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The oral history of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

Pure fucking gold. I love these oral histories of tv shows. An Oral History of Friday Night Lights - Grantland
Berg: I remember I went to NBC, and there were about 10 people in the room. [Kevin Reilly] and I looked at each other, and he said, "What do you want to do?" I said, "I want to build up this all-American quarterback, this hero. This wonderful, beautiful kid with his entire future ahead of him. His biggest decision in life was whether he was going to take a full ride to UT or Notre Dame. He's got the hot girlfriend. He's got the loving parents. And he's going to break his neck in the first game. We're going to create this iconic American hero, and we're going to demolish him." . . . Berg: [In the original Friday Night Lights movie], Connie Britton's role was sort of Pretty Wife Clapping in the Stands, which is about the shittiest job an actress can have. At least Talia Shire got to own a pet store and go ice-skating with Rocky. Connie Britton (Tami Taylor): When Pete got in touch with me and said, "We're going to make a Friday Night Lights TV show. Why don't you come play that part?" I was like, "No way!" The only thing worse than playing a nothing part in a movie is [playing it] for years and years on TV. Berg: She said, "Are you fucking kidding me? You think I'm going to spend 10 years sitting on a hard-wood bleacher getting splinters in my ass and cheering on Kyle Chandler? You're out of your mind." I said, "I promise. We'll create a character. We'll give you a job. We'll give you dimension. We'll give you a real voice." . . .

July 12, 2011

David Rees is gloriously recapping Big Brother season 13

I don't give a damn about Big Brother, but I will read anything David Rees writes for ever and ever. Big Brother Recap: David Rees, BB Virgin, Submits to the Premiere -- Vulture
The contest takes place in a jungle-themed backyard featuring enormous hanging bananas. You’ll never guess what this contest is called — seriously. The name of this contest featuring enormous bananas is: “Going Bananas.” Let me explain: Each pair climbs onto a banana; the bananas are raised in the air and swung around; the last person to fall off his or her banana is the winner. That’s how you play “Going Bananas.” The name makes sense, when you think about it. You see, the game features enormous bananas, right? So it’s only logical to call it “Going Bananas.” Still don’t get it? Think about it this way: When you see a “bunch” of people hanging onto gigantic bananas, and you see how much fun they’re having, your natural impulse is to say, “Look at those people hanging on those giant bananas; I guess everybody’s going bananas!” Maybe it’s just me, but I think “Going Bananas” is the perfect name for this game. Because it’s a game where people hang onto bananas while going bananas about their situation vis a vis bananas and that’s why they’re going bananas. Oh, and also: Everybody is sprayed with chocolate from a giant hose as Fred Rogers spins in his grave.

This is the best picture of Jake Gyllenhaal ever

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