Friday Night Lights cast reunites at ATX Festival
The cast of Friday Night Lights reunited at the ATX Festival on Friday night, marking the fifth anniversary since the show ended and the 10th since it began.
Connie Britton (Tami Taylor), Gaius Charles (“Smash” Williams), Scott Porter (Jason Street), Adrianne Palicki (Tyra Collette), Matt Lauria (Luke Cafferty), Brad Leland (Buddy Garrity), Jesse Plemons (Landry Clarke), Louanne Stephens (Mrs. Saracen), Stacey Oristano (Mindy Riggins, née Collette), Derek Phillips (Billy Riggins), Dora Madison (Becky Sproles), Jeff Rosick (Buddy Jr.), Liz Mikel (Corrina Williams), Grey Damon (Hastings Ruckle), Katherine Willis (Joanne Street), Libby Villari (Mayor Rodell), Barry Tubb (Tom Cafferty), Stephanie Hunt (Devin Boland), Kevin Rankin (Herc), Lee Stringer (Bull Stroles), and David Born (Superintendent Paul Dunley) were joined by executive producer Jason Katims.
The reunion was preceded by a tailgate on Panther field, which is no longer used, but is property of the local school district. Though the brush has overgrown on the stands, fans littered the field, touring the Panther field house and locker room, still intact after all these years.
Ahead of a screening of the season 4 episode “The Son,” the cast shared memories of playing flag football on the field while not working. Plemons actually tore his ACL during a friendly game, and the cast was banned from playing again. They did gather after the show wrapped for one more round.
The cast also shared items they stole from set, including Porter taking a state championship ring, Palicki snatching Tyra’s boots and bras, and Britton stealing the reserved parking sign for Tami Taylor, which is in her driveway. “That was such a great character to play,” Britton shared with the roaring crowd, making sure to throw in a y’all to much applause. The reunion closed with the cast and crowd yelling, “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”
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Check back to EW.com for our interview with the cast of Friday Night Lives from Panther Field.