FNL Losing 2 Players

We haven't heard any Friday Night Lights news in awhile, so it saddens me that the first scoop I have to provide in quite some time is that two of the castmembers have been taken "off contract" for Season 3.

The two FNL's are Scott Porter (Jason Street) and Gaius Charles (Smash). Being off contract doesn't mean that they won't appear at all, however they are now reduced to a recurring status; they certainly won't be in every episode.

This decision was said to be made due to both budgetary and creative reasons. I can understand this actually; in fact, I'm barely sad about the departure of Porter, because I always felt like Jason Street was one of the weaker characters on the show.

However, I loved Gaius Charles' performance as Smash, so that one hurts a lot more. That being said, the creative reasons make sense on this one too, since Smash's character will be going off to college, and as we have seen on TV shows in the past, the split high school/college thing never really works.

So...Friday Night Lights fans...how sad does this news make you? Which cast departure hurts more - Street or Smash?

Source: EW


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