Emmy Predictions 2011: Outstanding Drama Series

In anticipation of the upcoming 63rd Annual EMMY Awards (Airing Sunday September 18th at 8PM on FOX, CTV in Canada) theTVaddict.com is proud [or not-so-proud depending on how things turn out] to once again present our GUARANTEED EMMY WINNERS 2011*

NOMINEES: BOARDWALK EMPIRE, DEXTER, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, GAME OF THRONES, THE GOOD WIFE, MAD MEN [Read more…]

The Top 10 TV Shows of 2009 (A Second Opinion)


By: Aleks Chan

10. DOLLHOUSE
At this point, I’ve given up on Joss Whedon ever getting free reign over his creative works. Yes, lead Eliza Dushku is the show’s weakest link (she has very limited range), but, ah, what a fantastically flawed work of art. DOLLHOUSE may not always work, but when it does, its pure Whedon: deep down, there’s a beautifully complex and dark story of identity.  

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Our Top 10 TV Shows of 2009

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10. BIG LOVE
Once thought of as “that show about the guy who has sex with three women”, BIG LOVE has moved so beyond its initial constraints as to feel like a completely different series. Despite it’s odd (and, to some, off-putting) pacing, the tale of the Henrickson family has become as complex as the religion at its center, thanks in large part to the unforgettable performance of Chloe Sevigny as Nicki, the immature second wife who is torn between her fundamentalist Mormon values and her childish impulses.  

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On the Fly with… FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Star Connie Britton

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In anticipation of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS kicking off its fourth season tonight on DirecTV’s 101 Network (NBC is expected to air the series sometime during the first half of 2010), this TV Addict had the pleasure of talking to the real heart of Dillon Texas, actress Connie Britton. Here, in our brief chat that took place over the summer at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, Britton, who plays Tami Taylor (also known as one-half of our favorite television couples) talks about the big changes that are in store for the series heading into its penultimate season.

On Tami’s Promotion: When you’re an actor, with great power comes not just great responsibility, but great opportunity. Particularly when your co-star in crime is the incomparable Kyle Chandler. “I loved it! For me as an actor, it was really fun to sort of see Tami in over her head, especially with all her lofty ideals,” explained Britton on her charter’s promotion to Principal of Dillon High last season. “And from a story stand point, it was great for both me and Kyle [Chandler] to be at opposite ends of the spectrum, which really gave us a lot of fun stuff to play.”

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First Look: FNL’s Adrianne Palicki Returns to SUPERNATURAL

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As any FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS SUPERNATURAL fan can attest to, star Jesse Plemons Jared Padalecki is a pretty hard guy to resist. Which is why, it probably should come as no surprise that this fall, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS star Adrianne Palicki will press pause on her burgeoning movie career to drop by FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS SUPERNATURAL for a mysterious late night rendezvous, reprising her role as Landry’s Sam’s girlfriend Jessica. Oh, and some guy named Lucifer also drops by, but that’s probably nothing to worry about! More photos of which can be found after the jump.

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Good News, Bad News: FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, THE SIMPSONS & SURVIVOR

Good News: FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS has commenced the search for a slew of fourth season fresh faces, including three new series regulars and one recurring guest star. Bad News: To fill the void that is about to be left by exiting fan favorites Adrianne Palicki, Zach Gilford and Minka Kelly. [Source]

Good News: SUPER SIZE ME’s Morgan Spurlock will produce and direct THE SIMPSONS 20th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL IN 3-D ON ICE. Bad News: The special won’t actually be in 3-D or on ice! [Source]

Good News: Arguably, television’s most memorable survivor Richard Hatch was this close to returning to the series that put him on the map (and ironically enough, in jail for tax evasion) for SURVIVOR’s 10th anniversary “Heroes Vs. Villains” edition Bad News: Until that is, a federal judge in Rhode Island denied his request to leave home confinement early. [Source]

Good News, Bad News: UpFront Edition 2009

Good News: NBC made it official today by announcing that CHUCK and FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, two critically acclaimed albeit ratings anemic fan favorites will be returning to a small screen near you in 2010. Bad News: Make that spring/summer 2010, with fans having to wait until after the Olympics for CHUCK’s return and summer for FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS to kick off. [Source]

Good News: There is still hope for MEDIUM and MY NAME IS EARL, with rumors circulating that CBS and FOX (the studios that produce each series) might pick up each show for their respective networks. Bad News: For the now defunct CBS series’ WITHOUT OF TRACE and THE UNIT… crickets… crickets… [Source]

Good News: UGLY BETTY will face far less competition come Fall 2009. Bad News: Which is what happens when a network decides to move your show to Friday, the night that audiences forgot. [Source]

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Off the Chart: TheTVaddict.com Week in Review

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1. 90210: That noise you just heard was 90210 finally getting interesting thanks to the introduction of Naomi’s new fast and furious guy candy (can we trademark that moniker?) Liam and Silver, who went from zero-to-crazy in less than sixty minutes.

2. LIFE ON MARS: As much as we’d like to applaud executive producers Josh Appelbaum, Scott Rosenberg and André Nemec for ending the American version of LIFE ON MARS on their own terms, it would help if we had a better understanding as to what exactly those terms were.

3. SUPERNATURAL: Regardless of whether you’re a “Sam Girl” or a “Dean Girl,” this TV Addict’s fairly confident that neither camp is complaining about Thursday’s seriously meta and super hilarious installment of SUPERNATURAL.

4. FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: From the gut-wrenching play that lost the Dillon Panthers the State Championship in the closing seconds of the game to Tyra Collete’s heartbreaking college entrance essay, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS continues to be the best show on television nobody is watching.

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What the FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Renewal Means for the Future of Television

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Score one for fans of quality television everywhere.

According to Variety, DirecTV and NBC have reached an agreement that will see FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS stick around for not just one but two more 13-episode seasons of Dillon Panther football.

Better still, the continuation of this cross-platform deal between the network and the cable provider could, if we’re lucky, serve as a blueprint for similar deals in the future. Because the undeniable facts of modern television life are these: The audience is, for a multitude of reasons, shrinking, while costs are rising and the economy is sinking. And while those factors already have contributed to the loss of such quality shows as SWINGTOWN and PUSHING DAISIES, deals such as the one which will keep FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS on the air might well become the norm and offer such currently-struggling shows as DOLLHOUSE or KINGS a new life.

A pipe dream? Perhaps. But who’d have thought FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS would make it to season four?

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Scores an NBC Premiere Date

If there’s a silver lining to be taken away from the disappointing cancellation of LIPSTICK JUNGLE, it’s that NBC will be filling the void left by the dearly departed Brooke Shields, Kim Raver and Lindsay Price vehicle with the critically acclaimed (not to mention TV Addict) favorite FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS.

So get ready my fellow fictional football fans. Because the Dillon Panthers are coming off the bench on January 16 at 9PM. And from what we’ve gleaned from those lucky enough to have access to DirecTV, season three of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS is in every sense of the word, a touchdown.

Thanks to GMMR for the Tip!