Exclusive: 'Friday Night Lights' recruits 'Lipstick Jungle' hottie

Matt-Lauria_lHas Friday Night Lights found its next Tim Riggins?

Lipstick Jungle‘s Matt Lauria—he played Lindsay Price’s gay assistant on the late NBC soap—is joining the season 4 cast in the series regular role of Luke, a charming yet cocky junior who reluctantly finds himself playing for Coach Taylor’s East Dillon squad.

Luke is one of four new characters being introduced to help fill the void left by Adrianne Palicki, Minka Kelly, and Zach Gilford (who’ll now be returning for seven episodes.)

FNL’s 13-episode fourth season debuts Oct. 28 on DirecTV.

So, has Friday Night Lights found its next Tim Riggins? Sound off below!

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  • toriallison

    Um, not hardly. There’ll never be another Tim Riggins!

  • lefty

    Was this guy sick when the picture was taken? He doesn’t hold a candle to Taylor Kitsch…

  • JP

    Michael, that’s quite a stretch to say the least. Got me to click the link on Twitter though so you win.

  • riggins_girl

    Not even CLOSE!!!

  • Katie

    There will never be another Tim Riggins.

  • Robbie

    He kinda looks like Saracen to me.

  • Peggy

    I don’t know this guy but he is going from playing someone out in the working world back to being a junior in high school?

  • C

    There is no “next Tim Riggins.”

  • Camille

    There is only one Tim Riggins
    plus they can bring a thousand of new charachters it doesn’t change the fact that the show will never be the same without Lyla,Tyra and Matt even if he is returning)

  • Kitsch-yKitsch-yCoup

    That’s like comparing a Warhol to a DaVinci. With all the pretty ‘graduating,’ this may be the last season…

  • Nicole

    Of course there will never be another Tim Riggins. Taylor Kitsch, I know you may want to move on to other projects eventually but please do not leave FNL before it ends. I’ve convinced many a friend to start watching the show simply by forwarding photos of him…lol. They come for the hotness and stay for the quality (and the hotness).

  • Laura

    This is a joke…right?? A “hottie”???

  • Joe

    This guy was super-hot on Lipstick Jungle. Wait to you see him shirtless, people. He’s a stealth hottie.

  • Charlotte

    I don’t think he’s suppose to replace Tim Riggins. Cuz, Tim is a regular cast member. Tim ain’t leavin’ Dillon. Matt, Lyla, and Tyra are goin’ off the seek their fortunes. I think this character family are ranchers. And being the daughter of a Texas Rancher I am interested to see his storyline. And I’m hoping the makeup and wardrobe folks can work their magic and scruff-up this boy a bit. Cuz, rite now he ain’t lookin’ too Texan.

  • E.

    Yikes, these comments are mean!
    I love Tim Riggins too, but I think this new actor is very cute and should be given a chance… FNL has always been great at scouting talent.
    I agree that he looks more like Saracen, though.

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