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Fall TV Preview: Friday Night Lights

The much anticipated new show, Friday Night Lights premieres tonight at 8/7c on NBC. The show is based on both the book and the movie of the same name and even has the same director, Peter Berg. So was it really necessary to make this into a TV show also? Anyone remember the disaster TV show that was based on one of the best movies of all time, Clueless?

For those of you who missed the movie, the show has the same premise in that it takes place in a small town in Texas that revolves around the high school football team. Coach Taylor has just been promoted to head coach and is under a lot of pressure by the townspeople to do well. The hands-down most exciting thing about this new show is Kyle Chandler as Coach Taylor. Kyle played Dylan, the hot bomb squad guy that got blown up last season on Grey's Anatomy! Just like in the movie, the star quarterback gets hurt at the end of the first episode and it seems that the rest of the season will tell the story of the rise of the second string quarterback and the trials and tribulations of the first time head coach. I actually enjoyed the pilot, but with all of the good new shows out this season, I feel like I've already seen this one before.

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marimc25 marimc25 10 years
Wow, I thought this forum would have fans of FNL's, instead it's just a bunch of people (except a couple) who have never seen the show but are bashing it anyway. :-( What gives? It's a great show with wonderful acting, incredible characters all done with movie-like cinematography. And as far as the accents, it takes place in West Texas, nowhere near San Antonio. And, I have news for you, people in San Antonio DO have an accent.
sanantonio sanantonio 10 years
I know people from Texas always get noticed cause we say ya'll. That I can say is true. When I worked as a csr rep for a cccard replacement they always asked me if I was from TX. and where is my horse, that was so dumb. But what do you expect. :)Have a nice day
jenintx jenintx 10 years
well, as my id says, i'm from texas, and there is no way i'm watching this show. i did enjoy the movie--mostly because they lost and it was based on a true story, but i have no interest in it as a tv show. as for the accent thing, i think it depends on in what part of texas you live. i'm from east texas, and we most definitely have that horrid hick accent. luckily, i was harassed endlessly about it in college and am now reformed. but, unfortunately, now i hear it in all those i love when i go "home" :)
chellelee79 chellelee79 10 years
Ugh. I will not see this show. Ever. I wish Peter Berg would drop it. Just because his cousin wrote the book doesn't give him artistic license. The only thing the movie had in common with the book was the character's names and the location. Everything else was wrong. But that's Hollywood for you. I don't even want to imagine how heavily diluted this show will be. I saw that it's not even "happening" in Odessa, yet they are using the same style and mascot. They should really change the title because it's not doing anybody justice. If you really want Friday Night Lights, read the book. It's an excellent book and most of it is still true today. I'm proud to live in Odessa and I don't know anyone here who is looking forward to this show. And we do not talk like hicks. Oh and ps- it was the running back that was injured in real life, the book, and the movie.
sanantonio sanantonio 10 years
Yeah I think people with that south accent are up there in the far northeast side of texas. I know they are very prejudice up there in that area. But they do alot of that I have notice with the brooklyn accent too.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
I see what you're saying sanantonio, I feel the same way about New York shows. They make it look like all of talk with a thick thick brooklyn accent and it irks me. (I was born and raised in Queens and have no accent at all) But in another respect a lot of people here *do* talk like that. oh well!
sanantonio sanantonio 10 years
I hate when ever there is a movie based in Texas they have to have that hick accent. I have only met 2 people who had that accent and I have lived in texas all my life. Just putting my two cents in.
LizaToad LizaToad 10 years
I work for NBC and have seen the pilot, it's good... i think it's better than the movie...
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 10 years
I heard it's going to be a good show. I will watch this.
Griffin73 Griffin73 10 years
I think the only people that will continue to watch the show are people in Texas. Sad thing is, the movie really wasn't even that good.
LisaK LisaK 10 years
I saw the ad for it -- did not pay much attention, then whoa saw Kyle Chandler and thought it might be interesting.
pollypo pollypo 10 years
This is supposed to be a great show. I'm going to check it out for sure. I love Kyle Chandler. Big improvement on Billy Bob Thorton, in my opinion.
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