friday night lights emmy nods Emmys finally show 'Friday Night Lights' leads some loveAfter four seasons of the flying under the radar, most fans have counted “Friday Night Lights” out of the running for any big Emmy nominations (no offense to the show’s casting team).

So imagine our surprise when both Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler were announced as contenders in the lead actress and lead actor in a drama categories Thursday (July 8).

“FNL” has been a critical darling since it debuted in 2006, and most of that love has been aimed squarely at Chandler and Britton’s portrayals of Eric and Tami Taylor, the perfect couple who share an unflappable moral compass and TV’s most appealing parental P.D.A..

This marks Britton’s first Emmy nomination, despite a lengthy resume that includes four seasons on “Spin City,” but it’s Chandler’s second. He was nominated for his guest role as an ill-fated bomb squad leader on “Grey’s Anatomy” in 2006.

And Britton and Chandler aren’t the only “FNL” folks in the running for this year’s Emmys. The show scored a total of four nominations, with another nod for casting for a drama (it’s been nominated three times in that category and won once) and a first-time acknowledgment for writing (for Robin Jones‘ script for “The Son”).

Think Chandler and Britton have snowball’s chance in hell of winning? And do you daydream about being adopted by their alter egos? Sound off in the comments.

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