It has almost been four years since the final football was thrown at East Dillon High School onÂ Friday Night Lights.Â The series, which debuted on NBC in 2006, was never a ratings winner but was very loved by the critics and we here at TVOvermind. Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton played the parents we wish we all had and were successful television actors before joining the show. The actors that played the teenagers onÂ Friday Night LightsÂ were virtually unknown before being cast on the awesome series. Now that the show has been off the air since 2011, you may have seen one of these talented actors on another one of your beloved TV series, or even starring in a blockbuster film. Here is what the cast ofÂ Friday Night LightsÂ has been up to in the last four years.
Kyle Chandler as Coach Eric Taylor
Kyle Chandler was not stranger to the world of television before taking on the role of Coach Eric Taylor onÂ Friday Night Lights.Â He was a star on the CBS dramaÂ Early EditionÂ that ran from 1996 to 2000. WhenÂ Friday Night LightsÂ concluded in 2011, the Emmy Award-winning actor made a transition to the big screen, starring in such films asÂ Super 8, Argo, The Wolf on Wall Street,Â andÂ Zero Dark Thirty.Â In 2014, Chandler lent his voice to bothÂ American Dad!Â andÂ Robot Chicken.Â Chandler will make his return to TV this March in the Netflix dramaÂ Bloodline,Â which is about the story of siblings whose secrets are revealed when their brother returns to town.
Connie Britton as Tami Taylor
Connie Britton played the character of Tami Taylor so well that the actress received two Emmy nominations for her work. When the show concluded, Britton headed over to FX and starred in the first season of Ryan Murphy’s thrillerÂ American Horror Story.Â She would play Vivien Harmon, a woman who moves into a haunted house. This role would also earn the actress an Emmy nomination. Britton has not been back on the FX series, because she has been starring in the ABC dramaÂ Nashville, which is currently in its third season. This role also earned her an Emmy nomination in 2013. Britton recently starred in the filmÂ This is Where I Leave You, which alsoÂ featured notable TV stars, such as Tina Fey and Jason Bateman.
Amiee Teegarden as Julie Taylor
Amiee Teegarden was unknown prior to starring onÂ Friday Night Lights.Â When the show concluded, Teegarden would move to the big screen andÂ star inÂ Scream 4, Prom,Â and Beneath the Darkness.Â In 2013, Teegarden would return to television (sort of) and star in the web seriesÂ Aim High,Â which is about a teenage girl who lives a double life as a secret spy. In 2014, she starred in the short-lived CW dramaÂ Star-Crossed.Â This year, Teegarden will appear in the filmÂ My Bakery in Brooklyn.
Taylor Kitsch as Tim Riggins
The future is looking very bright for Taylor Kitsch, who was also an unknown prior to starring onÂ Friday Night Lights.Â When the show ended, Kitsch went on to appear in several box office flops includingÂ BattleshipÂ andÂ John Carter.Â Then in 2013, Kitsch appeared in the hit movieÂ Lone SurvivorÂ alongside Mark Whalberg. He also had a role in the 2014 Emmy-winning HBO movieÂ The Normal Heart.Â It was recently announced that Kitsch would appear in the second season of the seriesÂ True Detective, which is slated to premiere later this year.
Zach Gilford as Matt Saracen
After Friday Night LightsÂ ended,Â Zach Gilford tried to make the switch from NBC to ABC with the Shonda Rhimes dramaÂ Off the Map, which centered onÂ doctors working in a remote region of the world. It was cancelled after one season. The following year Gilford would appear in the atrocious dramaÂ The Mob Doctor,Â which was cancelled after 13 episodes. In 2014, Gilford starred in two horror films:Â Devil’s DueÂ andÂ The Purge: Anarchy.Â He also played Jim Abbott in an episode ofÂ Drunk History.
Minka Kelly as Lyla Garrity
Minka Kelly would leaveÂ Friday Night Lights as a series regularÂ after the third season and would be featured on Jason Katims’ other seriesÂ Parenthood.Â In 2011, she was a part of the ABC reboot ofÂ Charlie’s Angels,Â which would only survive for eight episodes. In 2013, she portrayed Jacqueline Kennedy in the Lee Daniels’ filmÂ The Butler.Â Last year, Kelly played Detective Valerie Stahl on the FOX dramaÂ Almost Human,Â which would only last for 13 episodes before being cancelled.
Adrianne Palicki as Tyra Collette
Like Kelly, Adrianne Palicki would part ways withÂ Friday Night LightsÂ after the conclusion of the third season, though she would appear in several episodes during the final two seasons. Palicki was slated to play Wonder Woman in the NBC reboot in 2011. However, the show was never picked up for a series and the pilot remains unaired. In 2013, Palicki played Jaye in the filmÂ G.I. Joe: RetaliationÂ and was Ms. Perkins in the 2014 filmÂ John Wick. That same year Palicki would be featured on both About a BoyÂ and inÂ Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., where she plays the iconic comic book character Bobbi Morse, a.k.a. Mockingbird.
Jesse Plemons as Landry Clarke
Jesse Plemons was one of the fewÂ Friday Night LightsÂ cast members to actually be a teenager who was playing a teenager. Most of Plemons castmates were in their mid-twenties when the series debuted. Plemons would remain on the series for all five seasons and would star in the 2012 film Battleship,Â alongside fellow FNLÂ alumÂ Taylor Kitsch. He has continued to work in television, starring in bothÂ BentÂ andÂ Breaking Bad.Â It was announced late last year that Plemons would star in the second season of the FX dramaÂ Fargo withÂ Kirsten Dunst.
Gaius Charles as Brian “Smash” Williams
Gaius Charles spent two seasons playing Brian ‘Smash’ Williams. He briefly appeared in season three and then CharlesÂ decided to take a break from acting to focus on religion. The break would be short-lived, as he would appear in the Woody Harrelson filmÂ The MessengerÂ in 2009. Charles would return to TV in 2012 onÂ Necessary Roughness, which wasÂ followed by a two-season stint on Grey’s Anatomy.
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