Monday, August 3, 2015

Winning touchdown for 'Friday Night Lights'

It's a bittersweet week for the high school football drama which ends tomorrow

Winning touchdown for ‘Friday Night Lights’

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Britton (right) and Chandler: recognized as outstanding
Britton (right) and Chandler: recognized as outstanding

 

It’s been an interesting week for Friday Night Lights, which has its 90-minute finale on NBC Friday night (see trailer, below).

First of all, it’s not really going away. Not completely. ESPN announced that they have bought the broadcast rights to this stellar drama and will show reruns on ESPN Classic. So we got that going for us.

Today the show got copious, long overdue respect from the Emmys. Both Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton were nominated as outstanding lead actors. About time. Their depiction of the Taylors has been the most textured portrait of marriage and parenthood on modern TV.

The show was also nominated, for the first time in five seasons, as outstanding drama season. Better late than never.

Also today, the series’ creator and executive producer, Peter Berg, said that he is itching to do a second Friday Night Lights movie, following the developments in tomorrow night’s finale. Berg directed the original 2004 film starring Billy Bob Thornton. All these projects are based on the nonfiction book of the same name by former Inquirer reporter Buzz Bissinger.

It’s hard to say what constitutes a spoiler with Friday Night Lights since the fifth season has already aired in its entirety on DirecTV. But if you’ve been following the show strictly during its network run, stop reading here.

No peeking!

For the rest of you, let’s just say that Philadelphians can take special pride in the finale. And if they do make a sequel, you can expect them to shoot locally.

 

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A true child of TV, David Hiltbrand has worked as a critic at People and as a columnist and editor at TV Guide.

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