Friday Night Lights
kicked off its third season back in October, but unless you have DirecTV you probably haven't had a chance to see it. NBC signed a deal with the satellite provider earlier this year, allowing them to premiere all 13 season 3 episodes in exchange for a hefty bundle of cash. The deal helped keep Friday Night Lights
alive for another year, but it's also inconvenienced fans who have been waiting months to take another trip to Dillon, Texas.
According to Kristin at E!Online
, the wait for season 3 is nearly over. NBC has finally announced when those without DirecTV will get to see the new season, and it's a little bit sooner than expected.
Friday Night Lights
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will return to NBC on Friday, January 16 at 9pm. That's the same time slot the show occupied in its second season, where it pulled in about six million viewers a week. The series is currently airing Wednesdays at 9pm on DirecTV, which I personally find to be a much more convenient time slot. There's no word yet on whether NBC will edit the season 3 premiere, which ran about ten minutes longer than regular episodes. If so, FNL
fans may have to wait until the DVD release to see that wonderful installment in its entirety.
For those who have yet to see season 3, I'm happy to say you won't be disappointed. I'm one of the few people who enjoyed the more melodramatic second season, but the latest episodes have steered clear of murder subplots and crazy drug dealers. The show is back to doing what it does best, which is tell relatable stories about realistic, down to earth people. The new season has tackled issues ranging from overbearing parents to school district budgetary problems, and has done so with the type of subtlety that has made Friday Night Lights
If you can't wait to find out what happens in season 3 of Friday Night Lights
, you can check out our episode guide
, which has descriptions of every installment to date.
- Don Williams, BuddyTV Staff Writer
(Image courtesy of NBC)