Michael Ausiello
April 15, 2010 AT 07:50 PM EDT

Image Credit: Paul Drinkwater/ NBCFriday Night Lights is finally giving Tami Taylor some friends. Well, a friend. Hey, it’s a start.

Sources confirm to me exclusively that theater vet Lynn Blackburn (Noises Off, Valley of the Dolls) has been cast in the recurring role of Laurel, a smart, tough, and dedicated teacher at East Dillon who befriends [SPOILER ALERT!] the school’s newest hire, Tami.

Blackburn joins a season 5 cast that also includes relative newcomer Grey Damon as Riggins 2.0 the Lions’ new wide receiver.

Production on FNL’s fifth (and likely final) season is now under way in Austin.

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