Best TV Soundtracks: ‘Friday Night Lights’ Music Sheds Some Light On The Texas “Devil Town”

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As many iTunes lovers and Youtube fanatics understand, music (old and new) has become a huge factor on hit television shows and both the show and artists featured benefit from the collaboration. Ever YouTube a certain scene from your favorite show for hours on end? Did it have a catchy song that you immediately downloaded? Yes, the odds are that you have.

Television show soundtracks are an obsession over here and the music played make that specific scene that much more memorable. This is very much the case when it comes to Friday Night Lights. It all began when Tony Lucca helped introduce Dillon, Texas with his “Devil Town” hit. Along the way scenes like Landry kissing Tyra with The Avett Brothers’ “If It’s the Beaches” playing in the background made you want to become a Panther yourself. Here’s to 10 of the best songs. Texas forever.

Also, stay tuned weekly here at Ology for a look back and a look forward to some of the best soundtracks that some of the greatest television shows have featured. Some of our collection will of course include Dawson’s CreekGrey’s Anatomy, The O.C. and even current series like The Vampire Diaries and The Newsroom.

1. Tony Lucca- “Devil Town”

 

2. The Killers- “Read My Mind (Like Rebel Diamonds Mix)”

3. Jakob Dylan- “Something Good This Way”

4. Jose Gonzalez- “Storm”

5. The Avett Brothers- “If It’s the Beaches”

6. Rewind- “Stereophonics”

7. Fink- “This Is the Thing”

 

8. Sufjan Stevens- “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”

 

9. John Doe- “Meanest Man In the World”

10. Augustana- “Fire”

 

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Best TV Soundtracks: ‘One Tree Hill’ Helped Unknowns Get Heard

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As many iTunes lovers and Youtube fanatics understand, music (old and new) has become a huge factor on hit television shows and both the show and artists featured benefit from the collaboration. Ever YouTube a certain scene from your favorite show for hours on end? Did it have a catchy song that you immediately downloaded? Yes, the odds are that you have.

Television show soundtracks are an obsession over here and the music played make that specific scene that much more memorable. Remember when Jake met Peyton at the airport with Gavin DeGraw’s “We Belong Together” playing in the background? Remember when Tyler Hilton was introduced with his “Glad” tune? Thought so. Here’s 10 moments that made an impact.

Also, stay tuned weekly here at Ology for a look back and a look forward to some of the best soundtracks that some of the greatest television shows have featured. Some of our collection will of course include Dawson’s CreekFriday Night Lights, The O.C. and even current series like The Vampire Diaries and The Newsroom.

 

1. Jack’s Mannequin- “The Mixed Tape”

2. Bethany Joy Lenz- “Halo”

 

3. Sunday Lane- “Reckless One”

 

4. Butch Walker- “Mixtape”

5. Nada Surf- “Always Love”

6. Story of the Year- “Sidewalks”

7. The Wreckers- “The Good Kind”

 

8. Jimmy Eat World- “23”

9. Gavin DeGraw- “We Belong Together”

10. Tyler Hilton- “Glad”


Best TV Soundtracks: ‘The O.C.’ Is More Than Just “California” Dreaming

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As many iTunes lovers and Youtube fanatics understand, music (old and new) has become a huge factor on hit television shows and both the show and artists featured benefit from the collaboration. Ever YouTube a certain scene from your favorite show for hours on end? Did it have a catchy song that you immediately downloaded? Yes, the odds are that you have.

Television show soundtracks are an obsession over here and the music played make that specific scene that much more memorable. Remember “Hide and Seek” when Marissa Cooper killed Ryan’s brother Trey? What about “Paint the Silence” by Dice when Marissa kissed Ryan on the ferris wheel? Thought so. The O.C. has had so many hits like Phantom Planet’s “California” and even the cover of “Forever Young” by Youth Group, but here’s to 10 more that made just as much of an impact.

Also, stay tuned weekly here at Ology for a look back and a look forward to some of the best soundtracks that some of the greatest television shows have featured. Some of our collection will of course include One Tree HillDawson’s CreekFriday Night Lights and even current series like The Vampire Diaries and The Newsroom.

1. Alexi Murdoch- “Orange Sky”

2. The Dandy Warhols- “We Used to be Friends”

3. Death Cab for Cutie- “A Lack of Color”

4. Doves- “Caught by the River”

5. Joseph Arthur- “Honey and the Moon”

6. Nada Surf- “If You Leave”

7. Jeff Buckley- “Hallelujah”

8.  Finley Quaye & William- “Dice”

9. South- “Paint the Silence”

10. Imogen Heap- “Hide and Seek”


Top 10 Teen Show Theme Songs

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There’s a slew of popular teen dramas out there (new and old) that have memorable characters and repeat-worthy soundtracks. But what’s most important about a show sometimes is the actual theme song. Some are written specifically for the series, but it doesn’t matter either way. After all, I know that whenever “I Don’t Want To Wait” by Paula Cole comes on the radio, I’ll be thinking about Dawson’s Creek over in Capeside.

From Pretty Little Liars, to a song like Friday Night Lights where no words are necessary, here’s a breakdown of the top 10 theme songs from some of the biggest teen dramas to date.

PS: And yes, both Savage boys made the list!

10. Pretty Little Liars

9. Degrassi

8. Beverly Hills 90210

7. Saved By The Bell

6. Boy Meets World

5. Friday Night Lights 

4. The O.C. 

3. One Tree Hill

2. The Wonder Years

1. Dawson’s Creek


6 Male TV Characters That Ruined My Expectations

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It all started with the kids at Capeside. Throw in the kid from the wrong side of the tracks in Chino and a Jim that can make you giggle by just a quick smirk to the camera and you’ve basically nailed my childhood. My upbringing? My pathetic obsession over male characters that I always wished were real in my own life? Yes, I guess we’ll go with that.

John Krasinki, Nick Wechsler, James Lafferty, Joshua Jackson, Benjamin McKenzie and Jake Johnson have all captured adorableness on screen, all the while breaking hearts slowly. Some memorable characters have stayed with fans for years, and some have just started. But what do they all have in common? I would very much like to date all these boys. In no particular order, here are the television characters I’ve been swooning over for the past 10-plus and will continue to do so. No need to drop any of them; the more the merrier.

Jim Halpert (The Office)
Why He’s A Catch: That FACE. He’ll make a boring office day go by quick and can make you swoon with just one look. Seriously, you won’t even be wondering why he feels the need to stare back at a camera all day.
Boyfriend Material: During “Casino Night” when he finally told Pam how he felt. Sorry, Roy, he may have stole your girl but we still love him for it.

Jack Porter (Revenge)
Why He’s A Catch: He’s that cliché lots of girls want. The boy next door that you grew up with and you fall in love with years later.
Boyfriend Material: He’ll stay behind to help the family bar while pushing his dreams to the side. Plus, he’ll confess his love for you on a pier with fireworks up above and kiss you later on in front of a fireplace.

Nathan Scott (One Tree Hill)
Why He’s A Catch: He’s the typical athletic bad boy that ends up doing anything for his family. He’ll also get rid of that dreadful nipple piercing after a few years too.
Boyfriend Material: No matter what the hardship, he will love you–always and forever. He also will give you a sweet Cracker Jack box bracelet.

Pacey Witter (Dawson’s Creek)
Why He’s A Catch: The first crush will always be a soft spot. He’s the ultimate friend turned boyfriend that never thinks he’s good enough. He will help you become a better person and vice versa.
Boyfriend Material: Pass on the jewelry, just count to 10 and kiss. He’ll also buy you a wall and remember items your mother may have given you.

Ryan Atwood (The O.C.)
Why He’s A Catch: Okay, so there’s a recurring bad boy obsession here. He’s the new guy, rough on the surface, but basically becomes the sweetest guy. He doesn’t mind throwing a punch and we don’t mind having him defend us.
Boyfriend Material: He’ll watch out for you in case there’s a crazy Oliver-type, will adorably agree to celebrate holidays like Chrismukkah and will kiss you on the ferris wheel.

Nick Miller (New Girl)
Why He’s A Catch: He makes a fantastic impression after only knowing him for a few months. He may still have roommates, but he’ll be fun and will know when he’s being a douchebag.
Boyfriend Material: He’s a close second to Pacey Witter. He’ll tell you when to stop singing for your own sake and will always be looking out for you. Sweet and funny, you’ll even find his tomato growing experiment endearing.


Exclusive: Jennifer Beals On New Edgy Series ‘Lauren,’ Working With Troian Bellisario

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As Pretty Little Liars slowly comes to a close on August 28 (stay strong fans!), Troian Bellisario is set to star in a new three-episode series alongside Jennifer Beals. Playing Commanding Officer Major Jo Stone in the WIGS show Lauren, the Flashdance actress acts as a confidant for Lauren (Bellisario), trying to warn her that as a military woman, she’ll come under intense scrutiny for revealing that she’s been sexually assaulted.

With such an edgy and provocative storyline, Lauren premieres tonight on just the right platform. WIGS showcases topics just like this, and is currently the #1 scripted channel on YouTube.

Beals was immediately drawn to the project, and told Ology how being on the internet was a big reason for this. “There’s a certain playfulness and a certain feeling that there are no real parameters yet in this platform because it hasn’t been around long enough so it doesn’t feel like there’s any dogma attached to it yet so that was really exciting,” she admits. “We shot each episode in a day and so that was – three episodes is really only three days at work but it was really exciting because you feel like you’re truly collaborating. Jon [Avnet] and Rodrigo [Garcia] and Lesli [Linka Glatter] are all very wonderful collaborators. They make you feel like your opinion matters and that everybody is there to really contribute something and it’s valuable.”

As for her 27-year-old costar, she couldn’t have been happier working on set with the PLL star. “I loved working with Troian. I think she is so focused and so disciplined. We really had a great time and really supported one another through what was emotionally very difficult material and very exciting material in that way for an actor.  It was – I think the actors we like the pain.”

Pain and getting into dark subject matters, that is. As a viewer, you can’t help but wonder how difficult it must be for an actor to fully immerse themselves in such a character and scenario. But to our surprise, it actually was an all-around great experience for Beals. “There’s something kind of wonderful when you’re able to go down into that darkness and experience that darkness for the stories sake, for the character sake and for anybody’s benefit who might be watching it and might need to see that story,” she says. “So in that way it was exciting and that pain is gratifying in a way. I just was excited to come to work every day. I was really excited to come to work and I was sad that it ended so quickly because each episode that we shot was only a day.”


Alicia Josipovic On ‘Degrassi’ Series Emmy Nomination, “Drianca”

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What can be better than a Degrassi family? Yes, that’s right. A Degrassi Italian Mafia family. While chatting with Alicia Josipovic recently she went into detail about what she and four of her male costars do once the camera stops, what she thinks about Bianca and Drew being back together, and what couple she loves besides Drianca. (EClare fans, you may be surprised!)

The hugely popular Canadian series just received an Emmy nomination for a second year in a row for Best Children’s Program, and it couldn’t be more well-deserved. How did the cast react? What storyline does Alicia think made the biggest impact over the past 32 years its been on air? Check out what the actress had to say!

PS: Seriously, I couldn’t stop Tumblring pictures of the cast and watching clips of the show after this conversation.

Degrassi got an Emmy nomination for the second year in a row! Did any celebration happen?

ALICIA JOSIPOVIC: We’re on hiatus right now, so we found out when we were all off set. It’s really really exciting for us because we’re a Canadian show and we’re up against a lot of great shows and a lot of big shows that are in the States. It’s really really exciting for us! I remember we were all on Twitter just saying, ‘Oh my God, Degrassi got nominated!’ We’re really excited. I hope we win! Degrassi really deserves an Emmy. They’ve been around for 32 years. It’s like a soap opera, basically!

What’s been one of your favorite memories from set?

We have so much fun on set. It’s really, really crazy. We’re all friends and we all get along so well! There were four of us that created this imaginary Italian Mafia family. We did this last year, and it still carries on today! When we’re on set, we’re in our Degrassi characters and when the directors yell, ‘Cut!’ we go into our Italian Mafia characters. We’re called ‘The Palumbos.’ It’s insane – the crew has to tell us to shut up! We don’t stop! And when we’re in it, we’re in it. It’s just crazy. Fights happen. It’s so much fun.

Who’s a part of the family?

It’s myself, Luke [Bilyk], Munro [Chambers], Daniel [Kelly] and Justin [Kelly].

The only girl!

Yeah, I’m the only girl! We’re all family, so I’m Marissa Palumbo, and I have four brothers: Donny, Pauly, Joey, and Frankie. It gets really crazy! That has to be one of my favorite times. I mean, we do it all the time, but it’s so much fun to do, because that’s what we do: we love playing characters! It’s awesome; it’s a lot of fun!

Speaking of Luke, how do you feel about Bianca and Drew getting back together?

I’m so happy! I was really upset when we broke up! When we broke up last season I was devastated. So was Luke! We were like, ‘Really? After all that we’ve been through with Anson [Russ]?’ We’re so excited to be back together, and I think it’s going to be for good. We haven’t shot all the episodes yet, but it looks like we’re definitely making a commitment to each other – a serious, serious commitment. Bianca and Drew are so in love with each other, and it just makes sense that they’re together.

Another favorite couple to fans is of course EClare. Do you have a favorite?

Alli and Dave! They’re really cute together. I love Dave. He’s awesome. He’s played by Jahmil [French], who is an amazing actor. I should pick EClare. Everyone loves EClare, right? So I like that, but I really, really do love Eli’s character. I think that he’s been through so much with all of his bipolar disorder and I would love to play that character. He gets really, really cool storylines. He has to be one of my favorite characters, for sure.

What are your thoughts on Biana and have you ever thought of storylines you’d love her to play?

Bianca comes from nothing, and she has no one to help her. We find out in Season 11 that she has no parents. She’s had to fend for herself, so I think that a lot of people really feel for her now, as opposed to Season 10 and she was just a bitch all the time. No one liked Bianca! I would get so much hate mail on Twitter all of the time: ‘Oh, I hate Bianca,’ this and that. I know that I’m doing my job then, because that’s what I was supposed to do! In Season 11, they showed where Bianca came from, and why she was like that. She’s actually a really good person on the inside – she’s just troubled and got caught up with the wrong people.

Now, in Season 12, she’s shaping up: she’s doing really well in school, she’s applying for university, and she’s back with Drew. She’s just trying to be a better Bianca, which is awesome! But I don’t get to have these crazy storylines anymore! So in the future, I want to have another crazy, adventurous storyline, ’cause I love doing those! They’re a lot of fun.

Is there an episode of Degrassi that you thought really made an impact?

Well, I think the whole transgender storyline made a really big impact, and it definitely shocked viewers. I think everyone was kind of scared when we got the transgender character. I know the network was a little bit shaky about it. I think that has to be one of my favorite storylines – it has gone on so far. The transgender storyline has gone on so much. In Season 10, when Adam was first starting to deal being transgendered, it was a great storyline because a lot of people go through that and don’t talk about it. It’s so hard for people who are transgendered to deal with it, and even being gay – it’s hard to come out of your shell! Adam is so proud and he’s doing really well, and it definitely shows viewers to come out of your shell. Just be you!

Degrassi is just great when it comes to topics like that, and I think that’s why there are so many fans out there.

Absolutely!

Do you get to see each other a lot while on hiatus?

We absolutely do. We all live around each other, in the Toronto area. We make sure that we definitely get together throughout the summer. We’ll all go to Wonderland one day, which is an amusement park over here, or Munro will have a get-together at his house. We make sure that we all spend time together off set as well.

All of you definitely seem really close.

Yeah, we are! It’s a great cast. I’m so happy that we have a cast like this, because I think it’s rare to find something like that. We’re really close, and we’re so lucky!