The New Cast of 'Friday Night Lights' Gets Ready to Play Some Football


Most television shows set in high school go to ridiculous lengths to keep the characters together long past graduation day (see: 'Beverly Hills, 90210' and 'Gossip Girl'). But when the time comes for the high school-ers on 'Friday Night Lights' to move on -- most of them actually do.


For season 4, which aired on DirecTV last fall and premieres tonight on NBC, 'Friday Night Lights' has introduced a new set of characters played by Michael B. Jordan, Jurnee Smollett and Matt Lauria. The three talked to TV Squad about joining the critically-acclaimed show.


Last season, after being forced out at Dillon High School, Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) went over to the other side of town to field a team at the newly-reopened East Dillon. Jordan (who may be best known as Wallace on 'The Wire') plays troubled quarterback Vince Howard, while Lauria's Luke Cafferty is a star running back. Smollett's character, Jess Merriweather, has history with Vince, but also forms a friendship with transfer student Landry (Jesse Plemons).


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