Friday Night Lights
By Jennifer Lee
FOLLOW THE THUMP OF THE SNARE, the toot of the flutes, the blare of the horns, and the stomping of your neighborhood marching band as football fever once again possesses sports devotees across Texas this fall. For television fans, the words “Friday Night Lights” will mean a lot more than another night out on the home field. To celebrate the return of pro football to NBC, the peacock station is creating a television adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winner H.G. Bissinger’s best-selling book Friday Night Lights, a classic account of Texas high school football. The series is being filmed in Austin.
Like the 2004 film adaptation, the story has a few changes: Instead of taking place in Odessa, the series will take place in a fictional Texan town called Dillon and will have a modern-day spin. If you aren’t satisfied with Hollywood’s take on the game and want to see the action with your own eyes, then sprint to your local high school and embrace Texas’ football frenzy firsthand.
From the August 2006 issue.