FNL alumni at Taylor Kitsch’s (and Jesse Plemons’) movie premier Battleship

2 years ago on 11 May 2012 @ 1:10pm + 15 notes
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Taylor Kitsch & Connie Britton, Battleship LA Premiere, May 10 2012

Friday Night Lights, Season 4 - Behind the Scenes

Around the 2min mark there’s the part for my dear Anon who wanted to see Kyle push Connie :)

Thanks to highly-neurotic for giving me the tip! 

After overcoming so many obstacles, the show will go out a champion

Deeply rooted in the American psyche is the idea of a young person, itching for adventure or fortune or transformation, leaving a small hometown and setting out into the wide world, usually landing in a big city, perhaps finding what he or she was looking for — and perhaps not.

If not, the idea of having to abandon the city and return home elicits decidedly mixed emotions.

But in today’s economy, with many of America’s urban centers facing high unemployment, high taxes and a high cost of living, the prospect of going home may seem a lot more attractive.

In NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” returning for its fifth and final season at 7 p.m. today on Channel 11, that choice is a lot easier for many residents of the fictional small Texas town of Dillon (played by locations across Austin, Texas).

Many never left, and for some of those who did, nothing feels better than being back home.

"That level of community and family really resonated with audiences," says star Connie Britton. "Even audiences who don’t live in that kind of world. Interestingly, our demographic wound up being not necessarily people from small-town Middle America or the small-town South. There’s a pure sense of community that people respond to and maybe even aspire to."

As the season opens, Dillon is still split between east and west. High-school football Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler), who led the now-West Dillon Panthers to a state championship, continues as coach of the less glamorous East Dillon Lions, who spoiled the Panthers’ chance of returning to State last season.

His wife, Tami Taylor (Britton), is struggling as guidance counselor to the tough East Dillon kids, and their daughter, Julie (Aimee Teegarden), is heading to college.

Former star Panther Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch) is in prison, where he took the rap for his new-dad brother, Billy (Derek Phillips), and football booster Buddy Garrity (Brad Leland) has a second chance at fatherhood.

While the show is superficially about football, executive producer Jason Katims has always believed it’s about a great deal more.

"In a way," he says, "the whole idea of football, and the obsession with high-school football, the beauty of that is that was a way for this town to come together. That’s really what it was all about.

"It was something that they shared, and the strength of being part of a community is irreplaceable. That’s another reason why it’s maybe not the best thing to grow up and move away." One thing that helped to make Dillon real for fans of the show was the way it was filmed in Austin.

"We shot the show on all practical locations," Katims says. "We never built a set."

Using real houses and businesses also helped the writers to get to know the characters better. “That allowed us to do things I didn’t even anticipate from a storytelling point of view,” Katims says. “It allowed us to do things I never even thought of. For example, we were able to go into every character’s home that we wanted to. It wasn’t like you had to build the set for that home, and it cost you a lot of money. You weren’t building anything anyway.

"So we were really able to go in and get to know, in a deep way, the families and the lives of these characters in a way that, in other shows, would be impossible to do for as many characters."

"Austin became a home to us," Britton says, "and more than that, it became a backdrop for this town we love. Those of us who are die-hards, we just go back to Austin and pretend that we’re living in Dillon."

"Friday Night Lights" had a rocky history on NBC, and only a partnership deal with DirecTV after its second season allowed the show to continue, airing first on DirecTV’s Channel 101 and then on NBC. After so much struggle, it’s going to be hard to let go.

"It was really hard to say goodbye to the show," Katims says. "I know that, when we were editing the last episode, I was sitting in the editing room, and there were movers carrying out the furniture. It was definitely not an easy show to say goodbye to."


Taylor Kitsch and Connie Britton at the African Children’s Choir Benefit in Austin TX, 23 March 2011

Credit to Melayne Marchese

And Happy Birthday to Taylor today as well. :)

3 years ago on 25 March 2011 @ 8:59am + 31 notes
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Taylor Kitsch and Connie Britton at the African Children’s Choir Benefit in Austin 23 March 2011

3 years ago on 24 March 2011 @ 4:13pm + 57 notes
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Texas Forever


So if you know anything about me, you know that I love Friday Night Lights just a little bit. Like, I’m one of the few FNL fans that I know of that’s been watching since the pilot episode first aired on NBC. I remember watching it in my kitchen with my mom, in stunned silence after it ended. I remember my sister-in-law calling us after and being all “OMG HOW AMAZING IS THIS SHOW?” That was the beginning.

And last night I met Connie Britton, Kyle Chandler, Taylor Kitsch and Brad Leland.

Word vomit (and some pictures) ahead.

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Met these four beautiful, talented, fabulous and lovely human beings tonight. Still trying to wrap my head around that.

Super jealous!  Oooo… oooo are you going to tell us about it when you wrap your head around it… hopefully?