News Briefs: The Friday Night Lights Movie Is One Step Closer to Being Real

TEXAS FOREVER, Y'ALL

Connie Britton told Ladies' Home Journal that she is in possession of the script for a potential Friday Night Lights movie. There's no word on what such a film would be about, but if it's not Matt and Julie's wedding, with Landry on guitar and Riggins standing around looking handsome, then I don't really see the point—can you imagine what that father-of-the-bride speech would be like? And I suppose there's also something to be said about making a movie out of a TV show based on a movie that was based on a book about real-life events. But it's the Taylors, so... [Huffington Post]


BUSINESS TIME

... The twittering public has spoken, and apparently we used up all our funny during the first wave of the Sharknado craze: Syfy announced today that after reviewing 5,000 Twitter submissions, the sequel to Sharknado will be called Sharknado 2: The Second One. Is it Sharknado fatigue or are we really just that unimaginative? As previously announced, the sequel will be set in New York City and air sometime in July 2014. I hope the network lets Twitter help cast the film, too, because that would make this whole disaster worth it. [Syfy via press release]

... Parks and Recreation executive producer Mike Schur has assured fans that no one person is going to swoop in and attempt to replace Ann Perkins in Leslie Knope's heart. Several characters will try to fill the holes left by Ann's departure, including Retta's Donna, who will be seeing a lot more screen time in Season 6. I can't think of a single thing that is wrong with this situation. [TV Line]

... Katherine Heigl is finally ready to return to TV after being such a b-word all those years ago when she up and left Grey's Anatomy like it wasn't responsible for making her famous. She's signed on to star in and produce a new drama from Alexi Hawley, who has written for Castle and Body of Proof. [USA Today]

... GSN has renewed the Jeff Foxworthy-hosted The American Bible Challenge for Season 3. It is an hour-long program and, apparently, GSN's highest-rated series of all time. You would think that I'd have a ton of jokes to make about this, but I am speechless that such a show even exists, let alone is heading into its third season. [GSN via press release]

... Hell hath no fury like scorned Time Warner Cable customers! But not even the CBS blackout can keep fans in New York, Dallas, and Los Angeles from watching Under the DomeApproximately 14.6 percent of the illegal downloads of Monday's episode were torrented in those three markets, an increase from last week's 10.9 percent. Personally, I don't get it. If you're going to pirate shows, why not steal something good, like The American Bible Challenge? [Variety]

... Eva Longoria is executive-producing a new multi-camera comedy that's in development at NBC. The project is currently untitled, but was inspired by the life of Laura Berman, a sex educator and relationship therapist on the Oprah Winfrey Network (or so Google tells me). As such, the series will follow a sex and relationship therapist's attempts to navigate a relationship with her ex-husband, his new girlfriend, and her own mother. A relationship therapist who has relationship issues, how novel. [Deadline Hollywood


CASTING AND MORE CRAZY EYES YESSSSS MORE CRAZY EYES NEWS 

... Bobbi Bernstein's got nothing on Uzo Aduba Crazy Eyes; Aduba has been upped to a series regular for the second season of Netflix's Orange Is the New Black. The news comes not long after her cast mates Taryn Manning and Danielle Brooks were also promoted to series regular status. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Game of Thrones alum Tobias Menzies has been cast in Ronald D. Moore's new drama series Outlander. He'll play two characters, one by the name of Frank Randall in 1945, and one bye the name of Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall—one of Frank's ancestors—in 1743. Outlander is based on a series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. [THR

... Syfy's Haven is adding two recurring guest-stars. Emma Lahana (Emily Owens, M.D.) and Christian Camargo (Dexter) will join the cast when the series returns for Season 4 on September 13 at 10pm. Lahana plays Jennifer Mason, an off-kilter young woman who begins hearing voices in her head, and Camargo is Wade Crocker, the charming estranged half-brother of Eric Balfour's Duke. [Syfy via press release]

... Also adding a double dose of new blood is Covert Affairs. The USA drama has cast English actress Sheeta Indrani and actor Richard Short (666 Park Avenue) as Sana and Reese, respectively. Sana is a sophisticated Indian woman befriended by Annie, and Reese is an Irish rocker who somehow gets mixed up in Annie's world. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Adam DeVine of Workaholics has been cast in a recurring role on Modern Family as a male nanny for Baby Joe. Please note that I refuse to make any manny jokes; it's a matter of principle. DeVine's character, however, may not have any principles, as it's possible he might soon be involved with Sarah Hyland's Haley. [TVGuide]

... Greta Lee (Girls) has been added to the cast of Fox's miniseries Wayward Pines, which I keep confusing with that great episode of The Sopranos called "Pine Barrens" and that Ryan Gosling movie The Place Beyond the Pines. What's with all the pines? What's wrong with maple? Anyway, Lee will play Ruby, a waitress at the only coffee shop in the town of Wayward Pines. Personally, I don't trust towns that only have one coffee shop. Seems very suspicious. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Kathy Griffin is set to guest-star in an upcoming episode of Kirstie Alley's new TV Land series Kirstie. She'll play herself, because that's all she ever does. The episode will find Kathy moving in to the same apartment complex as Alley's character Maddie, and apparently some paranoia about not being the most famous person living there ensues. The funniest part about all of this is that someone thinks Kirstie Alley is still relevant. [The Wrap]

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Aug 09, 2013
The thing wrong with "that situation" is that Ann is STILL leaving.
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Aug 09, 2013
I hope Twitter gets to write and direct it. Then again, they decided on "the second one" which just smacks of "ha ha, we don't really care about your thing but we're trolling you into thinking we do which actually means we're still delivering what you want: attention at any cost."

Wait, I thought Foxworthy was hosting a gameshow about baking, not the bible. Or does he now just host anything that says "The American b____ Challenge"? If this isn't a strongman competition about seeing how many bibles one person can lift, I'll be disappointed.

Suck a donkey flopper, CBS and TWC. Also, who the hell is dying to see Under the Dome so much that they'll torrent it? You could be using that internet time more wisely, like trolling on comment systems.

Oh goody, because Eva Longoria's last passes at producing TV were so fucking awesome, and she has such an eye for what us "little people" can connect with.

Sorry, Ron Moore pilots are now "trust but verify" in my book.

That casting for Covert Affairs sounds really trite.

Adam DeVine on Modern Family? That sounds like a mismatch of styles to me, but I'm willing to give it a go. Haley is waaaaay young for him though, yikes. Or as he'd say, "niccccce!"

I like Kathy Griffin and I even like Kirstie Alley, but that's a very unlikely watch for me.
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Aug 09, 2013
Yes more Crazy Eyes! I'd love to see her flashback. Uzo Aduba is a great actress. Her best scene was when telling Piper about psych and then asking why people call her Crazy Eyes. The transition between emotions was perfect.
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Aug 09, 2013
Has Katherine Heigl been involved with anything approaching decent since 2007/2008? I really can't recall a damn thing.
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Aug 09, 2013
Maybe because she was in awful movies that didn't last long in theaters...
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Aug 09, 2013
Treat yo' self!
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Aug 09, 2013
Wayward Pines makes me think of the Twin Pines/Lone Pine Mall in Back to the Future.
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Aug 09, 2013
I hope this means we will get Crazy Eyes flashbacks (along with Taystee). Pennsatucky's promotion to series regular sort of spoils the ending of the first season.
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Aug 09, 2013
I was hoping Pennsatucky kicked the bucket. I can't stand the actress who play her. Although she usually plays trashy meth heads convincingly...perhaps too convincingly. That I will give her, but I just don't like the actress at all.
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Aug 09, 2013
That is definitely one con to Netflix's method of releasing all the episodes at once. Personally, I'm a spoiler whore so it never bothers me, but for those that want to space the episodes out a bit, I can definitely see it being a bit more of an issue.
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Aug 09, 2013
I completely agree. That's the kind of thing you keep under wraps until the new season is released. I also can't wait until a Suzzane flashback. I wasn't that into the character until around the Thanksgiving episode when they started adding some more depth to her. I like Taystee a lot, but I'm not all that interested in how she got there.
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Aug 09, 2013
Sigh, why is a British person being cast as an Irish character? The Irish accent has had enough butchering by Brits and Yanks in their respective TV outings, enough I tells ya!
I mean come on, for a country that boasts a 4 million strong population, but has an estimated 20 million expats scattered in all corners of the globe, surely, surely, there has to be an actual Irish person somewhere that can be cast as an Irish character. Or at the very least, there has to be an Irish person somewhere that can do acting lessons on what an Irish accent actually sounds like?
Though I suppose if any nationality has a chance, its a Brit. If I hear one "begorrah" or "top o' the morning" I swear....
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Aug 09, 2013
If someone did a "decent" Irish accent, would most of us understand what the character was saying, or even care how authentic the accent was?
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Aug 09, 2013
Irish accents can vary just like anywhere. There are British that can easily be understood, but others that have that strong, syrupy, or marbles in the mouth kind of accent that can be difficult to follow. The Irish can have the same strong accent or a light, somewhat lyrical, one that's easy to get into.
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Aug 09, 2013
I know what you mean, They really butcher the Irish accent, I have yet to hear a good Irish accent on an American tv show. I was watching an episode of the Mentalist the other night and I had to change the channel when an 'Irish' character came on.
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Aug 09, 2013
I meant give acting lessons, not do acting lessons.
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Aug 09, 2013
Ugh, Eva Longoria is the heir apparent to the Jennifer Lopez throne when it comes to overexposed actresses who should never be given any more development deals. (Even worse is that Lopez herself continues to churn out her schlock.)
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Aug 09, 2013
Casting by Twitter, the best idea ever.
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Aug 09, 2013
Say what you will, but I think the real stan on Heigl's career was that sexist mess of a movie: 'The Ugly Truth'. Such rampant misandry and misogyny. >_<
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Aug 09, 2013
Combine those two to get misanthropy, a.k.a. equal opportunity hatred.
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Aug 09, 2013
Is Covert Affairs worth checking out? I"m totally into relatively good procedurals and thought Alias was pretty awesome!
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Aug 09, 2013
Haven returns on my birthday, yay!

Also, I find "Sharknado 2: The Second One" waaaaaaay more funny than I should.
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Aug 09, 2013
My submission was "Sharknado Bites the Big Apple".

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Aug 09, 2013
I thought katherine heigl was famous for being a 14 year old who wore a thong swimsuit in my father the hero. or being in that tv movie wish upon a star.

I was going to recommend torrenting to those suffering from the cbs blackout but this article pretty much does that already. cbs are a bunch of tools.
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Aug 09, 2013
Nah man, she was famous for being an alien teenager who looked 30 in Roswell.
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Aug 09, 2013
That Sharknado news clearly shows how unoriginal SyFy really is. 5,000 entries and that's the best they can do??? They had another naming contest way back when for some demon based movie that I've now forgotten about, but I do remember the name they chose was so vaguely generic as to be insulting in that they probably think we are too stupid to understand something clever. If I were able to submit my idea for the Sharknado film, it would have been "Bitten on the Wind" - a play on "Written on the Wind". It may not be the best, but it's certainly far better than the "The Second One". Sadly, there has to be something truly wrong with SyFy here.
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Aug 09, 2013
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS!
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Aug 09, 2013
There's been christian schools forever. There's been quiz shows forever. Public schools have quiz bowl. Christian schools have bible bowl. Of course that show exists and is popular.
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