friday night lights peter berg connie britton 'Friday Night Lights' EP Peter Berg targets wider audience with 'Prime Suspect,' talks film continuation

Executive producer and director Peter Berg was conspicuously quiet during the Television Critics Association summer press tour panel for his new series, a reboot of ’90s UK mini “Prime Suspect.”

And when he did finally chime in, it was to talk about his dearly departed “Friday Night Lights,” which recently ended its five-season run on NBC.

Calling his time on “FNL” “extremely rewarding and frustrating,” Berg insists that character-based storytelling in his new venture won’t get in the way of finding a wider audience.

“What we learned from ‘Friday Night Lights’ is that it’s great to have all that, but let’s give them a really gruesome murder in each episode,” he says. “Let’s be clever about how we solve it, but lets make sure we solve it.”

Speaking of the former’s recent finale, which aired for a second time on NBC after completing its run on DirecTV, Berg noted how odd it was to have the last three seasons of air twice for different audiences.

“People were so confused,” he says. “They [told me], we thought your show was over. And we saw it again… The DirecTV/NBC deal was a unique deal, it was a bizarre deal, it kept the show alive.”

And the show might still have some life left in it. TVLine reports that Berg is moving ahead with previously rumored plans for a film continuation of the series (which itself started as a book and feature film), starring Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton.

Script-writing is apparently underway, with a 2012 shoot in mind if all goes according to plan.

Would you like to see Eric and Tami Taylor tackle the big screen — or were you satisfied by the series’ send-off?

Posted by:Mikey O'Connell