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Kyle and Connie Tease a Friday Night Lights Triangle

Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler by Jean-Paul Aussenard/ WireImage.com

Thursday night served as a reunion for cast members of NBC's Friday Night Lights as they hit the red carpet prior to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' "An Evening with Friday Night Lights," held at the Leonard Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood. Talk was all about love triangles on the show, not only between the characters of Landry, Tyra and Jean, but one that involves Coach Eric Taylor and his wife Tami as well. "My wife's old boyfriend comes into town, and he is played by Pete Berg," Kyle Chandler told TV Guide. Berg, who executive-produces the series and directed the film it was based on, returned to his acting roots in what, for the moment, will serve as Season 2's final new episode."I love that it's somehow come out as a love triangle," laughs Connie Britton, who plays Tami. "There's nothing like a tiny bit of jealousy or past history to turn two men into complete babies."Though the episode may only result in Chandler's character dealing with his inner green-eye... read more

A Can't-Miss Friday Night Lights

Zach Gilford in Friday Night Lights by Bill Records/NBC Photo

You want to know why we fans of Friday Night Lights go on and on about this show, despite its sad ratings and aggravating lack of presence on the various clueless awards show? I’ll tell you why we go on and on about it. Tonight’s episode is why.This hour is on par with the best of the first season, and that’s saying something. It’s some of the finest TV you’re likely to see all year. I’ve watched certain parts of this episode several times, and each time it takes my breath away with its emotional power. Friday Night Lights is one of those rare series that breaks your heart and lifts your spirit all at once.Even one of TV’s most familiar subplots, a parent preparing a child for a driving test, has unexpected depth—thanks to the subtext of the relationship between Tami Taylor (Connie Britton) and daughter Julie (Aimee Teegarden), which has been fraught with conflict all season. The distracted mom and the rebellious teen: seen it before, but rare... read more

Based upon the praise you and ...

Question: Based upon the praise you and a lot of other people have given Friday Night Lights and Connie Britton, I started to watch it regularly this season. I had seen the premiere and finale of last season and some scattered episodes in between. When I started to watch this season, I thought it would be interesting to check just how much screen time Britton actually has, and I was surprised that it is really only between 9 and 14 minutes an episode. With the current system of Emmy voting, I don't see how she would get nominated unless it's in the supporting category, and for SAG, forget about it. She is great and should be acknowledged, but I am afraid that she would have to be held hostage in a bank robbery for an entire episode to even get near an Emmy nomination. Mariska Hargitay, Kyra Sedgwick, Holly Hunter et. al. are the stars of their shows and get a half hour or more of screen time per episode. And unless your name is Edie Falco or Sally Field or Glenn Close, you can't get in ... read more

I have to respond to Skye's ...

Question: I have to respond to Skye's long response to your opinion that you think Connie Britton should be placed in a category all by herself. She should. She is the best actress on TV right now. End of story. Yes, Glenn Close and Sally Field may be Oscar winners and more accomplished actresses as a whole, but Connie Britton continuously puts on a breathtaking performance week in and week out. Hers is the most realistic portrayal of a mother on television right now. Yes, Glenn Close gives a ruthless performance, Sally Field is a stand-out on her series, and Holly Hunter and Kyra Sedgwick dominate in otherwise formulaic shows, but Connie Britton stands out in a show that has the greatest ensemble on TV today and one of the greatest ensembles in TV history. It also should be mentioned that Kyle Chandler helps her attain this. Their relationship is so real and so refreshing to see on TV. It is not some cutesy act (I am looking at you, October Road) or some artificial ... read more

Who Do You Think You Are?

Hello FNL fans, Leah is on vacation, so I’m filling in. If you don’t know me yet, I’m Casey. So much happened tonight! This episode felt like a stepping stone to greater, not always better, things to come.I’ve been sick all week, so please bear with me. Some people may think this episode was dated, but in the real and present world, race and gender still matter to many. I liked how this episode touched on those issues. I’ll start with the Taylor’s. I hated seeing Shelley go last week, but it gave FNL another opportunity to tackle family values and issues. Some people, like Mac McGill, believe a woman’s place is at home. But as Coach Taylor pointed out, “That just sounds stupid and ignorant when you say it aloud.” Thank you Coach! I am one of four children and both of my parents have worked full-time jobs for their entire 28 years of marriage. My mother’s a flight attendant. I’m still dumbfounded by people‘s rea... read more

I wanted to comment on ...

Question: I wanted to comment on something you said in your Golden Globe predictions regarding the Actress in a TV Drama race. You noted of the nominees that "none of them, honestly, [were] worth mentioning in the same breath as Friday Night Lights' brilliant Connie Britton." I have to ask, did you see the nominees for Actress in a TV Drama? Does your undying love for Connie Britton blind you so much? Let me start off by saying I've always liked Connie Britton, and because of that, I did try to watch Friday Night Lights, but it wasn't for me. I have no problem with Britton, nor the show. However, to say that Sally Field, Glenn Close, Edie Falco, Holly Hunter and Kyra Sedgwick are unworthy of the same breath as Connie Britton is something close to ignorance. She's great, I'm sure, but we're talking about an Oscar winner, a two-time Oscar winner, a three-time Emmy winner, a Golden Globe winner and Glenn Close, who needs no introduction. Each of these women have turned in outstanding ... read more

Doth my eyes deceive me? The ...

Question: Doth my eyes deceive me? The Hollywood Foreign Press nominated seven (!) women for Best Performance by an Actress in a Drama at the Golden Globes, and somehow Connie Britton's name isn't on that list? The list looks like a bunch of names who should be nominated, not who actually deserves it (though Glenn Close was pretty stellar). For my money, Connie Britton is consistently the best female actress on TV and the best part of a really fantastic show. I was hoping that this time around Friday Night Lights would get some love. On the upside, I was thrilled to see that Jon Hamm and Mad Men were both deservedly nominated (and, amazingly, no Gandolfini or Sopranos, in their respective categories). Answer: Sadly, it seems that Friday Night Lights is going to stay off the radar of most of the commercial awards, including this one. Maybe FNL is too all-American for the Foreign Press, who knows? It is a disappointment, but not a surprise. As I note in my Dispatch, I was actually ... read more

"Let's Get It On"

You mean Landry? Jesse Plemons, Kyle Chandler by Bill Records/NBC

Guest blogger Casey Marsella (Heroes) here! Leah couldn't make it tonight, but I'll do my best to recap this amazing show!Landry! Landry! Landry!Jesse Plemons made Dillon (and FNL fans) stand up and cheer tonight. His performance is what I love about this show. I’ve always noticed that the people who seem "out of place" are usually the ones most comfortable in their own skin. Landry used to be the goofy, one-liner sidekick, but he was always sure of himself. Tonight he proved that. His halftime speech was the highlight of the episode: "We can win together or lose alone." It was the perfect lead-in to: Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t lose!So, who’s together and who’s alone?Let’s start with the Taylors. Tami is thrilled to have her husband back, but not enough to give him the "green light." Coach was gently shot down and forced to sleep on the couch so Tami could finally get a good night’s sleep. The next day, the bags under his eyes initiated an unwanted ... read more

Let's Talk Friday Night Lights! The Coach is Back in Town!

He's back! Kyle Chandler by Bill Records/NBC

Guest blogger Casey Marsella here! I'll do my best in the absence of Leah, so here we go...Coach Taylor returns to Dillon! His first priorty is his family at home. Julie finally came to her senses last week. Let's hope she lightens up to her new sister soon. Coach Taylor's other family also needs some help. Will Matt and Smash come to blows again? When will Riggins and Street return home? And if they do: Will they be part of the team again?Tyra was congratulated for her detailed description of a rapist found dead... but where's the watch?Check back for my full recap after the show! read more

I felt compelled to write ...

Question: I felt compelled to write because of Martin P.'s recent comment about his Texas friends who avoided Friday Night Lights "like the plague." I've lived in Texas my entire life, and I do understand his friends' concerns. I usually cringe when TV shows or movies employ characters supposedly from Texas, because usually the accents, attitudes and, honestly, everything else is completely off. However, I am happy to say that the powers-that-be at FNL have been spot-on. I went to college in a small town very much like Dillon and probably very near to where Dillon is supposed to be located, and from the pilot onwards, I was nostalgic. The accents are perfect. The genuflecting to high-school football is perfect. The slice-of-life approach to family, faith and friends is perfect. I live about an hour from where they film, and so from the opening credits, I just grin, because I recognize the roads and open country and various locales. This show gets it right, and it makes me proud to be a ... read more

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