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'Game of Thrones,' 'Bunheads,' and 'Friday Night Lights' actors sign up for NBC's Charles Manson drama

NBC has put a Game of Thrones actor in charge of their Charles.

Gethin Anthony — who played almost-king Renly Baratheon in the first two seasons of the HBO hit — has been cast as chilling cult leader Charles Manson in the Peacock’s “event series” Aquarius, EW has confirmed. (TVLine first reported the news.) The 13-episode drama, which is set in 1967, stars David Duchovny as LAPD Sgt. Sam Hodiak, who is hunting the small-time jailbird with designs on heading up a cult. READ FULL STORY

'Friday Night Lights' showrunner Jason Katims does a deep dive on the series finale

It’s not easy to stick the landing when it comes to series finales. Just ask fans of Dexter and How I Met Your Mother, who continue to debate the merits of those final hours. Which is why it is that much more remarkable when a show receives universal acclaim for its last chapter. Friday Night Lights is one of those shows. The saga of Eric and Tami Taylor (played to perfection by Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton) and the Dillon Panthers and East Dillon Lions ended on Feb. 9, 2011 when DirecTV aired the final episode. Then it ended again when NBC aired the final episode on July 15, 2011. (In a unique arrangement, the final two seasons aired first on the satellite provider and then a few months later on the broadcast network.)

Friday Night Lights finished with Coach Taylor finally agreeing to put his own career ambitions aside to move to Philadelphia when wife Tami got a job offer there. But first East Dillon had a championship to win, with the final play of the final game playing out in slow motion before cutting away without showing us the final result (which was revealed subtly later with a shot of the championship banner). Matt asked Julie to marry him, Tim and Tyra shared a beer out on his land, and all the other characters had their moment to shine. For the latest in our series celebrating classic TV series finales, we asked Friday Night Lights showrunner Jason Katims to look back on how he and the writing staff crafted this perfect ending to a beloved TV show. (Click through both pages to read the entire interview.) READ FULL STORY

'About a Boy': Jason Katims, David Walton, and Minnie Driver talk new episodes, upcoming guest stars

When you’re really good at something, it’s easy to have an ego. Jason Katims is really good at taking films, like Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, and turning them into successful shows for NBC.

Luckily, Katims’ ego is in check and he’s moved over to the lighter side with the new comedy About a Boy, based on the 2002 film (which in turn was based on the Nick Hornby novel) about a man-child and the actual child he befriends next door. EW was at a special screening of two upcoming episodes of the series with Katims and stars David Walton and Minnie Driver. The trio talked about exciting guest stars for both FNL and Arrested Development fans, what else to expect for the remainder of the first season, and the creative benefits of working on television versus film. READ FULL STORY

'Friday Night Lights' and 'Parenthood' collide: Preview the first 'Luncheonette' webisode! -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Crucifictorious is alive and well, my friends! And they’re coming to jam at … The Luncheonette?

That’s right! Jason Katims has combined the worlds of Friday Night Lights and Parenthood like they’re East and West Dillon. Welcome to Friday Night at the Luncheonette!

In the four-part digital companion series to Parenthood, viewers will get to see what Amber does after hours at the recording studio, which includes taking care of her cousin Max. But more importantly, it includes booking bands from Dillon, Texas (while wearing an East Dillon T-shirt).

EW has an exclusive sneak peek of part one, when Landry “Lance” Clarke (Jesse Plemons) brings Crucifictorious in for some band rehearsal. Spoiler: We know that Derek Phillips’ Billy Riggins will also make an appearance (and probably bring beer)!

Our only other wish — besides Matt Lauria showing up as Ryan’s twin brother, Luke — is for Tim Riggins to reprise his role as a fake fan of the band.

Watch the sneak peek below: READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: How long is a spoiler a spoiler?

SPOILER ALERT! Who shot J.R? It was his sister-in-law and mistress Kristin Shepard. That may sound a bit ridiculous to offer a spoiler alert for something that aired 34 years ago, but consider that someone once sent an angry letter to EW after I offhandedly mentioned the identity of Rosebud from 1941’s Citizen Kane, a “mistake” I do not plan to make again here. But all of this begs the question: When does a spoiler cease to be a spoiler? And whose responsibility is it to prevent the dissemination of information after it has already been made public: the person that has already watched it, or the person who has yet to see the TV show or movie in question? READ FULL STORY

Kyle Chandler doesn't want to make another 'Friday Night Lights' movie. (Get over it.)

“There’s always a Friday Night Lights movie just around the corner — always just around the corner.” — Peter Berg

Last we saw Eric and Tami Taylor on Friday Night Lights, they’d left Texas for Philadelphia, where Tami became dean of admissions at a prestigious school and Coach was starting from scratch with a new crop of inner-city football players. But series creator Peter Berg and showrunner Jason Katims had barely wrapped the show’s five-season run in 2011 when both men began dropping hints that they wanted to bring these beloved characters to the big screen. (Of course, the television show was itself based on Berg’s 2004 movie, which in turn was based on Buzz Bissinger’s 1990 book.) So thanks to their big mouths, the show’s beloved cast has had to answer movie questions every time they do an interview (or speak to any human being in the course of a day, most likely).

Monday night on Watch What Happens Live, Nashville‘s Connie Britton told Andy Cohen that she’d love to make another Friday Night Lights movie, but that such plans are being complicated by someone crucial to the story who doesn’t share her enthusiasm. “Some people are really excited about it and other people aren’t,” she said. “I love the idea. I think it’d be a great idea. But my former [TV] husband… “

Watch her throw Kyle Chandler under the bus below: READ FULL STORY

'Texas Forever!': 10 things we learned from the 'Friday Night Lights' reunion

On Friday night in Austin, Tex., some of your favorite Friday Night Lights cast members gathered at sunset to drink Shiner Bock in a parking lot and reminisce about the glory days. This was not a dream. It was a stellar event put on by the good folks at the ATX Television Festival who’d organized a free outdoor screening of the season 1 season finale. (The next morning the thrills kept coming, as stars Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton surprised fans by dropping in unannounced on the FNL cast panel.) But on Friday, the show belonged to actors Scott Porter (Street), Gaius Charles (Smash), Louanne Stephens (Grandma Saracen!), Brad Leland (Buddy Garrity), Stephanie Hunt (Devon), Katherine Willis (Mrs. Street), Matt Lauria (Luke Cafferty), and Lamarcus Tinker (Tinker), who spoke with EW exclusively about their most treasured memories of working on the greatest show ever. Here are 10 of the best:

1. Scott Porter on Taylor Kitsch’s audition tape for Tim Riggins: “The camera turns on and you just see a leg.Then you see Kitsch sit back in a chair and he just looks into the camera. There’s a tall-boy next to him and he reaches down, grabs it, puts it on one leg, cracks it open with one hand, drinks the whole tall-boy, puts it down, grabs the second one, cracks it open with one hand and goes [in Canadian accent] ‘This is Taylor Kitsch, reading for Riggins.’ And then he begins the scene by the pool where he says ‘Texas forever’ for the first time.” READ FULL STORY

ATX Television Festival: Vote for your favorite 'Friday Night Lights' episode to watch under the stars

Meet me in Austin, y’all. Seriously now: It was announced this morning that the ATX Television Festival will host a free community sunset screening of an episode of Friday Night Lights on Friday, June 7, at the Hotel San Jose. Free! Sold, right? It gets better: Cast members Gaius Charles (Smash), Scott Porter (7), Matt Lauria (Luke, whose ribs are probably still bruised and swollen), and Louanne Stephens (Grandma Saracen!!!) will be in attendance, as will Stephanie Hunt (Devin*) who will bring some Crucifictorious magic on stage with her band.

Those who read my ode to my recent binge-watch of the series should understand how this has the makings of my perfect pop-culture experience. But it gets better. Fans get to vote on the episode they want to watch at the event. READ FULL STORY

NBC moves 'Grimm' to Tuesdays. Which other shows have escaped the Friday Night Death Slot?

One year ago, Friday nights featured the great showdown of three genre shows all airing at 9 p.m.: Supernatural, Fringe, and Grimm. Now, all of those shows can look at their Friday time slot in the rear-view mirror — Fringe because it aired its series finale in January but Supernatural and Grimm because they’ve managed to beat the odds and escape the so-called Friday Night Death Slot.

NBC has moved Grimm to Tuesdays at 10 p.m., where it will replace the canceled dating show Ready for Love. Grimm will air once more on Friday — tomorrow’s episode, “Ring of Fire,” which was preempted last week for coverage of the manhunt in Boston — and will air on Tuesdays for the rest of season 2, starting April 30. READ FULL STORY

'Boy Meets World' cast to reunite in Austin: ATX Television Festival line-up announced -- EXCLUSIVE

Austin, Texas, the festival capital of the world!

This morning the ATX Television Festival (June 6-9) revealed exclusively to EW the first wave of programming for its second annual celebration of television’s history and future. Four punch-drunk days of world premieres, unaired pilots, cast reunions, beloved special guests, and trips down the memory lane of Rider Strong’s luxurious bang swoop.

True ’90s nostalgists can assess the aging process of their former small-screen friends at the first-ever cast reunion of Boy Meets World. Rider Strong, Ben Savage, Matt Lawrence, Maitland Ward, and series creator Michael Jacobs will all be in attendance. (Alas, Topanga Danielle Fishel has a wedding to attend that weekend and can’t be there in person.) “Boy Meets World ripped away my childhood and ruined me as an adult. Wait, reverse that,” said Strong, who played Shawn Hunter. “I’m so happy to be a part of ATX Television Festival. Boy Meets World was a magical time in my life and it’s incredibly satisfying to know that it still resonates with people.”

ATX will also welcome three networks who come bearing premiere programming. AMC will world premiere the pilot episode of its new cop drama Low Winter Sun with several cast members, including Lennie James (The Walking Dead), in attendance. TNT will world premiere the first episode of season 2’s Perception, with series stars Rachel Leigh Cook and Scott Wolf on hand. And IFC will also join the party, bearing the first episode of season 2 of their talk show Comedy Bang! Bang! with host/star Scott Aukerman cracking wise in person. READ FULL STORY

EP Carlton Cuse: 'Bates Motel' 'is one part 'Friday Night Lights,' one part 'Lost' and one part 'Twin Peaks"

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Tonight at 10pm, A&E debuts their highly anticipated Psycho prequel/reboot Bates Motel starring Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air) and Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland) as Norma and Norman Bates, respectively. The show is a complete modern day re-imagining of the Psycho world, so fans should be prepared for a new vision of the Bates universe. EW talked to executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) about what’s in store for the first season. READ FULL STORY

PaleyFest 2013: 'Parenthood' cast talks a fifth season, tears, and ... Tim Riggins?

Last night, the minds and bodies behind the great Braverman clan took to the stage at PaleyFest to discuss everything from a potential season five to the reason why Mark and Sarah will never work (Hint: Jason Ritter is moving to a new show, where he’s dating Lauren Graham’s one-time TV daughter, Alexis Bledel).

Parenthood actors Craig T. Nelson, Max Burkholder, Miles Heizer, Mae Whitman, Sam Jaeger, Erika Christensen, Joy Bryant, Dax Shepard, Lauren Graham, Jason Ritter, Monica Potter, and Peter Krause joined executive producer Jason Katims for an hour-long conversation about the story lines that made us cry our eyes out for all of season four. Here are 10 things we learned: READ FULL STORY

Thanksgiving day TV marathons to be thankful for: Your viewing guide

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There’s not much you can do when that inevitable turkey coma sets in today so instead of fighting those couch potato urges, indulge in some Thanksgiving TV. Fortunately, there are plenty of TV marathons to be thankful for this year. Whether you’re craving something manly, in a nostalgic state of mind, or schadenfreude is the name of the game, there’s something to feast your eyes on. READ FULL STORY

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