Jesse Plemons as Landry Clarke in Friday Night Lights

It’s pretty clear at this point that the Friday Night Lights movie sequel isn’t happening. Even Peter Berg, who’s been pushing the idea for years now, seems to have given up. But that doesn’t necessarily mean we’ve seen the last of the Dillonites.

NBC revealed today that FNL characters Landry Clarke (Jesse Plemons) and Billy Riggins (Derek Phillips) are slated to appear in an upcoming Parenthood web series. It’s one of several that the network has planned for the near future; Chicago Fire, Parks and Recreation, and Grimm will also get digital spinoffs during the Olympics hiatus. Hit the jump for plot details and more.

Update: The first part of the web series is online now. See it below.

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Friday Night Lights - Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler)

It’s become de rigeur for any beloved show on its way out to tease the possibility of a movie sequel, and sometimes those promises even come true. Veronica Mars is headed to the big screen next year, for example, and Entourage is set to shoot next month. But don’t expect Friday Night Lights to join them in theaters.

Since the football drama ended in 2011, certain cast and crew members have hinted repeatedly at a follow-up film — Peter Berg among them. Now, however, the producer is singing a different tune, saying that he doesn’t think a movie is such a great idea after all. Read his comments after the jump.

[Update: Taylor Kitsch has weighed in on the movie idea. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.]

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Friday Night Lights - Tami (Connie Britton) and Eric (Kyle Chandler)

It wasn’t long after Friday Night Lights concluded its fifth and final season in 2011 that word spread of a possible movie sequel. But despite the active interest of series creator Peter Berg, producer Brian Grazer, and stars including Connie Britton and Adrianne Palicki, actual progress has been mysteriously slow. Now we know why.

According to Britton, Kyle Chandler has no interest in reprising his role. That’s a pretty big hurdle, seeing as his Coach Eric Taylor is the main character. Hit the jump to read her comments.

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Sometimes its easy to forget just how ubiquitous producer Brian Grazer is. Not only does he work hand in hand with Oscar-winning director Ron Howard on some of the biggest movies out there, he also shepherded a ton of well-known television shows. After some years off the air, two of his more famous shows, Arrested Development and 24, will soon be returning in new ways. Now a third might do the same.

In a new interview, Grazer confirmed he’s “absolutely moving forward” with the movie version of the NBC drama Friday Night Lights, and they might turn to crowd-funding, ala Veronica Mars, to prove the fans want the series to return. Read More »

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Ever since Veronica Mars paved the way for crowd-funded TV to movie revivals, it seems like every actor, writer, or director ever associated with a beloved but cancelled series has been fielding questions about Kickstarter. Some have squashed the idea right off the bat, but others have been a bit more open to the concept. (And The Onion has poked fun at all of it.)

According to actress Adrianne Palicki, Friday Night Lights could very well turn to Kickstarter to pay for the long-rumored movie sequel. Meanwhile, Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller is definitely intrigued by crowdfunding — but acknowledges that his show would require quite a bit more than the $2 million goal originally set by Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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By now, it’s become a familiar pattern: A brilliant series gets cancelled, movie sequel rumors begin to circulate, and for the next several years the actors, filmmakers, writers, and producers involved with the show drop encouraging but vague soundbites about the project. Eventually, public interest usually just peters out. In rare cases, something actually gets made.

Friday Night Lights is currently in the “vague soundbites” phase, and for the past year and a half we’ve been hearing from show creator Peter Berg and others that the movie was in the works. But star Kyle Chandler, apparently has no interest in teasing a potential return. In fact, he doesn’t think the movie is even such a hot idea. Read his comments after the jump.

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Sleazy lawyers, nefarious CIA Cold War plots, and Scandinavian crime thrillers fill up today’s TV Bits. After the jump:

  • Run Lola Run and Bourne star Franka Potente goes nuts for American Horror Story
  • AMC is working on a Cold War-era Area 51 drama with Walking Dead producer Gale Ann Hurd
  • A&E will adapt the Danish crime drama Those Who Kill; Joe Carnahan will direct
  • Connie Britton gives a small update on that possible Friday Night Lights movie sequel
  • Vince Gilligan is making no promises about a Saul Goodman spinoff, wants to do a Western

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This may or may not be good news, depending on whether or not you think the Friday Night Lights television series finale was the best possible end to the show’s story. Just as the finale was about to air, we heard that the show could find new life on the big screen, and a short time later producer Peter Berg confirmed the development of a film featuring the series’ characters.

During a recent event for Battleship, the film he directed for a summer release this year, Berg gave a fairly substantial status update on the FNL film project. The script is coming together, he says, and one plotline will be based in part on former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach. Read More »

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