Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, One More Time

Duana Posted by Duana at January 11, 2012 16:27:45 January 11, 2012 16:27:45

It has come to our attention that Friday Night Lights has been nominated for a DGA award!  As usual, cheers and delight.    And before I go any further, you really have to look at the company in which the show is nominated.   

Homeland, Breaking Bad, The Killing, Game of Thrones.   

These are the shows people talked about more than any other this year.   FNL is in really highly distinguished company, and that is, in and of itself, almost a reward of its own.     

And itΓÇÖll have to be, because thereΓÇÖs no way theyΓÇÖre going to win.

I know how I sound.   Kind of smug and incautious.   But the reality is that compared to the Killing and Game of Thrones ΓÇô do you know how many horses were in Game of Thrones? -  itΓÇÖs not going to happen.   There arenΓÇÖt enough voters who will choose FNL instead.

You know, itΓÇÖs not even because of the horses.  ThereΓÇÖs just epic amounts of all that is grandiose in these shows.    And our show has none of it.   Nobody dies (except that one time, shhhh), nobody changes their lives in ways that look like a real change of life; instead they change in small, imperceptible ways.  Like life.

We have to accept it now.  This show is our private thing, between us.   And you canΓÇÖt predict who is going to get the bug.   ItΓÇÖs a secret code between us and it doesnΓÇÖt discriminate.   SashaΓÇÖs husband is the latest one I know who has grown addicted, in a way that I know is consuming.  I can tell by the desperate way he texts about the show.     You never know who else is going to be a carrier.    And though we may convince people one by one, a convert here or there, the fact is -  our tribe is assembled.   This is who we get.  

One of the things that makes me happiest about the nomination is that the directorial team is included in the show.   In TV, directors are the traveling gypsies who travel from show to show.   They donΓÇÖt stay for the whole season like the rest of the crew (although of course they can come back) but have to rely on a group of people who are established without them to make them work.     ItΓÇÖs a really nice thing to do, and I notice not all the productions have submitted their team, so it seems optional.

Those people are working on other shows by now, but I bet any money Friday Night Lights is the high water mark theyΓÇÖll remember.   That the grips and sound recordists and makeup people will talk about on breaks and on lunches when theyΓÇÖre telling war stories.

ThereΓÇÖs a saying that comes up, actually, during those war-story times: ΓÇ£Two (or three) for the pocketbook, one for the heartΓÇ¥.   It means that not everything you do when youΓÇÖre going from show to show is going to be great ΓÇô into every TV career, there falls some sort of ridiculous embarrassment you donΓÇÖt bother to tell your inlaws about. But if you can do one every so often that you care about, it goes a long way.

I hope they win.  I know they wonΓÇÖt.  IΓÇÖm glad we got the show.    

Texas Forever.


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