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First Season Celebrated New Drama, 'Friday Night Lights,' Comes To DVD August 28

August 3rd, 2007 6:00pm EDT
Friday Night LightsUniversal City, August 2, 2007 – Inspired by the New York Times best-selling book and acclaimed theatrical feature, the Emmy® nominated Friday Night Lights: The First Season debuts on DVD on August 28, 2007 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Executive produced by Peter Berg (who directed and wrote the feature film) and Academy Award® winner Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind), Friday Night Lights has won viewer devotion and critical praise for its look at the emotional dynamics of small-town life. Featuring outstanding production values, insightful writing and compelling characters, the series has received several prestigious honors including two 2007 Primetime Emmy® nominations including Best Directing, the 2007 Television Critics Association award for Outstanding New Program, The George Foster Peabody Award and the American Film Institute's (AFI) 2006 Television Program of the Year. All 22 episodes of the initial season, available for the first time on DVD, come with outstanding bonus features including a "Making of the Final Episode" featurette, special commentary by the show's producers and deleted scenes from some of the season's most memorable episodes.

Friday Night Lights tells the story of life in the small town of Dillon, Texas, where everyone comes together on friday nights when the Dillon High Panthers play. But life is not a game; and the charismatic players, new coach and the passionate fans find that their biggest challenges and obstacles come off the field in the compelling day-to-day dramas of their tight-knit community. Bringing this story to life is an impressive ensemble cast including Kyle Chandler (King Kong) Connie Britton (24), Scott Porter (Music & Lyrics), Gaius Charles (The Book of Daniel), Taylor Kitsch (The Covenant), Zach Gilford (The Last Winter), Minka Kelly (What I Like About You), Adrianne Palicki (South Beach) Jesse Plemons (Grey's Anatomy) and Aimee Teegarden (Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide). Season 2 of Friday Night Lights premieres Friday, October 5 (9 p.m. ET) on NBC.

Friday Night Lights Scores with Critics
Starting with its acclaimed premiere episode, Friday Night Lights has won over critics across the country with its top-notch visuals, heartfelt writing and gifted cast. Michael Schneider of Daily Variety declared it "one of the best-looking pilots of the year with sharp cinematography, strong editing and a feature-quality feel." Friday Night Lights is "the fall's best new series," according to Time magazine, and "the best live-action show about contemporary life in America that is currently on the air," in the opinion of Adam Buckman of the New York Post. The Associated Press raves that Friday Night Lights is "breathtaking in how it captures ordinary life set against extraordinary passions."

Give A Cheer For Exclusive Bonus Features:
Friday Night Lights: The First Season comes packed with exciting extras, including:
· Behind the Lights – A special look at the creation of the first season of Friday Night Lights.
· Episode Commentary with the Talented Cast of Friday Night Lights.
· Deleted Scenes from Favorite Episodes.