Friday Night Lights: It’s Official; TV Show Ending, No Season Six

Friday Night LightsIt’s been widely presumed and hinted at that the fifth season of Friday Night Lights would be the end of series. The cast and crew, which recently wrapped production on season five, have been told that they’re free to find other work.

However, NBC and DirecTV representatives refused to say, for sure, that there wouldn’t be a sixth year. Until now. As we reported a couple days ago, season five of Friday Night Lights will begin airing on DirecTV on October 27th. NBC will air them some time after that.

In the press release, they’ve made the TV show’s ending official. Take a look…

The Final Season of the Critically Acclaimed, Emmy-Winning Drama Will Air Commercial-free Every Wednesday at 9 p.m.

El Segundo, CA, August 12, 2010 – Friday Night Lights will return to DIRECTV’s The 101 Network for its the fifth and final season on Wednesday, October 27 at 9 p.m. Lead by recent Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress Emmy nominees Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, the season five cast will feature series regulars Aimee Teegarden, Michael B. Jordan, Matt Lauria, Jurnee Smollett, Madison Burge and newcomer Grey Damon (90210, True Blood). Former cast members Jesse Plemmons, Taylor Kitsch, Scott Porter, Adrianne Palicki and Zach Gilford will return throughout the course of the final season.

“Going into season five, knowing it would likely be the final season, everyone involved with the show turned our focus to trying to make the best possible thirteen episodes we could,” said executive producer Jason Katims. “It was moving to watch the writers, cast, producers, directors and everyone on the team pull together like that. We wanted a great ending. We wanted to leave it all on the field.”

“Friday Night Lights has been integral to The 101 Network’s programming strategy and it has been an honor to be able to provide our viewers with a show of its caliber these past two seasons,” said Derek Chang, EVP Content, Strategy and Development DIRECTV. “As sad as it is to say good-bye to our friends in Dillon, we look forward to this upcoming season and the incredible stories that remain to be told.”

Expanding on the hit feature film and best-selling book “Friday Night Lights,” the award-winning show 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. After a redistricting plan left the town divided, season four introduced viewers to East Dillon and its inhabitants, creating a new playing field for the series.

Season five opens at the start of a new school year and finds Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) an outsider in the world of Texas high school football. As he attempts to reclaim his rightful position within the establishment, Taylor finds himself faced with the challenge of tempering the expectations of the East Dillon Lions’ supporters, while proving to their detractors that they are a force to be reckoned with. Struggling to maintain control of the team he built and the players he’s molded, Coach endeavors to accomplish the impossible. After refusing to compromise her principles to appease the Dillon School Board, Tami joins her husband at East Dillon High doing what she does best, guiding students. Frustrated by what she finds at the school, she sets about to challenge the status quo, despite the resistance she encounters from both the faculty and students. Her efforts to repair a broken system, however, do not go unnoticed and will force her to make a decision that places a strain on the Taylor’s usually steadfast marriage.

Meanwhile, Julie (Aimee Teegarden) finds herself adrift at college and enters into an ill-advised relationship that will have serious consequences. Vince (Michael B. Jordan) continues his reign as the Lions’ quarterback, learning that his newfound stardom comes with advantages as well as hardships both on the field and off, as he faces the return of a father (guest star Cress Williams) he barely knows. Luke (Matt Lauria) is forced to face a startling reality about his future and the role that football will play in it. Jess (Jurnee Smollett) struggles to find a place for herself on the Lions as something other than a Rally Girl or member of the Spirit Squad. Becky (Madison Burge), unhappy at home, turns to someone else’s family for support. Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch) continues to serve time in jail as a result of the illegal activity at Riggins Rigs, an experience that has left an indelible mark on him and threatens his relationship with Billy (Derek Phillips), the only family he has.

Additionally, season five will also feature the return of several characters from past seasons. Fan favorites Jason Street (Scott Porter), Tyra Collette (Adrianne Palicki), Matt Saracen (Zach Gilford), Landry Clarke (Jesse Plemons) and Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch) will return to Dillon throughout the course of the season.

In April of 2008, NBC, Universal Media Studios and DIRECTV formed a bold, multi-platform partnership to launch the third season of the critically acclaimed drama series. The season was broadcast initially on DIRECTV’s The 101 Network and subsequently telecast on NBC later in the 2008-09 season. In March of 2009, Universal Media Studios and DIRECTV extended this innovative partnership to produce 26 episodes that would launch the fourth and fifth seasons of “Friday Night Lights,” with the series again airing first on DIRECTV’s The 101 Network and then subsequently on NBC.

The series is executive produced by Peter Berg, Jason Katims, Brian Grazer, David Nevins, David Hudgins and Sarah Aubrey. Friday Night Lights is a production of Imagine Entertainment, Universal Media Studios and Film 44.

What do you think? Are you sorry to hear the show’s ending? Would you like to see a reunion some day?

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  1. Sandy says

    It’s like saying goodbye to an old friend. Absolute quality show. I spent Friday nights in high school in the band and it’s been fun to spend Friday nights in Texas. Love the characters, love the acting, and love the story lines. YOU WILL BE MISSED!

  2. ShayShay says

    I agree with L J C…I don’t watch ANY of those reality shows…they suck! Then, you take off a quality show like Friday Night Lights… I hope the NBC Execs wake up and keep a great show like this one on the air!!! This is one of my all-time favorites! Please bring it back!!!! I guess since all the great shows are getting cancelled, I’ll just stop watching television all together!!! SHAME!!!

  3. Jim K says

    My wife and I never missed an episode in 5 seasons, thanks to the DVR when we could not watch the show on the orignal night. This truly was the best show by far on TV, the cast, their acting, the writing,direction, producing, the camera shots, storyline… simply the best on TV, realistically this show could have gone another 5 seasons easy…… I could go on and on. Simply said, our household was sad to see the show end. With that said, the season finale was just a repeat of all the episodes before it, extrodinary. FNL’s put together a great farewell show….I still hold out hope that someone, somewhere changes their mind and we see a 6th season…..Texas Forever!

  4. Clint says

    It’s a shame for a movie at this caliber production and cinematic qualities to end. Not once do you ever feel the show is fake with cliches typical of current prime-time dramas. Just the overall story combined with the dramatic musical score made each and every show till the end excellent. I never want this show to end because you get so lost in the show that you feel that you are on the field with them. Thank you to all of the writers, actors, production, directors, and all the cast that has made us feel we were a part of Dillon, TX. Friday Night Lights will live in us forever!

  5. Dave says

    What a mistake cancelling this show. I always looked so forward every to see a new episode. Last night when Direct TV aired the last show I was so depressed when it was over. With all the cop and lawyer shows I can’t believe NBC will not leave such a refreshing down to earth real every day show on. Right now I DON’T WANT TO WATCH NBC AGAIN.
    I will miss you and never forget you Friday Night Light’s. Thank You for a GREAT 5 years.

  6. says

    I’ve never wanted a show to stay more than this one. It makes me incredibly sad that it is over. Friday Night Lights is the best show ever made, and I wish adnd pray that they realize that what they are doing by ending it, is a bad decision. It will be greatly missed, there has never been a show like this, with so much feeling. Huge, enormous, gigantic mistake for it’s cancellation. Please stay!

  7. titansrus says

    ive got all the seasons of this show and wow what an amazing series it has been cant wait for the season finaly they really do need to continue it. its a great show

  8. Maria De Los Angeles Montano Chaliha says

    I love the outdoors so I’m not one to stay in and watch tv. Then one day I sat and watched it with my husband and I was hooked. I am really going to miss the show. I grew up in Willcox, AZ-a very small town and I really am thankful that I was raised there. We had so much fun! I also remember going to Schurtz, TX with my grandfather to visit my aunt and we had some really great times. If the Simpsons can go on so can Friday Night Lights! I guess I will have to go back outside and enjoy the beautiful weather in AZ . Maybe you can do a show in Az and maybe I can even be in it. LOL

  9. Marley says

    I sincerely believe that TV is playing to the lowest common denominator and any show with a modicum of class or intelligence is doomed to failure. Friday Night Lights is one of those – I’m sure most people wouldn’t recognize excellence if it knocked on their doors. REality TV and sitcoms loaded with double entrendres have hypnotized and dumbed down the masses. This show entertained from the very first – the cast, the storyline – even the way it was filmed – screamed ‘EXCELLENT!” Many others, besides myself, will miss it.

  10. L J C says

    I am sorry to see one of the very few watchable shows on TV ending.With all this reality garbage people are losing sight of true craftmanship and the ability to entrance.
    One of the most difficult decision to understand. Guess it’s another case of the money (sponsors ) not getting it. So sad.

  11. judy martin says

    What a shame they’ve ended this wonderful show! The plot, acting, photography, editing, music were all TOP SHELF! A truly magical mix. The networks keep trying new series after new series…..why not stay with something that WORKS!

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