‘Friday Night Lights’ creators on different teams in 2012

By Laurie Bennett

October 13, 2012 at 12:06am

Cousins Buzz Bissinger and Peter Berg have parted ways in the presidential race.

Bissinger wrote the book “Friday Night Lights,” basis for the movie and TV show of the same name. Berg directed the film and produced the TV series.

The Romney campaign has used a line from the show: “Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t lose.”

Buzz Bissinger
Buzz Bissinger

Berg isn’t happy about that, writing a scorching letter to Romney saying: “The only relevant comparison that I see between your campaign and ‘Friday Night Lights’ is in the character of Buddy Garrity - who turned his back on American car manufacturers selling imported cars from Japan.”

Bissinger, who recently endorsed Romney, said Berg was being “childish and petulant.”

“He should be flattered that Romney is honoring his show,” Bissinger told the Hollywood Reporter. “Obama tried to use the slogan as well but unsurprisingly was ineffective in getting the message across.”

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