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Connie Britton: Mighty spouse

The ”Friday Night Lights” actress spills on the upcoming season

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No one likes the school principal…unless the school principal is Tami Taylor. The good wife of Kyle Chandler’s Coach Taylor, played by Connie Britton, 42, returns to action when NBC’s Friday Night Lights kicks off season 4 on May 7. You can also get some great Britton here.

What can we expect from Tami this season?

Poor, poor Tami. This season, Tami ended up becoming the lone good-hearted Dillon Panther, because the show shifted to East Dillon. It was amazing the way the writers did it. For three seasons we’ve been living and dying for the Panthers, and with the flick of a pen, suddenly the Panthers are the villains. In the middle of the season, the focus is more on Tami at home. And at the end we get into controversial landscape. [But] it really did feel like, ”Where is everybody? They’ve left me with mean Joe McCoy! Even Buddy Garrity’s jumped ship!”

Tami gets entangled in an abortion issue with an East Dillon student. How’d you feel about tackling that?

It was scary. People don’t touch that issue with a 10-foot pole on TV. For that reason, I was really excited. I thought if anybody could try to address this issue in a truthful way, we could. It was important to me that we were seeing all sides of the argument, and we weren’t making people into one-dimensional zealots.

Reports indicate that next season will be the last. Are you ready to say goodbye?

It’s such a hard one…. I love this character so much, I love the show so much, I could go on and on. And the writers proved this season that these characters can go on and on. Believe me, we are going to be blubbering messes if it ends after season 5, but that doesn’t mean [we should keep] holding on if NBC is going to let it go.

Tell us something about Kyle that you shouldn’t.

He has terrible fashion sense. [Laughs] He’ll be proud about it: ”I came to Austin with five white T-shirts and five pairs of khaki shorts, and that’s all I’m wearing for the whole season.” Then he has the nerve to make fun of what everybody else is wearing.

As his onscreen spouse, can’t you intervene here?

Oh, please — he’s got to solve his own problems.

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