Source: NY Post
The fifth season of Friday Night Lights will be its last, multiple sources confirm.
Although an NBC rep insists no official decision on FNL’s future has been made, I’m told the network has informed the show’s cast that they’re free to pursue other work after production on season 5 wraps in June. And while the news is sure to make you — and, more importantly, me — sad, this cloud is chockablock with silver linings. To wit:
* We won’t realize the show is gone for ages. While season 4 wraps tonight on DirecTV, it won’t even debut on NBC until April 30. And the fifth season? That may not hit the network until 2011.
* While there was always the possibility that the critical darling could continue for a sixth season, no one connected to the show really expected it to. In other words, though we may sniffle and sob, the cast and crew have already gotten that out of their system by now.
* For the show’s MVPs, the timing is great: Pilot season is just kicking off, so the actors are free to attach themselves to new fall shows with no availability issues. As I mentioned, production on season 5 is expected to wrap in June or July, right around the time most broadcast shows start up production. (My God, can you imagine the bidding wars that’ll ensue over the services of Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton?)
* The timing of the announcement is also great for behind-the-scenes quarterback Jason Katims and his fellow producers. Now they can call their final plays knowing that they’ll be their final plays.
Having said that, it’s still sad to think of FNL coming to an end. Eulogies anyone?
When Friday Night Lights brings the character of Buddy Jr. back for its fifth season (premiering on DirecTV this fall), he’ll not only have a new face, he’ll also have a new, though hardly improved, attitude. I’m told that rookie actor Jeff Rosick’s version of Buddy’s son will be, let’s say, troubled.
Apparently, the now-16-year-old enjoyed his two years in California — so much so that his growing pains only really begin when he’s dragged home to Dillon. Translation: In spite of his sweet heart, the words “temper, temper” will likely be directed at him with some regularity.
Rosick will appear on a recurring basis throughout season 5
David Krumholtz’ next gig will keep him in the numbers game. The actor has been cast as the lead in Fox’s Untitled Ron Howard IRS pilot, sources confirm to me exclusively. The multi-camera workplace comedy, penned by Office writer-director Brent Forrester, is set at an Internal Revenue Service district office. Howard is exec producing with Imagine’s Brian Grazer and David Nevins. For Krumholtz, the project is in second position to Numb3rs, which is not expected back next season.
In other pilot news, upcoming House guest David Strathairn has landed the lead in the ABC drama pilot Matadors, co-starring Friday Night Lights‘ Zach Gilford.
Despite some doubt, Coach makes Vince quarterback. Tami struggles to comfort Julie who’s grieving over Matt’s sudden departure. Tim has a confrontation with Becky’s dad. Luke is badly injured. Landry makes a play for Jess.
Coach searches for a strategy to shut down their toughest opponent yet; Tim reconnects with Lyla; Vince discovers he has a gift for car theft; Julie and Matt attend a concert in Austin and reach a critical juncture in their relationship.
Air Date: December 9, 2009
Julie, Landry, Coach, and Tami rally around Matt in a time of crisis; Vince endangers his rising star as a football player by engaging in criminal activity in order to support his family; Becky and Tim grow closer.
Homecoming at the newly-reopened school prompts Coach to investigate East Dillon’s history; Tami feels the wrath of the boosters; Landry and Vince both like Jess; Julie accompanies Devin to a gay bar; Matt and Tim go hunting.
Coach betrays Tami’s trust over a financial decision; tensions between Vince and Luke threaten the team’s chances on the field; Tim helps Coach condition his players; Julie doesn’t want to go to church.
“FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS”
“AFTER THE FALL ”
05/14/2010 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Friday) : A CONTROVERSY AT WEST DILLON PUTS TAMI IN THE MIDDLE – A controversy at West Dillon puts star player Luke Cafferty (Matt Lauria) on the Lions’ roster. Elsewhere, Coach (Kyle Chandler) tries to reenergize his demoralized team and Tami (Connie Britton) takes an unpopular stand. Meanwhile, Matt (guest star Zach Gilford) meets an uncouth local artist and Tim (Taylor Kitsch) finds a new living situation in an unexpected place. Jesse Plemons, Aimee Teegarden, Michael B. Jordan and Jurnee Smollett also star.
“FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS”
“EAST OF DILLON”
05/07/2010 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Friday) : NBC SEASON PREMIERE – THE TAYLORS DEAL WITH THE EAST AND WEST DILLON DIVIDE – Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) wonders how low his fortunes can sink as he struggles to pull the East Dillon Lions together while Tami (Connie Britton) navigates the new politics at West Dillon. Meanwhile, Matt (guest star Zach Gilford) gets a taste of life as a townie and Tim (Taylor Kitsch) is inspired by a college lecture on “the hero’s journey.” Jesse Plemons, Aimee Teegarden, Michael B. Jordan, Jurnee Smollett and Matt Lauria also star.
Friday Night Lights, which over the last season and a half has seen the departures of nearly all its original young cast, is about to endure another devastating blow. Popular heartthrob Taylor Kitsch, who plays bad boy Tim Riggins, will not be returning next season as a series regular, executive producer Jason Katims tells me exclusively.
Taylor found success on the big screen last year as Gambit alongside Hugh Jackman in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” and later this year will appear with Ryan Phillippe in the apartheid drama, “The Bang Bang Club.” He is also attached to the sci-fi fantasy film “John Carter of Mars,” which is set to start shooting this month. “Because this was a big opportunity for him, we wanted to let him do that,” says Katims. “We’ll stay in close contact with production and try to get him for as many episodes as possible.”
But the show made similar promises about former cast member Adrianne Palicki, who left last the series last season to star in a string of upcoming films that have so far ruled out any return appearances.
While the show’s other young characters, including Tyra, Lyla (Minka Kelly), Smash (Gaius Charles) and most recently, Matt (Zach Gilford), all left to pursue higher education, it was explained at the start of the current season, that college was not in Riggins’ future.
Instead, he has joined his brother in an illegal chop shop endeavor to raise extra cash to buy land. He has also entered into a romance with an under-aged girl. Either one of these scenarios could conceivably land Tim in jail, possibly taking the fall for his older brother, Billy, who is about to become a first time father. But Katims resisted commenting on the possibility of sending Riggins to the slammer, saying instead, ‘You’ll just have to watch.'” He also wouldn’t say if Aimee Teegarden, whose character, Julie, is college hunting, would return next season, as she too is being courted by film producers.
The series is currently airing on DirecTV through February and will rerun on NBC later this year. The NBC/DirecTV partnership guaranteed a fifth season, which Katims says he expects will be its last.
Source: TV Guide Magazine
What’s up with Matt and Julie on Friday Night Lights?! And how’s Tim Riggins lookin’ in the episode?
You’d think after Matt (Zach Gilford) just books it to Chicago without so much as a good-bye text to Julie (Aimee Teegarden), she’d want nothing to do with him when he returns to Dillon for a visit. So much for that. Girl has no willpower. In the season-four finale of Friday Night Lights, they have a heart-to-heart sesh about their relationship that ends with Matt offering Julie a plane ticket to Chicago. As for our dear Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch), he ain’t looking so hot. Well, less hot than usual. Tim will be making a huge sacrifice for his brother, Billy (Derek Phillips), and the consequences that come with it are hardcore. Also, I’ll have you know that Taylor’s performance in the final scenes did in fact make me cry. Source: E!Online