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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 LIGHTS SHINE ON THE FIFTH SEASON OF FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS ON DIRECTV’S THE 101 NETWORK
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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wayne July 10, 2011 at 7:07 am

The Long Hot Summer….The OC….now Friday Night Lights…devastating…my all time three favorite series…now Fridah Night Lights ending…I knew it was coming..I know it is ending…but out hearts and mind race on…where to now…please consider some way to keep it going…another year ..season..a reunion(s)….pleaseeeeee….cable ..whatever…i’ll pay for it…thanks

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Michele July 10, 2011 at 11:05 am

I agree one of the best show’s out there and now we are stuck with crap like 101 ways to leave a game show. Please bring it back it’s so great to see a show that actually shows teacher’s that care.

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jake July 9, 2011 at 5:51 pm

i remember when friday night light started on mtv i was so excited for the start of friday night light season one i love this show i just wish they would of came out with one more season it was started on mtv then it moved to 101 network then back to nbc it s been a whiled ride to fallow it i had to switch my cable to have net work 101 buts it was worth it i just wish some one would pick it back up and finish it but it doesnt look like it well fans of friday night lights it was a fun 5 season ride

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Mike July 8, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Great show, one of the best and I will miss it. Real life stories, excellent acting and surprisingly good football presentation. A diamond in the rough, unfortunately not watched by more people who didn’t know what they were missing.

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JonnieBoi June 25, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Yes please come out with another season, there are so many people who would like to see what happens after Coach Taylor leaves Dillon!!!!

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J Bell-Kaul June 13, 2011 at 11:23 am

NBC is INSANE not to renew this series! Along with “Brothers and Sisters” (ABC), it is the best show currently on television. The acting and the scripts are flawless.

Why cancel this EXCELLENT series and keep the other “trashy” shows???

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Anonymous May 31, 2011 at 5:40 pm

I loved this show for adults as well as children ….. sad to see it end

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Renee May 12, 2011 at 9:40 am

This is the best show on TV right now and it has so much more potential. Because it is written to change lives and make a difference in the viewers lives as well, it’s a shame to take it off the air. Why is it that the good shows about character and excellence are push aside for material that sends the wrong messages to our youth and their families. I say, BRING IT BACK!!!

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mike mumford April 11, 2011 at 2:04 pm

this is the best show ever made best show ever bring it back.i had a good idea to save fnl the CW network could pick this up and keep it going smallville passed its 10th season

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Mary March 29, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Best show. To end it so abruptly is a sin. I don’t have direct TV and NBC is hiding it. The cating is supurb. Wish there were more, but the powers to be have dealt the final blow. A reunion, maybe the 5th year, would be a good platform to briong the cast together and satisfy some of the void.

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Cameron March 27, 2011 at 6:48 pm

I would love to see a season six because i would love to see what happens to the super team and see how well vince does there and where he goes to play college ball. Also i would love to see how coach taylor does at his new school in philly. I really wanna see what happens to riggins, matt and julie and see how their engagement. I really wish there was a season six because there are so many unanswered questions that they left at the end of season five. Everybody that watches this show probably agrees with me and i really wish they didnt cut it short and not do a season six. I really wanna season six!!

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 at 5:16 pm

This is the best show on TV. Don’t cancel

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eli March 23, 2011 at 5:04 am

season 6 should be the final

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Anonymous March 22, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Please please bring back a reunion! Best show EVER produced!!!

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Anonymous March 19, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Miss it

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ga boi March 7, 2011 at 5:44 am

Im personally begging and pleading for the producer’s to let a season six become reality.I mean i wanna see what happen’s to my boy Riggins;coach taylor;tammie;matt;julie;,you name it.The lions beat the panthers and no get back ?.This is a prayer and request;please bring the show back.for who ever agrees with me please everybody get behind this.”Sincerily,ga boi”.

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anamous April 16, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Friday night lights was one of the most intriguing in real TV shows for young viewers too actually watch . About what really happens in true life HIGH SCHOOL events. My son loved every mintue and I couldnt keep my eyes off it. The should be a season 6. It is truely amazing. There should more tv shows that show real life and reality thatn the “bullcrap “that is on now a days. It is about becoming a real human being , raising families, treating others with respect, making important choices in life, how those choices will have an impact on your future. Learning leadership, sportsmanship, teamwork, dedication to one another , hardship, compromise, and most of all PRIDE!. PLEASE BRING IT BACK FOR ALL YOUR DEDICATED fans. I would definetly like to see what happens, with riggins, the twins growing up, julie getting married, etc. You can start a whole new story line. Just think of the possibilties

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