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Expanding on the hit feature film and best-selling book "Friday Night Lights," this award-winning series centers on life in Dillon, Texas, where high school football brings the community together -- and the drama of small town life threatens to tear it apart. Coach Eric Taylor (Emmy nominee Kyle Chandler, "Grey's Anatomy") faced countless challenges over the course of the show's three seasons, but he wasn't the only one juggling responsibilities between family, work and pressures from the community. Coach Taylor's wife, Tami (Connie Britton, "Nashville"), also had her hands full as Dillon's new high school principal: managing a shrinking budget, a lack of school supplies, decreased teaching staff and student issues, as well as a baby and teenage daughter, Julie (Aimee Teegarden, "Prom") at home.
Previously, the start of a new school year brought a wave of change to Dillon, such as the affluent McCoy family: Joe (D.W. Moffat, "Grey's Anatomy"), Katie (Janine Turner "Strong Medicine") and their freshman son and rising-star quarterback J.D. McCoy (Jeremy Sumpter, "Soul Surfer"). The McCoys befriended all the right people in town, except for Coach Taylor, who felt challenged and at times threatened by the power they wielded.
Additionally, the graduating senior class was one step closer to adulthood, riding out their last year of high school. Senior student Tyra Colette (Adrianne Palicki, "About A Boy") sorted out her feelings for Landry (Jesse Plemons, "Breaking Bad") and did her best to stay on track with her academics and college applications; Lyla Garrity (Minka Kelly, "Parenthood") and Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine") were officially a couple and while Tim enjoyed every minute of his senior year, Lyla tried to plan out a bright college future for both of them. What would have been the best year for senior quarterback Matt Saracen (Zach Gilford, "The Mob Doctor") proved to be a difficult one as he continued to deal with his ailing grandmother and increasing competition with freshman J.D. McCoy for playing time on the field. On the brighter side, Saracen and Julie Taylor rekindled their friendship. Matt also became re-acquainted with his mother and found himself needing her support and love more than he ever thought. Meanwhile, Jason Street (Scott Porter, "Speed Racer") struggled to start a new life with his girlfriend and newborn son, which had him exploring interesting business ventures that had the potential to lead him to a future beyond Dillon. Brian "Smash" Williams (Gaius Charles, "The Messenger") had also graduated and, after nursing an injured knee and with the persistent training and support of Coach Taylor, was given a second chance at playing college ball.
Hailed as one of the top 10 shows by numerous publications such as Time magazine, Entertainment Weekly and The New York Times, the critically acclaimed drama "Friday Night Lights" also has been honored two years in a row (2006/2007) as an American Film Institute (AFI) Television Program of the Year, received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award in 2006, and won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series in 2007.
The series is executive produced by Peter Berg (the film "Friday Night Lights," "Hancock"), who also wrote and directed the pilot. Joining Berg as executive producers are Jason Katims ("Roswell"), Brian Grazer ("Frost/Nixon," "The Da Vinci Code"), David Nevins ("Arrested Development"), Sarah Aubrey ("The Kingdom") and Jeffrey Reiner ("Caprica"). "Friday Night Lights" is a production of Universal Media Studios, Imagine Entertainment and Film 44.