- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Actress Connie Britton told an entertainment news podcast recently that she and “Friday Night Lights” co-star Kyle Chandler put their foot down when writers for the NBC drama wanted to script one or both of the on-screen couple to be in an extramarital affair.

“We were like, ‘We’re never letting the writers have us have an affair. If they try to do it, we’re not going to do it.’ And we told them so,” Ms. Britton told Entertainment Weekly’s “Binge” podcast, according to the magazine’s website.

The series, which ran from 2006 to 2011 on NBC and is available for streaming on Netflix, centered mainly around the pressures on family life for Eric and Tami Taylor — Chandler and Britton respectively — as they navigate the pressures and scrutiny that comes with coaching a high-school team in football-obsessed small-town Texas.

“What we thought would be really interesting and what we thought this would be the perfect format for on the show was to actually show what most couples go through which is just trying to be partners to each other and get through the day,” Ms. Britton told the “Binge” podcast. “They need each other and they also like really love each other.”

“Friday Night Lights” did explore a story line involving the infidelity of car dealership owner and football-club booster Buddy Garrity (Brad Leland) and its devastating impact on his family, particularly daughter Lyla Garrity (Minka Kelly).

Although it’s been off the air for six years this February, “FNL” enjoys critical and audience acclaim according to RottenTomatoes.com and is something of a cult classic has spawned fan pages and podcasts devoted to the series, such as “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Plus Booze,” which promises listeners “feminism, football, Tim Riggins & enough wine to make Tami proud.”

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