I grew up in a sports household.

Perhaps this explains why Friday Night Lights has always occupied a rather sizable space in my heart (beyond the rather obvious qualitative reasoning). It amalgamates an incredibly singular storytelling style – taking the “fly on the wall” camera techniques Executive Producer Peter Berg employed on his eponymous 2004 motion picture – with a CW-ready teen melodrama that plays like a heightened approximation of my own experiences. If you transplanted these kids’ struggles in life, love and games into Eastern Pennsylvania, made everyone a little (OK, a lot) less beautiful, and then had them play basketball instead of football, it’d hit so close to home I’d probably have to sue Berg for likeness rights (again, kidding). Playing for teams dominated my formative years, as I was part of a collection of brothers formed through competition.

But beyond all that, what Friday Night Lights provides is an idealized coach and father in Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) – captain of the ship for both the West Dillon Panthers and then (after being forced out by bastard parent Joe McCoy) the East Dillon Lions – who may just be the greatest screen dad of all time.

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friday night lights reboot

For reasons beyond my comprehension, Universal is getting ready to reboot Friday Night Lights into a new movie. And they just found their director: David Gordon Green, helmer of the upcoming Halloween reboot. Clear eyes, full hearts, why is this happening?

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In this edition of TV bits:

  • A trailer for Netflix’s true crime documentaries
  • Fox might cancel Lethal Weapon because of the behavior of the show’s star
  • A new Cobra Kai trailer
  • Friday Night Lights is now on Hulu
  • Lost in Space featurette focuses on the show’s robot
  • Sense8 sets a date for its finale
  • A24 will finance the series Moonbase 8, wfrom Fred Armisen, Tim Heidecker, Jonathan Krisel and John C. Reilly
  • Allison Janney and Jim Gaffigan join Troupe Zero
  • Kim Possible live-action movie casts its leads
  • The Path has been cancelled
  • A trailer for the new season of Animal Kingdom

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/Answers: Our Favorite Movie and TV Parents

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Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. This week’s edition, tying in with this weekend’s Snatched and last weekend’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, asks “Who are your favorite film or television parents?” As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team.

If you’d like to share your favorite mothers and fathers from the movies of TV, please send your thoughts to slashfilmpitches@gmail.com for a chance to be featured on the site. Find our choices below!

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Peter Berg ranking

Very little is showy about Peter Berg‘s movies. He’s typically a filmmaker who manages to stay invisible, often successfully trying his hand at different genres. His strengths — his eye for performances and grasp on tension, in particular — are never overt in his movies. He’s a director that can build and build pressure over an extended period and create a great sense of geography with some quick cutting, but again, his skills never draw your attention away from the story.

As the director’s latest film, Deepwater Horizon, hits theaters, I wanted to take a look back at his career so far. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the opportunity to see Deepwater Horizon before putting together this list, but the reviews are enough to convince me to see it as soon as possible. Below, check out our Peter Berg ranking.

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friday night lights musical

We live in the age of reboots and remixes, where everything that someone loves gets the chance to live on forever. This can be frustrating . How many tributes to Firefly can you people cobble together on YouTube? How many times can Spider-Man get recast before we’re simply tired of him?

But we’ll expose a very specific bias on this front: Friday Night Lights is one of the best shows of the past decade and just thinking about it fills us with warm, wonderful feelings of hope and pride and community. If someone has to take a beloved television series and transform it into an “unauthorized” musical, then you can do far worse. The songs write themselves – you just know the big Act One closer will be a rousing rendition of “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose,” which will then have a reprisal in the grand finale.

You can find more information on the Friday Night Lights musical after the jump.

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Jesse Plemons as Landry Clarke in Friday Night Lights

It’s pretty clear at this point that the Friday Night Lights movie sequel isn’t happening. Even Peter Berg, who’s been pushing the idea for years now, seems to have given up. But that doesn’t necessarily mean we’ve seen the last of the Dillonites.

NBC revealed today that FNL characters Landry Clarke (Jesse Plemons) and Billy Riggins (Derek Phillips) are slated to appear in an upcoming Parenthood web series. It’s one of several that the network has planned for the near future; Chicago Fire, Parks and Recreation, and Grimm will also get digital spinoffs during the Olympics hiatus. Hit the jump for plot details and more.

Update: The first part of the web series is online now. See it below.

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Friday Night Lights - Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler)

It’s become de rigeur for any beloved show on its way out to tease the possibility of a movie sequel, and sometimes those promises even come true. Veronica Mars is headed to the big screen next year, for example, and Entourage is set to shoot next month. But don’t expect Friday Night Lights to join them in theaters.

Since the football drama ended in 2011, certain cast and crew members have hinted repeatedly at a follow-up film — Peter Berg among them. Now, however, the producer is singing a different tune, saying that he doesn’t think a movie is such a great idea after all. Read his comments after the jump.

[Update: Taylor Kitsch has weighed in on the movie idea. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.]

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Friday Night Lights - Tami (Connie Britton) and Eric (Kyle Chandler)

It wasn’t long after Friday Night Lights concluded its fifth and final season in 2011 that word spread of a possible movie sequel. But despite the active interest of series creator Peter Berg, producer Brian Grazer, and stars including Connie Britton and Adrianne Palicki, actual progress has been mysteriously slow. Now we know why.

According to Britton, Kyle Chandler has no interest in reprising his role. That’s a pretty big hurdle, seeing as his Coach Eric Taylor is the main character. Hit the jump to read her comments.

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Sometimes its easy to forget just how ubiquitous producer Brian Grazer is. Not only does he work hand in hand with Oscar-winning director Ron Howard on some of the biggest movies out there, he also shepherded a ton of well-known television shows. After some years off the air, two of his more famous shows, Arrested Development and 24, will soon be returning in new ways. Now a third might do the same.

In a new interview, Grazer confirmed he’s “absolutely moving forward” with the movie version of the NBC drama Friday Night Lights, and they might turn to crowd-funding, ala Veronica Mars, to prove the fans want the series to return. Read More »