Bent, David Walton and Amanda Peet
Blink and you might miss Bent, NBC's new romantic comedy, which premieres Wednesday at 9/8c. Although the series will only be on for three weeks of back-to-back new episodes, Bent actually deserves a closer look. The comedy, from Scrubs writer Tad Quill, follows a newly divorced, high-strung single mother (Amanda Peet) and the lackadaisical ladies' man she hires to re-do her kitchen (David Walton).
So what makes this half-hour comedy worth the investment? Here are five reasons to check out Bent:
Rob Corddry has a bone to pick with President Barack Obama.
After shooting the upcoming third season of Childrens Hospital back in December, the series star, creator and executive producer had to remove a joke delivered by guest star Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) about his having killed Osama bin Laden because, well, it actually happened.
"That ruins the joke completely. Obama killed our joke. Obama killed the No. 1 wanted man in the world, as well as one of our biggest jokes of the season. He couldn't wait until July," Corddry tells TVGuide.com. "I was annoyed. ... I find myself wishing bin Laden had lived for another...
Zach Gilford, Taylor Kitsch, Gaius Charles
In the second part of our farewell to Friday Night Lights, producers and cast talk about the show's controversial storylines (murder! abortion!), the show-saving fan campaigns, sending the Taylors to East Dillon and (unbelievably!) hating on the Panthers.
Part 1: Friday Night Light comes to an end: Producers and cast remember building Dillon
TVGuide.com spoke to stars Kyle Chandler (Eric Taylor), Connie Britton (Tami Taylor), Aimee Teegarden (Julie Taylor), Taylor Kitsch (Tim Riggins), Zach Gilford (Matt Saracen), Matt Lauria (Luke Cafferty), Michael B. Jordan (Vince Howard), and executive producers Jason Katims and David Nevins about the long road to that final Texas sunset. The series finale airs Wednesday at 9 pm on DirecTV...
Friday Night Lights
Spoiler alert! After an emotional five-season run, Friday Night Lights will go dark next year (DirecTV's 101 Network airs the series finale February 9; NBC will replay the season, likely this summer). But before the last football is tossed, much-missed Matt Saracen (Zach Gilford), Tyra Colette (Adrianne Palicki), Jason Street (Scott Porter) and Landry Clarke (Jesse Plemons) return to Dillon, Texas. Also back: sprung-from-the-slammer Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch, who will appear in the last five episodes).
Friday Night Lights
It's the least Friday Night Lights could do for Landry.
After he was forced to beat a guy to death, and later left hanging on the side of the road by Tyra and unceremoniously dumped by Jess, Landry (Jesse Plemons) got to spend his last days bumming around with Dillon's finest. I can think of no better way to send the guy off, still standing — and smiling.
Cheers to Jurnee Smollett for completing a tricky arc on Friday Night Lights.
When the TGIF alum (who costarred with five of her siblings in the 1994-5 sitcom On Our Own) joined FNL at the start of Season 4 ...
The Dillon Panthers are losing a very valuable player.
Friday Night Lights' Jesse Plemons is not returning for the show's fifth season, EW reports.
"We feel we didn't have substantial enough storylines to justify keeping such an immensely talented actor from pursuing what we know will be continue to be a very successful career," executive producer Jason Katims told EW. "Jesse has created one of Friday Night Lights' finest and most beloved characters, and I can tell you this was...
Jesse Plemons by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage.com
Jesse Plemons is moving on from his geeky teen ways of Friday Night Lights and heading down a new path of life dealing the wacky tabackyBest known for his role as Landry Clarke on NBCs acclaimed FNL Plemons will be playing the pot-dealing Jesus in the new indie comedy Shrink Amongst his top clients is none other than Kevin Spacey The cast also includes Robin Williams and Saffron Burrows The film follows Hollywoods A-list psychiatrist Henry Carter Spacey who turns to weed to deal with a personal tragedy Only problem is all that doobage is affecting his ability to help his patients including a hasbeen actress insecure young writer and a OCD agent Gina DiNunno
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!