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. Jessica says

    Please keep making this show… I can’t believe it’s really over. Hard to believe. It’s one of the “All time TV SHOWS”. With all the stupid crap on television anymore this would be a great show that young people and their parents can watch. Instead of young people watching 16 and pregnant and Jersey Shore… We need this show to continue to make a difference in people’s lives. Please continue the show.

  2. Jp Patrick says

    A tragic loss of poignant story telling. The writing, cinematography, casting and acting on this show earned every superlative thrown their way. I started watching via NetFlix and couldn’t stop until the series was over. This one deserves more than another season. Kudos to all involved in the production of Friday Night Lights. Thank you for some intelligent entertainment. JP

  3. says

    Excellent show. Brought back some memories of growing up in a small southern town myself so it did hit a lot of soft spots. There should be a season 6 and here’s my reason why. Coach Taylor has taken 2 teams of rag tags to the state chamionship and made better people out of them along the way. He gave up 2 colleges for his boys…time to see coach Taylor get to be head coach at a college everyone has written off and take them all the way to see his dream finally have closure.

  4. noah says

    Please make a friday night lights season six is truly change my life. I do not want to watch the last episode of season 5 because I’m scared I will cry. Hey man I Had tHe best ratings but it really made a difference. Please make a season 6

  5. Gonçalo Lopes says

    Plz let the show continue..this is the best show ever, talks about values and American culture. I’m a Portuguese fan of your show. My friends and I are watching this show just now, can’t be over! Don’t let die one of the most important series of American TV. GZ

  6. Marcs says

    Truly sad that it’s over. Every season has been absolutely amazing, even with new story lines and new characters I never lost the sense that it was all ‘real’. And I think it’s unique that they were able to keep that going on for so long. I love this show, and I wish I could thank everybody on it in person for the hours of fun. If a 6th season comes, they should try to bring them all back, Street, Smash, Lyla, … Oh well, dreams :)

  7. Blingz says

    I dig the show! Now i feel like their must be season 6 and more, sins that is the only season i can watch and love… by the way Jess is cute… This is all the way from South Africa.

  8. Bri says

    I love this show! I don’t want to see it to end….there definitely should be a sixth or seventh season! I love watching watching this show with my roommate. Tim Riggins is soooo HOT!!!!!!

  9. John says

    I really hope this show does not get cancelled! As soon as i saw this show for the first time it was instantly my favorite show. It has true values, a good message, and some awesome football action! Which is hard to find in most shows today. Bring it back!!!

  10. Alicia says

    I absolutely love Friday Night Lights!! It gave me a warm fuzzy feeling with every episode. I’m SO heartbroken to see it end. It’s one of those shows that you wish would go on forever.

  11. Pam says

    I agree with Cheyenne! It seems to be the shows that actually give a message, a good message, get cancelled. These are the types of shows we should be watching. I will truly miss this show!!! Please bring it back!!

  12. Cheyenne says

    I discovered this show just recently….and it is the kind of show that makes TV worth watching. It boggles my mind to why shows like this end when there is so much worthless programming on TV. This show should absolutely continue. Why doesn’t quality programming last? It is time to end reality shows and crime/medical shows. They are way overdone and bore me to tears!

    • v.c says

      I am Truly Sad the show is over. My husband and I watch it every week and there is not much out there that we watch together. I starting crying this week when I realized it was over…..I wish we could all get together and plead to the network to continue on.

  13. Karen says

    I can’t believe it’s really over. My daughter and I watch the show every week. It’s one of our favorites. There are so many ways they can take another season. With all the crap tv out there, it’s refreshing to have a quality show on the entire family can watch. Please keep making this show…

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