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Friday Night Lights and Smash coming to Sky Atlantic

Friday Night Lights

Story by Jack Foley

AWARD-winning high school football drama Friday Night Lights is coming to Sky Atlantic in 2012.

The acclaimed sports drama is based on a 1990 book by HG Bissinger and follows the exploits of a high school football team, their coach (played by Super 8‘s Kyle Chandler) and his family.

Although it has now completed its run in America, the show received an impressive nine Emmy nominations during that time, with Chandler winning ‘Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series’ in 2011.

The series itself also won an award for ‘Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series’ in the same year, which proved to be its final one, beating Mad Men and Game of Thrones.

Sky Atlantic has bought the first two seasons, the first of which made its debut on US TV in 2006. It will air from late February.

In addition, Sky Atlantic has picked up the rights to NBC’s new musical drama, Smash, which is produced by Steven Spielberg, and being billed as “Glee for grown-ups”.

The series will take a behind-the-scenes look at a production company as they prepare to debut an ambitious Broadway musical on the life of Marilyn Monroe.

Of the returning shows to look forward to, Sky Atlantic will also be bringing back Game of Thrones for its second season in April as well as the fourth season of Nurse Jackie and the upcoming fifth season of Mad Men, which it has nabbed from the BBC.

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