Friday Night Lights

‘Parenthood’ Series Finale Recap: “May God Bless and Keep You Always”

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. … Read More

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50 of the Greatest Literary Moments on TV

It’s probably safe to say that media tends to refer to itself, in one way or another — and referring to literature, as opposed to other forms of pop culture, is one way to make just about anything a little more highbrow. Television, notoriously full of references and allusions, might be the worst/best culprit, and the most fun to hunt through for literary moments — after all, nothing’s more fun than seeing books on the boob tube. Here, you’ll find 50 of the greatest and most memorable literary allusions, shout-outs, cameos, and references on television, as well as real-life author appearances and whole episodes, or even whole seasons, based on… Read More

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Let the Taylor Kitschaissance Begin! Why the ‘Friday Night Lights’ Alum Will Make the Perfect ‘True Detective’ Star

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. … Read More

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25 Best Writing Emmy Winners You Can Stream Now

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

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

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. … Read More

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10 TV Shows Better Than the Books They Were Based On

So if you’re celebrating your birthday today, you share it with Charlaine Harris, she who gave the world the insanely successful Sookie Stackhouse novels and thus, indirectly, also the joys of True Blood. As you’ve probably noted if you read Flavorwire at all regularly, we’re borderline obsessed with True Blood, and its success got us thinking of the slew of TV shows based on books that have emerged in the last few years — and, in particular, those that have defied the old adage that the book is always better. We’ve collected a bunch of shows that we reckon have transcended their literary origins — can you think of any other shows that are better than the books they’re based on? (And before you go all crazy in the comments, a disclaimer: we said “better.” We’re not necessarily claiming the books in question are bad — although some most definitely are — just that the TV series they spawned was/is better. OK? Carry on.) … Read More

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‘Friday Night Lights’ Creator Peter Berg Developing Greek Gods Drama for Fox

If you had to guess what Friday Night Lights creator Peter Berg’s next TV project would be, would you ever in a million years stumble upon the description, “Bourne by way of 300“? Probably not, but remember that Berg is also the guy who directed Battleship and you’ll realize that (even if we’d prefer he… Read More

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Tami Taylor Is Not OK With Romney Ripping Off ‘Friday Night Lights,’ Y’all

She may look sweet as all-American apple pie, but Friday Night Lights fans know you don’t mess with Tami Taylor. So, although Mitt Romney has been ignoring FNL creator Peter Berg’s request that he stop using the show’s “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose” slogan in his presidential campaign, we sure hope he… Read More

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