7:47pm PT by Kate Stanhope
'Friday Night Lights' Cast Reunites to Mark 10th Anniversary of Series Debut
Less than 12 hours after CMT resurrected her country music drama for a new season, Connie Britton took the stage Friday night at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas, to greet adoring fans. But it wasn't Nashville that they wanted to talk about — it was her beloved role as Tami Taylor on Friday Night Lights.
“That was such a great character to play,” she told the crowd.
While her Nashville co-stars were celebrating the canceled show's last-minute revival with a concert in Tennessee, Britton joined her former FNL castmates in the Lone Star State to reminiscence about the football drama 10 years after it debuted on NBC.
Fittingly, the cast graced a stage at the now-retired Panther Field in Austin, where so many of the show's famous game time moments were filmed. Although no longer used, old lockers and other props from the show were on display for fans Friday night as part of a tailgate and pep rally reunion for the acclaimed series.
Although Britton's TV husband from FNL, Kyle Chandler, was missing, many of her other co-stars attended the event, including Gaius Charles, Scott Porter, Adrianne Palicki, Matt Lauria, Brad Leland and many others. Executive producer Jason Katims also was in attendance. Jesse Plemons pulled double duty at the gathering, performing with his fictitious Crucifictorious bandmates. At one point, the group was joined by tambourine player Grandma Saracen, aka Louanne Stephens, who received thunderous cheers from the crowd early on in the five-hour event, which included multiple local bands, local food trucks and a screening of the fan-favorite episode "The Son."
Plemons also recalled going the extra mile during filming, particularly when he tore his ACL on Panther Field during a friendly game, causing production to put the kibosh on any further extracurricular games until after shooting had wrapped on the series.
The festival also shared a behind-the-scenes photo of the reunion:
See photos from both the ATX reunion and the rest of the cast's Spartan Race reunion (with Aimee Teegarden, Taylor Kitsch, Minka Kelly and Zach Gilford) below: