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'Friday Night Lights' Cast Reunites to Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary at ATX Television Festival

by Desiree Murphy 6:18 PM PDT, June 11, 2016
Playing 'Friday Night Lights' Cast Reunites to Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary at ATX Television Festival

"Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose!" That's exactly how everyone in the room felt when the Friday Night Lights cast reunited at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas, on Friday.

The cast returned to their beloved Panther Field to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the show first airing on NBC. While many of the cast members were expected to attend, fans didn't expect so see practically all of them -- especially fan favorite Connie Britton! Joining the beloved drama's matriarch for the get-together, which included a tailgate party and pep rally, were Scott Porter, Gaius Charles, Stacey Oristano, Adrianne Palicki, Matt Lauria, Brad Leland, and Jesse Plemons, along with about a dozen other of the show's actors.

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"Volume up y'all," the festival captioned a video of the cast quoting one of the famous lines from the show via Instagram. "You know the drill!"

Volume up y'all! You know the drill! #FNLTailgate #TelevisionForever #TexasForever #ATXTVs5

A video posted by atxfestival (@atxfestival) on

At one point, the series' fictional Christian speed metal band, Crucifictorious, even delivered a rocking reunion performance, with help from Louanne Stephens on the tambourine.

#Crucifictorius concert, with Grandma Saracen on the tambourine! #FNL #fnltailgate @atxfestival

A photo posted by Anna Marie Smith (@annamarrr) on

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"Got emotional hadn't seen grandson in 5 yrs; he's so kind, smart," Stephens, who portrayed Grandma Saracen on the show, later joked on Twitter, tagging her on-screen grandson, Zach Gilford.

Oristano took to Instagram to share a few snaps from the FNL fĂȘte, calling her co-stars "family."

Family!!! #FNL

A photo posted by Stacey Oristano (@staceyoristano) on

"10 year reunion!!! #FNL party bus to take us to the real Football field!!!" she captioned another pic.

10 year reunion!!! #FNL party bus to take us to the real Football field!!!

A photo posted by Stacey Oristano (@staceyoristano) on

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Texas forever, y'all!

Britton spoke to ET's Leanne Aguilera ahead of the reunion, revealing that she had just heard about the day's good Nashville news along with everyone else. The country music-centered drama was cancelled by NBC earlier this year, but on Friday, CMT announced it would be picking up the show.

"I don't know anything! Literally, I found out today like everybody else," the 49-year-old actress told ET. "I have no information to tell you!"

It was not lost on Britton that avid fans helped save Friday Night Lights from leaving our TV screens forever just a few years ago. "Look, that was an example of fans being really enthusiastic and we really owe that all to the fans," she said. "The same [happened] with Friday Night Lights and Nashville is experiencing the same good fortune."

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Stay tuned for more on the fantastic reunion, including exclusive interviews with the cast, later this week, Dillon Panther fans!

Britton's Nashville co-star, Clare Bowen, spoke with ET at last week's CMT Music Awards about the fate of the show. Find out what she had to say in the video below.

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