees to air post-Grey‘s Anatomy) and there are sure to be some more in the coming week, especially when NBC announces their Winter schedule and ABC decides what to do with their new/departing shows scheduling quagmire. Thanks, mostly to Variety, here is what we know at this point. Read more »
The numbers have come out and...they‘re pretty much what everyone expected. If you aren‘t familiar with the term, "Sweeps" are the bi-annual time periods where advertising rates are set based on the strength of ratings. During November sweeps, the networks roll out their best stuff, rarely show a rerun, and often resort to extreme measures to rope in viewers. As expected, ABC won sweeps, and pretty handily. NBC and CBS tied for second, however, and this is a pretty large upset. NBC had fallen into fourth place last year, but it looks as if it‘s new batch of shows has helped push them back to respectability. Another factor is NBC‘s new Sunday Night Football, which brings NBC ratings while hurting ABC, who had Monday Night Football last year.  Read more »
AFI (the American Film Institute) recently announced their top ten television programs of 2006. They do this every year, and the thing I like about it is that they don‘t feel the need to rank them. It is, simply, their top ten favorites. The list is good, but I‘d make a few changes. We‘ll get to that in a second. AFI takes into account every TV show that has been on the air since January 2006 and, therefore, can contain shows that ended last May. They also incorporate miniseries into their list, although they don‘t usually include many in their top ten. The full list is after the jump. Read more »
Granted with a lusciously mannish body virtually trimmed to perfection, Taylor Kitsch outshines in the limelight. Whether it is modeling on TV commercials and print ads, or acting on television series or movies, he can certainly execute whatever is called for. Ultimately, his inclusion in the show Friday Night Lights adds an interesting twist in the series.  Read more »
Minka Kelly is no stranger to the camera. She graces the modeling and television world as she blossoms with sophistication, glamour and charm. Ultimately, her inclusion in the television series Friday Night Lights gives quench to her thriving showbiz career. Read more »
Aimee Teegarden, the 17 year-old actress who portrays Julie Taylor (Coach Taylor‘s daughter), on NBC‘s Friday Night Lights, has already established herself as a young face to watch in Hollywood.  Aimee sat down with us yesterday at BuddyTV to discuss how she got started in the business, her experience on Friday Night Lights, and her aspiration to one day be killed in a horror movie.Can you tell us a little bit about how you got into acting?I was probably around four or five when I really wanted to start acting and my mom was totally against it.  She’s like, “No, no, no, we’re not going to do that.  We’re going to put you in sports.”  So I played sports for five or six years; baseball and basketball.  And then these people called my house for an acting class and I was like, “Mom, please, please!” and she’s like, “Okay, you can take a few classes but you’re not allowed to be in the business.” I was like, “Okay, whatever.” So, I was about ten, and then I got an agent from there and I started going out on auditions and it just kind of all fell in my lap. So, it’s quite exciting. Read more »
Next week Friday Night Lights returns for more action on and off the field.  There will be fallout, friendships,  and choices to be made. Of course, the standard fare of high-school grid-iron action on a dramatic level that only Friday Night Lights can deliver.  Some new issues will be revisited, and some past wounds will be closed.  Read on for the latest Friday Night Lights spoilers! Read more »
While the moment I had been waiting for since last week didn’t happen until the last possible second, immense drama still ensued in last night’s episode of Friday Night Lights.     With the loss of Smash Williams and with him the team’s African American players reeling in the wake of Coach Mac’s racy comments, Coach Eric Taylor turns to the JV players, which, needless to say, doesn’t go very well.  This storyline is a tough one for the Coach to deal with as he struggles over whether or not to fire Mac.  Always ready (unfortunately) to put in his two cents is Buddy Garrity, who tells Coach to fire Mac. Coach goes to his guidance counselor wife for advice and, in part due to their unwavering marriage, his morality triumphs over all and Coach declares in a press conference that Mac will stay.Meanwhile, previously perfect Julie Taylor’s blossoming friendship with Tyra is bringing out her inner rebel.  Well, by Hollywood standards anyway. That is unnerving for Tami Taylor and Coach Taylor who are still fuming over the incident in last week’s episode in which Julie and Tyra cut class. They continue their gallivanting this week with a trip to The Landing Strip, the strip club Tyra’s sister works at, which lands Julie, Tyra and Matt and Landry (who came to visit them) in jail.  Read more »
Originally aired on Wednesday, February 21, 2007Episode Rating: 3.5 out of 5 starsEpisode Overview:  Julie and Matt consider going all the way.  Riggins and his Pops bond and break-up again.  Coach Taylor and Tami Taylor struggle with Julie’s choices.  Buddy Garrity’s affair with Tyra’s mom goes public.Episode Highlights: The “talk” between Julie and her mom is a classic while Tim getting the crap beaten out of him adds some  excitement and the lack of action between Julie and Matt plays the cute factor but leaves something to be desired. Read more »
The long and winding career of actress Connie Britton has seen her appear in many films and TV shows, including The West Wing, 24, Spin City, and Ellen, among others.  Now starring in Friday Night Lights (playing the same role she played in the film version), Connie is relishing her role as the coach‘s wife/school counselor.  Connie, during a break in shooting, kindly took some time to talk with us at BuddyTV.How did you get into acting and break into the business?It’s something I’ve wanted to do for, really, most of my life.  I was definitely acting in plays in high school, I was writing and acting in my own little plays in elementary school as well.  And then I went to college and I was like, “Okay, now it’s time to do something really grown up and mature and that was just a hobby.”  Pretty soon I realized that that was what I wanted to do and I got out of college and went to a two-year acting program at The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York.  I started pounding the pavement in New York, really had a bunch of years where I was doing off-off-Broadway shows and started my own theater company and all kinds of stuff like that. Read more »
Originally aired Wednesday, February 28, 2007Episode Rating: 3.5 out of 5 starsEpisode Overview: With the Garrity‘s fighting, Lyla goes to visit Jason and rekindles their romance.  Buddy ends up on Coach‘s couch as a not so welcome guest.  Tim meets the hot new neighbor and her son.  Tyra throws a party, at which, her mother Angela ends up in the hospital.  On the upside, Tami and Tyra bond over the accident.  Smash discovers that his girlfriend Waverly has issues with depression.Episode Highlights: Lyla has an enjoyable drunken rant that just beats Coach‘s harsh words towards Buddy Garrity.  Tim‘s new neighbor is older but not old enough to be off limits in this new potential romance. Read more »
So everyone must remember his or her first high school romance, or maybe for some of you it was middle school.  Either way, it was awkward.  So why do we see all of these high school romances on television being played as if these couples were professional lovers?  Look at shows like One Tree Hil where make-ups, break-ups and even marriages seem to go over as if, well, they were being acted.  Read more »
What‘s going on with our favorite Dillon residents? When last we saw, Coach was being courted by TMU, sparks were flying between Riggins and his next door neighbor, Smash finds out his girlfriend, Waverly, has big problems, and Jason was trying out for the National Quad Rugby team.He got the job! He got the job! Eric and Tammy enthusiastically look at the Austin area housing ads. Uh oh, Julie (who they obviously didn’t tell) catches her parents and she’s NOT happy. She throws a royal hissy, says she’s not moving to Austin and furthermore is not going to the Daddy/Daughter dance. So there.  Read more »
Originally aired Wednesday, 4/11/07“LET‘S GO PANTHERS!”“LET‘S GO PANTHERS!”Excitement is in the air as Friday Night Lights opens with a citywide pep rally for our Dillon Panthers. Cheerleaders cheering. Dignitaries giving speeches. Smash talking trash. Tami‘s not at the pep rally and Eric calls to find out why. She makes some excuse about having work to do, which I don‘t understand because the whole town is at the pep rally. Tami stops by the clinic and wants to take a pregnancy test, the nurse at the front desk tells her that she can take one next week. Tami is freaking, needs to do this now. She runs into Smash‘s mama, who is working there and gets taken care of. And yes, Tami‘s pregnant! Read more »
Good news for Law & Order fans! After the buzzing news over Law & Order’s possible cancellation due to significant ratings drop, the police procedural series has finally been picked up by NBC for an 18th season, making the legal drama the second-longest running drama in television history, next to Gunsmoke, which aired for 20 years from 1955 to 1975.Law & Order, which premiered in September 1991, centers on the detectives’ work in solving crimes and the legal action surrounding it. The current cast includes Milena Govich, Sam Waterston, Fred Dalton Thompson, S. Epatha Merkerson, Jesse Martin, and Alana de la Garza. Read more »
Although NBC has struggled to place itself back to the top of the ratings game, the network fared well in the TV Critics Association Awards nominations list. The teen drama, Friday Night Lights, earned five major nominations, one of which is for Program of the Year. The show, which was adapted into the small screen in 2006, was created by Brian Grazer, Peter Berg and David Nevins. Similar to its literary and film predecessors, the series revolves around a small town and its successful high school football team. Kyle Chandler portrays the varsity football coach of the Dillon Panthers, Eric Taylor. Chandler‘s other notable role was on the drama series, Early Edition. Connie Britton portrays the coach’s wife and guidance counselor of Dillon High, Tami Taylor. Britton has appeared in a variety of television shows, including Spin City and 24.  Read more »
My experience with the pilot of Friday Night Lights was an overall positive one. I am confident in saying this, even though I feel myself boiling with rage at the way the final ten minutes played out on the otherwise flawless premiere. Wanting to get a feeling for other people‘s reactions, I came across this review by Cynthia Fuchs over at PopMatters.com.  Read more »
According to TVGuide‘s Michael Ausiello, Friday Night Lights will be taking over Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip‘s Monday 10PM ET/PT time slot. Temporarily, at least. Read more »
NBC is giving Friday Night Lights a one-night trial tonight in the time slot normally reserved for the under-performing Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. NBC has repeatedly stated that this is a one-time thing, that Studio 60 is not in any way canceled, and that things will return to normal next week. While it wouldn‘t be out of line to suggest that this is the usual network-speak, and that something suspicious is afoot, some credence is given to NBC‘s proclamations by the fact that Studio 60 was always scheduled to have a rerun tonight.Regardless, the real question is this: What will NBC do if Friday Night Lights improves dramatically on Studio 60‘s ratings in the Monday, 10PM time slot? Read more »
Finally.After a month of holidays, egg nog, and more Snoopy and Ralphie Parker than one knows what to do with, we‘re finally back to normal. January is upon us, 2007 has begun its tyrannical, 300-plus day reign, and our favorite TV shows will no longer bludgeon us with repeats. Tomorrow, January 3rd, brings the return of a couple of our favorites, as well as two brand new shows.After that, the flood begins, and over the next month virtually every original program will air new episodes. A full list of the returning dates for most every show on television is after the jump. Read more »
TVGuide recently released their list for Best and Worst television shows of the year. Their choices are relatively solid, as far as these end of the year lists go. As always, and what proves to be the point of these lists, I have some disagreements, and I‘m sure anyone with a pulse does also.TVGuide chooses not to rank their lists, just listing them in random order. I‘m so used to the clear-cut rankings made by the modern-day list maker that those of the "in no particular" variety feel chaotic. I need order. Nonetheless, their choices are after the jump, followed by some commentary. Read more »

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