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Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton also scored multiple nominations for the Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress awards for a drama series. The book, which explores the 1988 season of the Permian Panthers, a high school football team in Odessa, Texas, was a factual work of documentary journalism. Once filming on the movie was completed, Berg began to explore adapting the story for television.

Executive producer Jason Katims was nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. Berg later said he had regretted having to jettison many of the interpersonal topics from the book because of the time constraints of a feature film.

David Edwards, a football player from San Antonio’s Madison High, was paralyzed during a November 2003 game.

These factors together with reliance on filming hundreds of locals as extras, gives the series an authentic feel and look.

The producers used a documentary-style filming technique.

Executive producer Jeffrey Reiner described this method as "no rehearsal, no blocking, just three cameras and we shoot." Working in this fashion profoundly influenced everyone involved with the show.

Series star Kyle Chandler said: "When I look back at my life, I'm going to say, 'Wow, [executive producer] Peter Berg really changed my life.'" Executive producer and head writer Jason Katims echoed this sentiment, saying: "When I first came on [the FNL] set, I thought, it’s interesting – this is what I imagined filmmaking would be, before I saw what filmmaking was." Friday Night Lights is unusual for using actual locations rather than stage sets and sound stage.