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The author Lorrie Moore reviews Friday Night Lights for the New York Review of Books, expressing surprise at finding two other writers at a Manhattan party who also wanted to discuss the show (really, only two?) and discovering their mutual affection for Tim Riggins.
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After five seasons, NBC’s critically adored and ever-embattled drama Friday Night Lights is coming to an end. The show has endured despite impressively low ratings due in no small part to obsessive (and media-driven) fandom. There’s a certain irony in this: a show ostensibly about high school football in Texas—flyover country doing flyover country things—ended up capturing the hearts and minds of coastal elites (and landlocked coastal elites). And nobody else.
Whatever you may be doing on Friday night, chances are you’re not watching Friday Nights Lights on NBC. Now entering its fourth season, FNL (as it is known to devotees) is the best show on TV that no one watches. Last year, it was the 127th-most-watched program on network TV.
In all the endless dissections Read More
For the past few years, media buffs have been waiting for the elusive answer to a simple question: When is what’s on TV going to really start acting more like what’s on the Web? It’s a two-part question, really, and the answer isn’t nearly as clear as you might think.
The first part has to Read More
Monday: The Painted Veil
File this under movies not enough people went to see: 2006’s The Painted Veil is a haunting drama, based on the (excellent) W. Somerset Maugham novel. The film stars Edward Norton and Naomi Watts as a British couple in the midst of marital strife, who go to a Read More
“I think gals want to help him … and a lot of guys just want to be him,” said Taylor Kitsch, the 28-year-old actor who plays heartthrob football fullback Tim Riggins on NBC’s Friday Night Lights. Mr. Kitsch was calling just a few hours before walking the red carpet for the world premiere of fanboy-frenzy-inducing Read More
Monday: How I Met Your Mother
We were a little disappointed by Saturday Night Live this weekend when Neil Patrick Harris hosted. Not because he wasn’t hilarious-he was!-but because they did too much Doogie and not enough Barney, Mr. Harris’ slimy, yet weirdly charming womanizer on HIMYM. Over the last few years, this Friends-ish pal comedy has Read More
EW.com’s got a scoop today on the forthcoming, third season of Friday Night Lights. What? Didn’t that show get canceled?, you ask. No, it didn’t, but this season will be airing on DirecTV in the fall before winding up on NBC in early 2009, long after the diehard fans among us have read Read More