Producer/director/actor Peter Berg, who brought Friday Night Lights to television and will direct the big-screen continuation of the series, says he will reprise his role as real estate mogul – and Tami Taylor’s ex-boyfriend – Mo McArnold. Berg told Digital Spy that the character, who appeared in the second-season episode “May the Best Man Win,” will be “madder and richer than ever.” The Berg-directed Battleship, the big-budget action film based on the popular board game, hits theaters May 18. The film also stars FNL alum Taylor Kitsch. Fans of the series still have an opportunity to own a piece of Friday Night Lights by bidding on wardrobe items worn on-screen by the cast. Current auctions include wardrobe items from Kyle Chandler (who plays Coach Taylor), Aimee Teegarden (Julie Taylor), Jesse Plemons (who pays Landry Clarke) and many more! Click here to see all of the Friday Night Lights auctions and place your bid today!
“We’re not done with Friday Night Lights,” executive producer Peter Berg told MTV News earlier this month. He explained that the script for a new Friday Night Lights film by FNL executive producer Jason Katims is nearly complete, and Berg (who will direct the film) indicated that one storyline would see Coach Eric Taylor (played by Kyle Chandler) mirror the headline-grabbing story of former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach.
“[Katims] has come up with a really great storyline that parallels what happened to Mike Leach, one of my heroes, a coach at Texas Tech who was unjustly fired and unjustly accused of mistreating a player with a concussion, which was proven to not have been the case. He’s now at Washington State getting ready for what I think will be a great redemption story,” Berg told MTV. “It would be critical that we get Kyle (Chandler) and Connie (Britton) [onboard for the film] — we anchored the show around them — and then bring in Riggins, Tyra, Lyla and all other characters as we could get them. But the idea is to really revolve it around the coach.”
Leach appeared in a 2009 FNL episode “After the Fall,” in which he delivered a pep talk to Coach Taylor.
From the very first episode of Friday Night Lights, fans knew the series was going to be special – thanks to stellar writing, a timeless story and a phenomenal cast. One of the many breakout stars from the series is Connie Britton (who played Coach Taylor’s wife, Tami), and VIP Fan Auctions is offering an opportunity to hold on to a piece of her debut. Right now, a complete outfit Britton wore on-screen in the series premiere – including her jeans, tank top, v-neck, purse and necklace – is available to the highest bidder. Click here to place your bid – or to see close-up images of each wardrobe item. Go Panthers! And Lions!
Popular entertainment news website TheWrap, released its list of the five most fascinating characters on television in 2011. Not surprisingly, Friday Night Lights’ Tami Taylor (played by Connie Britton) ranked third on the list. “The delicate push-pull between Tami and Eric Taylor was always the heart of NBC and DirecTV’s beautiful “Friday Night Lights,” which concluded this year,” said TheWrap. “It came to a head during a tense family dinner in the final episode, as Coach Taylor tried to explain to their daughter why she was too young to marry. As he firmly explained that marriage is about compromise, Tami (Connie Britton) had to leave: The speech belied her husband’s refusal to move for the sake of her career.” Britton currently stars in FX’s American Horror Story, but fans can still hold on to a piece of the actress’ brilliant run as the coach’s wife. Several pieces of her screen-worn jewelry and wardrobe items, including a shirt and skirt outfit worn in the third-season episode “Keeping up Appearances” (pictured above), a sleeveless top worn in the second-season premiere “Last Days of Summer,” a V-neck sweater worn in Season 2’s “Jumping the Gun,” and a scoop-neck sweater worn in the first season’s “Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes.” Check out these and other Friday Night Lights props and wardrobe auctions – while they last – at VIP Fan Auctions.
Friday Night Lights star Connie Britton is a new mom. The actress recently adopted a 9-month-old baby boy named Eyob from Ethiopia. According to People.com, the adoption process has taken three years. “I am thanking my lucky stars every day,” Britton told People. The actress traveled to the African country, where she held her new son for the first time before bringing him home. “It was such a wonderful moment of completion,” she says. “I thought I was going to collapse into a puddle of tears. I was just grinning from ear to ear.” If you’re a fan of Connie Britton, who currently stars in FX’s American Horror Story, check out the Friday Night Lights auction page at VIP Fan Auctions. Among the props and wardrobe items currently available is a Banana Republic dress Britton wore on-screen during the first season of FNL. Place your bid today!
Friday Night Lights’ Gaius Charles (who played Brian “Smash” Williams during seasons one through three) will appear on ABC’s Pan Am tomorrow night (Sunday, Nov. 6) flying to New York on leave from the Navy. When he goes on a date with one of the Pan Am flight attendants, the pair experience some interracial tension (the series is set during the Civil Rights movement). Check out the actor’s take on the appearance on YouTube. And don’t miss out on your opportunity to own a screen-worn wardrobe item from your favorite characters on Friday night lights as their careers continue to heat up both in film and television. Check out the wardrobe items – including those worn by Coach Taylor, Tim Riggins, Lyla Garrity, Tami Taylor and more – while they last – at VIP Fan Auctions’ FNL page.
If the coach’s wife says it’s going to happen, you can bet that Friday Night Lights will be returning to the big screen. Though the series ended its television run earlier this year, stellar acting, heartfelt storylines and a passionate fan base won’t let the FNL franchise slip away. “It’s happening for realsies,” Connie Britton (who plays Tami Taylor), told Us Weekly. “Pete [Berg] is totally fired up to do it and I know Jason Katims is talking about writing a script. I think it’s really a matter of…getting everyone’s busy schedules aligned and making it happen,” Britton told the magazine.
Britton added; “It’s so funny to hear [from fans]: ‘Do you think they’ll do a movie version of Friday Night Lights?’ and in the back of my mind I’m like, ‘You do realize there already is a movie of it?’ I was actually in that one too!'”
Coach’s wife, guidance counselor, concerned mother – as Tami Taylor, Connie Britton is one of the many highlights of Friday Night Lights each week. And while you won;t find her in a football jersey very often, the current crop of wardrobe auctions now available at VIP Fan Auctions features several items worn on-screen by one of the top actresses on television. On the block is a black Ann Taylor dress worn by Britton in the third season, as well as the Dillon Panthers hoodie she wore on-screen during the second season. Check out the auctions and take home a piece of FNL history before they end April 26.
Friday Night Lights stars reunited in San Antonio to raise money for a worthy cause founded by the father of a courageous young man whose heartbreaking story helped shape the first season of the series. Kyle Chandler (Coach Eric Taylor), Connie Britton (Tami Taylor), Porter, Jesse Plemons (Landry Clarke), Madison Burge (Becky Sproles), Dana Wheeler Nicholson (Angela Collette) and Brad Leland (Buddy Garrity) gathered April 22 for a Gridiron Heroes fundraiser – a charity that provides services to high school football players who suffer spinal cord injuries. The cast members helped present a wheelchair-accessible van to an injured player. For more about the event, click here.
Who is the best couple on TV? Torchwood’s “innovative” Captain Jack and Ianto Jones? Perhaps the “rock-solid” relationship of Eric and Tami Taylor on Friday Night Lights? Of course, there’s always Glee’s Sue Sylvester and the person she loves most in the whole wide world – herself! Showing some true love for Valentine’s Day, Kiwi website Stuff.co.nz published a listing the best couples on television – and named all three (as well as Mulder and Scully from The X-Files ranked among the top). Entertainment columnist Chris Philpott based the list on a combination of totally TV factors, including cliché, womanizing and the “utterly ridiculous” made-for-TV relationships.
About Sue Sylvester, he writes: “One of her better moments this year came … when she used an online dating site to find her perfect partner, before concluding that she was her own perfect partner, and setting up a wedding to marry herself.” Who do you think is the best couple on TV?