After supporting turns in “Super 8,” “Argo,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Spectacular Now” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” our beloved Coach Taylor, AKA Kyle Chandler has returned to TV… sorta. After winning the Emmy for the last season of “FNL,” Chandler, received a slew of pilot offers, but Netflix’s “Bloodline” had the honor of being his “FNL” follow-up on the small screen. His role as John Rayburn in the psycological thriller earned him a 2015 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
Connie Britton was quick to pick a project after “FNL,” starring in the inaugural season of Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story.” She then segued to playing country music star Rayna Jaymes in ABC’s “Nashville.” She’s also got a lead role in FX’s “American Crime Story,” which will air in 2016. Still trending on Twitter: Connie Britton’s hair.
“FNL” star QB Vince Howard had a breakout year after the series ended. Star Michael B. Jordan’s big screen successes include “Chronicle,” “That Awkward Moment” and his critically acclaimed portrayal of Oscar Grant in “Fruitvale Station.” He then teamed with Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell in the summer box office flop “Fantastic Four.”
Exec producer Peter Berg directed “FNL” alum Taylor Kitsch for “Battleship,” and again to more critical success in “Lone Survivor.” In case you’ve forgotten, Berg also directed the original “Friday Night Lights” movie starring Billy Bob Thornton, and appeared as Tami Taylor’s ex-boyfriend on the show.
Tim Riggins may not have been much of an achiever, but Taylor Kitsch was probably nominated Most Likely to Succeed among the young stars of “FNL.” He’s had more spectacular misses (“John Carter,” “Battleship”) than hits (“Lone Survivor,” “Savages”), and now he’s been killed off HBO’s “True Detective.” Kitsch played a prominent role in the second season, but it didn’t end well for our favorite bad-boy-with-a-heart-of-gold.
Lance, er, Landry has kept busy post-“Lights” with an arc on awards favorite “Breaking Bad” and revived his role (and his band Crucifictorius) in a buzzed-about crossover webisode of “Parenthood.” Plemons bears a striking resemblance to Lance Armstrong’s teammate Floyd Landis, who he plays in Stephen Frears’ Armstrong biopic. Plemons is also a main character in the second season of “Fargo,” which premieres Oct. 15.
Zach Gilford went from sweet artist-cum-quarterback Matt Saracen to playing doctors in two TV series since canceled, ABC’s “Off the Map” and Fox’s “The Mob Doctor.” He starred in the 2014 horror films “Devil’s Due” and “The Purge: Anarchy.”
Julie Taylor may have moved to Chicago with QB7, but Aimee Teegarden was ensconced in another teenage love story in CW’s mid-season show “Star-Crossed,” which also stared “FNL” alum Grey Damon. The show was cancelled after one season. Teegarden stars in Kenny Ortega’s upcoming rom-com “A Change of Heart.”
Lyla Garrity left Dillon for Vanderbilt before the series ended, but Minka Kelly continued to work with Katims with an arc on “Parenthood” as an Asperger’s aide. She starred in ABC’s canceled “Charlie’s Angels” reboot and played Jackie Kennedy in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” Kelly also starred in Fox’s Emmy nominated and now cancelled “Almost Human.”
After Tyra enjoyed one last beer with Riggins in the “FNL” finale, Adrianne Palicki played another love interest in “About a Boy,” executive produced by “FNL” alum Katims. Now Palicki has a regular role in ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,” and is being eyed for the lead of a spinoff currently in development.
While we hope Jason Street is living large as sports agent/family man, Scott Porter joined “The Good Wife” in 2010 and starred on CW’s “Hart of Dixie” with fellow “FNL” alum Cress Williams.
Matt Lauria and Jurnee Smollett-Bell both segued to Katims’ show “Parenthood.” Lauria headed back to DirecTV (which aired the final seasons of “FNL”) in MMA drama “Kingdom” opposite Frank Grillo. Smollett-Bell apparead in the last two seasons of “True Blood.”
Jeffrey Reiner’s credits post-“FNL” include “The Event,” “Awake” and “The Affair.” David Hudgins also segued to “Parenthood,” while Kerry Ehrin produces A&E’s “Bates Motel.” Rolin Jones segued to “United States of Tara,” “Smash,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “Low Winter Sun.”