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Our Holiday Gift Guide: Presents for Every TV Fan On Your List

by Maggie Furlong, posted Dec 1st 2011 11:00AM
I'm hard to shop for -- I fully admit that -- but the one way to my heart is with anything TV-related. Now that it's officially December, it's time to start putting up holiday decorations and brainstorming the perfect presents for everyone on your list ... even the picky people.

I've pulled together the best of the best holiday presents inspired by TV, including full series box sets of fan-favorite shows, a paperweight worthy of geek must-have status, a few books (yes, books) written by TV funny ladies and more gotta-have gear from the hottest comedies and dramas. There's something for all ages, all price ranges and all TV lovers.

So put your kids down for a nap in their leather jackets (you'll see), curl up with Big Joe (you'll love) and settle in for this epic list of TV-themed gifting goodness. Happy shopping!

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Connie Britton Says a 'Friday Night Lights' Movie is 'For Realsies' Happening

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 6th 2011 11:00AM
Connie BrittonNow that the 'Arrested Development' movie may actually be happening, let's turn our attention to another beloved TV show that fans are hoping will get a movie: 'Friday Night Lights.'

Yes, we know it was a film before it was a beloved TV show. The powers that be have made it known they are working on a script, and now Tami Taylor herself is fanning the movie flames.

"It's happening for realsies," Connie Britton told Us Weekly.

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Elizabeth Perkins Books 'The Closer' Role, 'New Girl' Enlists Lake Bell and More TV Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 20th 2011 4:30PM
Elizabeth Perkins'Weeds' star Elizabeth Perkins will guest star on 'The Closer.'

According to EW, Perkins will play Gail Meyers, the wife of the LAPD commissioner. In the Dec. 19 episode, Gail gets into some trouble when she tries to cover up potential scandal.

Mark Moses will play the commissioner and Maggie Wheeler will play a friend of Gail's.

'The Closer' returns to TNT on Nov. 28.

In other casting news ...

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Emmy Shocker: A Broadcast With Suspense and Surprising Wins

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 19th 2011 12:45AM
Many Emmy pundits create lists of "should win" and "will win" picks every year.

This year, it felt like many of the "should wins" did win. It made for -- and I can't believe I'm saying this -- a rather delightful Emmy broadcast.

Sunday's Emmy broadcast rewarded so many truly deserving and excited winners from shows like 'Justified,' 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Game of Thrones' and 'Downton Abbey' that it's hard to find much to complain about.

There were a few repeat winners this year, but there was also a lot of fresh blood and well-deserved recognition. When I think back on the broadcast, I won't think about the occasional dead spots, I'll think about Melissa McCarthy's surprise win, Margo Martindale's tears for her 'Justified' Emmy and Kyle Chandler's stunned speech after he won for his great work on 'Friday Night Lights.'

This Emmy broadcast gave some lovely recognition to people who truly deserved it, and Jane Lynch wasn't a bad host, either. All in all, what's usually a three-hour slogfest passed by relatively quickly and mostly painlessly this time around (the most painful part was that In Memoriam section, but more on that later).

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Full Hearts for Stunning 'Friday Night Lights' Emmy Wins

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 18th 2011 10:25PM
Kyle ChandlerTexas forever!

Some of the big surprises of Emmy night were the wins for the final season of 'Friday Night Lights.' To say that fans of the NBC/DirecTV show had full hearts would be putting it far too mildly.

First executive producer and head writer Jason Katims won an Emmy in the best drama writing category, and gave a lovely, graceful speech that ended with "Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose." Katims won for writing the show's series finale, 'Always,' which beat out 'Mad Men's' 'The Suitcase,' which was widely expected to win in that category.

Not long after that, a clearly stunned Kyle Chandler won as best dramatic actor. The man who played Coach Eric Taylor on 'FNL' for five seasons bested 'Mad Men's' Jon Hamm and 'Boardwalk Empire's' Steve Buscemi, among others.

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Emmys Opening Musical Number: Did Jane Lynch or Jimmy Fallon Do It Better? (VIDEO)

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 18th 2011 9:05PM
Jane Lynch Emmys openerJane Lynch kicked off the 2011 Emmy Awards with a musical number filled with celebrity cameos (Leonard Nimoy!), which, coincidentally, is how Jimmy Fallon kicked off the 2010 ceremony.

So, how did the two compare?

Well, Fallon went big with a 'Glee' tribute and Bruce Springsteen cover, while Lynch took the solo route with an original number about the magic of television and how everyone on TV lives in the same building.

Both recruited a ton of celebs to help out, but Fallon had the stars sing along with him while Lynch dropped into different show sets. Both included a requisite 'Dancing With the Stars' dig, though.

Who nabbed the bigger stars?

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NBC Buys 1980s Wrestling Drama Pilot From Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 24th 2011 11:45AM
Can you smell what The Rock is cooking? It's a wrestling TV drama.

According to a report in Deadline, NBC has bought a pilot based on the professional wrestling boom of the 1980s, to be produced by former WWE star Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.

For wrestling fans, the '80s were a golden era that gave rise to some of the sports most legendary stars, like Hulk Hogan, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, Andre the Giant, and Bret "The Hitman" Heart.

The show will be written by Brent Fletcher, who has worked as a writer for NBC on the football drama 'Friday Night Lights,' and Seamus Kevin Fahey, writer of 'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.' Jerry Bruckheimer will be one of the co-executive producers.

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'Glee' Adds 'Friday Night Lights' Actor, 'Desperate Housewives' Brings Back Actress and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 10th 2011 4:15PM
Amber Riley, LaMarcus Tinker'Glee' has found a new beau for Mercedes.

According to TVLine, 'Friday Night Lights' and 'Cougar Town' actor LaMarcus Tinker will play Marcus, a linebacker for McKinley and Mercedes' new boyfriend.

Tinker is known for his role as Dallas on 'Friday Night Lights,' but he recently recurred on 'Cougar Town' as Travis' college roommate.

In other casting news ...

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Full Hearts: A Review of the 'Friday Night Lights' Finale

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 15th 2011 9:30PM
The post below was originally published when the series finale of 'Friday Night Lights' aired on DirecTV in February (and if you want to read the first round of comments on the finale, check out that finale review, which is identical to this one except for these opening paragraphs).

A couple of notes: For a non-spoilery appreciation of the show titled 'Texas Forever: 12 Things Television Can Learn From 'Friday Night Lights,' look here.

For a non-spoilery discussion of 'FNL' on the Talking TV podcast, go here. Check out the Talking TV podcast next week for a new, in-depth discussion of the developments that occurred over the course of the show's five seasons.

This Grantland oral history of the show is worth checking out as well.

Read on only if you've seen the last episode of best drama Emmy nominee 'Friday Night Lights.'

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Is 'Friday Night Lights' Heading to the Big Screen Again?

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 15th 2011 5:20PM
Friday Night LightsGet ready to talk about a new 'Friday Night Lights' movie ... for the next few years. Yes, another critically-acclaimed TV show that was never a ratings smash hit may become a film.

Peter Berg, executive producer of the TV series and original director of the 'Friday Night Lights' film starring Billy Bob Thornton, reportedly wants to continue the 'FNL' story with Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler on the big screen.

Bill Simmons, editor-in-chief of Grantland.com (home to an exceptional 'FNL' oral history piece), tweeted this: "Peter Berg told us he wants to do an 'FNL' movie with Chandler/Britton off the final episode."

TVLine reports Berg is working behind the scenes to get the film made, but Universal Pictures told the site, "We do not currently have a 'FNL' project in development."

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Emmys 2011: Watch Clips of the Best Drama Series Nominees Here (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 14th 2011 11:00AM
The 2011 Emmy nominations were announced today, and that's all anyone in the TV world can talk about.

Of course our readers know how much we love to analyze everything TV (see our Best Comedy Nominees video playlist and critic Mo Ryan's take), but sometimes clips speak louder than words. So we've rounded up the best moments of each of the nominated shows to give you a better idea of the competition's playing field.


Here, a TV Replay clip from each of the 2011 Emmy Best Drama Series nominees.

There's 'Mad Men,' 'Dexter,' 'Boardwalk' Empire,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Friday Night Lights,' and 'The Good Wife.' Watch the highlights of the shows right here, then tell us who you think will take home that golden statue come Emmy night.

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Fox Orders More 'Napoleon Dynamite' & 'Allen Gregory,' 'Torchwood' Gets Good Start on Starz & More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 11th 2011 7:00PM
Allen GregoryBefore either show has debuted, Fox has handed out additional script orders to new cartoons 'Allen Gregory' and 'Napoleon Dynamite.'

According to Vulture, 'Gregory' received an order for six new scripts and 'Dynamite' got seven.

More script orders could happen this fall if Fox continues to like what it sees.

Look for 'Gregory' to premiere Oct. 30 after 'The Simpsons' traditional 'Treehouse of Horror' special. 'Dynamite' is set for mid-season.

In other TV news ...

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What to Watch: TV Picks for July 4 - 10

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jul 4th 2011 10:39AM
Friday Night Lights - Wednesday July 6, 9PM ET/PT, Global/NBC

The series and season finale of one of the finest pieces of television ever made airs tonight. Like any other epic ending, there are engagements, reunions, job changes, and plenty of nods to the very first episode. Basically, you're going to need an entire box of tissue to get through this. In the end, you'll probably feel that each of the characters winds up where you'd hoped they would -- or at least that they made the best of things. The real tears come from realizing that from now on you have to live without them.

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Chelsea Handler Tries to Hook Connie Britton Up With A Staffer on 'Chelsea Lately' (VIDEO)

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 17th 2011 4:52AM
chelsea lately, connie brittonChelsea Handler and 'Friday Night Lights' star Connie Britton got on like old chums on 'Chelsea Lately' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on E!).

Britton, looking better than ever, dropped by the show to chat about the final season of the critically acclaimed drama, but the subject of conversation soon turned to Chelsea's favorite staff member, who may or may not be gay.

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TCA Awards Nominate 'Justified,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Community'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 13th 2011 4:35PM
Critics tend to rave about dramas like 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'The Good Wife,' 'Mad Men' and 'Justified,' so it was no surprise to learn that all those awards picked up multiple nominations from the Television Critics Association, which announced its TCA Awards nominees Monday.

The Television Critics Association is an organization of more than 200 television critics and journalists, and this year, the group made some pretty unimpeachable choices.

On the comedy side, 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Louie,' 'Modern Family' and 'Community' picked up multiple nominations.

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