Wednesday, April 7, 2010

F -- Friday Night Lights

I have to blog about my favorite TV show, Friday Night Lights. I know this is a repeat of my good friend, Mary's blog, but since it's been a large part of my life, I have to do it as well. I have been blessed to be an extra on this show. It is filmed in Austin and I've taken the time to go down and film from time to time, of course, when I can get the time off to do so.

I have gotten to meet an actor I have been following for a very long time. Kyle Chandler has captured my interest since his days on the movie Pure Country with George Strait. That was back in 1993. Yeah, I've been a fan for that long, so you can bet how GREAT it felt to actually get to meet him.

I'm very blessed to actually get to work alongside a man that I have admired. To see him transform from Kyle to Coach Taylor in a matter of seconds is amazing. Not only is he great at acting, he is an awesome person. He's very friendly. I was nervous to meet him but when I finally did, it was like chatting with an old friend. He's really funny and open to everyone, not "celebrity" at all. That is so compelling.

Not only have I met Kyle, I have also had the opportunity for other cast members. Connie Britton, Taylor Kitsch, Minka Kelly, Aimee Teegarden, just to name a few.

It's a great show. Yes, this is a shameless plug, but hey, Friday Night Lights begins with F and well, today's letter is F. Of course I had to blog about this. The show isn't just about football. It's about life in general. The acting is exquisite. So much can be "said" with body language. The fictional marriage of Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and Tami (Connie Britton) feels real. It's like they are married in real life. The storylines are real. Even life in Texas is real. It takes place in fictional Dillon, TX which is supposed to be located near where I really live, so I can safely say that they portray it very well.

So, next time you hear about Friday Night Lights, don't think it's just football. While that's a theme in the show, it's merely a sub plot in this dynamic show. It's a very great change of pace from the everyday lawyer and doctor shows that are all over the TV. It has survived through four seasons and filming for the fifth has begun. I'm hoping to get down there a few more times to film before it's over.

There is a screening on April 24th that I'm fortunate to get to go to, thanks to a great family who has welcomed me like I am one of their own. I cant thank them enough for allowing me to stay with them during filming and what not. They are great! I can't wait to watch FNL on the big screen, along with some of the cast members. That's going to be crazy to get to see their reactions to their own work!

Check out the show. It's going to air on NBC starting on May 7th. If you like good acting and good plots, you won't be disappointed. Not to mention, Kyle Chandler is oh so easy on the eyes. :)

Here is the link to Mary's blog, another great take on the show!


Mary McDonald said...

Love this post! Don't forget to mention how he patted you on the back last time. Now, Loriann needs to blog on it. Hear that, Loriann?

ModernDayDrifter said...

Ah, yeah, that pat was amazing. The wink was amazing. Him asking me how I was was amazing. (sigh) :)

Kierah Jane Reilly said...

I've heard so much about this show, but I haven't seen it yet. Sarah Dessen talks about it all the time. I must take the time to watch, especially since I write YA - seems like a no-brainer. How exciting for you to be an extra!

Bud Ezekiel H. said...

hey there...wanted to thank you for taking the time to leave a comment the other day. i don''t watch television all that much. Saturday night live is a favorite though. i like shows that bring laughter.

Raquel Byrnes said...

That is so amazing that you've had the chance to meet with the actors in your favorite show. Great post.

Nf1andprek-whisper said...

hi, I am here from A to Z challenge, I have never heard of that show, I will look for it. I worked in a pre-school a long time, do you like it? What is your novel about that you finished? Your and extra in the show??? liked your plug