Tami Taylor is the best goldang woman there is and if Connie Britton is even half the woman, she’s the best goldang woman there is, too, and if you disagree, you can go to hell.
“Friday Night Lights” turned Britton into something of an icon, a 40-something sex symbol and role model at the center of a critically acclaimed show (albeit one that was never a ratings smash). These days, the Internet is crowded with blog posts celebrating her exemplary television marriage, her maternal wisdom, the sheer amazingness of her hair. Britton, now 45, seemed to have emerged in her prime, redefining, in the process, what an actress’s prime exactly is. “Jerry Maguire” may have been the best thing that never happened to her.
Britton, who was briefly married right out of college, is single now, but she is usually dating someone. “In my experience of watching Connie Britton’s dating life, it has not been Connie getting beaten out by 25-year-old girls, let’s leave it at that,” says the producer Sarah Aubrey, a friend. If Britton bristles at characterizations of a 40-year-old woman as losing her appeal, it’s because she thinks those assumptions are off-base. “Because frankly I’ve had a different experience, as a single woman,” she said. “Younger men and all that.” It’s not that she has a particular pattern of dating younger men, she clarified. “Let’s put it this way: The older you get, the easier it is to date younger men.” She laughed. “There are more of them.”
Kyle Chandler finally won an Emmy last night. To celebrate, here’s an Emmy trailer video. I don’t know if it’s official, but it officially gave me chills. So there’s that. Watch it if you want to run through a brick wall.
I’m very pleased that this show was picked up for 2 more seasons. Season 3 was better than season 2, it was less rushed and less forced. And now, think of the drama available now that loyalties have been split.
Bonus Linkb: Here’s the Friday Night Lights creator, Peter Berg, on the BS Report with Bill Simmons.
I missed this great news yesterday, but Friday Night Lights will be on for 2 more seasons. They’re going to shoot the seasons together, which means even if next year’s ratings go down, they’ll have another season to show anyway. 13 episodes per season is a little light, but I like Friday Night Lights a lot and you should too.
The new pact covers the show’s fourth and fifth seasons, which will consist of 13 segs apiece. It continues the innovative partnership between the Peacock and the satcaster that saved “FNL” from cancellation this season, the third for the Peabody-winning series.
CNN says that people have too many programs saved on their TiVos
With infinite media, you have infinite choices, and therefore you have infinite opportunity costs,” he says. “Your satisfaction index of the thing you actually choose can never be equivalent to the infinite opportunity costs, so we’re in this position of being behind the cognitive eight-ball all the time.
I don’t even have a TiVo and this happens to me. We have to watch Dexter, True Blood, Californication, Weeds, we’re behind on 30 Rock and the Office and Friday Night Lights and I’ve just last night finished Generation Kill. Lost Season 4 ended last week for me. And those are just the shows with which we’re relatively caught up. What about BSG or The War or The IT Crowd?
I think this is like the RSS post Matt put up a couple days ago about getting rid of feeds he’s not interested in (read: doesn’t have time for) anymore. It hurts. Is RSS Bankruptcy a good option? Should people declare TiVo bankruptcy and burn the whole fucking place down?
What I really want to know is who will spearhead the TiVoZero movement, Merlin Mann is too busy tackling email.
ESPN The Magazine has a maddeningly uninformative feature on the high school football team Buzz Bissinger followed around for a year to write his instant classic ‘Friday Night Lights’. Unfortunately, they were only able to get information on 4 or 5 players and a couple coaches. If you’re going to do a where are they now, you have to give me a little bit more than this. Thanks for nothing, ESPN The Magazine.
“Season 3 begins Oct. 1 on DIRECTV and again on NBC starting in February 2009″, which is nice.
I have the ability to fall in love with an album if I listen to it enough times, and though I haven’t tested this out with any atrocious music, it happens with just about any album I listen to X times. Because of this, I’ve decided the X in this equation should become my new music rating system. Anyway, in the interest of not waiting to fall in love with any of the albums below, I’m going to provide an estimate to X for the most recent additions to my music collection. The lower the number, the more strongly I feel about it. In a good way.
Monochrome: Helmet (2006) 20
Friday Night Lights Soundtrack: Explosions in the Sky (2004) 10
A Poet’s Life: Tim Armstrong (2007) 5
Eardrum: Talib Kweli (2007) 20
Icky Thump: The White Stripes (2007) 75
There Will Be Blood Soundtrack: Jonny Greenwood (2007) 20
Field Manual: Chris Walla (2008) 5
After being canceled at the end of last season, Jerichowas granted a rare reprieve by CBS in the hopes that a small number of passionate fans would be able to create a hit. Unfortunately, this was not to be and we were left with a 7 episode second season full of too rushed stories culminating in exceptional ending (that is, if exceptional meant, “We’ve got to end it some way while also leaving open the possibility of a third season”). Still Jericho, a Red Dawn knock-off came closer to showing a society rebuilding itself after a disaster than other works in the apocolypse genre (I am Legend, 28 Days and Weeks Later, etc), and for that, I am eternally grateful.
(As an asside, I’m not sure why Jericho isn’t the perfect Saturday night TV show for one of the networks. It’s like the A-Team for a new generation, and if Friday Night Lights can find life on Direct TV, why can’t Jericho?)
Although Friday Night Lights Season 2 unabashedly started with a transparent audience grab in the first couple episodes, the season calmed down to deliver enough of what I like about it to keep me loyal and hoping for a satelite savior. In Season 2, football became less of a focus as the series continued it’s “issues based” writing: one week it’s teen sex/pregnancy, one week it’s race, one week it’s stealing from a meth dealer, even the mortgage crisis impacted Riggins this year. I’m hoping for a couple more seasons, if only to see how the creators deal with the problem facing every high school drama – graduation – though, admittedly, keeping a high school football player back a year, and in the series another season, isn’t even that big of a stretch.