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'Friday Night Lights' adds Steve Harris to the team

October 13, 2009 |  4:10 pm

"Friday Night Lights" has boosted its roster with a little more star power for its fourth season. Veteran actor and former regular on "The Practice" Steve Harris will appear in at least seven episodes of the small-town football drama this season, a spokeswoman for the series confirms.

As first reported by Entertainment Weekly, Harris will play a former football star, Vernon Merriweather. His daughter, Jess, will be played by Jurnee Smollett ("The Great Debaters").

When opening night arrives Oct. 28 on DirecTV's 101 Network, Kyle Chandler's Eric Taylor will no longer be the coach of the Dillon Panthers, having been ousted from his post after a devastating loss. One town redistricting later, and Taylor has accepted a job across town at East Dillon High, where he'll lead the school's Lions.

— Todd Martens

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