Parenthood Webisodes to Host First Actual Friday Night Lights Character Crossover

Parenthood Friday Night Lights CrossoverParenthood over the years has welcomed many a visit from Friday Night Lights alumni — but now for the first time some of Coach Taylor’s old charges will actually be crossing over to Jason Katims’ NBC drama. 

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NBC announced on Monday that Parenthood’s four-part digital companion series, “Friday Night at the Luncheonette,” will follow Amber (Mae Whitman) as she keeps an eye on her cousin Max (Max Burkholder) while working after hours at the recording studio. During Amber’s odyssey, Jesse Plemons and Derek Phillips will reprise their FNL roles of Landry Clarke and Billy Riggins, respectively, when the band Crucifictorious shows up to jam.

Just wait till they hear about her heated romance with Luke!

“Friday Night at the Luncheonette” debuts Thursday, Feb. 13. (Oh wait, now I get it — Friday Night. Ha.)

Earlier this winter, Katims crossed over David Walton’s About a Boy manchild to Parenthood, and plans to do same by having Crosby Braverman visit the soon-to-premiere NBC comedy.

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The other web series en route from NBC are Parks and Recreation’s “The Hapley Group” (featuring newscaster Perd, Crazy Ira, “The Douche” and Joan Callamezzo),  Chicago Fire‘s “I Am A Firefighter” (which follows Dawson as she awaits the next phase of her firefighter training) and Grimm‘s “Love Is in the Air” (in which Rosalee and Juliette gather their girlfriends for a spa party, only to discover a Zieglevolk casting a love spell among the group).

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  1. e says:

    oh man… i love both parenthood and friday night lights, but for some reason i don’t see the point of this…

  2. AM says:

    Derek Phillips has already appeared on Parenthood as another character – the episode of Crosby& Jasmine’s wedding…

  3. Tony says:

    I’m game. Two of my favorite shows of all time.

  4. V says:

    I have never seen watched an episode of Parenthood but I think I’ll make an exeption for this one! Can’t wait!

  5. Karen says:

    Jesse Plemons is back on my screen. Such a phenomenal actor, but not sure if I’ll be able to get psycho Todd out of my head

  6. Kay says:

    This sounds awesome….except for the Max part

    • jimbo says:

      Amber and Max were pretty sweet together, though, back when she helped him write that apology letter to one of his classmates.

  7. Tewilliger Jones Esq. says:

    Woh, my mind is blown! Especially as there was an episode where Max is with Haddie and Alex (played by FNL’s Michael B. Jordan) and he actually refers to Friday Night Lights. TV is a crazy world!

  8. Azerty says:

    I just came here because of Meth Damon “er Hi Mister White”

  9. Joe says:

    Rather have Jeffster

  10. CC says:

    Hoping Billy drops a line that after building his house, Tim took off to Vanderbilt to “see about a girl.”

  11. says:

    Billy Riggins was played by Taylor Kitsch

  12. Miranda says:


  13. Ann says:

    There is no Parenthood on until the Winter Olympics are over. So this does not debut Feb. 13th! It won’t be until Feb. 27th.

  14. I love both of these shows, but these seems silly. I hope the great writing and acting of Parenthood isn’t been run into the ground by NBC execs who are making these shows crossover.

  15. Amanda says:

    This is amazing! Love Parenthood, love FNL even more. But I’m most excited for Mae Whitman because she must be over the freaking moon about this.

  16. Alia says:

    I love FNL, but this doesn’t make sense to me. Parenthood has already featured several prominent FNL actors (Matt Lauria, Minka Kelly) as non-FNL characters. So now Landry and Billy exist in a world with people who happen to be complete doppelgängers of their friends? Are they going to retcon that, or will it just be an elephant in the room?

  17. TV Gord says:

    That happens on TV all the time. How boring would it be to have to explain every little inconsistency on a TV show.