Sigh. Connie Britton. Where do I begin?
The Friday Night Lights stars came by last week to talk up Season 3, which is currently unspooling Wednesday nights at 9 pm/ET, on DirecTV's 101 channel. (NBC will then broadcast the episodes in early 2009.) First tackling the matter of Tami Taylor's new job, Connie raves, "I was so excited" to become principal. "I have arrived!"
Britton then talks about Tami going toe-to-toe with Buddy and his cronies, and assesses the new dynamic between Coach and Mrs. Taylor (at the 1:30 mark).
I then asked Connie about the two exits coming up this season (2:00), one of which she singled out as being "pretty intense." The other, she says, brought about "a really emotional night" of filming.
We then wrap up with Connie reflecting on her 24 run (she wishes she could have been killed off in grand fashion!), before she lets slip with one final FNL tease.
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Lindsay Lohan by Kevin Mazur/ WireImage.com
Lindsay Lohan soon will be feeling Labor Pains fronting a film comedy as a young woman who fearing she is about to lose her job lies about being pregnant The fib effectively turns her luck around but duh comes with complications It is a very different role for me and I look forward to the challenges it will present Lohan tells Variety And I love working on comediesLohan recently has dropped out of some film projects as personal problems dogged her Said issues also made some execs wary of casting her Labor Pains producer Rick Schwartz however says the actress has yet to let him down I didnt know Lindsay before this but we looked each other in the eye three months ago and she has done everything I could have asked he tells the trade Friday Night Lights Connie Britton as well as Dr Spaceman himself Chris Parnell will star opposite Lohan Filming starts June 9 Matt Mitovich
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...
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? Ill tell you why we go on and on about it. Tonights episode is why.This hour is on par with the best of the first season, and thats saying something. Its some of the finest TV youre likely to see all year. Ive 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 TVs most familiar subplots, a parent preparing a child for a driving test, has unexpected depththanks 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...
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 ...
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 ...
Hello FNL fans, Leah is on vacation, so Im filling in. If you dont know me yet, Im Casey. So much happened tonight! This episode felt like a stepping stone to greater, not always better, things to come.Ive 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. Ill start with the Taylors. 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 womans 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 mothers a flight attendant. Im still dumbfounded by peoples rea...
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 ...
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