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Connie Britton and 'Friday Night Lights' aim for Emmy touchdown [Video]

June 7, 2011 | 10:00 am

Connie-britton-friday-night-lights-news"I literally thought a mistake had been made," Connie Britton confesses about what crossed her mind when she heard that she and "Friday Night Lights" costar Kyle Chandler were nominated for Emmys last year. "Because, you know, 'Friday Night Lights' never gets nominated."

This is, shockingly, true. Even though the gritty series about high-school football in a small Texas town won the TV Critics Assn. Award for best new TV show when it debuted five years ago, it struggled to get on the Emmy scoreboard. It was mostly ignored by other top showbiz awards, too, and even by TV viewers. It was saved from cancellation only when satellite service DirecTV agreed to co-produce the show in exchange for exclusive, first-run rights. Thereafter, NBC could air it on broadcast TV to generate additional revenue.

The clever structure of the production deal surprised the TV industry and, amazingly, it worked to help "Friday Night Lights" scrimmage for a few more seasons. Then, just as it was shooting its final episodes one year ago, came the good news that it finally reaped major Emmy nominations for Britton and Chandler. But it still failed to make the big score: It wasn't up for best drama series.

Could it happen now that the show is off the air? Yes, as I explain to Britton in our webcam chat. Other shows, such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," finally got their first nomination for drama series after their last season. There's a lot of good will toward "Friday Night Lights" in Hollywood right now and there are some open slots in the category. Two of last year's nominees aren't currently in the running: "Lost" is off the air and "Breaking Bad" isn't eligible again until next Emmy season.

"It would be a really lovely testament to this show we love so much to have it recognized in its final season," Britton says. "It would be poetic."

Watch the video for the full conversation, but there are spoilers if you haven't finished the season.


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