The pass was contested in the air, but ultimately, quality television came down with the ball and we all came out winners. NBC and DirecTV have finally resolved the fate of Friday Night Lights, granting the show a renewal of not one, but two seasons, says Variety.
NBC has released its schedule for January, and for regular viewers of the network (I'm sure there are some of you out there), it will look, for the most part, like an entirely foreign landscape. However, amid all of the one-month vacations for most shows is the earlier-than-expected return of a critics' favorite: Friday Night Lights.
In the pilot episode of NBC's outstanding Friday Night Lights, a small Texas town is awash in hope for the upcoming season of its powerhouse high-school football squad, the Dillon Panthers. At the center of all the attention were two players, running back Brian "Smash" Williams and quarterback Jason Street, who are supposed to bring Dillon another championship. From the way things were looking, it seemed that Friday Night Lights could have easily had been called The Smash and Street Show.
My, how things have changed. Street, played by Scott Porter, and Smash, played by Gaius Charles, began to see their storylines whittled down greatly in season two, and apparently that trend is continuing.
A realistic show--and the gritty Friday Night Lights prides itself on being realistic--about high-school football in a small town is going to lose characters to graduation, college, and the prospects of a better life in ...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
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 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