Friday Night Lights going for two-season conversion

Most bubble shows would be lucky enough to even get consideration for one season, but NBC's Friday Night Lights is reportedly going for two. The critically acclaimed show was awarded second and third season by the skin of its teeth, narrowly dodging permanent benching last year by striking a cost-sharing deal with DirecTV.

We've seen sophomores become seniors through the show's three seasons, so it stands to reason that now would be a good time to lay Friday Night Lights to rest, but producers have other things in mind. According to EW.com, NBC and DirecTV are in talks to keep the show around for two more years--surprising considering the show was almost killed after season one.

Should the type of cost-sharing deal (DirecTV agreed to split the show's budget in exchange for first-run rights to the series) made for Friday Night Lights actually make business sense and DirecTV OK the deal for two more seasons, it would only mean good things for quality television shows on the brink of cancellation. Imagine if Pushing Daisies were saved from pushing daisies--and it could happen in the future if the industry sees this as a viable alternative to canceling shows before their time. Share the wealth, people!

In other Friday Night Lights news, Minka Kelly (who plays semi-chaste cheerleader Lyla Garrity) has signed on to play the lead in the CW's Body Politic, says The Hollywood Reporter. The drama takes a look at the fat cats in Washington, D.C. from the point-of-view of eager young political aids. Kelly will play Hope (editor's note--ugh), a young woman who lands a job as a staffer to a senator.

This likely means that FNL's Lyla will get a nice little sendoff arc--maybe to a nunnery or a church camp--in the event of a fourth season pickup, much like how characters Smash Williams and Jason Street departed this season.

We'll keep our fingers crossed for more Friday Night Lights, but we have to ask this question: exactly what year are Tim Riggins and Tyra Collette? No way were they the same year as Matt Saracen! And who will keep this show going if the show continues? J.D. McCoy doesn't strike me as a leading man. Speaking of leads, can Minka Kelly really carry a show on her own?

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Apr 01, 2009
Great stuff. Love FNL.


Go Panthers!
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Mar 25, 2009
Great news-- this is one of the best shows on tv, but for some inescapable reason, it never hit the big time in popularity. compelling characters, solid acting, well written, interesting stories that cover all 'types' in high school, and the occasional gripping football scene-- I'm so glad that DirecTV saved it from NBC's stupidity. Not sure how it'll work next year, with so many of the best-loved characters graduating (or already gone) and no set up with suitable replacements (JD? I think not). But if they can find a way to keep the magic, me & my PVR will be there!
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Mar 23, 2009
As long as i can see it in Canada i'll be happy !!
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Mar 19, 2009
Ya except when ur held back you can't play another year because their should be rules in place for certain amount of years of eligibility.
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Mar 17, 2009
Great show. I hope the deal works out.
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Mar 15, 2009
I've just watched season two in the space of three days. I absolutely adore this show. I think it's been hinted at about Tim being kept back, which could explain him being back again.
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Mar 14, 2009
Good news for this show. I dont watch but I love underdogs that still have fight in them.
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Mar 13, 2009
best show on tv, hands down. 318north - do you even watch it? there are many better examples of shows that overstayed their welcome...
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Mar 13, 2009
Really? Haven't they run out of storylines yet? FNL is an example of a show that is (and will) be on too long.
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Mar 13, 2009
Wow this news really brightened up my day :DD I hope it will happen
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Mar 13, 2009
I would love another two seasons. I don't know what story they're going to go with though after watching season 3. I just hope that Matt Saracen is back.
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Mar 13, 2009
The Taylors alone deserve their own show...so yes please 2 seasons should be no problem
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Mar 13, 2009
I like FNL very much. Hope this news is true.
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Mar 13, 2009
Please let this be true! Come on NBC, pick up FNL. On the subject of Riggins and Tyra: both characters have relatively bad GPAs but growing ambitions. Maybe they'll both stick around Dillon High another year to bring up their averages. Come on, it could happen!
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Mar 13, 2009
Good luck to it.
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Mar 13, 2009
I am very happy about this news.
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Mar 13, 2009
PiperPrueLover4 - If you don't like it don't watch it. The show is not all about football if you watched you would know that.
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Mar 13, 2009
Ugh MORE football drama? Lose it.
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Mar 13, 2009
Friday Night Lights is fun to watch, Lyla (played by Minka Kelly) is like my least favorite character so I won't miss her that much. Definetly would be awesome if it continues though,
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Mar 13, 2009
I like the show i watch the movie ones and i love it so... S.O.S SAVE Friday Night Lights!!!!
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Mar 12, 2009
please save this show!! and please keep matt saracen on it somehow! and Minka Kelly as the lead in a new program? I just don't see it...
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