Though critically acclaimed and a winner of multiple awards, the football-themed drama Friday Night Lights has had trouble finding its footing since it debuted in 2006. After posting disappointing numbers in its first season, NBC made a bold decision to renew the show for a second season, seemingly with the support of many of the network's higher-ups, who happen to be big fans of the show.
However, it doesn't look like that will be the case for a third season. In a brief chat with Radar Online, NBC Entertainment cochairman Ben Silverman gave a grim forecast for the Peabody Award-winning show.
"I love it, you love it," Silverman told Radar. "Unfortunately, no one watches it. That's the thing with shows. People have to watch them. We're NBC, we have a reputation to uphold. And, man, with this writers' strike...well, we'll see what we can ...Read more
In what can only be compared to "The Immaculate Reception" in '72, "The Play" by the 1982 Cal Bears versus Stanford, or "The Escape" by Eli Manning in Super Bowl XLII, NBC has reportedly pulled off "The Renewal."
Bubble show Friday Night Lights will be back for a third season, according to Hollywood insider Nikki Finke of LA Weekly. The show, thought to be an underdog for a pickup because of low ratings (even NBC Entertainment exec and professed FNL superfan Ben Silverman didn't give it much of a chance), was saved by NBC and an unlikely source: DirecTV.
It was previously reported that NBC was trying to recruit help to keep the critically acclaimed show on the air, asking other networks to help foot the drama's bill and share broadcast rights ...Read more
Friday Night Lights is frequently lauded by many as one of television's best dramas. The NBC show follows the on- and off-field happenings of the Dillon Panthers, a fictional high school football team, and the sports-crazy small town that embraces them. The high-tension drama seems to have broken the fourth wall and followed the show not only off-field, but also off-set.
While Friday Night Lights racks up trophies, continues to awe critics, and is a favorite of NBC executives, it's still missing the most important thing for a show to be a prime-time success--good ratings. Without enough eyeballs watching the show on a regular basis, Friday Night Lights is looking like this year's wrongful cancellation.
In fact, it was one of those NBC execs who himself admitted that things were looking bleak for the drama. Ben Silverman, cochairman of NBC Entertainment, was quoted as bluntly saying, "Unfortunately ...Read more
It was fourth and very long for the NBC series Friday Night Lights, but it appears as though a desperation pass has been caught and the chains are moving.
NBC has approved a second season of the well-received high school football drama and is expected to announce the news shortly, according to Variety. Friday Night Lights is a darling of critics, but its renewal was in question because of disappointing ratings.
The show follows a high school football coach, played by Kyle Chadler (Early Edition, Tour of Duty), as he takes his team toward the championship. Friday Night Lights debuted on October 3, 2006.
In the small town of Dillon, Texas, football is everything. The team to beat is the Panthers, who are coached by newbie Eric Taylor. Coming back after winning the State Championship, the Panthers will need all the help they can get once the next football season arrives, amidst all the personal dramas and injuries. This series is based on the book and movie Friday Night Lights. Season two of Friday Night Lights was cut from twenty two to just fifteen completed episodes because of the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike. In order to save the show and produce a new season, DirecTV stepped up and will air new episodes of season three on DirecTV's "The 101" during the fall, and then they will premiere during the winter on NBC. Both seasons can be found on DVD, as well as repeats on Bravo.moreless