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Get ready for an Emmys rematch four years in the making, as Kyle Chandler ("Bloodline") and Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") are once again predicted to duke it out for the gold. The last time these two leading men faced off in 2011, Chandler won the trophy for the final season of "Friday Night Lights," while Hamm was left holding nothing but an empty "Suitcase." Do you think either of them will win Best Drama Actor this year? Hurry -- make your predictions and you could win our $1,000 prize as well as a place of honor on our leaderboard and a leading role in next year's Top 24 Users (the two dozen folks who do the best predicting this year's Emmys). -Break- Will Amy Poehler and Jon Hamm finally lose their Emmy virginity? According to our exclusive odds -- drawn from the predictions of our Editors, Top 24 and readers just like you -- »
Amy Schumer is taking on campus rape with the help of The Good Wife's Josh Charles with a perfect Friday Night Lights parody. So perfect in fact Mrs. Coach herself, Connie Britton, cheered the bit on Twitter. "'Clear eyes full hearts don't rape!' @amyschumer you're a genius...big white wine cheers to you," Britton tweeted. "Worshipping at your altar Connie! Hey Ya'll!!" Schumer responded as anybody would to a tweet from Connie Britton. In the Inside Amy Schumer spoof, Football Town Nights, Charles plays the Coach Taylor character with Schumer taking on the role of his wife. Charles' character, the new coach of the team, lays out his rules. The third role: "No »
Read More: Inside 'Inside Amy Schumer': They're Gonna Do 'Whatever the F***' They Want Nostalgic for "Friday Night Lights"? Amy Schumer has you covered. Included in the season premiere of her acclaimed sketch series "Inside Amy Schumer" is "Football Town Nights," a glorious parody of the Emmy-winning NBC football drama. Schumer channels Connie Britton's wildly appealing "Mrs. Coach," while "Inside Amy Schumer" frequenter Josh Charles returns to take the reigns of Coach Eric Taylor from Kyle Chandler (no easy task). The result is a silly, funny and increasingly bizarre interpretation of the series, perfectly tapping into its tone and typical conflicts while raucously confronting the ugliness of football culture in the process. While Schumer and Charles could hardly replicate the irresistible chemistry between Chandler and Britton, both expertly tap into their mannerisms and dynamic. In particular, their post-game interaction features »
- David Canfield
There are Friday Night Lights parodies, and there are comedians who tell jokes about rape. Never the twain have met, until now. (Side note: Isn't is kind of amazing how Friday Night Lights is still such a relevant part of the cultural cachet?) In last night's third season premiere of Inside Amy Schumer, Schumer managed to find a perfect way to address rape culture (especially within football) that was both smart and funny. On the Friday Night Lights side of things, she nailed Connie Britton's "hey y'all!" and re-upped on her Mrs. Coach-ness with an escalating set of wine glasses. In the sketch, Josh Charles (who is apparently becoming the guy you call when you want to execute a really excellent parody; I turn your attentions to "The Foodroom") as a Coach Taylor-type, addresses his new football team with a simple request: no more raping. It's not just in »
- Allison Keene
Every bit of last night's "Inside Amy Schumer" season 3 premiere was brilliant (and spoke to why Comedy Central ordered a fourth season yesterday), from the opening musical number "Milk Milk Lemonade" to the all-star sketch that gave the episode its title, "Last F*ckable Day." But as a TV critic and "Friday Night Lights" fan, I had a particular soft spot for "Football Town Nights," which reunited Schumer with Josh Charles (her co-star from last year's dead-on Aaron Sorkin parody "The Foodroom") for a "Friday Night Lights" parody that featured Schumer's incredible Connie Britton impression (helped by the various wine glasses), but had a much bigger topic on its mind: See? It is possible to tell rape jokes. You just have to be as smart about it as Schumer and company were here. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Ahead of its premiere next month, a trailer has been released for upcoming thriller series Aquarius , which stars David Duchovny as a Los Angeles cop on the trail of The Manson Family. Check it out here…
Los Angeles. 1967.
Sam Hodiak (David Duchovny, “Californication,” “The X-Files”), a decorated World War II vet and homicide detective, barely recognizes the city he’s now policing. Long hair, cheap drugs, rising crime, protests, free love, police brutality, Black Power and the Vietnam War are radically remaking the world he and the Greatest Generation saved from fascism 20 years ago.
So when Emma Karn (Emma Dumont, “Salvation,” “Bunheads”), the 16-year-old daughter of an old girlfriend, goes missing in a sea of hippies and Hodiak agrees to find her, he faces only hostility, distrust and silence. He enlists the help of Brian Shafe (Grey Damon, “True Blood,” “Friday Night Lights”) – a young, idealistic undercover vice cop who »
- Gary Collinson
Into the Wind
Directed by Ezra Holland and Steve Nash
At one point in the Espn Films documentary Into the Wind, one of the interviewees says that Canada rallied behind Terry Fox because Canada lacked heroes like him; “We never had a Martin Luther King, a Nelson Mandela,” she says. But it might just as easily be said that America or South Africa never had a Terry Fox, that rare person who became a legend despite fighting a losing battle against long odds. - Fox was a college student hoping for basketball stardom, when he developed cancer in his right leg. Doctors amputated the leg above the knee, but Fox did not abandon his athletic desires, and eventually he conceived of the idea to run across Canada on a specially-designed artificial leg to raise money for cancer-research charities. The film’s title refers to the fact that Fox »
- Mark Young
Kim Dickens may be an unrecognizable name, but she is certainly a recognizable face. In the past several years, Dickens has had prominent roles in some of the most acclaimed television shows of all time, Sons of Anarchy, Treme, House of Cards, Lost, and Friday Night Lights just to name a few. In each of these shows she has been a strong supporting presence without ever failing to leave a resonating performance, however little screen time she may have in some of the shows. She has become one of the most reliable actresses in television, always turning in very honest and relatable performances, so why don’t people know who she is yet?
That’s not to say that the general North American audience isn’t starting to take notice of her. In 2014 she played detective Rhonda Boney in David Fincher’s widely seen cultural phenomenon, Gone Girl. As Boney, »
- Ross Hansen
The actress will play a woman who helps slaves find their way along the Underground Railroad in Wgn America’s forthcoming historical drama, per our sister site Deadline.
Porter, whose extensive resume includes roles on The 100, True Blood and The Newsroom, will portray Pearly Mae. The character is instrumental in spreading a song that contains clues that lead escaping slaves to freedom.
Related Wgn American Greenlights Appalachia Drama
The one-hour drama, which was ordered straight to series in February, “follows a group of slaves who plan a daring escape from »
Match-play golf mixes with evil gamblers and the Christian ethics of Middle America in “The Squeeze,” a heavy-handed morality play supported by beautifully shot footage on the links and well-cast con men. But the narrative by debuting writer-director Terry Jastrow — who also produces along with wife Anne Archer — is so handicapped by prosaic dialogue and the earnest young couple at its core that the ingenious “based on actual events” twist at the end feels more like an impossible lie. Distributor Arc Entertainment has a library targeted to faith-based audiences — an important second shot, since theatrical returns from nonbelievers may be subpar.
Golf prodigy Augie Baccus (“Friday Night Lights’ ” Jeremy Sumpter) has big plans. But after easily winning a local tournament, he’s approached by a high roller named Riverboat (Christopher McDonald) and his moll, Jessie (the ingratiating Katherine Lanasa), who try to convince him to join forces with them in »
- Bill Edelstein
A young guy tries to begin a new chapter in his life, a father desperately seeks a connection with his estranged son, and a mysterious mountain man with boar jerky offers a shady yet tempting gig. As Dylan, Caleb, and Chick, respectively, Max Thieriot, Kenny Johnson, and Ryan Hurst bring plenty of intrigue to the engrossing third season of A&E's Bates Motel. Ahead of the next episode's (titled "Norma Louise") premiere tonight at 9:00pm Est, we participated in an interview call with Thieriot, Johnson, and Hurst, who discussed Caleb becoming a sympathetic character, the idea of Emma and Dylan getting romantically involved down the line, what Hurst likes about Chick's ambiguity and wardrobe, and much more.
On how Dylan has changed since season one:
Max Thieriot: "It's funny, because when I first got the script, Dylan kind of shows up and he's really a prick. He shows »
- Derek Anderson
Since it premiered a few years ago, I’ve been a huge fan of Parenthood, which, to me, is probably the greatest family drama to ever air on television. Since Parenthood ended earlier this year, I’ve been looking for a new show to fill that very particular void in my life. I had always heard that Friday Night Lights, whose Ep and head writer was Parenthood‘s Jason Katims, was exceptional, so I decided to give the series a go as it is all available on Netflix. Needless to say, I was not at all disappointed. In a short 76 episodes, Friday Night Lights earned a solid place in my list of favorite TV shows. Every performance on the show was greater than I could have ever expected, and it featured some of the best writing that I have ever seen. Another huge positive for Friday Night Lights is the music. »
- Jasef Wisener
Britney Spears proved you can never truly get the country out of the girl ... by using the hood of her $150k Mercedes as a front row seat. Brit and Lynne Spears were in full soccer mom and grandma mode in Calabasas this weekend cheering on Brit's son from the hood of her ritzy G-Class ... so they're probably gonna want to get that hood buffed out. That's straight up Friday Night Lights stuff ... but if she's truly legit, »
- TMZ Staff
HBO has already created a lot of buzz this week with the much-anticipated season premiere of Game of Thrones coming this Sunday and its release of a new trailer for True Detective’s second season. Now the network has unveiled the first trailer for its new Dwayne Johnson-led series Ballers, which appears to be a hybrid of Any Given Sunday, Entourage, and Friday Night Lights. The 30-minute dramedy will begin its 10-episode run in June.
The Miami-set show will center on a former football superstar (Johnson) who reinvents himself after retirement by mentoring current and former players on the art of surviving the business of football. The series also stars Rob Corddry, Rmar Benson Miller, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, Jazmyn Simon, Arielle Kebble, and John David Washington, who is a former college football player and the son of Denzel Washington. Friday Night Lights alum Peter Berg helmed the pilot »
- A.R. Wilson
In HitFix's new feature "Waxing Episodic," we reflect on an episode of television we'll never forget. FX's "Justified" is coming to an end next week. Let's all respectfully tip our morally color-coded cowboy hat to Graham Yost and company's often superb Elmore Leonard adaptation, which has dispensed heaping servings of badassery on a consistent basis, especially if you pretend Season 5 just never happened. But just as Season 5 is accepted by anybody sensible as the "Justified" nadir, I'm unprepared to accept the contention that any "Justified" season other than the second constitutes its peak. "Justified" has reliably hovered in the second half of my Top 20 for all of its non-Season 5 seasons, but Season 2 was the only one to crack my Top 10, finishing at No.7, which seemed insufficiently rapturous to me in retrospect, but I looked back at the six shows that finished above and you're talking about the final "Friday Night Lights" season, »
- Daniel Fienberg
After releasing the first trailer for new comedy The Brink this morning, HBO has now unveiled the first Ballers trailer for Dwayne Johnson’s upcoming series. Created and executive produced by Steve Levinson (Entourage, Boardwalk Empire), the show stars Johnson as a former football superstar who gets his life on track in retirement by mentoring other current players. The show very much looks to have a strong Entourage vibe, making swell use of its Miami location and ensemble cast. The main draw here is that Dwayne Johnson has his own TV series, so that’s reason enough to tune in. Though it’s a half-hour series, it looks like Ballers will also delve into a bit of drama—that’s not uncommon at HBO, though, where only 50% of its “comedies” are straight-up comedies. The series also boasts Friday Night Lights alum and feature film director Peter Berg as an executive producer alongside Mark Wahlberg, »
- Adam Chitwood
A deal under the 20th Century Fox TV banner is oiling the wheels for a souped-up new theater company, in an unusual pact that could become a new model for producing live theatrical entertainment in a variety of venues.
Playwright and TV writer-producer Rolin Jones (“Weeds,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Boardwalk Empire”) inked a two-year pact in January with 20th TV to develop projects for network and cable under the shingle New Neighborhood.
But in a departure for Hollywood deals, Jones’ group will also create theater projects with a virtual company of artists from across the country, coming together in real life at various sites as projects demand. The troupe will co-produce with interested regional theaters, offering fresh product, talent, energy and some enhancement dollars.
“It’s all about storytelling,” says Jones, pictured above left with fellow New Neighborhood company member Jackson Gay. “We envision it a lot less like theater »
- Frank Rizzo
Gary McCurry reviews the third episode of Bloodline…
Around the age of 9 or 10 I owned a whole bunch of magazines wherein you built a boat, plane or railway set with the parts included in each edition. The thing is, after issue #1 and the first 4 or 5 segments, I’d either forget or want to move on, leaving these pieces discarded.
Bloodline is like this, each week you receive another small part to build upon the original main piece you have from the first episode. Some may choose to be like my younger self and move on but I’m eager to see the whole thing complete for once.
This is spoilers country.
The unidentified Hispanic girl found in the lake makes another fleeting appearance at the start of “Part 3″ and once again nothing is said for the remainder of the episode. The show seems to be trying hard to keep her »
- Gary McCurry
Taylor Kitsch is everything that a Hollywood heartthrob should be. He's sexy, successful, and can even hang with Rihanna - but what about his hopes, dreams, and fears? As dedicated fans of the Friday Night Lights actor, we dove a little deeper to find out what exactly goes on behind those hazel eyes. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about the Tim Riggins who will always have your heart. »
Sure, there are plenty of reasons why Tim Riggins has your heart, but actor Taylor Kitsch is just as sexy off screen, too. This week, he turns 34, so to celebrate, we're taking a look at some of his hottest moments. The Canadian actor first won over fans as tough, hunky football hero Riggins on Friday Night Lights, and over the past few years, he's been on the big screen thanks to movies like John Carter, Battleship, and Savages. Soon, he'll be returning to the small screen with a buzzed-about role on True Detective. In any case, now seems like the perfect time to look back at some of his sexiest snaps from over the years, including a mix of red carpet appearances and crazy-hot magazine editorials. Brace yourself - there are some really, really good ones. »
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