It seems that the fans' efforts of saving the critically-acclaimed NBC drama, Friday Night Lights
have finally paid off. The show has indeed been renewed for another season, despite consistently being on the bubble. This is good news for most fans who don't mind waiting until 2009 to see the new installment to air on NBC. However, for those who subscribe to DirecTV, you'll be in on a great Friday Night Lights
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NBC Universal and DirecTV have teamed up to bring you Friday Night Lights
later this year through DirecTV's (NYSE: DTV) channel "The 101." Beginning October 1, the NBC drama will be broadcast on the said channel on Friday nights at 9pm Eastern.
"This mutually beneficial agreement shows that we are very flexible in providing additional platforms that will allow quality shows such as Friday Night Lights
to keep turning out wonderful stories," co-chairman of NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios, Marc Graboff said in a statement. "This represents a new business model and DirecTV is the perfect partner for this new venture."
As for those who aren't fortunate enough to have DirecTV in their homes, the 13-episode long installment of Friday Night Lights
is set to air on NBC in 2009, following the network's broadcast of Super Bowl XLIII.
To ease the wait, however, fans can now pre-order their very own copy of Friday Night Lights - The 2nd Season
on DVD, which hits retail stores On April 22, just 18 days away! Following previous reports about the release of the DVD, Universal announced early last month that the release date is indeed final, and that fans could purchase the disc for the low price of $29.98. The video, which is in Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1), audio, is listed as English, with English SDH subtitles as well.
Fans will be treated to four discs worth of FNL
goodies, with the following extras included: "Last Days of Summer", an audio commentary with Executive Producer Jason Katims and Co-Executive Producer Jeffrey Reiner, "Are You Ready for Friday Night," an audio commentary with stars Connie Britton
and Aimee Teegarden
, "There Goes the Neighborhood," an audio commentary with stars Jesse Plemmons
and Adrienne Palicki
, a bunch of deleted scenes, and a documentation of the Friday Night Lights
cast and producers at the Paley Festival in Los Angeles.
In other FNL
news, Adrienne Palicki, who plays Tyra Collete in the series, is set to star in the big screen alongside Grey's Anatomy
star Kate Walsh, Dennis Quaid (Vantage Point) and Paul Bettany in the Screen Gems thriller, Legion. The film, which is the feature directing debut of Scott Stewart, follows the apocalyptic story of archangel Michael, who desperately tries to save the world from an angry God, after he loses faith in mankind. The fate of the world lies in the hands of a group of strangers tasked to deliver a baby, who they later discover is Jesus Christ in his second coming. Legion co-stars Tyrese Gibson, Jon Tenney and Charles S. Dutton, and is set to begin filming in New Mexico soon.
-Valerie Anne del Castillo, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: BizJournals, Variety, TVShowsonDVD
(Photo courtesy of NBC)