Update, October 14, 7:00 p.m.
Never one to miss out on the last word, original Friday Nights Lights author H.G. “Buzz” Bissinger has issued his own response to Friday Night Lights TV executive producer Peter Berg’s letter to the Romney presidential campaign (see below).
Once again, from Matthew Belloni of The Hollywood Reporter:
“I love Pete but he is being childish and petulant,” Bissinger says in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “He should be flattered that Romney is honoring his show. Obama tried to use the slogan as well but unsurprisingly was ineffective in getting the message across.”
“Berg is just another member of the Hollywood glitterati whose idea of liberalism is making sure their Mexican gardeners get paid only several dollars below minimum wage,” he writes. “He has no idea what and who Romney is about. I find his letter uninformed and offensive.”
Despite previously emphasizing the fact that he has no claim on the phrase “Clear Eyes Full Hearts Can’t Lose,” which is entirely a product of the fictional FNL universe, Bissinger did take the opportunity to smack down the film and television auteur over who started the franchise:
“And I am frankly sick and tired of Berg and everyone else acting as if he was the creator of Friday Night Lights. Without the book there never would have been a television show. He should feel lucky that anyone cares about it.”
The feud is especially juicy—or, perhaps, completely meaningless—when you add in the fact that Berg