Category: Friday Night Lights

“John Carter” won Friday earning around $9.8 million. But with “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” earning $9.6 and expected to win the weekend, “Carter” will have to settle for second. Even more important, its only going to earn around $30 million, probably a little less.

Why didn’t “John Carter” connect with audiences? The big budget Disney film suffered from a lackluster advertising campaign. I love lead actor Taylor Kitsch from “Friday Night Lights”, but few know who he is. That leaves the most recognizable star as Willem Dafoe, but he’s playing one of the aliens. The trailers and commercials just didn’t build any buzz or any hype. Every trailer for this film I saw in theaters got mostly yawns from the audience, not “Oh man, that looks cool.”

It also has the unfortunate luck of opening at a terrible time in the month. Its following the surprise smash “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” which defied all expectations. It’s only a couple weeks earlier than the most anticipated film of the spring, “The Hunger Games”. Between people falling in love with “Lorax” and waiting for “The Hunger Games” frankly, there’s not a lot of room for another film to build hype. Even “Wrath of the Titans” is building more hype than “John Carter” did. It was an afterthought in audiences’ mind.

Add in the mixed reviews and all the elements of a major sized flop were there.

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Only because I’m such a fan of the show, director Peter Berg (The Kingdom, Battleship) offered an update on “Friday Night Lights” the movie. He confirmed that it will revolve around the characters Eric and Tami Taylor (Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton). He also alluded that the script has certain elements similar to the Mike Leach/Texas Tech saga.

No word on how many other characters would return, a lot would depend on their schedules. Taylor Kitsch (Who played Tim Riggins) for one said he’d be open to a cameo, but doesn’t necessarily know if he’d want to return to the character.

This is probably one of the few times you’ll ever hear me say this. But, I want them to make this. I want them to continue the series. I’d be there opening night. That show was the definition of the perfect TV show for me.

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"Friday Night Lights" aired its series finale on Friday.

I was inspired by the Sports Illustrated coverage of the ending of “Friday Night Lights”, for my money the best television show I have ever seen, let alone being the best sports show.

You can see what SI thought was the show’s top moments were here.

For me, “FNL” represented everything a great TV show should be. There was great drama without being over-dramatic. It presented reality in a way that you can relate to it. The characters, especially coach Eric Taylor and his wife, Tami Taylor, were two of the best characters ever put on screen. It captured the passion of sports mixed with things real families go through every day.

But why didn’t it ever attract a large audience? Because Americans aren’t looking for a show centered around two morally strong characters. They’re not looking for a show where people do the right thing in every day life. They want violence, blood, and sex. Don’t get me wrong, I’m just as guilty as anyone else. But, “FNL” was different. Coach Taylor embodied the type of person I hope to someday grow into.

All of the characters felt real, like friends or family. You felt sad when they were sad. You cheered for them. You wanted everything to work out for them. But what separates “FNL” from the rest is that, like in real life, it didn’t always work out. Bad things happened to good characters with seemingly no justice.

“FNL” is the best sports show ever. Yet, the football was secondary to the real life drama that happened in it. Simply put, “FNL” was a show doomed to never gain a mainstream audience, a victim of its own greatness. “FNL” was the only show I’ve cared to watch from beginning to end. And I doubt another series will come along anytime soon to replace it.

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