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Once Again, A "Fresh Air" Interview Yields Some Breaking News About NBC's "Friday Night Lights"
June 18, 2010  | By David Bianculli

fnl-finale.jpgTwo years ago, when I interviewed NBC's Friday Night Lights star Kyle Chandler for NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Chandler broke the news about the impending deal with DirecTV that would save the series from cancellation for two more seasons. Well, I just recorded an upcoming Fresh Air interview with Lights co-star Connie Britton -- and, once again, emerged with some breaking news...

I asked Britton whether the recent deal with ABC Family to acquire all five seasons of Friday Night Lights might lead to yet another last-minute reprieve for the excellent family drama series.

(At this point,DirecTV has shown all of season four, NBC is partway through its own showing of season four -- the latest episode is shown Friday night at 8 p.m. ET -- and Britton is down in Austin, filming the final three episodes of season five.)

She was doubtful, and said both the scripts and the buzz suggested this indeed was the ending for Friday Night Lights. Many former cast members are returning for one final appearance in these last episodes, though, and Britton confirmed one additional tasty fact: Before the series concludes its filming for season five, cast and crew will descend upon Philadelphia for some location shooting.

What, and why, she won't say -- but even the where is tantalizing. Connie and Kyle, welcome to Philly. Hope to see you while you're here.

My interview with Connie Britton should appear on Fresh Air in the next two weeks. Stay tuned -- and keep visiting here, because I'll let you know when it's scheduled.




elise said:

Do they need extra's?????????????

[What a great question. I'll ask, and let you - and everyone else at TVWW -- know. -- David B.]

Comment posted on June 19, 2010 11:40 AM

Angela said:

I wanted to hear your interview with Connie Britton but could not find it on the site. (It's probably here somewhere.) So I did a day by day backwards search at NPR and it's on June 23rd 2010 on Fresh Air.
Here's the link: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128007009

Comment posted on August 8, 2010 2:32 PM

angela said:

I forgot to add how much I enjoyed your interview with Connie Britton on Fresh Air. It was the first time I have heard her live. She sounds so much like she does on FNL. It was interesting and enlightening to hear the scenes instead of watch them. The silences are much more obvious yet still felt very true to life. Listening to the dialog was a learning experience also. I won't say more so others can hear for themselves. But I plan to listen, not watch, at least one episode of FNL on Netflix. I think it really speaks for how to write great dialog.
The fact that they use 3 cameras so the actors don't have to worry about distractions was also news to me. All in all a great interview that I wish could have lasted about 10 hours. :)

[As do I. Really. Thanks for digging it up, and enjoying it so much. She's one talented lady, on one excellent show. -- David B.]

Comment posted on August 8, 2010 6:50 PM
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