After years of being stuck on the Emmy bench, Connie Britton and her co-star Kyle Chandler finally got into the game with nominations for the fourth season of “Friday Night Lights” last year. It turned out to be perfect timing, she tells Gold Derby, because “we were shooting the final episode. It was really exciting”.
Prior to scoring that nomination, Britton had tried entering herself into both the lead and supporting races over the years. “There were lots of conversations,” she says. “I think at some point it became a little analytical on some people’s parts.” Ultimately, she landed successfully in the lead race and Britton saw that as a fitting place to be because the character, “felt like the matriarch of the show in the way that Kyle’s character is the patriarch of the show.”
When reminiscing about her involvement with “Friday Night Lights,” Britton says, “It has meant everything. I could cry.”
Now, after its last season, can the critically hailed series about high-school football in a Texas town score the ultimate Emmy touchdown – that is, an overdue nomination for Best Drama Series? Other previously snubbed shows finally caught a Hail Mary pass in their final seasons in this category – like “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (1994).
Britton responds by quoting Coach Taylor’s motto to his student football players. “if the show get’s acknowledged, it will be a thrill,” she says. “So fingers crossed, and ‘clear eyes and full hearts.'”
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