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Friday Night Lights Season Three Spoilers

Friday Night Lights: A First Look at Season Three

Score! The Friday Night Lights crew stopped by the TCA press tour on Sunday to chat about their new deal with DirecTV and what's in store for the upcoming season three.

The show will begin shooting again in Austin in August, executive producer Jason Katims said, and it will premiere Oct. 1 on DirecTV before turning up up on NBC sometime in February. The cast all seemed grateful to be back for another season (not to mention back together — Taylor Kitsch couldn't stop calling Kyle Chandler "Chands," which prompted a few giggles). So what's happening when the show picks up? To find out (spoiler alert!), just


  • The show will pick up about eight months after the last episode we saw. That'll put us in preparation for a new football season — and for senior year for many of the characters, including Lyla, Matt, Tyra, and Riggins. Are the Panthers still defending state champions? We'll find out in the first episode.
  • Tami's received a huge promotion, going from Dillon's guidance counselor to the school principal. Katims said the writers want to get her driving more stories and not being just the coach's wife, "but we also think that could be a really good way to turn it around and come back to the marriage, where maybe suddenly she finds herself on the opposite side of some issues." It'll also be good for Buddy, who's still leading the Boosters and now can lobby both Taylors about football issues.
  • As for Lyla, Minka Kelly revealed that the born-again phase of her life is mostly over — over enough, at least, that she's settled into a serious relationship with Tim Riggins. "It's one thing to have this passionate secret relationship," Katims said, "but once they're in a real relationship, then they see how different they are. They're completely like an odd couple. They're from different sides of the tracks. They have different ideas of the future. They have different ideas of personal hygiene!" And they're also possibly headed in different directions in life, so Lyla will spend some time trying to encourage Riggins to get into college, get a scholarship, and be the best Riggins he can be.
  • Jason Street and Smash will each have four-episode story arcs, and Katims said they'll be some of the show's strongest material. "We are not doing this in any unceremonious way," he said — and he's open to working with both of the actors in the future.
  • Also out: Santiago, the teacher Julie had a crush on, and Lyla's Christian-radio boyfriend.
  • With those departures, get ready for some new additions, ready to stir up conflict in Dillon (and also perhaps become a bit of FNL: The New Class if there's a season four after the old guard graduates). One will be a freshman quarterback, JD McCoy, who challenges Saracen for the QB1 spot. His family has moved from Dallas specifically so JD can play on the Panthers, and the story will also show how much pressure his wealthy father puts on Coach Taylor. JD hasn't been cast yet, but Katims said it would be "a very big guest star." Another new addition will be Cash, an old friend of Billy Riggins who's a local rodeo star — and who may be wooing Tyra.
  • Speaking of Tyra, she's started to feel like perhaps Landry isn't really "the one" — but that doesn't mean it's settled. "They had a conversation," Katims said. "Tyra's interpretation was, 'We broke up.' Landry's just, 'We're taking a break.'"
  • Since Landry's no longer going to be murdering anybody, he'll be able to get back to being Matt's fun sidekick a little more, too.
  • Matt and Julie are baby-stepping back into being friends — "and then we'll see how it goes from there," Katims said.
  • As for the 13th episode, "I'm definitely not going to write it as a series finale," Katims said, as the decision about whether to come back for another year will be made after the episodes have aired on DirecTV. It will have its share of resolution, he said, as well as "cliffhangers and questions that will make you wonder what's going to happen."

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nimue nimue 9 years
OHH I can't wait!! thanks buzz. i'm excited, but february?! =(
amandahugginkiss amandahugginkiss 9 years
i've been a fan of kyle's since the show "homefront" in the early 90s. he's so gorgeous. looks almost identical to my first love. sigh...
coachluvr33 coachluvr33 9 years
I didn't think I would like One Tree Hill 4 or 5 yrs in the future from the last episode, but it is actually really good. Hopefully FNL won't be a letdown.
coachluvr33 coachluvr33 9 years
Yay!! I am so glad Minka spilled the beans about her and Riggins being together. I absolutely adore him! They are soooo cute together!!
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
I've always assumed Riggins was just held back, possibly a lot :) Lyla makes no sense, though. Katims got questioned pretty hard about this and basically said that now that they're getting a third season, he realized he actually needed to get serious about choosing how old people were
fleurfairy fleurfairy 9 years
Riggins and Lyla!!!! I've been waiting for this since Season 1!!! Woohoo!
emilita emilita 9 years
yes! I love this show and I'm so excited for it to come back - i don't want to wait until February to watch!
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
I love this show and i can't wait for it to start again. :)
em113 em113 9 years
Thanks Buzz that sounds more promising, because there wasn't a lot of flashing back last season when they did it. I still wish they had figured out a way to do it without changing ages so dramatically though.
hayworthgilda hayworthgilda 9 years
oh allyace, you'll love it! glad to hear they'll be flashbacks that'll shine some light on important matters - like Riggins/Lyla finally getting together! I'm frustrated by some of the changes (like Riggins & Lyla's mysteriously changing ages, and Tammy's ridiculous jump to principal) but I'll accept any and all of it if I get my precious FNL back! Can't wait!
jason jason 9 years
Looking forward to the return of FNL.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
yeah! i love this show :) glad it's coing back.
Allyace Allyace 9 years
I really need to watch this show. I've been a fan of Kyle Chandler since I was a kid and he was on Early Editions. I've just never been a fan of shows/movies that focus on sports. But I've learned to trust you guys, so I'll get them on Netflix soon.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
em113 — someone raised that very point in the session. Their answer was that they had a story arc that would basically get everyone to where they'll be, but that would only take six episodes or so. Then they'd have to pick up again starting with the stories they're going to use in the premiere, and they'd only have seven episodes to do it. They didn't want that awkward transition -- but, they alluded to flashbacks or other ways of filling in the backstory. (I wish they'd do it online all summer! But that may just be my little dream.)
em113 em113 9 years
I love FNL with all my heart. But I feel like they made a poor choice in continuing the format of picking up the season 8 months in the future. The show is about relationships, football is secondary, and even so, they could still work football into the show during the off-season. They've had to screw with the ages/grades of the kids considerably for their format (all of a sudden Matt Tyra Tim and Lyla are in the same grade? They used to be two years older than Matt!) But I also don't like how they can say, oh in the past eight months Tim and Lyla started dating and we don't get to see how it all happened...
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Buzz, you just made my day! Thanks for all of the updates about FNL. Great posting! Love "They have different ideas of personal hygiene!" when it comes to describing Lyla and Tim Riggins. Go Panthers!
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