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“Friday Night” chief relights deal at Universal

Hudgins will return for final season of football drama

“Friday Night Lights” exec producer David Hudgins has sealed a large new overall deal with Universal Media Studios.

As part of the two-year, seven-figure deal, Hudgins will remain with “Friday Night Lights,” where he now serves as co-showrunner with Jason Katims, until the show’s conclusion.

“I’ve had a great experience on the show,” Hudgins said of “FNL,” which enters its fifth and final season on DirecTV this fall. (Show is also repurposed on NBC, which is just starting to air season four.)

“I love these characters, and when the chance came to come back and shepherd the series to its conclusion, it was too hard to pass up,” Hudgins said. “Plus it shoots in Texas, which is where I’m from.”

Hudgins had been on “FNL” until this past year, when he left to create Fox’s short-lived “Past Life.” With that show ending its run, the scribe was free to rejoin his old friends on “FNL.”

“I’ve had a great experience at NBC Universal,” he said. “I think it’s a great place with a lot of opportunity.”

After “FNL,” Hudgins is set to join Katims’ other series, NBC’s freshman sensation “Parenthood,” as it enters its sophomore year.

Of course, Hudgins will simultaneously also be tasked with creating new fare for the studio.

“Dave has so impressed us with his work on ‘Friday Night Lights,'” said Laura Lancaster, exec VP of drama programing at NBC and Universal Media Studios. “He is an uniquely gifted writer who happens to be one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. We are so happy he is making NBC his home.”

Hudgins’ credits also include the WB’s “Everwood.”

As part of the “FNL” writing team, Hudgins has received four consecutive WGA Award nominations.

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