Friday Night Lights MVPs reunite for finale
Although NBC and DirectTV maintain that no official decision on Friday Night Lights’ future has been made, all signs seem to suggest that next season will be the beloved drama’s last. The latest evidence: A horde of Panther alums including Taylor Kitsch (Tim), Zach Gilford (Matt), and Adrianne Palicki (Tyra) will descend on the show’s Austin set next month to appear in the final episodes of season 5 (slated to premiere next fall on DIRECTV). ”We went into the season knowing that this may be the last episode of the show,” acknowledges executive producer Jason Katims. ”So if it is, we want to make sure that it’s a satisfying ending.”
For his part, Gilford — who’s enjoying Emmy buzz for his heart-wrenching performance in the season 4 episode that found Matt mourning the loss of his dad — is looking forward to reuniting with his former costars. ”It’ll be fun to have as many people back as possible and do one last episode and be together in Austin,” enthuses the actor, who echoes Katims’ sentiment about giving fans closure. ”It’s nice that they can write an ending to the series.”
Katims, meanwhile, hints that the final batch of episodes may find a season 1 couple making another go at romance. Teases the exec: ”We’re looking at Tyra and Riggins reconnecting.” Score!
Grey’s Anatomy promotes, redeems April
News that Grey’s Anatomy has promoted Jesse Williams (Jackson) and Sarah Drew (April) to full-time series regulars next season has elicited mixed reactions from fans. Yay for Jackson — but not so much for his Mercy West colleague April, who hasn’t exactly endeared herself to viewers. The fact that she nearly got Derek (Patrick Dempsey) killed in last month’s harrowing hostage-themed finale certainly didn’t help. ”When we read that at the table read, I was like, ‘Oh, come on, guys, really?’ Fans already hate my character. Now they’re going to hate her even more,” recalls the former Everwood costar. (Let’s take a moment to remember how adored Drew was on that show.) The actress concedes that ”April has been kind of annoying,” but she points to a scene in the finale in which April bonded with Meredith as a ”gigantic step” toward redemption. Of course, that’s not to say Drew wants April to become a saint. ”The people pleaser in me wants everyone to like my character,” she admits. ”But April is interesting because she creates controversy — even though people hate her for it.”
Supernatural spoiler alert!
The truth about Supernatural’s upcoming sixth season is here: X-Files vet Mitch Pileggi is in talks to reprise his role as Sam and Dean’s presumed-dead grandpa, Samuel Campbell, on a potentially recurring basis. The character was introduced via flashback in season 4 and hasn’t been seen or heard from since. Being dead will do that.