Friday Night Lights Season 4 & 5 Spoilers: Show will end in 2011

In addition to Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, full-time returnees include Jesse Plemons, Taylor Kitsch, Aimee Teegarden, and Jeremy Sumpter. Adrianne Palicki, Minka Kelly, and Zach Gilford will likely be back for short-term farewell arcs. (Michael Ausiello) Zach Gilford will be back for around five episodes next season. (Michael Ausiello)

Taylor Kitsch recently said he’s coming back for season four, but Minka Kelly is only back for a few episodes, which Connie Britton teased is not good news for Lyla and Riggins fans: “Riggins is going to have to move on. The reality of the situation is he’s in Dillon; he’s never going to leave Dillon probably, and she is. She has a whole future, and I think it would be really interesting to see what that does to him. Maybe she’ll come back and do some episodes, and we’ll see where she’s gone off to and see the difference between the girl who gets out and the guy who doesn’t. Those old high school relationships where you think [you’re] going to be forever together and then you’ve got your whole life ahead of you and everything changes. ” (Watch With Kristin)

Rumor has it that Riggins does not stay faithful to Lyla while she’s away at college. (Watch With Kristin)

The show is casting three new series regulars and one recurring guest star.

Vince: A charming yet dangerous East Dillon junior. He’s African-American and, when we first meet him, he’s running from the cops. Look for Coach Taylor to put his speed to better use as a member of the Lions. Series regular.

Luke: Vince’s classmate and arch nemesis. He’s Caucasian, cocky, and charming. Reminds some of a young Paul Newman. Dillon’s new geographical breakdown has him playing for the Lions, and he’s not happy about it. Series regular.

Jess: The super-energetic daughter of a onetime NFL hopeful, she knows the game inside and out. When she’s not busy coaching her younger brothers, this sophomore/junior is getting crushed on by every guy in Dillon, East and West. Series regular.

Becky: A freshman beauty queen whose family is purebred trailer trash. Think Blair Waldorf with lousy genes. She finds Riggins in bed with her mother and reacts by trying to seduce him herself. She is listed as recurring. (Michael Ausiello)

Scott Porter talks about his future on Friday Night Lights: “I may have a guest spot return to Dillon in season five. In the final episodes of the wrap-up season, we’ll put a bow on everybody. There are definitely some ways to bring Jason Street back. If Riggins gets in trouble, or if Riggins ends up getting married, then I’ll come back for that. [Street’s return] is probably going to be Riggins-related, although since I’m a football scout now, I could probably come down and look at some of the new kids at East Dillon.” (Watch With Kristin)

Exclusive – Friday Night Lights – Season 4 – New Characters

[VINCE] African-American, a Junior in high school, 16-17 years old, from a lower-class background. He is charming but dangerous and sometimes a little menacing. His father is in jail and Vince is involved in criminal activity on his behalf. We first meet him quickly fleeing the cops of East Dillon and it is that kind of speed Vince brings to the football field as well as a toughness we’ve never seen before. He has a dark side and occasionally he snaps. We see him at one point being mocked for a football loss and winds up pulling a gun on the guy making fun of him…SERIES REGULAR

[LUKE] Caucasian, a Junior in high school, 16-17 years old, a young Paul Newman type, cocky and charming. His family are ranchers, scraping to get by. Luke will initially be reluctant to become an integral part of the Lions. His enthusiasm for football has been stamped out by the politics that had him playing for Dillon and now for East Dillon. However, he is the strongest player on the team – except possibly for Vince – and he assumes a leadership role quickly which puts him at odds with Vince…SERIES REGULAR

[JESS] Female, African-American, a Sophomore or Junior in high school, 16-17 years old, Jess is the daughter of the smoker at a local BBQ joint who was himself a onetime NFL hopeful who never made it. Raised in a family steeped in football lore Jess knows the game inside and out. She has several younger brothers who she coaches/bosses around during youth football practices. Jess is a force of nature, super-energetic, and the type to make a big entrance and big exit. All of our male characters will be at least a little bit crazy about her sptv050769…SERIES REGULAR NOT ALL SHOWS PRODUCED

[BECKY] Caucasian Female, Texas Beauty Queen type, 18-20 years old to play high school freshman. A beauty pageant vet from a ‘trailer trash’ family, Becky is well aware that her good looks can get her just about everything she wants. She is surprised when, after meeting Tim Riggins when he wakes up in her mother’s bed, she can’t seem to convince him to hook up with her, too. Becky is the leader of the ‘Trash Bees’ a group of girls who discover that being in a new school means they can declare themselves the most important people in the social hierarchy…RECURRING GUEST STAR

Source: SpoilerTV

Friday Night Lights – Connie Britton Interview

Source: TV Guide

A rather glorious thing happened in March, when TV’s acclaimed if undersampled Friday Night Lights was renewed for not one but two more seasons. Although the series’ NBC return is a small eternity away (summer 2010) and its DirecTV premiere is still “TBD,” we tackled the opportunity to speak with Connie Britton about Tami’s “roller coaster” past, and apparently finite future. I want you to know that my wife got hooked on Friday Night Lights this past season — and I think it’s largely due to the tactile and real performances given by you, Kyle Chandler, et al.
Connie Britton:
Aw, that’s so awesome! That’s what I’m talking about, that’s what we need to do. Hey, every head counts. What was your favorite thing about playing Tami last year?
For me, it felt like a roller coaster. The whole aspect of being principal was really interesting, because when I first heard about that, I was heady with power! I was like, “This is the be-all and end-all,” Kyle was jealous. … It was fantastic. And then they were like, “Yeah, but you’re going to have a huge head-to-head issue with Buddy, and ultimately you’ll lose.” [Laughs] I was like, “No fair!”

View photos from Friday Night dates gone by What are the odds that Tami and Eric will be working at rival Dillon high schools next season?
Knowing our writers, I bet that’s the way they’ll go, because that will be so interesting and challenging. And that’s how we do it at Friday Night Lights. Last season we said sad goodbyes to both Smash and Jason…
C’mon, admit it, you cried during those episodes. Maybe. Will Season 4 serve up anything similar for Matt (Zach Gilford), Tyra (Adrianne Palicki) or Lyla (Minka Kelly), all of whom could be heading off to college?
The writers just now are concocting their story ideas, but I would think they do a little arc for all those characters — or at least the ones they can. All these actors are going off and doing awesome movies and stuff. We are the farm team for Hollywood, with our actors, our writers, our director…. It’s crazy. Executive producers Jason Katims and Jeffrey Reiner have gone off to do other projects (NBC’s Parenthood and Trauma, respectively). How might their absences affect the mood on the set?
: I don’t think it will be different at all. We’ll have some different players on the team, but we also will have a lot of the same players. There’s Michael Waxman, who was our First [Assistant Director] for a long time before starting to direct some episodes, and we just love him. I think he’s going to be picking up some of the Jeff Reiner slack. Plus you’re going into this transition as one of the business’ best-oiled machines.
I really do think that’s true. We’ve always attributed the success and greatness of Friday Night Lights to its process, and that involves every single person, from every department.

Review NBC’s complete 2009-10 TV season plan What was the thinking behind a two-season pick-up? Was it financial?
I’m not involved in all those negotiations, but if I had to guess, the only reason somebody would do a two-season pick-up is if there’s a financial advantage. It impacts syndication, packaging…. So are you shooting Seasons 4 and 5 back-to-back? That’d be cost-effective.
No, I think there will be a little break between seasons, if for no other reason than to let the writers regroup. Did you have your hand slapped at all for telling that after these next two seasons, the show is done?
No! I don’t think I’m out of bounds in saying that. I think that is the intention. Hey, end dates are the new black — everybody is doing them.
Exactly, and we are all looking at it as an advantage. One of the things that’s so hard about TV is that time at the end of the season where it’s a guessing game of, “Will we ever see each other again?” That’s tough, man. So for us to have the luxury of knowing what we have in front of us and, frankly, knowing when we get to say goodbye, is great. Listen, if the show suddenly started making phenomenal amounts of money and gets phenomenal ratings and they’re like, “Let’s keep it going,” that would be great. But I have a feeling that this is a really good way to be really specific with stories.

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  1. jj

     /  August 19, 2009


  2. Neek1981

     /  September 20, 2009

    Can’t believe we have to wait till next summer to see the next season. I love this show. It’s one of my all time faves. Also the new characters being brought in sound interesting.

  3. …this is a great show with a lot of interest…but who is the dumb ass that would air the show on a friday night when all the die hards that love high school football are on their way to a real game…duh…how did the show even get its name…why don’t you try airing the show like on a saturday, sunday, monday, tuesday, wednesday or thursday night and check your audience participation then…

  4. Its a great show, I hate to see it end. I also love watching it on Friday night. It brings back my memories of high school football when I took stats. Try to keep it going, but put it on regular TV, not Direct TV.

  5. michael

     /  October 2, 2009

    i love the show but why the fuck would you put it on friday nights im gnna b a junoir this year and i play football so i never got to c the show??

  6. Barbara Dir

     /  October 28, 2009

    I can’t believe this show is only on Direct TV. Don’t you know we don’t all have that?

  7. Gary Jordan

     /  November 3, 2009

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this show. It really is some of the most riviting tv i’ve seen in a very long time….

    As I write im watching season 3 on dvd as here in the UK they only aired season 1 here. That was enough…im totally hooked. The main reason for this is not only is the show so incredibly well acted but it’s so believable. Good to know there are another couple of seasons to go but I will be sorry to see it end.

    Great work guys. THANK YOU 🙂

  8. Dylan

     /  November 20, 2009

    This is absolutely the BEST SHOW on t.v. IT IS MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE SHOW…Ive never reacted to a show like i do to this the drama of highschool life is soooo real in this show relationships, football, this show shows exactly how highschool drama is i love it…This show needs to continue on for a long time it is without a doubt the best show on television without a doubt.

  9. texasgirl

     /  December 2, 2009

    BEST SHOW ON T.V.!!! I watch a bunch of prime time drama shows and this one I look forward to seeing the most! This is the only one that both my husband and I love to watch!! Any other day of the week, he is watching his shows, and I am watching mine. Thank you FNL for developing a series that cuts across genders!! This is be a true launching pad for some of these young actors to make it in this industry!

  10. Patrick

     /  December 14, 2009

    Love this show!
    So sad that Matt leaves Julie behind in episode 6 in the end…
    Their relationship makes this series worth watching is my opinion
    They didn’t seem to have broken up their relationship in the end of the 6th episode of season 4 so hopefully they stay together
    But he’ll be back for a couple of episodes later in this season when he comes back from Chicago

  11. Marsha

     /  January 8, 2010

    So, is the only place to watch direct tv? no chance of it showing on prime time ??? Ive been waiting..

  12. amber

     /  January 9, 2010

    so they are not going to return after season 5??

  13. Please don’t take THE BEST show off the air! We love this show!

  14. josh

     /  February 17, 2010

    this show should never end. i dont care if riggins is 43 i would still watch him.

  15. Elisabeth

     /  February 19, 2010

    I love this show. PLEACE don’t take it off after the fifth season.. I want a sixth season and a seventh season and so on,….

    It was a smart thing letting the fans know before hand when its ending cause now we have time, and we can let the producers know we want it to be contined.

    so keep watching and Spread the Word about this great series to ppl who don’t know how great it is!!

  16. Eric

     /  March 1, 2010

    This is the best show I’d ever watched. I’ll hate to see this show go off air

  17. matt uk

     /  March 10, 2010

    bring back SMASH! love the show love the US why we cant make shows like this over here beats me keep up the good work!

  18. I am NOT the father of Adrianne, although her Father and I are of the same age and graduated form Toledo Public Schools the same year.
    Jeff Palicki worked for GM Powertrain Toledo, rose from the Assembly Line to Author and Implement the Quality Network Suggestion Plan for General motors Corporation.

  19. Steve Hart

     /  May 17, 2010

    I am sad to see this show go. It just goes to show you anything on television that tries to portray current events and just be good for kids to learn from is a hard thing to find when shows like this are throw to the wayside. Thanks for the wonderful proframs your writers are fantastic and the actors trmendous.

  20. Patty

     /  June 14, 2010

    This is the best show I have ever seen. I got Directv just to make sure I see it. I LOVE everything about the show.

  21. I love this show!!! Please do not bring it to an end. Please keep it going !!!!!

  22. adam Derksen

     /  July 8, 2010

    dont stop the show it is an awesome show the best show on tv right now it will suck if it goes off the air.

  23. Nancy Engfer

     /  August 1, 2010

    This show is awesome, so many good characters. Do not take it off the air, please!!

  24. OJ

     /  August 13, 2010

    Me and my wife and kids watch friday night lights religiously,and the season just ended on dish network right on time for our home town football season to start. I dvr record every episope and plan on buying all the seasons on dvd. This show brings to tv real situations of real life things that happen I cant believe it only has 2 seasons left my opinion its much better than days of our lives,and its been on since like the beginning of time lol.Cant wait to see what happens next season everyone take care.

  25. I play football in high school.The school i went at football is life.The event went on in the show,i could relate to.This is a show parents and kids can relate to.So please don’t take the show off. If anything make a lot more episodes.

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