Justice At Last: Friday Night Lights Gets An Emmy Nomination For The Road
Friday Night Lights was an awesome television show. If you're reading this post, you probably know that. You probably know that high school football (in a high-school-football-crazy town) was the bedrock, but the show was about the universal themes of family, friends, and growing up, and wanting to make something of your life. You probably also know that not many people watched it, that it was a borderline miracle the show stayed on for five years, and that the last episode of this fantastic drama airs on NBC tomorrow night.
Or maybe you don't even care about the finale on NBC, because you also know about the distribution deal with DirecTV that allowed the show's final three (superb) seasons to air, and since the last season already aired on DirecTV, there's a good chance you've seen it already.
So let's put all that aside and simply take this moment to celebrate the fact that this morning, Friday Night Lights received an Emmy nomination for best drama. Criminally, it's the show's first such nomination, but hey - better late than never. Stars Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton also got nominations for lead actor and lead actress, respectively. They've been (deservedly) nominated before, and my personal feeling is that the entire cast of the show should get nominated for every Emmy - including awards for shows, awards for directing, and so on down the line, so this, too, is justice being served.
Of course, what would really be justice being served would be if the show could bring home any of these awards. I'm not counting on that - the show has just been too overlooked for too long to expect anything beyond the recognition it's already received. And really - the Emmy stuff doesn't matter much anyway. Look at The Wire's Emmy history to see what I mean. Or read this profile of Kyle Chandler, and see if you think he'll be broken up over not receiving some statue.
No, what really matters is this talented cast and crew got to make this show for five years and give it a proper sendoff. (That finale airing tomorrow? It's excellent.) If you haven't yet seen the show, we recommend you check out the repeats the ESPN family of networks snapped up the rights to air. If you have seen the entire show (and only the entire show, because: spoilers at the end), we recommend you read this oral history of the program. Bottom line: do what you can to appreciate this show, because it's one worth appreciating...and start with this Chandler interview, filmed when he got nominated for an Emmy last year. If it doesn't sum up how well all these people worked together, we're not sure what does. Also...<3Kyle u look so good bb<3. This group will be missed.
Photo via the Chicago Tribune
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