It’s OK to let your Tim Riggins love burn bright. Ours will never die as we continue our “Friday Night Lights” re-watches forever.
But you know should know that actor Taylor Kitsch is not Tim Riggins the character and he has not slowed down since the beloved NBC TV show ended, appearing in movies and television projects including “Lone Survivor,” “The Normal Heart,” HBO’s “True Detective” and the big-budget sci-fi film “John Carter.” The Austin resident was kind enough to come in to our studio for a podcast and video to promote a cause dear to his heart, the African Children’s Choir, the subject of the third New Year’s Eve benefit in Austin. This year, it’s called “Rock the Brazos” and Taylor talks in the podcast about why he started the charity event (which includes performers Rob Thomas and the group Water and Rust), and why you should be there.
Also on the show this week:
In our Short Shot, we discuss the current state of TV / movie revivals such as “Fuller House,” “Twin Peaks” and “The X-Files.” Does Taylor think “Friday Night Lights” should return someday? Find out on the show.
In a special video segment, Taylor compares his Canadian upbringing with his life in Texas, letting us know if he prefers hockey over football, poutine over nachos and more.
Joe Gross joins us for A Chaser on why those of us burned by the “Star Wars” prequels are now so excited for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
And in A Toast, we recommend a Amazon’s sublime second season of “Transparent,” a documentary about the “Houdini of Florida” that Taylor Kitsch hopes to develop into a feature film he’ll star in, and “Jessica Jones,” which Tolly is continuing to dive into.
0:00 Intro 1:06 Segment 1: Taylor Kitsch on African Children’s Choir and Texas living 18:27 Short Shot: What do we think about TV/movie revivals? 23:10 Short Shot: A Chaser with Joe Gross on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” anticipation 28:15 A Toast (Recommendations) 33:11 Outtro and how to reach us
Rock the Brazos happens on New Year’s Eve and it benefits the African Children’s Choir. As of this writing, there are still tickets available.
Are you ready to hear the stories behind the laughter?
On this week’s “Statesman Shots” podcast, American-Statesman business writer and successful stand-up comic Brian Gaar joins us to talk about his recent video special, “Jokes I Wrote At Work,” and his upcoming appearances at Moontower Comedy and Oddity Fest, where he’ll open for comedian Patton Oswalt. Brian talks about what it’s like to perform at a comedy fest like Moontower, how he deals with hecklers and what went into filming his first one-hour special, which is available on Vimeo.
Also on this week’s episode:
Does Austin need a new mascot? In a video Short Shot segment, we pitch our ideas to the city, including Toni the Organic Tofu, Hater the Austin Gopher and Ray Benson (because he’s an East Coaster who moved here and dresses like a cowboy). Seriously, Austin, let’s put this proposal before the City Council!
In this age of instant streaming video and festival overload, how is it possible to be bored? Do popular new apps Meerkat and Periscope suggest we still desire random channel flipping as entertainment?
Joe Gross discusses “Delicious Foods,” a new book by James Hannaham, in a Chaser segment.
And in “A Toast,” we recommend the excellent graphic novel “Here” by Richard McGuire, the Austin Web series “Pretty Awful” and Don Hertzfeldt’s animated short “World of Tomorrow,” which left us reeling after Joe Gross told us about it last week and we watched it ourselves.