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Season 3

"Friday Night Lights" expands on the hit feature film and best-selling book. This award-winning series 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. Coach Eric Taylor (Emmy nominee Kyle Chandler, "Grey's Anatomy") faced countless challenges over the course of the first two seasons, but he isn't the only one juggling responsibilities between family, work and pressures from the community. In season three, Coach Taylor's wife, Tami (Connie Britton, "24"), also has her hands full as Dillon's new high school principal: managing a shrinking budget, a lack of school supplies, decreased teaching staff and student issues, as well as a baby and coming of age teenaged daughter, Julie (Aimee Teegarden, "Hannah Montana") at home.

The start of a new school year brings a wave of change to Dillon. New is the affluent McCoy family: Joe (D.W. Moffat, "Grey's Anatomy"), Katie (Janine Turner "Strong Medicine") and their freshman son and rising quarterback J.D. McCoy (Jeremy Sumpter, "Clubhouse") who befriend all the right people in town, except for Coach Taylor who feels challenged and at times threatened by the power they wield. Additionally, the graduating senior class is one step closer to adulthood as they ride out their last year of high school. Senior student Tyra Colette (Adrianne Palicki, "Supernatural") sorts out her feelings for Landry (Jesse Plemons, "Shrink") and does her best to stay on track with her academics and college applications; Lyla Garrity (Minka Kelly, "The Kingdom") and Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine") are officially a couple and while Tim is enjoying every minute of his senior year, Lyla tries to plan out a bright college future for both of them. What should be the best year for senior quarterback Matt Saracen (Zach Gilford, "The Last Winter") proves to be a difficult one as he continues to deal with his ailing grandmother and increasing competition with freshman J.D. McCoy for playing time on the field. On the brighter side, Saracen and Julie rekindle their friendship. Matt also becomes reacquainted with his mother and finds himself needing her support and love more than he ever thought. Meanwhile, Jason Street's (Scott Porter, "Speed Racer") struggle to start a new life with his girlfriend and newborn son has him exploring interesting business ventures that have the potential to lead him to a future beyond Dillon. Brian "Smash" Williams (Gaius Charles, "The Messenger") has also graduated and, after nursing an injured knee and with the persistent training and support of Coach Taylor, is given a second chance at playing college ball.

Hailed as one of the top ten shows by numerous publications such as Time magazine, Entertainment Weekly and The New York Times, the critically-acclaimed drama "Friday Night Lights" also has been honored two years in a row (2006/2007) as an American Film Institute (AFI) Television Program of the Year, received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award in 2006 and won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series in 2007.

The series is executive-produced by Peter Berg (the film "Friday Night Lights," "Hancock"), who also wrote and directed the pilot. Joining Berg as executive producers are Jason Katims ("Roswell"), Brian Grazer ("Frost/Nixon," "The Da Vinci Code"), David Nevins ("Arrested Development"), Sarah Aubrey ("The Kingdom") and Jeffrey Reiner ("Caprica"). "Friday Night Lights" is a production of Universal Media Studios, Imagine Entertainment and Film 44.

Season 1

Expanding on the hit feature film "Friday Night Lights," this same-titled poignant series centers on the small rural town of Dillon, Texas, where the coveted state football championship rings are held in the highest regard. Dillon's promising high school team, star quarterback and newly appointed head coach, Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler, "King Kong," "Grey's Anatomy"), feel the mounting pressure of the town's pride and honor riding on their shoulders as a new football season kicks off.

The fresh cast of "Friday Night Lights" also includes: Scott Porter ("The Bedford Diaries") as the Panther's injured former star quarterback, Jason Street; Gaius Charles ("Book of Daniel") as feared running back Brian "Smash" Williams; Taylor Kitsch ("Kyle XY") as running back Tim Riggins; Connie Britton ("The Brothers McMullen," "24") as Taylor's supportive wife and new high school guidance counselor, Tami; Zach Gilford ("The Last Winter") as the new team captain and starting quarterback, Matt Saracen, and Minka Kelly ("What I Like About You") as Lyla Garrity, Panther cheerleader and Street's girlfriend.

Also starring in "Friday Night Lights" are: Aimee Teegarden ("Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide") as Coach Taylor's daughter, Julie; Adrianne Palicki ("South Beach") as Tyra Collette, and Jesse Plemons ("Grey's Anatomy") as Landry Clarke.

"Friday Night Lights" is executive-produced by Peter Berg (the film "Friday Night Lights," "The Rundown") who also wrote and directed the pilot, Jason Katims ("Roswell"), Brian Grazer ("The Da Vinci Code," "Cinderella Man," "A Beautiful Mind"), David Nevins ("Arrested Development") and Sarah Aubrey ("Bad Santa," "The Kingdom"). "Friday Night Lights" is a production of Imagine Entertainment, NBC Universal Television Studio and Film 44.


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