Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

May 2, 2010

'Friday Night Lights' Turn on at East Dillon High

Interviews with Jason Katims and Kyle Chandler:

For three seasons, the small-town Texas high school football drama "Friday Night Lights” — which comes to NBC at 7 p.m. Friday for season four after airing on production partner DirecTV — has been all about the purple.

Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and his Dillon Panthers have been the centerpiece of the show, as he led the team to a state championship in season one — but couldn’t quite manage a two-fer. That, and political issues in the town and on the team, cost Taylor his coaching job at the end of season three.

But, he wasn’t out of the game, as he was hired to resurrect the football franchise at East Dillon High, reopened after years of being closed. ...

"When I was brought on to do the show,” executive producer Jason Katims says, "I was in a situation where I had huge expectations on me. I had to go to New York to the upfronts and shake hands of the head of the network and everybody else and tell them what a great job we were going to do."

"I consciously used the pressure that was on me to write the character of Coach Taylor — you have a show that’s constantly barely surviving and you have similar kinds of challenges going on for the characters in the show.”

Coach also dealt with his new reality.

"These coaches, what happens to them is, they don’t stay anywhere too long, not as long as they want to,” Chandler says. "That’s another factor in his marriage. Tami knows that she married a coach, and coaches’ wives know what they’re getting into.

"They, more often than not, love the game of football as well. If you’re going to get a guy who marries a woman who hates football, and he’s a football coach, you’ve got obvious problems right there. That’s not going to last long.”

After such a long wait, the NBC premiere of Season 4 on Friday, May 7th, 7/8 p.m. is fast coming up on us. Can't wait!

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