Friday Night Lights

Amy Schumer on Her Third Season and Why “Rape Is Good Fodder for Comedy”

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The Tribeca Film Festival hasn’t fully embraced episodic television as a cornerstone of their programming just yet — at least, not compared to other fests, like SXSW. But a few shows made their way into the program this year, and one of them was a bit of a no-brainer; with its Gotham-based production, man-on-the-street interstitials, and general New York attitude, Inside Amy Schumer is a very good fit. On Sunday afternoon, the star and several key members of her crew stopped in to show the third season premiere and talk about it.
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‘Parenthood’ Series Finale Recap: “May God Bless and Keep You Always”

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Last night, after six seasons, TV’s most emotional drama ended with a grand parade of happy endings. Some were more likely than others, but the Parenthood series finale was a time for the kind of crocodile tears that come when someone you love — someone good — gets what is deserved. From the Luncheonette thriving through Adam’s departure to Chambers Academy financially supporting both Adam and Kristina, the “Well, wait, how does that add up?” logic lingering around many of the brash decisions made in the series finale was easy enough to ignore. That’s sort of always been the deal with Parenthood: sometimes, the solutions to the Bravermans’ messy problems seem to work a little too well, so much so that it’s easy to forget that Zeek and Camille were dealing with infidelity a few years ago, that Kristina beat cancer pretty recently, and that Amber went from troubled teen to brave young mother kind of fast.
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Let the Taylor Kitschaissance Begin! Why the ‘Friday Night Lights’ Alum Will Make the Perfect ‘True Detective’ Star

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The news that Taylor Kitsch has finally, officially been cast in Season 2 of True Detective has fans of his many seasons of work portraying running back Tim Riggins on Friday Night Lights cheering. And it’s not just because we’re happy to see Kitsch’s somewhat dreamy, looks-so-good-smeared-with-playing-field-dirt face back on the screen. In fact, it’s the opposite: we want to see Kitsch act, and get as deep and nuanced as fellow frequently miscast pretty boy Matthew McConaughey did in Season 1. Because with all its ultimate disappointments, the best part of True Detective was seeing McConaughey’s Rust Cohle get weird, dark, and tortured.
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25 Best Writing Emmy Winners You Can Stream Now

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The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will air this coming Monday, August 25. The ceremony will celebrate the best of the best in television, including handing out awards for writing. This year, the drama and comedy writing categories are brimming with amazing episodes from Breaking Bad, True Detective, Veep, Orange Is the New Black, and more. The writing categories have a long history of awarding tremendous episodes of television in both genres — and, thanks to the Internet, you can now watch most of them online. Here are 25 of the best winners, with links so you can stream them …Read More

‘Lone Survivor’ Revisits the ‘Friday Night Lights’ Style, but Borders on Propaganda

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Lone Survivor, the new Peter Berg war movie that is out in exceptionally limited release today and will go wide later in January, is based on a true story. The story in question is of a failed military operation, in which four Navy SEALs were sent out into the wilds of Afghanistan to scout an assassination target. But almost as soon as they get out there, the four soldiers in question — played by Taylor Kitsch, Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, and Emile Hirsch — run into trouble. Wayward shepherds stumble upon them, and within a very short timeframe they find themselves in a shootout. Only one — and here I’m not spoiling, just look at the title — makes it out alive.
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