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Connie Britton Adopts Baby Boy From Ethiopia

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 16th 2011 2:30PM
Connie Britton AdoptsConnie Britton, known to legions of fans as one of TV's top moms, Tami Taylor on 'Friday Night Lights,' has adopted a baby boy.

According to People, Britton spent three years going through the adoption process before taking home a 9-month-old baby boy from Ethiopia, Eyob.

"It was such a wonderful moment of completion," Britton said of holding her son for the first time. "I thought I was going to collapse into a puddle of tears. I was just grinning from ear to ear."

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Save Our Stars: Actors We Want to Rescue from Bad or Blah Shows

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 8th 2011 1:30PM
SOS ListIt happens every year: Disappointing new shows arrive on our TV screens, and they not only leave us cold, they also drag some of our favorite performers down into the muck of mediocrity. If only we could wave a magic wand and free these actors from disappointing or inconsistent vehicles!

As it stands, however, the majority of the shows listed below -- from 'Ringer' to 'American Horror Story' -- have been picked up for full seasons or given additional seasons. As you might imagine, this is not news that fills me with joy. I'd love to see the performers below released from their current gigs one way or another. I say this from love: If 'Ringer' killed off Nestor Carbonell's cop character, I wouldn't shed a tear. Rather, I'd rejoice at the idea that the actor would be free to be awesome on another (ideally excellent) program.

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FX Renews 'American Horror Story'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 31st 2011 2:15PM
American Horror Story RenewedAfter scoring record ratings for the network, FX has renewed 'American Horror Story' for a second season.

"It's one thing to have the ambition and guts to reinvent a genre in a way that makes it captivatingly fresh for a broad audience -- it's something else entirely to have the craft to back that ambition up," John Landgraf, president and general manager of FX Networks, said in a statement. "Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have hit the trifecta with 'Nip/Tuck,' 'Glee' and now 'American Horror Story,' which will be scaring FX's viewers to death for many years to come."

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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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Our 'American Horror Story' Drinking Game! (Because No One Should Be Sober For This)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Oct 5th 2011 4:00PM
'American Horror Story''American Horror Story' premieres tonight (Wed., Oct. 5, 10PM ET on FX) and, well, we're all a little torn.

Mo Ryan has her warnings, some of us are still intrigued enough to keep watching (albeit cautiously) and others are all in. Judging by the comments on our exclusive video of the first five minutes of the show, you're torn, too.

But one thing's for sure: This is a show that's way more enjoyable if you're intoxicated.* (*If you're of legal drinking age, that is. If not, you shouldn't be watching anyway -- this is the stuff emotional scarring is made of.)

To assist in your quest for the perfect balance of tipsy and entertained, we proudly present our 'American Horror Story' Drinking Game!

Now, get a bottle of your drink of choice ready ... it's gonna be a long night.

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EXCLUSIVE: Watch the First 5 Minutes of 'American Horror Story' Here (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 30th 2011 11:00AM
'American Horror Story' on FX'American Horror Story' is one of the weirdest, creepiest, genuinely jump-out-of-your-seat frightening TV shows we've ever seen.

From the minds of Ryan Murphy (of 'Nip/Tuck' fame) and his 'Glee' co-creator Brad Falchuk, 'American Horror Story' has been stamped with the "psychosexual thriller" genre thanks to the many murders, inexplicable phenomena and haunted happenings in the Harmon family's new L.A. home.

But you don't have to wait until the show premieres (Wed., Oct. 5, 10PM ET on FX) to see what I'm talking about -- AOL TV's got the first five minutes of the premiere exclusively for you right here.

Stars Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton, Taissa Farmiga, Jessica Lange and Frances Conroy are nowhere to be found in this video though. Rather, the series kicks off with a set of young twins in 1978 being warned that the house doesn't take kindly to intruders. A dead animal and some body parts in jars later, and the twins learn the lesson that the Harmons will have to learn again and again in present day: People who go into that house don't tend to come back out.

Check out the video and tell us what you think in the comments. Will you watch 'American Horror Story'?

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New Promo for FX's 'American Horror Story' (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 27th 2011 6:00PM
American Horror Story'American Horror Story' (premieres Wed., Oct. 5, 10PM ET on FX) is still somewhat of a mystery -- there's a troubled family living in a haunted house, plagued by horrific things -- and FX's previews aren't helping matters any. But boy, are they creepy.

Described as "addictive," "terrifying" and "sexy," the new "Creators" trailer claims that the show has everything you love about a thriller, but nothing you expect.

From the minds of 'Glee' co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, this new psychological thriller is decidedly darker than their song-and-dance-filled Fox hit.

Starring Dylan McDermott as Ben Harmon and Connie Britton as his wife Vivien, the spookiness starts when the Harmons move from Boston to L.A. Rounding out the star-studded cast is Jessica Lange as the Harmon's neighbor, as well as Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Denis O'Hare and Frances Conroy.

Also just announced is 'Heroes' alum Zachary Quinto as a gay interior designer who used to own the Harmon's new home.

Curious? Check out the trailers right here and tell us what you think.

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Connie Britton Got Her Acting Start in Murder Mystery Dinner Theater (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 28th 2011 4:59AM
Connie Britton, 'Late Show with David Letterman'When you see Connie Britton portraying Tami Taylor on 'Friday Night Lights,' the last thing to come across your mind is a blonde bimbo. And yet, that's how Britton's professional acting career began. On 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), she talked about how she got her start not on stage or screen, but in murder mystery dinner theater.

It's a pretty demanding gig, requiring subtlety, ad-libbing and even some misdirection. Britton said her biggest challenge was slipping some pellets into her mouth, so she could foam at the mouth as she "died." Her fantasy promotion from the challenges of this role?

"I wanted to be the bimbo who gets stabbed in the back," she said. "All you have to do is figure out how to get the fake knife in there and then you just have to come running in with a really great scream."

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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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Seven Drama Actresses on Why They Love TV (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted May 31st 2011 12:30PM
Emmy RoundtableJulianna Margulies, Connie Britton, Christina Hendricks, Regina King, Melissa Leo, Katey Sagal and Kelly MacDonald walk into a room ... no, this isn't the setup of a lame joke, it's what happened at the Hollywood Reporter's Emmy Roundtable.

These seven talented ladies -- all of them Emmy contenders -- gathered to discuss all things TV.

In the clip below, the women talk about the difference between film and TV work, and why working in TV is easier when you have a family.

"I like them both," Margulies said. "I don't not want to have my kid and I don't not want to have my job, so you make it work. And you sleep when you're dead."

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Connie Britton Heading to FX? Rob Schneider Lands CBS Pilot and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 7th 2011 1:30PM
Connie BrittonOscar-nominee David O. Russell is teaming with 'Friday Night Lights' star Connie Britton for a new female-driven FX drama.

According to TVLine, Russell, director of 'The Fighter,' will create the series with the Emmy-nominated Britton attached to star.

It's too early to reveal other details, but shouldn't "Connie Britton" and "female-driven drama" be enough to get you onboard?

In other TV news ...

Rob Schneider could be returning to TV with a new CBS sitcom. The currently untitled pilot is based on the 'Saturday Night Live' veteran's life after he married into a large Mexican-American family. [Deadline Hollywood]

Nia Vardalos is heading to 'Cougar Town.' Vardalos, wife of 'Cougar Town' star Ian Gomez, will play his character's sister-in-law. Vardalos's character seems to think Gomez's Andy is the one who got away. [TVLine]

Taylor Kinney has joined the cast of NBC's 'A Mann's World.' The pilot from Michael Patrick King would see the 'Vampire Diaries' veteran playing a popular stylist at a spa where an aging hairdresser is trying to remain relevant. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Connie Britton Might Join 'The Event,' Bravo Renews 'Work of Art' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 12th 2010 6:30PM
Connie Britton'Friday Night Lights' star Connie Britton is in talks to join NBC's freshman drama 'The Event.'

According to Deadline Hollywood, producers are actively wooing the Emmy-nominated star. The recurring role in development is that of a senator's wife who sets out to prove herself worthy of his seat when he unexpectedly dies.

Britton is the first choice for the role. The actress spent five years as Tami Taylor on the critically-acclaimed 'Friday Night Lights.'

In other TV news ...

Larry Wilmore may be going from senior black correspondent on 'The Daily Show' to sitcom star. Wilmore has sold a pitch to NBC that would see him as the father of a family who become the subjects of a British documentary. [Live Feed]

Prep your ears for Disney's 'Madison High,' it's bringing more singing teens to TV. The comedy project about tweens and teens who are working toward producing an original theater production based on their lives is from Lester Lewis and Paul Hoen. It's expected to go to pilot. [Deadline Hollywood]

TLC ordered a new reality series called 'Bama Belles.' The one-hour series will premiere Dec. 6 and follow the everyday activities of rural Alabama women. [Variety]

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Emmy Picks: Best Lead Actress in a Drama

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 22nd 2010 4:30PM

With the Emmy awards a week away, I'm continuing to pick who I think should and who I think will win the major awards.

On Friday, I discussed the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy category. Now come the categories for lead actress and actor, starting with the six worthy nominees for Lead Actress in a Drama.

Connie Britton, 'Friday Night Lights'
Glenn Close, 'Damages'

Mariska Hargitay, 'Law & Order: SVU'
January Jones, 'Mad Men'
Julianna Margulies, 'The Good Wife'
Kyra Sedgwick, 'The Closer'

Who will win:
The temptation here is to say that one of the previous winners, such as Hargitay or Close, will take the award because of the Academy's lack of creativity with their picks. But Margulies is a known quantity -- she's been nominated six times for 'ER,' both in the lead and supporting categories, winning after the show's first season -- and 'The Good Wife' was widely-watched enough to make me think that she may get the award this year. She carried the first year hit on her shoulders and did a great job playing the wounded but resilient Alicia Florrick.

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'Friday Night Lights' Season 4 Trailer (VIDEO)

by Allyssa Lee, posted Apr 19th 2010 7:26PM
Clear eyes, full hearts can't lose. And neither can 'Friday Night Lights.' The critically acclaimed, woefully underwatched drama returns to NBC on May 7, and the network is heralding its comeback with a three-hanky trailer.

Sure, DirecTV subscribers have already witnessed the fourth season come and go. But for those of you who have been waiting a small eternity for the network airing of the series -- which revolves around high school football in Dillon, Texas -- here's a telling glimpse at what's to come.

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Friday Night Lights, season four -- An early look

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Oct 28th 2009 12:02PM
Kyle Chandler as Eric Taylor in 'Friday Night Lights.'
Entering into its fourth season (and second since the NBC/DirecTV deal), Friday Night Lights is a show in transition on numerous levels. The high school football drama returns tonight to DirecTV's 101 Network at 9 p.m. ET (NBC won't air this season until next summer) and for fans of the show, it's an episode they've long been waiting for.

Ever since the season three finale, as Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and his wife Tami (Connie Britton) stepped on to the East Dillon Lions decrepit football field, Eric's new home, the tension has been at an all time high in Dillon, Texas. How can Coach Taylor, a man whom many consider to be a high school football wunderkind, start from scratch with a team that doesn't even exist yet?

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