Still miss “Friday Night Lights?” Well, it’s about to return in a big way. On Tuesday (Nov. 24), the account for “The Unauthorized Friday Night Lights Musical” made an exciting announcement: the musical “Is coming to Los Angeles in 2016!”
They also added another update — they’ve already cast the main role. Coach Eric Taylor, whose tough love turned the Dillon Panthers and the East Dillon Lions into champions, will be played by none other than Scott Porter.
That news is exciting for several reasons. Porter is a veteran of the NBC TV series, playing quarterback Jason Street, whose injury in the pilot sets off the journey of the team from tragedy to triumph.
If someone involved with the original show thinks that this unauthorized musical is good enough to star in, hopefully that means that fans of the series will think so too. Porter did his best Coach Taylor impression in a short video for the musical’s Twitter.
Beth Behrs from “2 Broke Girls” was clearly excited about the casting announcement — she asked if she could play Mrs. Coach, Tami Taylor.
The team behind the show, Sucker Love Productions, also produced unauthorized musicals based on “Cruel Intentions” and “The O.C.” The writing duo of Jordan Ross and Lindsay Rosin also have two potential TV series in the works, “Squad Goals” for CBS and the “Cruel Intentions” sequel at NBC.
So far, it seems that Ross & Rosin know what they’re doing with “FNL.” They’ll be incorporating songs from the show’s run, which means that Crucifictorious could be given the Broadway treatment.
And don’t worry — they’ve promised “none of that Tyra/Landry murder plot.”