Berg says that from the moment they met, Kyle Chandler had incredible chemistry with his co-star, Connie Britton, who plays his wife, Tami.
Their compatibility made them what some critics describe as the most believable married couple on television.
“That marriage became one of the dominant experiences of Friday Night Lights,” says Berg, “and we never saw that coming.”
Berg says his favorite moment between the two is near the end of the first season. They’re out on a hotel balcony the night before the state championship game, and Tami tells her husband she’s pregnant.
“There was a bunch of dialogue written, discussing it and debating it,” the producer remembers, “and Kyle said, ‘Let’s just be quiet and see what happens,’ and they started laughing and started crying.”
For Berg, that moment of a woman announcing her unexpected pregnancy could have been from any TV show. But Chandler and Britton were able to work it into a unique, simple and emotional moment.
“They had a knack for finding these little moments like that,” he says.
And it might not be all over quite yet.
Berg hints there’s been discussion about keeping the show alive in some way, but won’t say exactly how.
“I don’t want to tip any hands,” he says, “but I will say this, it might not be the end of Friday Night Lights as people know it right now.”