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Connie Britton reunites with “Friday Night Lights” creator Jason Katims for the brand new Apple TV+ drama sequence “Dear Edward.” 

“You know, we return,” Britton, 55, advised The Post. “And ‘Friday Night Lights’ was such an necessary pivotal present for me [and] it set the bar actually excessive when it comes to what my values are and what I wish to do creatively.

“Jason was part of that. And now I’ve gotten to some extent in my life the place I simply wish to work with those that I really like.”

“Dear Edward,” premiering Feb. 3, relies on a novel that follows Edward Adler (Colin O’Brien), a younger boy who’s the only survivor of a aircraft that crashed in Colorado en route from New York to LA and likewise killed his mother and father and brother.

The sequence follows his restoration from the tragedy and his battle to cope with his newfound fame — he’s made headlines all over the place  — in addition to the lives of different individuals who misplaced a cherished one within the crash, together with Dee Dee (Britton), a rich New Jersey mother and housewife who finds out that her husband had some stunning secrets and techniques; Edward’s aunt Lacey (Taylor Schilling), who’s out of the blue tasked with caring for her orphaned nephew after reeling from a number of miscarriages; activist Adriana (Anna Uzele), who misplaced her congresswoman grandmother; and piano tuner Amanda (Brittany S. Hall), who finds herself grieving her fiancé and connecting together with his estranged brother, Steve (Ivan Shaw). 

Colin O’Brien as Edward in "Dear Edward" playing piano.
Colin O’Brien as Edward in “Dear Edward.”
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Anna Uzele and Khloe Bruno in "Dear Edward."
Anna Uzele and Khloe Bruno in “Dear Edward.”
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Connie Britton with her arm around Audrey Corsa, smiling.
Connie Britton and Audrey Corsa in “Dear Edward.”
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“Jason known as and was like, ‘I’m engaged on this factor and I actually really feel such as you’re the one one who can play this half,’” mentioned Britton. “First of all, there’s no better praise than that. [Reuniting] was really even higher than I assumed it was  going to be. From the highest all the way in which down, he treats all people with such respect and creates an surroundings of such belief and freedom, and all people feels that.

“And then I learn it, and I cherished the position,” she mentioned. “I really like the character. It didn’t really feel like something I had actually performed earlier than, and Jason was so collaborative with me about creating who she was and what her journey was – what she went by means of and ended up dropping and in the end gaining within the present.”

Connie Britton hugging someone with her eyes closed.
Connie Britton in “Dear Edward.”
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Dario Ladani Sanchez, Taylor Schilling, Douglas M. Griffin, Anna Uzele, Brittany S. Hall, Connie Britton and Amy Forsyth in "Dear Edward" sitting in a circle in folding chairs.
Dario Ladani Sanchez, Taylor Schilling, Douglas M. Griffin, Anna Uzele, Brittany S. Hall, Connie Britton and Amy Forsyth in “Dear Edward.”
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Britton (“Nashville,” “American Horror Story,” “The White Lotus”) mentioned she based mostly her portrayal of Dee Dee in “Dear Edward” partly off of watching “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” 

“I’m not kidding, I really feel like that’s type of her lane,” she mentioned. “And I’ve all the time needed to attempt to perceive these girls extra particularly. So it was enjoyable to discover that. Really for me, in each character that I play, I’m within the girls’s expertise. And I attempt to discover the common thread in every character. Dee Dee may be very rich and has all these garments — so [her life] is extra aspirationa. But additionally, it’s all a facade.

“I used to be actually inquisitive about exploring what occurs when all of that will get blown up,” Britton mentioned. “I simply suppose in life [that] all of us have that have. Whatever occurs, the issues that come out of these ashes are sometimes probably the most precious — and provides us probably the most power.” 

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