'Friday Night Lights' Returns to NBC
'Friday Night Lights' Returns to NBC
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
After spending one season on DirecTV, the critically acclaimed series but poorly rated series Friday Night Lights returns to its original home, NBC.  The peacock network is set to air the 13 episodes that comprise the show's third season, just as it wraps up on DirecTV.  Friday Night Lights, a story about a small-town football team in fictional Dillon, Texas, was one of the victims of the WGA strike, when its second season was cut short.  Renewed for a third season, it premiered on DirecTV's The 101 in October 2008.

In other words, there are more or less 600,000 people who have already seen the finale of Friday Night Lights, yet because of an unprecedented business deal, the subscription satellite provider relinquished its control on the Emmy-winning series to its original home.  An average of 6.2 million viewers tuned in on Friday Night Light's sophomore season on NBC.
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"This is the truth: I feel positive about this show continuing," he said.  "I feel like the show is building momentum.  I'm noticing a lot of people mentioning that they found the show on DVD," says show runner Jason Katims, who assures viewers that they will be “fine” with the move.

Its third season aired its first episode “I Knew You When” October 1 last year on DirecTV and its season finale “Tomorrow Blues” just last Wednesday.  The season premiere, meanwhile, will air tonight 9pm on NBC, while the finale will air sometime in April.  Picking up after its sophomore run, in the opener, Eric (Kyle Chandler) fights to keep his job and helps Smash (Gaius Charles) rebound.  Meanwhile, Tami (Connie Britton) faces new challenges as principal as she starts making decisions that don't bode well with the school's football franchise, while Tyra (Adrienne Palicki) starts fretting over college.  Other things: Billy proposes and tension escalates between Lyla (Minka Kelly) and Riggins (Taylor Kitsch).

- Glenn Paul Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Los Angeles Times, Mercury News
(Image courtesy of NBC)

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