The fourth season of “Friday Night Lights” begins its NBC run Friday (May 7), and it’s a whole new world for most of the characters we’ve gotten to know the past three years.
Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) is trying to resurrect football at the newly reopened and badly underfunded East Dillon High School, a job no one really expected — or wanted — him to take. His wife, Tami (Connie Britton), is still principal of Dillon High and butting heads with the boosters who engineered Eric’s ouster and don’t much care for her either. Former players Matt Saracen (Zach Gilford) and Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch) are struggling to figure out what to do with the rest of their lives, while Landry (Jesse Plemons) and Julie (Aimee Teegarden), Eric and Tami’s daughter, are enrolled at East Dillon.
The show also introduces several new characters, including Vince (Michael B. Jordan) and Luke (Matt Lauria), two of Eric’s players, and East Dillon students Jess (Jurnee Smollett) and Becky (Madison Burge).
Even with all the new faces and new circumstances, though, pretty much everything that has made “Friday Night Lights” great over three seasons remains, including some of the most lovingly drawn characters and relationships in all of television.
Take a look at a couple of previews from Friday’s episode, “East of Dillon.” First up is Eric’s first encounter with Vince.
Then watch Becky — who’s a fantastic character — talk smack to Riggins about his post-high school life.
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