“Friday Night Lights” looked like it was truly out of the Emmy game last summer. After all, the ratings-challenged TV version of the hit film had been snubbed for its first three seasons, save for a directing nod and casting win in its first year. But savvy campaigning paid off with lead noms for Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, as well as a writing bid by Rolin Jones.
Showrunner Jason Katims admits to GoldDerby he had all but given up on earning any Emmy nods. “The first few years of the show I remember we would hear a lot of rumors that we were going to get nominations … I remember waking up at an ungodly hour in the morning to get the live stream of the nominations and of course we didn’t get anything.” Then, as he recalls, “By the time last year the nominations came around I totally didn’t even know they were being announced. That’s never going to happen I didn’t even think about it.” And now, for its final season, “Friday Night Lights” may be poised to finally score that elusive bid for Best Drama Series. Our experts and editors agree that it is a strong contender.
Katims is also backing another horse in the drama derby as he is the showrunner of NBC’s “Parenthood.” He says doing double duty was difficult. “The very first day when ‘Parenthood’ was picked up … and both writers rooms started up on the same day … it was horrible I wanted to be in both rooms at the same time and couldn’t be … somehow it really worked out.”