Eric Roberts by Chris Large/NBC
So is there anything to fear in Fear Itself The new NBC summer horror anthology premieres on June 5 and if the first episode Sacrifice is any indication audiences will more likely be more grossed out than freaked But you will get to see some familiar faces in these scary stories Friday Night Lights star Jesse Plemons plays one of the lead characters in the first installment When Plemons was asked if his Sacrifice character sounded similar to Landry on FNL he responded I kind of pictured him as a similar type of guy as Landry on Friday Night Lights Theres a dialogue in the script it just seemed like he is one of those kids that didnt quite fit inEric Roberts is the star of the second episode Spooked and says he was drawn to the part because of the producers great reputations and that his commitment came through because of the script itself It was just juicy Apparently Roberts has been offered to play many crazy people but this guy was kin
Jesse Plemons and Adrianne Palicki in Friday Night Lights by Bill Records/NBC Photo
Cheers to Friday Night Lights for wrapping up a controversial subplot in typically subtle fashion. When Landry killed Tyra's attacker in this season's opener, some fans cried foul, worrying such a melodramatic twist could be a proverbial jump-the-shark moment. But the ethical dilemma was achingly well-acted by Jesse Plemons, Adrianne Palicki and especially the excellent Glenn Morshower (24) as Landry's conflicted-cop father. When Landry told Tyra the police had decided not to press charges, the look of confusion in his eyes proved FNL is no over-the-top soap. Rather, it's the rare prime-time drama that takes matters of morality seriously. Read and react to Bruce's opinions on ER, Top Model and more! Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board. We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on TVGuide.com or in TV Guide magazine!
Calista Flockhart, Dave Annable and Sally Field in Brothers & Sisters by Craig Sjodin/ABC
Hows this for irony? All last week, trying not to get too depressed about what a protracted writers strike might mean for the TV season and the industry at large, I was secretly looking forward to a weekend getaway: catching former Alias star Jennifer Garners Broadway debut in a revival of Cyrano, opposite Kevin Kline and Rescue Mes Daniel Sunjata. Unfortunately, my tickets were for Saturday night, by which time the stagehands union had initiated their own sudden walkout and work stoppage.At this rate, I might actually finish the book Ive been reading since mid-October.(Thankfully, I was lucky enough to catch Aaron Sorkin's new play, The Farnsworth Invention, before the strike. It was scheduled to have its official opening night later this week, but when it reopens, I predict a healthy run for this fascinating, entertaining play recounting the birth of television.)While consumers of TV, movies and even theater wait for unions and producers to reac...
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. Ive 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. Cant lose!So, whos together and whos alone?Lets 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 nights sleep. The next day, the bags under his eyes initiated an unwanted ...
MacGregor is out and Taylor is in. Chris Mulkey by Bill Records/NBC
Episode Recap: "Backfire"Who didn't have a little flutter in his (or her) heart when Coach Taylor, back in his Dillon Panther blues, stood up in front of that room like nothing had changed and said, "Let's go. Let's have some fun today"? What a way to end an episode that already just seemed to fly by.Aside from that weird, Mafia-like threat from Coach MacGregor ("I have a family, too, and you just remember that. I'll be seeing you again"), Eric's homecoming was nothing less than joyous. Julie and Tami are well on their way to patching things up, especially now that it looks like the grungy Swede might be out of the picture. Matt Saracen has someone back on his side again, and Buddy should probably be considered the town hero.Ah, Buddy. We may have just been witness to the only game in Panther history that Buddy honestly wanted his beloved team to lose. It was quite a sight to watch him hold back a grin as Smash got blocked again and again, leaving Dillon with a humiliating loss on t...
Question: What you think of the new season of Desperate Housewives? So far it's been an enjoyable surprise to me. It may not be (and probably won't ever be) as solid as the first season, but I have found it much more enjoyable than Grey's Anatomy lately, especially any scenes between Marcia Cross and Dana Delany. Also, I recently started watching Friday Night Lights, and I've read about all the disdain for the Tyra-Landry storyline. Personally, it has been my favorite storyline so far. Adrienne Palicki and Jesse Plemons are terrific, especially in the last scene of the second episode. Do you really think the murder subplot takes away from the show?
Answer: On Desperate Housewives: I wholeheartedly agree. Dana Delany is the best thing to happen to Wisteria Lane in quite a while, and her simmering rivalry with Marcia Cross' Bree is great fun. The show itself has generally become a lot more watchable (though still uneven), and I'm actually finding myself looking forward to it most Sundays.
Eric hopes he can get his old job back. Kyle Chandler by Mitchell Haaseth/NBC
Episode Recap: "Are You Ready for Friday Night?"Is this show about football or hockey? There was so many smackdowns (verbal and physical) tonight, that I think I'm forming bruises in sympathy. What does it say about a show when the characters who are doing the best at the moment are the ones who recently committed murder?That's right, you Tyra and Landry fans the deed has been done, is probably going to be done again. And it seems like they're genuinely in love. Dillon's former bad girl — who seems to have passed on her particular brand of anger to Julie, but more on which later — is in a relationship with a guy that respects her and won't take advantage, so it's just too bad that the entire foundation of their love is that they killed someone. Their watch-shopping scene was the sweetest and lightest of the night ("it really doesn't look anything like [the old watch] except that they are both watches and have hands and tell time"). Definitely a welcome respite fro...
Question: I lived in Houston for six years, having moved from the Midwest (where I've now returned), and was recently visited by some good friends from Texas. We were talking about TV, and, of course, I mentioned Friday Night Lights and how great it is. They informed me that they have been avoiding it like the plague. I couldn't believe it! Even more incredible was their reasoning: that a TV show would just ridicule native Texans, and that they'd had to survive all the stereotypes of Dallas for all those years. Of course, those who watch know the show does nothing of the kind! (Comparing it to Dallas?! Horror!) But from what I could tell, this appears to be a common misconception amongst many of their friends down there. I still can't believe it. But I'm curious: Do other shows with specific locations that almost act as characters in the drama suffer the same fate from their "hometown" audiences? And what on Earth can we do to combat that? If the whole state of Texas were to embrace ...
Matt tries to figure out how to deal with the women in his life. Zach Gilford by Bill Records/NBC
Episode Recap: "Bad Things"Regular readers of this blog know that this show make me cry on a pretty regular basis. Tonight's episode was no exception, though I'm not sure what part was most affecting. You'd think it would be Jason still coming to terms with his paralysis after recovering some muscle function, but that's really just par for the course on this show. As usual, Connie Britton's flawless portrayal of a new mother with a crumbling psyche was wrenching to watch. Was there any scene in which she wasn't desperately trying to swallow her sobs? And the thing is, it all seemed so completely organic there was no screaming or a melodramatic "Why me?" moment. It's hard not to love a show that allows its characters to fully comprehend the ridiculousness of their choices, and when Glenn (the guidance counselor in need of guidance) asked Tami why exactly she and Eric were living apart, her acknowledgement of, "I don't know, that was just my idea, it was just a stupid idea," wa...
Angie Harmon in Women's Murder Club by Danny Feld/ABC
My loyalties are so divided on Friday nights. I want ABCs so-so new crime drama Womens Murder Club to do well enough to bring some much-needed eyeballs to the charming romantic comedy Men in Trees, which finally returns from a cruel nearly eight-month hiatus. With James Pattersons name as a selling point for Murder Club (though hes not writing this series any more than he appears to be penning half of the books that go out with co-writers names on his ubiquitous book jackets), the show certainly has a shot at commercial success, even on a night thats widely considered a graveyard. Remember: This same night, and this same time period (9 pm/ET), is where the original CSI launched to even less fanfare, and the rest is TV history.But I also dont want anything to take audience away from Murder Clubs competition, most notably NBCs ever-fragile Friday Night Lights, which offers another superb episode this week. Even if like many observe...