Friday Night Lights Won't Go For it on Fifth Down

Friday Night Lights is coming to an end, and the timing is almost perfect. Producers have opted to end the show after its fifth season, says EW.com, even though most people haven't even seen its fourth season yet.

And though I'm a huge booster of Friday Night Lights and will be sad to see it go, it's a good time to end the show's run. The multi-generational drama has one glaring problem: It focuses on a high-school football team. There are only so many old students for producers to graduate and only so many new players they can bring on before the revolving-door process gets too tired.

Because do we really want to see Dillon High School without Matt Saracen? Do we really want writers to keep Tim Riggins around as a cafeteria worker or something? No, we do not. We care about these characters and want to see them progress in their fake realities rather than stick around their old algebra classrooms for the sake of our viewing pleasure.

Plus, the planned demise of the critically acclaimed show means its excellent cast—led by Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton—can move on to other things. Maybe Chandler and Britton will finally win the Emmy they deserve?

Season 4 is currently airing on DirecTV (no spoilers, please!) and will begin its run on NBC in late April. Season 5 is currently in production and will likely stick to the same schedule as Season 4—that is, airing on DirecTV in the fall and on NBC in spring 2011.

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This was obvious since NBC was bought by a cable company (Comcast). No company is going to make a show to benefit their direct competitor, DirecTV.

The real blessing is they renewed for 2 seasons at the end of season three. If they didn't do that, this season would have been the last.
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Best show on television.
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Tim does know there's no such thing as a "5th down", right?
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I like that the show will know when to wrap things up in the right way. I can't wait for it to come back to NBC from their Direct TV run.
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Degrassi: The Next Generation seems to have no issues with replacing kids and going on.

I'm sure an improvment in ratings might get NBC to "convince" the producers for another season or at least a spinoff. I'm sreu it can get better ratings than the train wreck known as Jay Leno.
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Sad to see it go, but not very surprising- at least they did (well, do I guess) had/have a good run and will be able to tie up story lines nicely. Agreed that we want to see our character progress and evolve- including the ever-clueless and adorable Riggins (I heard he's back in season 4, which stinks b/c I honestly thought Billy knocked some sense into him!).
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I thought it was already canceled as well. At least they can clue up storylines and the series without a cliffhanger.
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I would love to see Kyle Chandler in some other role, he is not only gorgeous but can actually act.
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Huh, I thought this show was cancelled already.
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