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    Greatest Series Finales: Friday Night Lights’ “Always” is a beautiful exploration of family

    Friday Night Lights had a unique journey, to say the least. Based on the novel of the same name, which was adapted into a film first, the series premiered in 2007 on NBC to critical praise but didn’t manage to find a significant audience. NBC supported the series, bringing it back for a truncated season two (courtesy of the Writers Strike), but season three seemed unlikely to happen until NBC worked out a deal with DirecTV to cost-share the series, renewing it for season three, and then in one fell swoop, four and five. Because of this rocky road, the creators actually ended up crafting three separate episodes intended to function as series finales, season one’s “State”, season three’s “Tomorrow Blues”, and season five’s “Always”. Many series struggle to create a meaningful series finale. Jason Katims and the Friday Night Lights team made three. More

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    ‘The To Do List’ a messy, raunch-filled comedy with an overqualified ensemble

    The amount of time it takes to exhaust the goodwill one has accrued towards an overqualified and bursting ensemble cast is roughly 70 minutes, if The To Do List is any indication. The film’s high concept and its performers, from Aubrey Plaza to Connie Britton to Alia Shawkat to Clark Gregg, are enough to engender some interest for a while, but eventually, The To Do List peters out, squandering away its likability on a strange, ballsy-for-being-irresponsible message and a muddled third act. More

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    2012 Fall Pilot Review Roundup, Part 2

    Premiere week has come and gone, so it’s time for another pilot roundup. So far, only a few shows have received full season pickups, NBC’s Go On, The New Normal, and Revolution. The closest thing to a new hit is Revolution, or perhaps Vegas, but unlike in previous years, we’ve yet to see a single […] More

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    The Televerse #56- Friday Night Lights with Steph Smith

    With the Emmys over and done with, it’s officially the start of the fall network TV season. The pilots will come en masse next week, but, along with one of the best one-night comedy lineups in quite a while (Thursday’s Parks and Rec premiere, Wilfred finale, Childrens Hospital UK, NTSF:SD:SUV::, and the culmination of Louie’s […] More

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    The Televerse #56- Friday Night Lights with Steph Smith

    With the Emmys over and done with, it’s officially the start of the fall network TV season. The pilots will come en masse next week, but, along with one of the best one-night comedy lineups in quite a while (Thursday’s Parks and Rec premiere, Wilfred finale, Childrens Hospital UK, NTSF:SD:SUV::, and the culmination of Louie’s […] More

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    American Horror Story, Ep. 1.11, “Birth”: A beautiful nightmare

    American Horror Story Review, Season 1, Episode 11, “Birth” Written by Tim Minear Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Airs Wednesdays at 10:00 pm ET on FX Warning: Spoilers  This penultimate episode, “Birth,” feels like a finale. Without rushing, this episode builds an exciting momentum from the very beginning. Everyone in the house is ready for the […] More

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