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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

Zach Gilford talks morality and the mafia in 'The Mob Doctor' -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK

The Hippocratic Oath and mob ties don’t seem like they’d make for a good mix, and that’s exactly where Fox’s upcoming series The Mob Doctor derives its drama. In the upcoming Sopranos-meets-ER drama, Chicago thoracic surgeon Grace Devlin (Jordana Spiro) is forced to use her unique skill set to pay off her brother’s debt to a local crime boss (William Forsythe). Without spoiling too much, it’s safe to say there will be screwdrivers lodged in heads and infirmed horse races involved. And those are just Grace’s nights! During her day job, Grace works alongside her blueblooded boyfriend Brett Robinson, played by Zach Gilford. The Friday Night Lights alum talked exclusive to EW about what to expect when the mafia infiltrates the O.R. READ FULL STORY

Emmy Watch: 'Parenthood' creator Jason Katims on adding a new Braverman, writing for an ensemble

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to return nomination ballots, EW.com is running a series called Emmy Watch, featuring highlight clips and interviews with actors, producers, and writers whom EW TV critic Ken Tucker has on his wish list for the nominations announcement on July 19.

While working on Friday Night Lights, Jason Katims learned that critical love, fan buzz, and hopeful thinking don’t always equal a nomination. And sometimes it just takes a while.

After five years of flirting with Emmy, Friday Night Lights secured its first and only nomination for Best Drama Series last year. They didn’t win. (Though Kyle Chandler walked away with an award in the Lead Actor category, and Katims won Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.) But for Katims, the recognition was a win. And as Parenthood heads into its fourth season, the executive producer is hoping for the same — if not more.

“On Friday Night Lights, we weren’t recognized until later in the series run….,” Katims says. “I’m hoping a similar thing happens to Parenthood. Obviously, it would be a really great thing for everybody.”

And with episodes like “Nora” in their arsenal, their chances are strong. The episode, which marked the birth of the newest Braverman, was one of the episodes the show submitted for consideration. It was also the episode EW dissected with Katims when we spoke as part of Emmy Watch. Check out a clip and read more below. READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore nominated for Directors Guild Awards

Some notable onscreen names are being recognized for their behind-the-camera achievements with this year’s Directors Guild Award nominations. READ FULL STORY

'Friday Night Lights' bonus: Hear Coach Taylor's hidden farewell speech

It’s been exactly four weeks since Friday Night Lights sailed beautifully through the big goalposts in the sky, so here’s another excuse to moisten those tear ducts. As it turns out, the ending of the original script for the finale included a heartfelt farewell speech by Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) that was to play over the moving montage that showed where our characters wound up eight months later. But when the producers reviewed that sequence during the editing process, “every one of those little moments was much more than what it felt like it was going to be in the script,” explains executive producer Jason Katims. “Because the images ran so long, it was hard for us to figure a graceful way to fit in the speech. Also, I just wanted to let the images stand for themselves…. I loved the speech and the way Kyle did it —  and it was one of the things I was really looking forward to in the finale — but after looking at it both ways, I realized that the episode was stronger without it.”

Coach’s sentimental send-off may have been benched for the finale, but it was included on the season 5 DVD as an extra. Make that a well-hidden extra. READ FULL STORY

'Friday Night Lights' exec producer Jason Katims talks plans for a(nother) big-screen movie

When the Riggins brothers clinked beer bottles and pledged, “Texas forever,” in the series finale of Friday Night Lights last month, apparently they weren’t messing around. At a Television Critics Association event yesterday, FNL executive producer Peter Berg revealed that he was developing a big-screen version of NBC’s revered family drama about high school football, which means that the book that became a movie that became a TV show could very well become a movie once again! In hopes of scoring more information about the project, EW respectfully blitzed FNL executive producer/showrunner Jason Katims. “It is something that we had talked about for a couple of years, almost in a half-kidding way,” shares Katims. “And then a few months ago, [executive producer] Brian Grazer and Pete called me saying they really wanted to do this. We had some meetings and we came up with a direction that we really loved. The trick was to figure out a way to both honor the series and not move away from that, but still find something that would be a satisfying movie in and of itself. It’s still very early — I’m just beginning to plot out the story for the script — but it’s something that we’re all excited about.”  READ FULL STORY

'Smallville,' 'Fringe' ratings slip; 'FNL' rises

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The CW’s Smallville and Fox’s Fringe dipped in the ratings Friday night, even as NBC’s Friday Night Lights rose.

Perhaps the Easter holiday weekend was kryptonite to the Man of Steel, which fell 10 percent in the demo for an episode titled “Booster.” Supernatural remained steady with the week before and ABC’s Shark Tank slipped 7 percent from last week’s season high.

CBS won the night with Girl’s Night Out: Superstar Women of Country special (8.4 million viewers, 1.6 preliminary adults 18-49 rating). If it seems like there’s a ton of country music specials and award shows, you’re right — it’s because they always manage to pull a decent rating. READ FULL STORY

'Friday Night Lights' DVD sneak peek: If you love the show's music, this will give you chills -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Even those of you who haven’t seen the final season of Friday Night Lights (raises hand and weeps) can appreciate this featurette from the soon-to-be-released DVD set. In fact — much like the show itself often does — this clip might give you goose bumps.

The exclusive sneak peek at the extras from Friday Night Lights: The Fifth and Final Season DVD (out April 5) takes us behind the music and into the brilliant mind of composer W.G. Snuffy Walden, the man responsible for the show’s iconic score. READ FULL STORY

'House,' 'Dexter,' 'Bones,' 'The Closer': Find out what's next in The Spoiler Room

spoiler-roomImage Credit: Chris Haston/Fox; TNT; Randy Tepper/ShowtimeThe holidays are here, Roomies, and it truly is the most wonderful time of the year…. Okay, there are those crowds of holiday shoppers everywhere, all so rabidly hungry for deals that they’d trade their first born for $5 off the latest Snuggie to be pimped in a commercial by an ear-killing holiday-themed song. That does make a strong case for staying indoors, shopping online, and of course, watching TV (the only true path toward happiness — and vitamin D deficiency).

Still not convinced to ride out the Yuletide retail madness from the comfort of your sofa? This week’s scoop might help. I have dish on December episodes of The Closer, Leverage, Dexter, Bones, and more. Plus, looking ahead, the lovely Lisa Edelstein weighs in on what we can expect in January episodes of House. Now, that’s something to celebrate.

Remember to keep sending in scoop requests. Twitter replies/direct messages work well (@EW or @EWSandraG). And thanks to ALS for suggesting opening up an e-mail request line. I’m happy to announce SpoilerRoom@ew.com is now up and running! Now use it!

‘HOUSE': LISA EDELSTEIN PREVIEWS CANDICE BERGEN GUEST APPEARANCE
House has only been on break a little over a week now, but if you’re anything like me, you’re already as twitchy as House during Vicodin withdrawal. So I called in reinforcements in the form of the lovely Lisa Edelstein (up for a People’s Choice Award!). When the show returns Jan. 17, Candice Bergen guests as Cuddy’s controlling mother, visiting Princeton-Plainsboro to (what else!) pry and shake things up. “Her mother is the kind of mother who thinks the most loving thing she can do is tell you the worst things she knows about you,” Edelstein said. And Mom’s first meeting with her daughter’s surly boyfriend is far from love at first sight. (Between the scruffy face and bedside manner, are you really surprised?) Undeterred, House is determined to win over Cuddy’s mom. “House is really trying in this relationhip. He’s not brushing it off like it’s nothing.  He really wants to be that guy.”

In other familial news, House also recently cast Paula Marshall in the role of Cuddy’s sister, Lucinda, whom Edelstein has a long history with. “She and I have been in all the same casting offices for 20 years. Anybody — especially in your 20s — who’s dark-haired and funny ends up in the same room,” she joked.

One final House call: After a few episodes of peeved Cuddy giving House her dagger eyes, we can look forward to peace on the horizon. “That’s not going to last forever,” Edelstein told me. “She knows who he is. It’s just that when you’re at the beginning of a relationship, everyone is trying to be the best of themselves, and when somebody does something like he did, it’s frightening because it means that that’s still the best of what they have to offer. But she gets over it and life moves forward. Family definitely triggers a lot more stuff, but nothing that they can’t surpass.”

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Before I go...

ausiello-ew-finaleImage Credit: Mitchell Haaseth/NBC; Kirsty Griffin/Starz; Art Streiber/NBC; Paul Drinkwater/NBC…here are my top 10 favorite EW memories, with a few exclusive scoops and spoilers mixed in.

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First Look: New 'Friday Night Lights' promo

Urgent reminder: The fifth and final season of Friday Night Lights kicks off next Wednesday on DirecTV, so adjust your schedules accordingly. But first, check out this spiffy (and slightly spoilery) new promo for the premiere episode. READ FULL STORY

ABC Family sacks 'Friday Night Lights'

Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t…find Friday Night Lights on ABC Family’s schedule? There’s a good reason for that: The cable net — which began airing encores of the beloved drama over the summer — has quietly pulled the show off the air. READ FULL STORY

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