Friday Night Lights Kicks Off on ESPN
Fans of Friday Night Lights will once again be able to recapture the excitement of the Dillon Panthers, as ESPN will air the entire series with episodes set to premiere on July 12. To celebrate the kick-off of the football-themed drama, episodes one and two from the show’s first season will air back-to-back in primetime on ESPN at 8pm and 9pm ET.
For those who may be new to the series, a season one marathon will air July 14 and 15 on ESPN Classic. Then, beginning July 21, ESPN Classic will become the new cable home for Friday Night Lights, airing each season in sequential order beginning with season one/episode one. “New” episodes will air every Thursday night at 9pm and 10pm ET.
“At its core, Friday Night Lights captures the blend of drama, excitement, and heartache that embodies what it means to be a sports fan, leading to its very loyal and passionate following among viewers,” said Connor Schell, vice president and executive producer, ESPN Films and ESPN Classic. “We recently created a home on ESPN Classic for ESPN Films on the weekends, and we believe Friday Night Lights further enhances our mix of long-form sports storytelling. We see this as an opportunity to deliver the series to a whole new audience.”
Additionally, timed to the Friday Night Lights marathon on ESPN Classic, Bill Simmons’ new site Grantland.com will publish an oral history of the series through the words of the entire cast and crew on July 14.
Longhorn Network, the ESPN owned and operated 24-hour network dedicated to Texas athletics in partnership with UT and IMG College, will also air all five seasons of Friday Night Lights upon its August launch.
Inspired by the book and 2004 film of the same name, Friday Night Lights premiered in October 2006 and follows the lives of the players and coach of a competitive Texas high school football team. The Peabody- and Emmy-winning series wraps up its fifth and final season on NBC July 15. Friday Night Lights is a production of Universal Media Studios, Imagine Television, and Film 44 with executive producers Peter Berg (Hancock), Jason Katims (Parenthood), Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind), David Nevins (Arrested Development), Sarah Aubrey (Prime Suspect), and David Hudgins (Parenthood).