that time we were on Friday Night Lights.

January 16, 2019

The year was 2008. Back in the day of flip phones. Before social media ruled the land. Keep reading for little known tale of our adventures in Hollywood scripted network television … a little piece of our past that you may not know …

Y’all know those TV series that grab a hold of you and won’t let you go? Those that you truly in your heart know you are absolute besties with every single cast member and you would defy anyone to say differently? Those that when the series ends, you go into an obligatory mourning period because you literally feel like 6 of your best friends just entered the Pearly Gates? That show, for us, was Friday Night Lights the TV series. It was small town, it was Texas, it was drama … and breakups and heartaches and growing pains and all the highs and lows of high school as we know it. Yes, it was set in Texas. And yes it does have some football in it. But the stories, the cast, the struggles are all … just. so. human. so REAL. It’s LIFE that any person, in any state, and in any stage of life can relate to. Because, most importantly, it is SO MUCH HEART. Also, did we mention Connie Britton? I mean, duh.

Friday Night Lights was filmed in and around Austin from day 1. We got a call one day that the costume department wanted some of our clothes for wardrobe and they asked if we could come set up a fake JG booth under a tent for a rodeo scene to be filmed in Elgin, Texas. So, the day of load out at Texas Antiques Week, we loaded 2 trailers. One was to go back to our warehouse in College Station, the other went with us straight to Elgin to be unloaded, set up, and reloaded again all within 24 hours. Just another day at the office for us. (possibly the reason i needed back surgery a few months after this?)

day 1. on set. unloading our Penske … the tent to the left is where we set up our fake booth. you can see the rodeo arena in the background.
unloading our piles of junk in the sweltering texas humidity.
i repeat. SWELTERING. TEXAS. HUMIDITY.
dillon panthers. clear eyes. full hearts. can’t lose.

We got set up and the next day it was go time. The official Director’s chairs showed up and our primetime moment was imminent. In fact, they would probably ask us to be regulars after this debut. We practiced our “Texas forever” and knew that our genuine Texas accents would surely make us shoe-ins as Tim Riggins older sisters … especially me because well, Riggs and I DO both have brown hair. it’s so obvs.

day of shoot. we’re all Texas’ed out for our rodeo scene.
cast member zach roerig who played a cowboy named Cash. sure he’s kinda cute and all…
but a different Cash had already stolen our hearts …
and check out this little nugget. indie was just 2 months old.

back to the shoot…

Are y’all ready for our big debut? click below and watch carefully … spoiler alert: you may see my hair at one point. (Also, youtube apparently doesn’t like us embedding TV clips, so just zip on over to about the 7:13 mark (or just watch the whole episode :))

the young gun that “worked our booth” during the shoot. we walked back and forth in front of the camera a few times as extras. and believe me, we NAILED it. (even though we can’t find ourselves in the final clip … I’m sure it’s just because we were upstaging the regular cast … especially when your white shirt under your western shirt is fashionably showing like mine)

And just like that, it was over. We changed from our glam Hollywood fancy wardrobe into work clothes and began the breakdown … just as the rain began to pour down. It was a muddy mess and we were loving every minute of it.

with cinematographer, todd mcmullen.
glitter and grit, y’all. or rather turquoise and tools.
a very bad screenshot of tyra in a JG tee

Sadly, Friday Night Lights was cancelled due to the elusive and inaccurate Nielsen ratings despite being critically acclaimed. It was a dark day for America. The day I lost so many friends. I’m sure they miss me just as much as I miss them. And now I think I need to rewatch the entire series. Because this has me longing for all the Friday Night feels … for Tami Taylor’s tough as nails life lessons and pure-D grit. For Tim Riggin’s bad boy rebellion and big heart. For friendships and hardships that tug at your heartstrings. When they sold off everything from the show, from clothing to props, we went and bought more pearl snaps than you can shake a stick at. We had a piece of the FNL history which almost made the pain of losing our friends even worse. If y’all haven’t seen it, go now … to Amazon video or hulu or whatever and watch every episode. And all would be right with the world if FNL just came back because sometimes, Coach Taylor’s locker room talks are all we need to help us keep perspective.

texas forever.

Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t lose.

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7 Comments

  • Reply Teresa Lorensen January 17, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    I love this! Behind the scenes, how-did-we-get-here stories are my favorite. Keep ’em coming!

    • Reply Jolie Sikes January 17, 2019 at 3:27 pm

      so glad to hear! we’ve got lots more coming!!

  • Reply Terri Miller January 17, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    OMG I just binge watched the entire series over a week! I would die for a Friday Night Lights ie Dillon Panthers, Riggins 33, Coach Taylor, east Dillon Lions, clear eyes….. etc, you get it, in your incredible soft unisex tees! I see them all over Amazon on crappy cotton tees so there can’t be a trademark problem. Please! I would buy one of each!
    You all have too many great stories!

    • Reply Jolie Sikes January 17, 2019 at 3:27 pm

      you watched the entire series in a WEEK??!!! oh my gosh! we’ve got to rewatch it!

  • Reply Donna Lampen-Smith January 18, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    I loved loved loved that show! I wanted to go back in time. I wanted to live in Texas. I wanted to date Tim Riggins ( yeah like that was ever going to happen ). It was true Americana that you can’t replicate anywhere but Texas.

  • Reply Jennifer Reed January 18, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    This is awesome! I can’t wait to read more!

  • Reply Kathleen February 20, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Coach and Tammy Taylor were my favs!!

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