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Emmys 2011: 'Friday Night Lights' Emmy Wins Spark Fan Frenzy

The acclaimed show with a small but fanatical following finally got some Emmy love for its final season. Fans saw the good and bad.

Kyle Chandler - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
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After five seasons, countless critical hosannas and the continued love of a small but devoted audience, Friday Night Lights finally went home with two Emmy awards on Sunday night. Star Kyle Chandler won for outstanding lead actor in a drama series and head writer Jason Katims went home with the award for outstanding writing in a drama series.

As the winners took to the stage, fans of the show came out of the woodwork to crow about it on Twitter.

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Comedy Death-Ray host Scott Aukerman tweeted, "So glad Friday Night Lights won an award. That show was the vest. I meant best, but I refuse to retype."

Tyler, Texas' CBS 19 morning anchor Bryan Houston tweeted, "Great to see Kyle Chandler win Emmy for best actor for Friday Night Lights. Great show that should still be on for many years to come."

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Self-professed film geek Jason Henson wrote, "Kyle Chandler is an Emmy winner for Friday Night Lights. This is the almost-just world I've wanted (Connie Britton needs one too)."

Men of a Certain Age co-creator Mike Royce seconded that notion with, "Pretty awesome to see Kyle Chandler and Jason Katims win for Friday Night Lights. Wish Connie Britton had joined them but awesome stuff."

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Jensen Karp tweeted about Kyle Chandler's win, "This is the best. Now he just needs to be my Dad."

But there were also fans to focus on the fact that Friday Night Lights lost its final chance at an outstanding drama series award to Mad Men. Jeff Green, PopCap's Director of Editorial and Social Media, wrote, "Friday Night Lights is now in the best company possible--with The Wire--as another great show that never won a best drama Emmy."