Is a Friday Night Lights Movie in the Works?

... Friday Night Lights producer Peter Berg has apparently stated that he'd like to make a movie adaptation of the TV series featuring stars Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton. This would be a rare case of a movie being based on a TV series that was based on a movie that was based on a book. And it would be awesome. [Ugh, Bill Simmons' Twitter]

... The Office's Jenna Fischer is pregnant again. Don't look at me, I used protection! Rather than hide her behind strategically placed copy machines or make her carry file boxes all season long, the writers have decided to write the real-life pregnancy into the show. I hope they make Creed the father. [Vulture]

... Gigantic man Shaquille O'Neal retired from basketball a few weeks ago, but he won't stray too far from the court. The Big Aristotle will be joining TNT's award-winning team of NBA analysts, which includes Kenny Smith, Ernie Johnson, and Charles Barkley. This makes one of sports' best broadcast teams even better. [TNT via press release]

... Syfy's new drama Alphas has landed its first (to my knowledge) big-name guest star in Rebecca Mader, who you may also know as Charlotte from Lost or that chick from the preview of ABC's horrible comedy Work It. She'll play a mysterious Alpha, continuing the show's trend of superpowered females being extremely hot. [TV Line]

... Castle has hired a new police captain! Penny Johnson Jerald, who played President Palmer's wife on 24, will join the cast as a regular in the upcoming season. She'll play a new boss who butts head with Castle. [TV Line]

... Fresh off peeing with the most coveted trophy in the NBA, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will join the third season of Shark Tank after a successful run in the show's second season. [EW]

... Heidi and Spencer are turning our children into fame-hungry monsters. According to a study from UCLA, fame is the #1 value emphasized by television to 9- to 11-year olds. The study, which was performed in 2007 but is only being published now, says that in 2007, the top five values conveyed by television to kids were fame, achievement, popularity, image, and financial success. In 1997, the top five values were community feeling (the need to belong to a group), benevolence, image, tradition, and self-acceptance. Kids from 2007 would totally kick the crap out of kids from 1997. [UCLA]


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First up, for some reason when I first glanced at the name of the actor to play the new captain in Castle I thought of Reginald VelJohnson from Die Hard and Family Matters. Obviously I can never be happy with the actually choice now.

Secondly, why not FNL meets Red Dawn? Seriously, how cool would it be to see the characters from that show fighting off the invading North Koreans and Chinese guerrilla style? Don't mess with Texas! (Aliens would be alright too I guess).
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On the off-chance I happen to start watching Castle again, I hope the writers find a balance with the new boss where she's neither a complete jerk for the first two to three and then just becomes part of the scenery nor a one-note jerk who has the same complaints about procedure every other week despite Beckett's team closing cases. In other words, here's hoping for someone along the lines of Lt. Castillo and Deputy Director Skinner as opposed to Chief Clifford or Danny Ross.
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Huh, not sure how I would feel about an FNL movie. I LOVED the series but it ended so perfectly, hmmm.
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good news all around. a movie could be awesome
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I'd love to see a FNL movie. If it happens hope they bring back Tim,Landry,Tyra,& Matt !!
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on one hand a FNL movie would be great, but on the other, it would eventually be on Blu-ray, but Universal refuses to release most of their shows on Blu-ray (seems like only The Office and House are on BD for them these days) and i wouldn't want the cross platforming like that lol. and i like Rebecca Mader, so that's cool. and Jim sure does like to knock Pam up again fast lol
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If Berg wrote and directed a movie as good as his first and as good as FNL's pilot ... it would be awesome!
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I sure hope the FNL news is true, because that would be awesomely awesome to the tenth power.
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