Articles for Friday Night Lights Season 5

"Texas Whatever" is the penultimate FNL episode, and we‘re not much closer to learning answers to big questions, mainly about who will remain in Dillon -- but since the series is ending, maybe it‘s the perfect time for everyone to take flight. The Taylors potentially to Philly, if Eric would only discuss Tami‘s job offer. Tim to Alaska, to get away from it all and make some money. Luke to college, if only it didn‘t look even bleaker than Dillon. No surprise: The Panthers have been chosen to survive as the one Dillon high school team, no matter the outcome of the Lions going to State. Buddy‘s been courted by his old boosters, and Vince is preordained as the starting QB -- the ideal conditions to lure Eric back to the Panthers, although he says he‘ll never go back. And yet he still won‘t give Tami the courtesy of even talking about her offer. As ideal as these two may seem, we‘re starting to see the effects of the egotism involved with being a coach at this level. Have we been deluded about this perfect man from the start? Read more »
After five terrific seasons, my expectations for the Friday Night Lights series finale were incredibly high. Sure, I wanted to see the East Dillon Lions win the state championship, but more importantly, I wanted emotional closure for all the characters I‘ve grown to love. The best part was that the series finale exceeded those expectations.The Friday Night Lights series finale was everything I love about the show. There were a ton of emotionally charged scenes as the characters said goodbye to Dillon and moved on for the next chapter in their lives.  Read more »
It‘s true -- Friday Night Lights is over. No more tight shots of Coach‘s face, alternately stern, hopeful, forgiving. No footballs soaring toward the end zone in slow-mo. None of Tami, loving, healing, but increasingly resentful. No tidbits about how the Dillon kids are doing good, terrible, failing or succeeding with love and happiness. But pain was half the pleasure of FNL, a good lesson to take away from this little series that wouldn‘t be killed off easily. And with the old "eight months later" ploy, a lot of loose ends were wrapped up neatly.We learned that no job of Eric‘s is worth the cost of the Taylors‘ marriage. So after a feint, where we think they‘ll stay in Dillon for Eric to assume the mantle of the new superteam, he gives in to fairness and agrees to move to Philly for Tami‘s big job offer. However, they both look a lot older for it. Read more »
Friday Night Lights season 5 premiered on DirecTV on October 27 and marks the final season of the high school football drama. The show ends Wednesday, February 9.FNL Scores a Touchdown with a Perfect Series Finale>>If you don‘t have DirecTV, the fifth season begins on NBC starting Friday, April 15 at 8pm.It feels kind of surreal writing about Friday Night Lights season 5. Anyone who‘s followed this small town drama from the beginning never dreamed it would make it this far. For its first couple of seasons the show was constantly on the brink of cancellation. That is until DirecTV threw a Hail Mary pass and picked up the show for its 101 Network. DirecTV worked out a deal with NBC that ended up being the best possible solution for the Dillon Panthers.SlideshowThe 10 Best Moments from ‘Friday Night Lights‘ Read more »
Minka Kelly is Maxim‘s Sexiest Woman Alive, Adrianne Palicki may have just defeated her former Friday Night Lights co-star when it comes to lady-titles: She‘s been cast in the starring role for David E. Kelly‘s upcoming Wonder Woman TV pilot.The series will be a reinvention of both the comics and the original TV series, which aired from 1976-1979 and starred Lynda Carter, but with a few modern twists. Palicki will play a Los Angeles woman trying to balance all the elements of her extraordinary life, from "vigilante crime fighter" to "successful corporate executive" (she‘ll play her own alter ego, billionaire business woman Diana Themyscira) and her assistant, "modern woman" Diana Prince. In the original series, Carter played an Army nurse and secret agent when she wasn‘t in her Wonder Woman gear. Instead of mending soldiers, Palicki‘s Diana will be making money. That is a modern twist!Palicki, who is best known for her role as Tyra Collette on Friday Night Lights and who briefly starred in the too-soon canceled Lone Star on Fox this fall, was reportedly the only actress invited to test for the role.  Read more »
Pilot season is underway, which means plenty of potential new shows are being made. I‘ve already looked at my Top 10 Pilots of the season, but now we have photos of what we might see this fall.  Read more »
Season 5 begins! But oddly, with more departures than arrivals. Julie and Landry are off to college. And hard to believe, but Dillon‘s parents are less present than ever, away pursuing the ever scarcer almighty buck, in the meantime abandoning their kids. Gone are Jess‘ dad, to Dallas to open three rib franchises, causing her brother Andre to act out and be bratty. Vince -- now officially Jess‘ boyfriend -- has a heart-to-heart with Andre, asking him to help Jess and be the man of the house.Becky‘s mom is on a casino boat, presumably bartending or running a blackjack table, replaced at home by her mostly absent trucker dad and his new bitchy wife and their baby. Her stepmom hisses that she "didn‘t sign up for this" and "fix it" to her husband about the generally well-behaved Becky, who takes refuge with Billy and Mindy in -- of all places -- Tim‘s old room. The Riggins are surprised and reluctant but welcome Becky -- in no small part due to guilt over Tim (and, I‘m thinkin‘, free Stevie-sitting!). But this feels somewhat plot-forced, I have to say. Speaking of ... Read more »
This week‘s episode, "On the Outside Looking In," suddenly felt like an after-school special. A new character, Epic, is the most troubled (girl) we‘ve seen yet -- a smoking, sneering truant who‘s obviously Tami‘s next project, other than trying to implement an a tutoring program, in part because of her. (Odd to see a kid actually smoking on this show. A first?) And speaking of smoking, this episode‘s dark treatment of alcohol makes Tim Riggins feel like Don Draper, in retrospect - Riggs‘ constant nursing of a beer became part of his bad-boy persona, and we almost never saw him drunk beyond control. It came as close to glamorization as might be tolerable.  Rally party time! Jess challenges a rally girl with her eyes on Vince to a kegger drinking match, and winds up incoherent and getting sick. It‘s disturbing not only for what it is, but because Jess has always been the sensible, no-nonsense kid, the one who takes care of others and never shirks her duties. And her possessiveness of Vince, not only romantically but as his "pre-selected" rally girl, isn‘t quite working. To his dismay, she refuses to stock his locker with his favorite cookies, and in fact finds the whole thing demeaning to females, so she cedes her rally girl role to her eventual drinking challenger. Not only that, but Jess plain old misses football after spending the summer helping Vince improve his game. Read more »
Friday Night Lights feels more and more like a spin-off from the first three seasons -- not necessarily a bad thing, just very different. (Well -- really nothing can compare to season 1.) In episode three, "The Right Hand of the Father," the most interesting and complex character line iss about Vince. His dad, released from five years in prison, moves back home, much to Vince‘s displeasure. Michael Jordan (also on Parenthood!) can convey so much emotion in just his face and body, no words are needed to get across confusion, curiosity, hurt and defensiveness. He doesn‘t know his dad, nor does he trust him other than to mess up again and hurt his mom. Vince bans him from coming to watch the game, even though he manages to sneak in and see Vince -- "Superman" -- win the game. The Lions are 3-0!I half expected Vince to wind up, sleeping bag in hand, at the Taylor‘s, like old ... sniff ... Tim. Eric has put the leadership mantle on Vince‘s shoulders, both on and off the field. In an effort to improve their public image, Eric bans team jerseys on game days, mandating coats and ties (to huge groans), plus community service that involves the entire team descending on a bunch of old shoppers in a parking lot, like an unseemly gang, and unsuccessfully forcing fliers on them. Eric also has a man-to-man with Vince, who breaks down and tells him about the dad-con sitch at home and that his dad never taught him to be better. "Strive to be better," Eric clarifies. Strive. Read more »
The three big networks -- FOX, ABC, and CBS -- were neck and neck last night for ratings, with CBS finally coming out on top in pure number of viewers with shows like CSI: NY and Blue Bloods.Fringe, FOX‘s X-Files-esque cult favorite, was down 10% last night for its season finale, with 3.30 million. But never fear, because Fringe will be back for a fourth season. Fringe has slowly lost viewers over the course of its three seasons, despite progressing tremendously in terms of story. The season 1 finale was watched by 9.28 million, while 5.68 million tuned in for the season 2 finale. Will interest in Fringe continue to dwindle over season 4, or can the show regain some of its following? Read more »
The episode "Keep Looking" raised the question, can people really change? Let‘s go character by character this week.Buddy. Buddy Jr.‘s in town, and boy is he a handful. Jeff Rosick as the kid looks exactly like Brad Leland might‘ve as a teen. They drive by the shuttered Garrity Motors. He‘s still sullen but shows his dad a glimmer of hope when he disses seitan (sounds like "satan," lol), the perfect vegetarian meat substitute. He asks if they give shock treatments at slummy East Dillon while checking out Tami‘s rack. Soon he‘s broken into Buddy‘s Bar & Grill and gotten trashed. As if that‘s not enough, BJ steals his dad‘s credit card and car, leading to a wild goose chase where Buddy actually runs him down and tackles him. Very impressive, Buddy! This is enough to merit him a trip to Eric‘s Disciplinary Academy, otherwise known as the football team. We think Buddy Jr. can change in the hands of the molder of men. Read more »
After 10 years on the air, Clark Kent flew off into the sunset last night. The two-hour season finale of Smallville was up, up and away, beating last week‘s ratings and tying for a season high. Elsewhere, season finales everywhere ended with slight ups.CW‘s Smallville ended its run last night with a 63% increase, and a season high of 3.34 million. The ratings increase is to be expected for a series finale, but it‘s still nice to see Supes get a well-watched sendoff. What did everyone think of the series finale? Did Clark & Co. say goodbye in style? Read more »
This week featured people being branded, literally and metaphorically, as the Lions take a road trip to Kingdom for a big face-redeeming game with the team they forfeited against last year.Buddy Jr (BJ) is saddled not only as the newest team member, thus the one who gets hazed, but also by Hastings as a virgin, despite denying it. (Why Hastings doesn‘t also get hazed is a mystery, since he‘s only been on the team a short while.) So BJ gets all the dirty work that Jess doesn‘t -- hauling luggage, getting ice, basically anything anyone else wants done. But interestingly, he is bonding with Hastings, who at one point, lived in Kingdom ("no bars and 9000 churches") long enough to make acquaintances, particularly with tattooed potheads and cheerleaders. He has taken a little of Tim‘s old wiseass role, chiding BJ and coach, asking "are we there yet." Sadly, it mainly made me miss Riggins.See more photos of "Kingdom">> Read more »
Last night on the CW, Supernatural ended its sixth season with a disappointing dip in ratings. But don‘t worry, because Sam and Dean will return next season for more paranormal shenanigans.Supernatural was down 20%, with 2.21 million viewers for its two-hour season finale. In typical Supernatural fashion, the season ended on a sour note, leaving the characters in a rough situation. You can read our recap here!  Read more »
This is the deadzone, folks -- that dismal time of reruns between the end of our fall, winter and spring seasons, and the beginnings of summer TV. For now, we‘re stuck with whatever new TV we can get. And it‘s slim pickings.NBC‘s, Friday Night Lights was one of only a few shows last night in broadcast primetime with a new episode. It was down from last week, with 2.99 million viewers. Strange to see it drop with so little competition. Maybe everyone‘s away on holiday? Read more »
"Fracture" aptly describes the disintegration of Dillon‘s various bonds and bones. The Lions‘ team unity, hard won in a still undefeated season, is being tested by a bright spotlight on Vince, who appears on TV and then takes an overnight trip with his dad to Oklahoma Tech (lol) which is heavily recruiting him, deploying flirty girls to give him the grand tour, and a weird non-conversation with the head coach trying to stick to the rules. Vince doesn‘t tell Coach or Jess about the trip (so she wouldn‘t have to lie on his behalf) and misses practice, causing Eric to threaten to bench him if he misses another. Jess is upset at his sudden egotism, Luke decks him in practice, and Coach catches him in a lie. Never a good idea. And now it looks like Vince, not Luke, might be the one caught breaking recruiting rules.Eric‘s coaching staff is undergoing some rifts too. His old school assistant coach is at odds with Billy, who teaches the team a pre-game psych-up haka dance (which, let‘s face it, rocks). Buddy Jr. manages to break his leg doing the dance, frustrating his dad. Just when he seemed to be doing all right, too. All these things do not portend well for a repeat of State, eh? Read more »
Happy Father‘s Day!  Throughout the years, we‘ve had countless TV dads pass through our living rooms. There are advice giving dads, hot dads, cool dads, and some dads who well... they try. Our question to you is: are you TV‘s biggest fan of dads on TV? We‘ve put together fifteen questions about father-child moments from TV‘s biggest shows that put you to the test.    Read more »
No show is complete without the element of romance. TV history is rife with supercouples, friends who end up dating and, of course, the love triangles. No matter what pairing you‘re rooting for, there‘s bound to be a third party thrown in. That‘s how all exciting storylines begin after all. Read more »
These days, production companies are pouring actual money and talent into web series. As a result, there are more webisodes hitting the Internet daily -- and it can be pretty hard to keep up. This article represents a (paltry, desperate, probably doomed-to-failure) attempt to do so. Read more »
Comic-Con is coming! And BuddyTV will be there. This year we are sponsoring a panel at the San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, July 21. The panel, "Obsession: How TV and Movies Go from Fascination to Phenomenon," will feature a host of television writers, actors and more. One of our esteemed panelists is Amy Berg, the co-executive producer of Eureka and a former supervising producer of Leverage. Read more »
The Emmys often get a bad rap for nominating the same shows and actors over and over again, but this year, the Drama field is wide open. In the five major categories, 10 of the 30 nominees from last year aren‘t even eligible thanks to the end of Lost and extended hiatuses for Breaking Bad and Damages. To put that in perspective, the comedy side only has four nominees from last year who aren‘t eligible.  Read more »
The 2011 Emmy nominations were announced today, and as expected, last year‘s big winners, Mad Men and Modern Family, are the most nominated drama and comedy with 19 and 17 nominations, respectively. However, the nominees this year include a number of very pleasant surprises and big totals for HBO‘s freshman dramas Boardwalk Empire (18 nominations) and Game of Thrones (13 nominations).  Read more »
Just when we were getting lulled into the old drama/game/drama rhythm, FNL goes and shakes things up. In this scary episode, Eric phases from "kingmaker," which is splashed across the cover of a glossy magazine and used by his team to gently mock him, to a tyrant who has lost control of his dominion. The most shocking moment in "Swerve" comes not when Vince is threatened by a menacing guy to pay back a loan for his mom‘s rehab, but when Eric violently wrestles Julie toward her car to force her to return to the university, where she lost any shred of dignity. Julie knew she‘d have to face some consequences at home, but clearly she didn‘t expect that both her parents would not find a way to forgive her after a few days of letting the news sink in. She‘s faced with two dark paths and makes yet another bad decision by swerving her car on purpose to avoid returning to school. Eric‘s baffled at how they could have raised a homewrecker, telling Tami that Julie was a stranger to him. The perfect Taylor household has crumbled around them. (Although Gracie‘s holding down her end of the deal so far.) Read more »
In "Don‘t Go," rifts were healed, bonds strengthened, and Tim Riggins returns! The main story concerned whether Eric might actually accept an offer from Shane State in Florida to become director of football operations (or as the rep so appropriately put it, the "keys to the kingdom" for the kingmaker!), tarted up with a sleek house and pool that sure look good to Tami after yet another morale-crushing staff meeting. Eric won‘t confide in Buddy, who sniffs out the sitch when he spots a crate of oranges in Eric‘s office. He and Levi conspire to convince Eric to stay; Buddy gets the team to make testimonials at the athletic banquet. Vince is eating humble pie after not getting a scholarship at OK State and is suspicious of his dad‘s now-desperate pursuit of other scholarships. Also, his dad‘s dark side resurfaces when he gets the bad news phone call, screaming at the caller, smashing his phone. Vince also sees how much Coach has meant to him and goes to his house to tell him so, right before the big game. "I‘m asking you not to go to Shane State. Having you as a coach is one of the best things that ever happened to me ... if you come back next season, I‘ll be there for you. Don‘t go." Ironic that the entire town is consumed with feeding Eric‘s ego (considerable, if cloaked in humility), and Vince -- just accused of being selfish and causing a rift in his team -- is the one to make the ultimate plea, and in the meantime, wins back his starting slot.  Eric sees that job thing is a distraction and, in a pre-game interview, pledges that he‘ll stay in Dillon. Woohoo. State‘s looking better than ever. Read more »
First off, I‘ve got to dis FNL for breaching the strong reality boundary in "Gut Check" that it usually respects to a fault. How thrilled am I that Matt‘s back in the show, even if he feels like Julie‘s safety net? But seriously, he‘s living in this posh "loft" in Chicago now. And from personal experience, being an assistant in an art gallery pays nowhere near enough to cover that crib, unless it‘s in a share with four people. I mean, remember his house in Dillon, that tiny little rundown shack? It should feel more like that, but urban. Also not believable is that Julie, now at least five days after her departure from Dillon for, supposedly, Burleson (that‘s 2 days of driving plus a long weekend with Matt), has not called her parents? Or if she did, that they wouldn‘t have immediately suspected she was lying? Not plausible, especially after she was practically on a suicide watch at home. In any case, the tortured Julie story line continues to be tiresome. She has a dreamy time in Chicago, which apparently feeds her soul, but Matt pretty much wants her to commit, which she‘s not ready to do yet.Ah, but her empty bedroom (assuming Gracie hasn‘t moved in yet) beckons another troubled young lady now under Tami‘s guidance, Epyck. She has become a victim of bad luck, tussling with Tami‘s weird foe/BFF coworker after being accused of theft and accidentally sending Tami flying into the wall, requiring medical attention. Epyck‘s led away in cuffs upon the presumption of guilt, in no small part because of her prior rap sheet, and in the face of Tami pleading her innocence. She‘ll be placed in a new foster family, whose name, I‘m guessing after some paperwork and interviews, will start with with T and end with R, in a certain ex-golden girl‘s bedroom. Also, Epyck displayed mad childcare skills with Gracie while visiting Tami for homework help. Win-win, amiright? Read more »
In "Perfect Record," even as kingmaker Eric continues to see things going his way, his control is dissolving. Everyone‘s favorite website, Lionhaters.com, has posted rap sheets of his many players with criminal records, including, shockingly, Tinker! Eric suspects that the evil Panthers boosters did it, but of course they deny it, although Mac looks terribly guilty. Not only does the whole world know the Lions‘ perp records, but Vince thinks his potential scholarship chances are imperiled -- but his dad thinks he‘s wrong. Ornette has firmly taken control of these bids for his services, basically sticking it in Eric‘s face when confronted. "You‘re his coach; he‘s my son," he says. Interesting to see these two control freak guys‘ styles -- so different, yet so similar at heart.And Eric has no control over his own daughter, who is on hiatus from school, basically vegging at home. This has forced Tami to become a taskmaster, ordering Julie to do chores. The big solution: a barbecue! A morale building event that requires lots of work, which Julie will contribute to. But even this jolly occasion is tainted; Tami admits she doesn‘t really want to throw it, but it‘s for the best. Tami is in sacrificial mode, skipping Friday‘s game to drive to Burleson and get Julie‘s books and assignments so she can take exams when (if?) she returns. Of course Tami runs into Derek, and the tension is thick, as is the mutual curiosity. Julie somehow didn‘t even know Tami went on this run and is shaken when she finds out, yet of course curious about her run-in with Derek. Read more »
I thought that maybe FNL would go easy on Tim Riggins after having him take the fall and do time for Billy‘s transgressions, maybe give him some well-deserved happiness, but no. Tim may be free physically, but his soul is still locked up in a dark space, festering with resentment and anger. As Mindy notes, Tim‘s different. The good news is that it gives Taylor Kitsch a reason to glower darkly and shoot threatening looks at everybody (and later punches), which is a pretty great thing. In "The March," at his own welcome home party, Tim stares out the window and Becky approaches and says he looks lonely. His relationship with her is complex. Sure, he rebuffed her. But his brotherliness may have evolved into romantic affection for her all those months in jail from the looks they exchange. You also get the sense that upon Tim‘s return, their distance comes in part from Becky‘s disappointment with Tim breaking the law. But he throws it back at her when he confronts her about waitressing at the Landing Strip, saying stripping pays way better than waitressing. "Ya gotta do what you gotta do, right?" he says to her, implying that‘s what he did to survive and that things aren‘t always cut and dried. Later, as she‘s waiting tables, he yells at her best customer that she‘s only 17 and threatens to break both his arms if he touches her again. Enraged, he gets tossed out, and winds up punching Billy, saying, "We had a deal. I screw up my life, you fix yours." Sob. Read more »
2011 Comic-Con starts this Wednesday (if you count preview night, which we do!) and our interview countdown is winding down with Executive Story editor for Warehouse 13, Deric Hughes. Hughes will be one of the panelists appearing at BuddyTV‘s "Obsession: "How TV and Movies Go from Fascination to Phenomenon" panel this Thursday (July 21 at 11am in Room 23ABC). He recently took some time to talk about Warehouse 13‘s new character Jinks,  favorites moments and Comic-Con (having gone to every Comic-Con since ‘95 he‘s a real expert).   Read more »
Comic-Con is just days away but if you‘re like me you‘ve started counting down the hours because it‘s just more fun. BuddyTV will be there bright and early Thursday morning to host our very first panel: Obesssions: How TV and Movies Go from Fascination to Phenomenon where The Nine Lives of Chloe King star, Skyler Samuels will be joining us. But that‘s not the only place you can get your Chloe King fix. ABC Family‘s The Nine Lives of Chloe King Comic-Con Panel is Friday July 22 from 12-1pm in room 23ABC.  Read more »
Hart of Dixie marks the return of Rachel Bilson to television. You know her as Summer on the FOX hit, The O.C.  This time, she‘s heading over the the CW, but not without bringing some of her O.C. family along, like Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz who created/produced The O.C. and the CW‘s current hit, Gossip Girl.  Here‘s what I learned at today‘s Television Critics Association (TCA) panel, which included Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights), Rachel Bilson (The O.C.), Jaime King (Gary Unmarried), and Leila Gerstein and Len Goldstein, the executive producers of the series. Read more »
With Chord Overstreet leaving, Glee has a huge hole not just in New Directions, but in Mercedes‘ love life. Amber Riley‘s character, who has generally been lacking a decent storyline since the show began, finally got something good with the revelation that she and Sam were secretly dating in the season 2 finale. But now, she has a new man.  Read more »
Welcome to August, or as I‘d like to call it, that awkward moment between summer and fall. It‘s that time of the year when summer shows wrap up (in this week‘s case, So You Think You Can Dance and White Collar), not-so-summer shows start up (Bachelor Pad), and others just go on as usual (Big Brother and True Blood). In other words, it‘s been a busy week. But you knew I‘d say that, yes? Read more »
Summer is almost over and before you know it, it‘s that crazy time of the year again where you hit the books and head back to the classroom. But going back to school isn‘t as easy as it sounds. There‘s bound to be drama at some point.  And let‘s not forget those nasty cat fights and gossip!  Read more »
Amidst all the buzz Ted Danson‘s entry has generated for CBS‘ flagship crime drama CSI, there‘s one more storyline that will define the show‘s current season: Catherine (Marg Helgenberger) is leaving the crime lab in the middle of the season. And the show‘s crew are getting ready for the goodbye by bringing three big names to send her off.  Read more »
Are you getting bored with television‘s options this fall? Or do you just need more to watch than what TV can offer? If that‘s the case, there are several web series out there to fill in any gaps. We profile three series here -- only a small sample of the many, many Internet-based shows. Read more »
Kim Kardashian‘s 75-day wedding just doesn‘t put a damper on romance, at least for some of these celebrities who are reportedly getting hitched soon. Several couples have recently confirmed the news of their engagement. Meanwhile, some of them continue to be hounded by rumors.So which celebs actually have big plans for their big day?  Read more »
And they‘re actually pretty good.Like everybody who spends way too much time watching or thinking about television, I am continuously irritated by most major TV awards. When the same, arguably-inferior shows get nominated year after year, irritation is hard to avoid. But sometimes an award listing gets it right. This year‘s nominations for the Critics Choice Television Awards get it very right. Read more »
Time for another romance roundup, for us who believe in true love, both on and off the screen... and judging from the items we have tonight, they‘re mostly good news. But let‘s begin with the bad (err, sad) news, shall we? Read more »
I‘m popping in again for another round of casting bits, and tonight‘s edition includes an old vampire, a couple of Alcatraz baddies, and the Six Million Dollar man. But we begin with a stripper... Read more »
Tonight‘s round of casting news goes from Appleby to Bieber, along with a few more stars in between. Shall we? Hill and Bieber to host Saturday Night Live: The Huffington Post reports that this 2012 season, the show‘s getting even bigger names. Alec Baldwin‘s podcast was the first to confirm the gigs, even noting stars like Ben Stiller and Katy Perry. But the real news is that Jonah Hill will definitely appear on the March 10 episode. As for Bieber, he hasn‘t "officially committed" to be both host and musical guest, as Baldwin claimed. Watch out for it anyway.  Read more »
This year‘s Screen Actors Guild Award nominations are a very mixed bag for television. The comedy side is full of stale, aging shows like 30 Rock and The Office while completely ignoring fresh, newer faces like New Girl or Parks and Recreation. For dramas, however, there were some big surprises, none more shocking than the nomination for Patrick J. Adams from USA‘s Suits.  Read more »
The biggest night in TV is here, the 2011 Emmy Awards! Will Modern Family and Mad Men win the top awards once again, or will newcomers like Boardwalk Empire and Parks and Recreation dethrone them? And how will Jane Lynch serve as host?  Read more »
I‘m very proud to be a member of the Television Critic Association, especially on days like today, when the nominations for the organization‘s 27th annual TCA Awards are announced.Television critics often look beyond the traditional shows you might see in other awards to honor the programs and actors who truly represent the best TV has to offer. This year‘s nominations are led by FX‘s Justified, HBO‘s Game of Thrones and NBC‘s Parks and Recreation, but there are also nominations for strong underdog shows like Community, Louie, Terriers.  Read more »
Another edition of Buddy Bites right at you -- tonight‘s installment features some sad news, some comforting news, and a figure from my childhood coming back to talk about bad auditions. Read more »
With the show taking a short spring break, we may need some NCIS spoilers and news to keep us going until the next new episode. Who is getting a visit from an old friend? Where will Palmer‘s wedding take place? What will happen at the end of NCIS season 9? And just who is the kid from Baltimore? Keep reading to find out! Read more »
Steve Harris would do well to look on the bright side. If his show, Awake (which airs Thursdays on NBC at 10pm), is cancelled during or after its critically-acclaimed first season run, he can certainly fall back on a career in sales.In a scene that evoked memories of Ben Affleck in Boiler Room, Harris met a trio of reporters at 30 Rockerfeller Plaza on Monday, and made a sales pitch for Awake that rivaled anything Affleck offered in the 2000 cult classic. Read more »
As the 2011-2012 TV season draws to a close, networks are preparing for next fall. Dozens of new pilots are being cast and filmed with the hope of being picked up and placed on a network‘s fall schedule. As the saying goes, many will enter, but few will win.  Read more »
The CW has found the girl who will walk a mile in Carrie Bradshaw‘s Manolos. AnnaSophia Robb (Soul Surfer, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) will take on the iconic role of young Carrie in the Sex and the City prequel The Carrie Diaries.  Read more »
It‘s finally here--Breaking Bad season 5. Since the unforgettable finale last October, we‘ve waited and waited, anticipation abated by enticing but minimal teasers and trailers, and now the AMC drama‘s final season is nearly upon us (the official premiere is on Sunday at 10pm; but lucky Comic-Con goers will get an early screening tomorrow, a day early). Here are a few ways to get revved up for the one of the most anticipated summer premieres.  Read more »
A new character is about to make a "smash" in the ninth season of Grey‘s Anatomy. According to TVLine, the medical drama has cast Friday Night Lights star Gaius Charles in a recurring role.  Read more »
Pilot season in full swing. For the uninitiated, this is the time when the networks agree to make pilots for a whole bunch of shows to see which ones will make it onto the schedule for the 2013-2014 season. Most pilots will never see the light of day, but a select few will become the shows you will be in love with one year from now.Here I‘m going to look at what the CW has on tap, because more than any other network, it needs some fresh blood. With Gossip Girl and 90210 ending this year and Cult knocking at death‘s door, the CW‘s fall schedule has a ton of holes.  Read more »
Crucifictorious records at the Luncheonette. You read that correctly. These words will only make sense to Parenthood and Friday Night Lights fans alike. That‘s right, beloved worlds collide in a four-part digital series that debuts with part one tonight on nbc.com. A hilarious and fun twist, this will give Parenthood fans something to do until it returns after the Olympics on February 27, and bring up serious nostalgia for FNL fans as well. Read more »

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