We're still depressed about the end of Friday Night Lights and then we started watching the new "Now or Never" arc of Degrassi only to see a very familiar plot from being played out on the teen show. Now we loved FNL, and we love Degrassi, but FNL did make a major misstep with one little tiny murder storyline that dragged down its second season. Out of all the fantastic issues that Lights tackled, why, oh why, did Degrassi choose that one?
The finale for Friday Night Lights aired on NBC last night (lucky DirecTV users saw it earlier this year), and after having been burned in the past by other series finales, we were worried that everything would be tied up neatly in a bow or that there would be too many loose ends left unresolved. After all, even strong shows struggle to produce an ending that provides closure while still keeping true to the show's feel, no matter how much time producers have to plan things out. The Sopranos went for the sudden cut to black, Seinfeld tossed everyone in jail, Battlestar Galactica turned everyone into Cylon/human hybrids, Lost confused and frustrated us with a purgatory twist and Smallville cheated us out of a full-on Superman costume. But FNL proved that it is deserving of that Best Drama Emmy nomination by delivering a sweet and wonderful ending that gave us goosebumps and had us reaching for the tissues all at the same time. Here's why:
So I was able to obtain a screener copy of FNL's smashing season premiere and now I think I've got to go get a DirecTV subscription. I'm sure this was their master plan. If only I didn't pay an unspeakable amount for cable already, it would actually be doable. Anyway, our fantastic recapper Drunken Bee will be summarizing this season when it arrives on NBC early next year. But in the meantime, after the jump find some SPOILERS from the first episode if you just can't wait. God, I miss this show and it is my sincere wish that more people would watch it. I know that's a lot to ask.
Ever since Up All Night's pilot, my wife and I have wondered whether the writers have installed a camera in our place to gather material -- there's at least one moment every episode where the show captures something that happens in our life as perpetually tired parents of two young kids.
Yesterday I watched the Battlestar Galactica trailer and started counting down the days until this show returns on January 16th. Today NBC unveiled their winter schedule, and while there was some other information in there that I'm sure I'll examine more closely later on, one bit stuck out like a bright beacon of hope. Friday Night Lights is returning to network TV on that very same evening. My cup and DVR runneth over.
What's the best way to save money on TV merchandising? Have fans design it.
More work for former Panthers!
With another Fourth of July upon us, it's time to celebrate our freedom, and for us TV junkies, that means freedom from crappy shows and, more specifically, certain awful characters. Some of these people were on blissfully canceled shows, while others were recently ousted from halfway decent programs. Let's toast our independence from these most dreadful creations:
Sure, there were a lot of quality performances and shows overlooked during this year's Emmy nominations -- from the lack of acknowledgment for anything related to Community or Sons of Anarchy to the scarcely few nominations for Parks and Recreation. And we're still scratching our heads as to how Tony Shalhoub got another nom. But with that said, there were plenty of pleasant surprises that we're genuinely excited about.
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