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. Andrea says

    I’m with Susan on top. I watched all 5 year episodes on xfinity and am sad to see it go.
    Great show.

  2. Susan says

    Best show I’ve seen in a very long time…I watched all 5 seasons on netflix and I’m very sad to see it end…cheers to the cast and crew…great job..

  3. Curtis says

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Im so depressed its over:((((((((((((((((((((((((
    Please make a millions more seasons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Laroy says

    Bullshit, this had been the best tv show I have ever seen, **** ratings this show is ethical, relative and a inspirational to whoever watched it seriously , “if i had 1 wish it’ll be to have more wishes”. But one would be a season 6 it’s just people catch on to good shows late, just like trends and topics and people never appreciate what they have until its gone.

  5. gloria says

    Loved all 5 seasons of this show and would love to see a 6th. There is still so many stories that can be told. I want to know the future lives of Tim, of Tyra, of Becky and Luke, Lyla, Landry, and all the characters that I have come to know.

  6. Wes Nichols says

    I recently watched the entire series. and started thinking this could be ok and one short week later I’ve seen it all. and to be honest I feel like a person dealing with drug withdrawals “I gots to get some more of that show” and as unrealistic as it could be I think there could be a sixth season if the execs would give it a shot. but I would be happy with a movie .

  7. LC says

    One of the greatest shows on t.v I thank Netflix for opening my eyes to this show. Sad that it has come to a conclusion.btw who gets chills when “devil town “starts playing. Watching the season all Over when football starts

  8. Kimberly says

    Please make a season 6. I absolutely love this show and never want it to end. I just finished watching season 5. There has to be more.

  9. Christine says

    I recently watched John Carter and realized that was Tim riggins I really live this show it had so many different out looks and ways of life for a younger crowd now we have the shows Like teen mom and it shows negative things on society this show really is amazing I watched it on netflixbut I’m buying them on CD also. IS THERE ANY CHANCE THEY WILL HAVE A SEASON 6 PLEASE LET THERE BE!!

  10. brenda gross says

    you need a 6th season season 5 ended like there was more to know about everybody. it leaves you hanging with too many questions

  11. josh says

    I really loved watching this series. I am only a 13 year old boy but I loved it with the first season as jason street getting paralyzed then lyla and tims affair.then in the second season with smash and saracens rivalry to tyra and landrys murder wrap. In the third season where its up to riggins and saracen then jd mccoy. My personal favorite season would have to be the second beacuse of how they portray riggins as the lost boy and how he takes refuge in a meth house. I just want to see a sixth season. Next season bring back the SMASH BABY

  12. kenny says

    I absolutely love this show. i only started watching last wk when buying season one and two. then couldnt resist bought 3. ilwish it got picked up for.season six……. i was not ready for it to end and there were so mamy more possiblities for storylines.

  13. Dino Vega says

    I watch this show on paid TV in Indonesia and I enjoy it. Its well written and is played by a high quality cast. I hope the producers re-consider their decision. Many write here about how great the stories are, or how its a show that the entire family can watch…I agree with all that, but I think the show adds another dimension (especially for viewers outside the US; non-Americans). Its an education and depiction of American values through sports. The struggles and challenges of everyday American provides us (outside of the US), a glimpse of America’s “big hearts”, its humanity and its most basic value. Kudos to the writers, producers, and actors. Terima kasih (thank you).

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