Has the exodus of Friday Night Lights
cast members begun? Is this a sign that the show's long, arduous death march is coming to a close after three tumultuous, yet critically-acclaimed seasons? Aimee Teegarden
, the adorable teen who plays Julie Taylor, progeny of Coach Eric Taylor and his lovely wife Tami, has signed for an appearance on the CW's 90210
. Teegarden will play a girl named Rhonda, who crosses paths with Ethan Ward, current boyfriend of de facto lead character Annie Wilson on 90210
. As of now, Teegarden has signed on for one lonely episode, but there's always the possibility for more. Can we read anything into the future of Friday Night Lights
given this news?
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No, not at all. Friday Night Lights
has long finished production on its 13-episode third season, which has been airing exclusively on DirecTV and will re-air on the mother-ship NBC beginning in January. If there is a fourth season of Friday Night Lights
, which is not likely to happen, production wouldn't begin until next summer. Still, it is disconcerting to see one of the stars of a series as great as Friday Night Lights
slumming it on a series as admittedly mediocre as 90210
. There's nothing wrong with 90210,
and it's a good career move for Teegarden to get some more exposure, but the actress has solidified her position in TV lore as a member of the Taylor family, a pantheon level TV family. A move to 90210
, even for one episode, presupposes the imminent demise of Friday Night Lights
NBC, if FNL
were a hit show, likely wouldn't allow one of its stars to appear on a competing network's own high school series. But, obviously, FNL
is not a hit series, and they want to allow their actors to move on with their careers, regardless of what the future holds for the Dillon Panthers and Friday Night Lights
. Aimee Teegarden is one of the rare actresses on a high school series who is actually near the right age for her part. Still only 19, Teegarden should have a nice career ahead of her.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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