Articles for Friday Night Lights Season 3

One of the best shows on television is returning tonight, but people who don‘t have the DirecTV satellite service won‘t be able to watch it.  Friday Night Lights, the critically beloved, criminally low-rated football drama, kicks off its third season at 9pm on The 101 channel, which is only available to DirecTV subscribers.  The first two seasons of the series aired exclusively on NBC, but to keep the show alive and help alleviate costs, the network made a deal with the satellite provider that allows them to air season 3 months before it airs on network television.Friday Night Lights executive producer Jason Katims recently spoke to the Los Angeles Times about the new season, and he‘s hoping that fans without the satellite service will resist downloading the show illegally.  "Obviously, my first choice, if at all possible, is for people to get DirecTV to see the show sooner rather than later," Katims said.  "If that‘s not possible, I really do think it‘s worth the wait." Read more »
Season 3 of Friday Night Lights premiered last night on DirecTV, meaning many fans of the football drama were unable to watch. The episodes of Friday Night Lights season 3 won‘t be available to the mainstream audience until February, when they air on NBC. For now, the options are getting DirecTV, waiting, or downloading the episodes online, though that last one is illegal.Season 3 started off with a two-minute rundown of everything that‘s every happened on the show, from Jason Street‘s paralyzing accident in the pilot to Smash Williams‘ suspension in the season 2 finale. Read more »
It was a wonderful treat to return to Dillon, Texas during last week‘s season 3 premiere of Friday Night Lights.  The episode jumped ahead to the start of the new football season and reintroduced us to all of our favorite characters.  Tim and Lyla are now happily dating, Tami is principal of Dillon High, Smash is dealing with a knee injury, Matt is feeling threatened by a hotshot new quarterback named J.D. McCoy, and Tyra is doing everything she can to make it into a decent college.  As great as it is to see Tami (Connie Britton) in a leadership role, her first major decision as principal didn‘t go over so well.  Her choice to reallocate JumboTron funds to the academic department has serious repercussions in the second episode of season 3. Read more »
With Friday Night Lights premiering on a satellite television channel, its levels of success have notably changed.  The critically acclaimed drama got its start on NBC four years ago, and this time made its debut on DirecTV last Wednesday.  It already had a rather sufficient audience on the network, but moving to DirecTV received less viewers.  Two seasons on NBC got Friday Night Lights a moderate amount of watchers, receiving 6.2 million viewers on average.  This was said to be a relatively low rating for a broadcast station, so they decided to do something about it.  When the series debuted on DirecTV, it reached an exponentially smaller audience of 400,000.  One reason for this is that the satellite universe is also particularly diminutive.  DirecTV counts about 17.1 million subscribers, as compared to NBC reaching more than 100 million homes. Read more »
Friday Night Lights NewsFriday Night Lights Episode 3.2 Recap*NEW* Friday Night Lights Photos*NEW* Friday Night Lights TriviaFriday Night Lights kicked off its third season exclusively on DirecTV last week, and the new episode easily proved that the drama is still at the top of its game.  The premiere had all the emotion and touching character moments that fans have come to expect from the series, and also laid the groundwork for the show to explore the important budgetary issues that many schools face.  Watching the episode made me even more thankful that NBC renewed the series for a third season, even if the DirecTV deal inconveniences some viewers.As fantastic as the episode was, the thing that will interest many Friday Night Lights fans is how the premiere did in the ratings.  Read on to find out if DirecTV is happy with the numbers the series pulled in. Read more »
The football season has already begun, and the characters on Friday Night Lights are up against another plight.  Tonight, the series features “How the Other Half Lives,” where people‘s sense of trust and security in relationships are tested.  It‘s not going to be easy, but that‘s probably why audiences sit back and watch the action in Dillon, Texas.  In “How the Other Half Lives,” we see how Eric (Kyle Chandler) frets over his job security.  He begins to wonder how long he will last, or if he‘s really suited for it or not.  Also, Dillon High‘s new principal Tami (Connie Britton) tries to befriend a newcomer.  She extends a hand to Katie McCoy (Janine Turner), mother to J.D. McCoy.  Read more »
The relationship between Lyla Garrity and Tim Riggins is one of the most interesting developments in season 3 of Friday Night Lights.  The two have always had a complicated love-hate rapport with one another, but now that they‘re coupled they seem like a perfect match.  Lyla helps Tim rein in his wild side, and in return he helps her lighten up a bit.  I‘m keeping my fingers crossed that they make it in the long run.Much like her television character, actress Minka Kelly has also found herself in an interesting new relationship.  The Friday Night Lights star has previously been romantically involved with Donald Faison, Chris Evans and John Mayer, and now it seems she‘s moved on to New York Yankees‘ shortstop Derek Jeter.  The two were photographed together at the University of Texas football game on Saturday night, and they looked "together and happy," according to People magazine. Read more »
Fans were worried when it was first announced that Scott Porter and Gaius Charles would be leaving Friday Night Lights during its third season.  The characters of Jason Street and Smash Williams have been integral to the series since its pilot episode, and many people wondered if their arcs would wrap up in a satisfying manner.  Porter won‘t return to resolve his character‘s baby mama drama until later in season 3, but tomorrow night‘s episode does mark the final appearance of Gaius Charles.  As a huge fan of the show, I think that Smash‘s final episodes have been wonderfully handled.  His send-off is bound to be one of the more emotionally powerful moments in Friday Night Lights history.To get fans ready to say goodbye to Smash, E!Online visited the set to speak with the cast about Charles‘ departure. Read more »
This season of Friday Night Lights has truly pitted the Taylor family against the town of Dillon.  Eric has been under pressure to replace Matt with the supposedly great new quarterback J.D. McCoy, while Tami has clashed with everyone from Buddy to the mayor over her decision to use the JumboTron funds for academics.  Also in last week‘s episode, Tim failed to impress Joe McCoy at a fancy dinner party, Matt and Julie started talking again, Tyra became student body president, and Matt visited his mom for the first time in years.On this week‘s episode of Friday Night Lights, the annual football BBQ causes lots of tension for the Taylor family. Read more »
Last week‘s episode of Friday Night Lights found the Taylors mixing it up with the filthy rich.  Tami was thrilled when Katie McCoy offered to host the barbecue for the football players, but the event also allowed Joe to corner Eric about putting his son on the field.  The idea became a little more tempting for the coach after Matt failed to impress at the big game.  Off the field, Tim helped Billy steal some copper wire that he plans to sell for a bundle of cash.  Knowing Billy, that get-rich-quick scheme is going to backfire in a big way.It‘s time to say goodbye to Smash on this week‘s Friday Night Lights.  Will he finally achieve his dream of playing for Texas A&M, or is the Alamo Freeze all that awaits in his future? Read more »
Last week‘s episode of Friday Night Lights was one of the more emotional hours in the show‘s history.  It marked the first time fans had to say goodbye to one of the original characters, as Smash (Gaius Charles) left town to focus on his future.  The episode wrapped up Smash‘s storyline perfectly, but it was still sad to see him go.  Dillon, Texas just won‘t be the same without him.Smash may be gone, but tonight‘s episode of Friday Night Lights marks the long-awaited return of Jason Street.  Scott Porter will appear on four episodes of the series to wrap up Jason‘s arc and send the character off in a new direction. Read more »
We were forced to say goodbye to Smash (Gaius Charles) during last week‘s Friday Night Lights, but that wasn‘t the only emotional part of the episode.  Landry had his heart broken by Tyra, who fell for a hunky rodeo stud named Cash, and Matt had to deal with hotshot new quarterback J.D. McCoy.  Proving that things aren‘t any easier for the adults in Dillon, Tami struggled to stand up for her decision regarding the JumboTron. In the end, she had to accept defeat and allow Buddy to have his giant scoreboard.This week on Friday Night Lights, Jason and Herc try to buy a house with the Riggins boys, and Eric finally decides between Matt and J.D. Read more »
The wonderful thing about Friday Night Lights is that every character on the show feels completely authentic.  The citizens of Dillon, Texas may be fictional, but their struggles are so realistic that it‘s impossible not to relate to them.  One character who fans have long felt a connection with is perpetual underdog Matt Saracen, played by Zach Gilford.  Recent episodes of the series have found Matt dealing with the addition of new quarterback J.D. McCoy, who arrived in Dillon and immediately amazed the town with his skills on the field.  Much like in season 1, Matt has found himself trying to impress a town that‘s eager to write him off as a nobody.In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Gilford spoke about his future on Friday Night Lights, as well as his problems with the controversial second season of the series. Read more »
BuddyTV picks the top 15 places to grab a bite with our favorite TV restaurants.<<PREVIOUS     |     NEXT>>It‘s after school and you just want an ice cream sundae with jimmies served by one of your high school‘s cute football stars. The Alamo Freeze in Dillon, Texas is your place, and if you‘re cute enough, a little flirting can even get you some free dessert. The paper hats may be silly, but the food is just right. Read more »
Last week‘s episode of Friday Night Lights caught us up with the not-so-awesome life of Jason Street.  Whereas Smash has gone off to college and achieved great success after graduating, Jason is stuck working at the car dealership and struggling to provide for his baby.  After failing to adjust to life in Dillon, Emma decided to take baby Noah back east to live with her family. Aside from that drama, Eric decided to make J.D. the star quarterback, much to Matt‘s dismay.This week on Friday Night Lights, we learn that life isn‘t all peaches and cream for J.D. McCoy, even if he is known for having the best bare backside in Dillon. Read more »
It was announced months ago that both Scott Porter and Gaius Charles would be leaving Friday Night Lights during its third season, but that hasn‘t made saying goodbye to their characters any easier.  The final episode featuring Smash packed an emotional wallop that left many fans in tears, and it‘s likely next week‘s send-off for Jason Street will have the same effect.  As hard as it is to say goodbye, it‘s nice that FNL is taking the time to bid a proper farewell to two of its most important characters.In a recent interview with TV Guide, Scott Porter discussed his feelings on leaving Friday Night Lights, and also opened up about his emotional final day of filming. Read more »
Last week‘s episode of Friday Night Lights gave us our first real glimpse into the not-so-charmed life of J.D. McCoy.  The kid wants to fit in with his fellow Panthers, but the fact that his dad is a Football Nazi makes socializing impossible.  While Tim showed J.D. how to have a drunken good time in Dillon, Matt (Zach Gilford) and Julie spent a night on the beach that may or may not have ended with sex.  In addition to those romantic shenanigans, Landry met a pixieish guitar player named Devon, and Tyra discovered that Cash has a delusional stalker.  Maybe she can give him advice on how to kill someone and hide the body.This week on Friday Night Lights, Landry learns some surprising news about Devon, and Jason makes a major decision regarding his future. Read more »
There are few actresses on television I love more than Connie Britton, who plays the indelible Tami Taylor on Friday Night Lights.  Tami is one of the most complex and fascinating female characters on the air, and Britton brings a level of realism and strength to the role that‘s indispensable.  The actress recently sat down with the Los Angeles Times to discuss season 3 of Friday Night Lights, which is currently airing on DirecTV.  Britton opens up about Tami‘s new position as principal, the difficulty of packing everything into a 13-episode season, and the complicated relationship between Tami and Julie. Read more »
The pilot episode of Friday Night Lights ended with an emotional shocker, when star quarterback Jason Street was horribly injured and paralyzed in the middle of a football game.  The town of Dillon, Texas rallied around their fallen hero, often supporting him as he struggled with his paralysis and the loss of his NFL dreams.  We‘ve watched Jason experience a lot of ups and downs over the past three seasons, but now it seems that he‘s finally finding his path in life.  Tonight‘s new episode, entitled "New York, New York," finds Jason going to the Big Apple to look into a career as a sports agent.  The sure to be emotional installment marks Scott Porter‘s final appearance on the series, so grab some tissues before tuning in tonight. Read more »
With longtime cast members leaving and many other characters preparing to go to college, this season of Friday Night Lights feels like the end.  I hope that‘s not the case, as I don‘t know if I can handle losing FNL, Pushing Daisies and Battlestar Galactica in the same season, but if these do end up being the final episodes at least we can say the show went out on top.  This week‘s Friday Night Lights follows Jason and Tim to New York City, where Jason hopes to land a job as a sports agent.  If you don‘t get a little choked up watching Tim say goodbye to his best friend, it‘s possible you‘re a soulless robot. Read more »
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. Read more »
Has the exodus of Friday Night Lights cast members begun?  Is this a sign that the show‘s long, arduous death march is coming to a close after three tumultuous, yet critically-acclaimed seasons?  Aimee Teegarden, the adorable teen who plays Julie Taylor, progeny of Coach Eric Taylor and his lovely wife Tami, has signed for an appearance on the CW‘s 90210.  Teegarden will play a girl named Rhonda, who crosses paths with Ethan Ward, current boyfriend of de facto lead character Annie Wilson on 90210. As of now, Teegarden has signed on for one lonely episode, but there‘s always the possibility for more.  Can we read anything into the future of Friday Night Lights given this news?  Read more »
Previously on Friday Night Lights, we were forced to say goodbye to Jason Street (Scott Porter), who landed a job as a sports agent and moved to New Jersey to live with Erin and baby Noah.  Tim‘s farewell to his best friend was heart-wrenching enough to make the most hardened cynic shed a tear, but that wasn‘t the last emotional moment for Riggins.  This week‘s episode finds Lyla battling it out with her boyfriend over his plans for the future.  Will Tim find the ambition needed to get into a good college, or is he destined to chug beers at The Landing Strip for the rest of his life? Read more »
The year is almost over, and BuddyTV wants to know which shows were your absolute favorites from 2008. We have a huge Showdown featuring 48 of the top shows of the year, from reality staples like American Idol to smash hits like CSI. You can vote for your favorite cult shows like Supernatural, or a small comedy like It‘s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.  We have shows still going strong like Grey‘s Anatomy and shows canceled before their time like Jericho.VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE SHOW OF 2008>> Read more »
BuddyTV‘s running a special feature on all of the wonderfully unique families on TV. Within the feature, there‘s a chance to win a flat-screen TV as well as a couple of Showtime prize packages with DVD sets for Dexter season 2, Penn & Teller: BS! season 5, Californication season 1, The L Word season 5, and The Tudors season 1. TV families always seem to be more interesting than our own. In fact, they‘re never normal. At one point or another, we‘ll all wished to be a part of some imaginary clan. Something deep inside draws us to the craziness, the tenderness or the drama. So we salute all these unique TV families. Read more »
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. Read more »
College admissions time—it‘s a stressful time for any high school senior. It‘s also a time when you‘re forced to make choices that will change the course of your entire life. On last night‘s episode, “You‘ve Got Yale,” Blair, Serena and Dan all grapple with big anxieties about the changes that go along with college: Blair‘s got a case of Senioritis (and a tad of an entitlement issue) that threaten her dead-set hopes on Yale, Serena tries to decide which Ivy is the best fit for her, and she and Dan both worry about how choosing different colleges will affect—or possibly end—their relationship. Read more »
Although Friday Night Lights is considered an acclaimed series that has defied many expectations of what a football-themed drama would be, it hasn‘t really captured sufficient numbers to earn itself a sturdy spot on NBC‘s slate. And that‘s a reality lead star Kyle Chandler is dealing with right now. Like most fans, Chandler, who plays football coach Eric Taylor, is concerned about the future of Friday Night Lights since the series has grown close to his heart.  The show is also different from any other project he‘s worked on.  On the other hand, the 43-year-old actor is no stranger to anxiety given that series has been on thin ice since the beginning. Read more »
This season of Friday Night Lights has truly pitted the Taylor family against the town of Dillon.  Eric has been under pressure to replace Matt with the supposedly great new quarterback J.D. McCoy, while Tami has clashed with everyone from Buddy to the mayor over her decision to use the JumboTron funds for academics.  Also in last week‘s episode, Tim failed to impress Joe McCoy at a fancy dinner party, Matt and Julie started talking again, Tyra became student body president, and Matt visited his mom for the first time in years.On this week‘s episode of Friday Night Lights, the annual football BBQ causes lots of tension for the Taylor family. Read more »
Now I understand why organizing big barbeques can be stressful.Friday Night Lights resumes its arguably long-delayed free-to-air television run this Friday, but before we talk about that, I‘d like to return to what happened last week.  You know, that feeling of being surrounded by almost everybody else? Eric (Kyle Chandler) is under pressure to replace Matt (Zach Gilford) with this supposedly great quarterback.  Everywhere you go, you get all these feelers, and then they start infiltrating even the most sacrosanct of events: the annual Panthers barbeque.  Everything seems to go fine, but you know he‘s uncomfortable, and then it happens: on that week‘s game, the Panthers lose, thanks to Matt‘s fumble.  Eeek. Read more »
Last week‘s episode of Friday Night Lights found the Taylors mixing it up with the filthy rich.  Tami was thrilled when Katie McCoy offered to host the barbecue for the football players, but the event also allowed Joe to corner Eric about putting his son on the field.  The idea became a little more tempting for the coach after Matt failed to impress at the big game.  Off the field, Tim helped Billy steal some copper wire that he plans to sell for a bundle of cash.  Knowing Billy, that get-rich-quick scheme is going to backfire in a big way.It‘s time to say goodbye to Smash on this week‘s Friday Night Lights.  Will he finally achieve his dream of playing for Texas A&M, or is the Alamo Freeze all that awaits in his future? Read more »
So, last night was a blur.  It‘s pretty much a case of everything happened at almost the same point, and then some.Or, it‘s just me.  Perhaps Friday Night Lights somehow overwhelmed me with the idea of people coming in and people going out, which is technically just another perfectly plausible illustration of the reality the show‘s been applauded for.  All at the same time.  Okay.  Let‘s kick off the set-up. Read more »
We were forced to say goodbye to Smash (Gaius Charles) during last week‘s Friday Night Lights, but that wasn‘t the only emotional part of the episode.  Landry had his heart broken by Tyra, who fell for a hunky rodeo stud named Cash, and Matt had to deal with hotshot new quarterback J.D. McCoy.  Proving that things aren‘t any easier for the adults in Dillon, Tami struggled to stand up for her decision regarding the JumboTron. In the end, she had to accept defeat and allow Buddy to have his giant scoreboard.This week on Friday Night Lights, Jason and Herc try to buy a house with the Riggins boys, and Eric finally decides between Matt and J.D. Read more »
Let‘s start with a totally unrelated note, and let me talk about cookies.  Well, this won‘t be long—it‘s just that, well, there was a time when I preferred chocolate chip cookies, and then there was a time when I preferred double chocolate cookies.  (The sugar will kill me, yes.)  In a fit of surrealism, I wondered about what the chocolate chips feel when I gobble up the double chocolates.  Do they feel bad or anything? A nd is the double chocolate any happier about its favorite status?Insert forced segue to tonight‘s episode of Friday Night Lights, in which we finally train the spotlight on that purported star quarterback J.D. McCoy (Jeremy Sumpter).  The past few episodes, we‘ve seen his parents talk him up so much, and when Eric (Kyle Chandler) finally decides to try him out, things have become a little more complicated.  There‘s the problem of making him work with the team, compromising on what‘s already established while making sure the team makes the most out of everything.  There‘s Matt (Zach Gilford), the former star of the team, who‘s trying to console himself last week, saying that his half-gone star status is really supposed to be temporary. Read more »
Last week‘s episode of Friday Night Lights caught us up with the not-so-awesome life of Jason Street.  Whereas Smash has gone off to college and achieved great success after graduating, Jason is stuck working at the car dealership and struggling to provide for his baby.  After failing to adjust to life in Dillon, Emma decided to take baby Noah back east to live with her family. Aside from that drama, Eric decided to make J.D. the star quarterback, much to Matt‘s dismay.This week on Friday Night Lights, we learn that life isn‘t all peaches and cream for J.D. McCoy, even if he is known for having the best bare backside in Dillon. Read more »
Man, did J.D. McCoy (Jeremy Sumpter) get it.  Yes, I knew he’d have to go through these painful (in perspectives) rituals just to be accepted, at least further, by the rest of the school, and in effect, the rest of the community.  But I guess the expectations—the way his dad set him up as this über-marvelous quarterback—was too much, and so we were treated to J.D. having to do too much, and get himself into deep waters.  Pretty deep.But last week’s Friday Night Lights wasn’t just about him running around naked, or him getting drunk after being taunted for running around naked.  There’s Jason (Scott Porter) finally feeling bad about the way things have gone for him.  There’s the Tyra (Adrienne Palicki) and Cash (Zach Roerig) story—whoops, he’s got a kid, but he explains that it can’t be possible, since he met the girl five years ago, and the kid is probably two years old, so okay, everything’s a little bit better.  There’s Landry (Jesse Plemons) trying to get over Tyra, not knowing what’s happening on the other side of the coin.  Wait, are we forgetting someone?  Oh, yeah, there’s this partly sidelined quarterback named Matt Saracen (Zach Gilford). Read more »
Last week‘s episode of Friday Night Lights gave us our first real glimpse into the not-so-charmed life of J.D. McCoy.  The kid wants to fit in with his fellow Panthers, but the fact that his dad is a Football Nazi makes socializing impossible.  While Tim showed J.D. how to have a drunken good time in Dillon, Matt (Zach Gilford) and Julie spent a night on the beach that may or may not have ended with sex.  In addition to those romantic shenanigans, Landry met a pixieish guitar player named Devon, and Tyra discovered that Cash has a delusional stalker.  Maybe she can give him advice on how to kill someone and hide the body.This week on Friday Night Lights, Landry learns some surprising news about Devon, and Jason makes a major decision regarding his future. Read more »
I am going to get very, very annoyed at Friday Night Lights‘ Joe McCoy.   Look, sir, your son, as you claim, is the greatest quarterback ever. I don‘t have any qualms about that.   But please, sir, let him be!  Like everybody else, he has to make mistakes and look foolish once in a while.  (Streak!)   One needs to let go just a little bit just to ease into a new environment, and that‘s what your son is doing.  Instead, you act all weird, doing this thing at the church, and then, during that crucial game, you start asking too much from him.  He delivers, but where are you, sir?I don‘t know.   Must be my sense of whatever resembles family values kicking in. I absolutely couldn‘t wrap my finger around that.  I understand Jamarcus‘ parents, their abrupt decision to pull their son out of the Panthers when they find out he‘s actually part of the team.  There‘s a fine line between freaking out and freaking out too much.  Sir, I hope you know what to do. Read more »
With longtime cast members leaving and many other characters preparing to go to college, this season of Friday Night Lights feels like the end.  I hope that‘s not the case, as I don‘t know if I can handle losing FNL, Pushing Daisies and Battlestar Galactica in the same season, but if these do end up being the final episodes at least we can say the show went out on top.  This week‘s Friday Night Lights follows Jason and Tim to New York City, where Jason hopes to land a job as a sports agent.  If you don‘t get a little choked up watching Tim say goodbye to his best friend, it‘s possible you‘re a soulless robot. Read more »
An NBC insider spilled the beans to Michael Ausiello that the studio is “"actively looking at ways to keep FNL going." The first step to keeping a series around is having the network executives behind it and it looks like the folks are still on Coach Taylor‘s team. So much so that it seems NBC and DirecTV might only be able to seal the deal if they secure two more seasons. That‘s right, two more seasons of Friday Night Lights!This last season, NBC and DirecTV have tried out a unique shared-window experiment with Friday Night Lights. The numbers must‘ve been good if they are considering pursuing this option again. Ausiello reports another NBC source revealed, "We‘re very optimistic a deal will be worked out." Read more »
Yesterday, we were all there to see Jason (Scott Porter) say goodbye to Friday Night Lights.  Toodles, Dillon, and hello, New York City, let me find a way to make it all up to my family.   While I‘m slightly wondering about his chances of making it as a sports agent in the city—a part of me still goes, how the heck?—but as some say, if there‘s a will, there‘s a way.   And he‘s made it, complete with the tearjerkers that surprisingly have moved me, a guy who wouldn‘t otherwise shed tears because of a television series.  Or maybe because we‘ll miss those weird funny moments—Gypsy, yeah—that we‘ve seen from them over the past weeks.All good things must come to an end, though.   Last week, it was Jason‘s turn. Read more »
Previously on Friday Night Lights, we were forced to say goodbye to Jason Street (Scott Porter), who landed a job as a sports agent and moved to New Jersey to live with Erin and baby Noah.  Tim‘s farewell to his best friend was heart-wrenching enough to make the most hardened cynic shed a tear, but that wasn‘t the last emotional moment for Riggins.  This week‘s episode finds Lyla battling it out with her boyfriend over his plans for the future.  Will Tim find the ambition needed to get into a good college, or is he destined to chug beers at The Landing Strip for the rest of his life? Read more »
Much like the Dillon Panthers themselves, Friday Night Lights is often thought of as an underdog.  The series has never earned stellar ratings or any major Emmy nominations, yet it‘s survived three seasons simply because it‘s one of the best shows on television.  Season 3 of the series kicked off October 1 on DirecTV, but won‘t be airing on NBC until early 2009.  The scheduling may inconvenience some FNL fans, but the DirecTV deal was necessary to keep the Dillon Panthers on the field for another year.If you missed an episode of FNL‘s third season or simply want to know what to expect when it returns to NBC, check out our episode guide below. Read more »
Today‘s forced topic to ponder on is attention—to be exact, the way we react differently when given that.  There‘s a pair of eyes looking at you for an extended period of time, or there‘s a bulky camera that takes many photos of you, for tossing in rapid speed to somewhere in the world.  How do you react?It was a little funny for me to watch how the Dillon Panthers skirted with the sudden attention in last week‘s episode of Friday Night Lights.  They were, after all, one-half of a nationally-televised game—and the perfect way to pressure a team that‘s playing a crucial playoff game.  Things are still serious outside the field—efforts are still swinging in place—and then, the announcement comes that the entire thing will be televised, and the next thing we know, everybody‘s celebrating.  What does it change?  Well, apart from your chances at making it big, nothing much. Read more »
Last week on Friday Night Lights, Tyra (Adrianne Palicki) finally ditches Cash with the help of Eric (Kyle Chandler) and Tami (Connie Britton). Riggins (Taylor Kitsch) decided he was finally going to take his future seriously and decides to go to San Antonio State. Matt Saracen (Zach Gilford) becomes the hero of the minute, which excited both Lorraine and Shelby. The Riggins boys are happy with both Lyla (Minka Kelly) and Mindy and we‘ll see if that lasts.Tyra finally realizes that her little expedition might impede her chances of getting into college. She complains to Julie about it and Julie suggests that she gets Landry (Jesse Plemons) to help her study. Maybe her studying will be affected by Madison‘s little “My parents are gone so let‘s get irresponsible” soiree. JD McCoy shows up at the party and Madison takes an interest in him. Too bad he doesn‘t drink because that had drunken hook up written all over it Read more »
On Friday Night Lights—regardless of whether you‘ve seen it earlier on DirecTV, or are just catching up now on NBC, like I am—we know Adrianne Palicki‘s Tyra as one who‘s made a few stumbly decisions, regarding her relationship (or whatever‘s left of it) with Landry (Jesse Plemons), her entertaining Cash, and her decision to ditch college to follow him, which has left me willing to shake that television even more, as I‘ve constantly mentioned during the episode previews.   That‘s all I‘ve got to say about the character, really.And that paragraph was a terrible introduction to news that Palicki has suited herself up for a guest role in CSI: Miami.  Yup, it seems the actress—note, it‘s Adrianne, not Tyra—will skip small-town Dillon for the sunshine beaches in Miami.  Entertainment Weekly‘s Michael Ausiello reports that Palicki will appear in an episode to air in the later part of next month as Marissa, one of thirteen contestants in a competition a la The Bachelor.  (No, I don‘t believe this guy will retract his proposal to the winner and commit to the runner-up, like what happened to the actual show earlier this month.) Read more »
A couple of weeks back, we learned that NBC and DirecTV are getting closer to renewing Friday Night Lights for another season—or, as it turns out, two.  Despite potential problems with the availability of some members of the cast and the crew, both parties were positive that a deal will be reached, and we‘ll be watching the folks at Dillon get it right for another two years.Now, Entertainment Weekly‘s Michael Ausiello reports that a renewal deal will be announced any time now—which means, yes, it seems both parties have agreed to the two-season condition, and it looks like we will really be watching the Panthers for 26 more episodes.  But there are a couple of catches: we might not see much of either Adrianne Palicki, or Minka Kelly. Read more »
Everything‘s starting to come full circle on Friday Night Lights, so let me ramble about what happened last week.  This could sound a bit like a political speech—a four-point program, when all I mean is my take on four stories in last week‘s episode.  To make it a bit more complicated, I sorted them by degree of severity.Number one: J.D. is attracted to a certain Madison.  Nah, no one should ever get in the way of love, or at least whatever poses as it—unless, of course, if it‘s either one of the two parties involved.  (I should stop here.  I feel bad for myself and my sucky love life.)  Anyway, here comes his football-bent dad, telling him to stop his attempts to date, thinking he should stop chasing “skirts” (funny) and he should focus on his game (so High School Musical).  Mr. McCoy, do you have frustrations?  Oh, and then JD sneaks out to meet the girl. Read more »
Last week on Friday Night Lights, JD McCoy defies his dad and sneaks out to see Madison, Lyla’s father gambled away her college savings on a bad investment, Tyra gets Landry to help her study for the SAT then returns the favor by getting his band a gig at the local bar, and Coach Taylor caught Julie and Matt sleeping together.This week, Tyra’s (Adrianne Palicki) helping Mindy and Billy set up their wedding registry and is planning the bridal shower despite her SAT woes. She recently took the test but thinks she didn’t do as well as she needed to. Mindy wants her bridal shower to be classy so she asks Tyra to plan a “tea." Read more »
This week on Friday Night Lights, the central themes of the series (family, duty and personal achievement) shone through brighter than ever in some story lines, while other story lines seemed to cross the road into the realm of darkness. While some characters displayed joy and love or an admirable sense of duty, other characters lied, fought and betrayed one another.This week’s beacon of hope doesn’t come from Tami and Eric as it normally does. No, instead, Tim Riggins gets the man of the week award for his love and care of Lyla. Not only does he tenderly give her some space but he also does whatever he can to give her hope and happiness again. Knowing that talking to Buddy would not help her in any way, he asked Buddy to wait for Lyla to come to him. When her depression continues, he takes her to her family church in the hopes of the gospel bringing her some joy like it used to. The best moments, by far, where when you could tell that Tim has changed for the better Read more »
After months of speculation, it can finally be said: Friday Night Lights is returning for two seasons.   Not just one, but two.NBC and DirecTV have finalized a deal, with the network ordering two 13-episode seasons of the critically acclaimed yet ratings-challenged drama about a high school football team in Dillon, Texas.  As with the current season, the series will premiere first on DirecTV, with NBC showing the new episodes much later—a decision made earlier when the network sought to co-produce the series after it faced cancellation prospects. Read more »
Not after a long, inevitable goodbye that‘s got to happen but still managed to pull off a handful of tearjerkers when it happened—turns out, we don‘t have to say goodbye to Jason Street for that long.After departing the set of Friday Night Lights, Scott Porter scored himself a role in Masterwork, the latest pilot from Prison Break creator Paul Scheuring.   We‘ve tackled this before—the show‘s story is a pretty ambitious one, once described as a globe-trotting adventure where the main characters race against time to recover the world‘s most precious artifacts. Read more »
Let me begin this preview with an apology to you, whoever may be reading this, for I will intentionally forget anything else that happened in last week‘s episode of Friday Night Lights.  I fully understand that everybody has a part, but I am beginning to verge on frustrated about how Joe McCoy is dealing with his son J.D.  I‘m trying my best not to start screaming here—as if you can hear written screams……at least I‘ve gotten over hitting Tyra (Adrianne Palicki) for her wrong decisions a few episodes back. I‘m happy to say that she is back on track, seemingly.  But, Mr. McCoy—and I‘m fully aware I‘ve complained about this before, but Mr. McCoy, what exactly are you up to?  You pimp your son as if he‘s the next best thing, all right, and then when he decides to handle his intuition you begin to complain that he‘s not doing things right.  I said this a few weeks ago, and I‘ll say this again: you‘ve got frustrations. Read more »
Friday Night Lights may have been renewed for two more seasons—well, if you look at it another way, a full season split into two 13-episode chunks—but the show may look totally different than what you’re used to.  Yeah, we’ve heard a handful of details: before and after the news of the renewal were floated, there have been rumors that both Minka Kelly and Adrianne Palicki will not be returning to the show full time, instead being given multi-episode story arcs to bid their characters goodbye.  Throw in the departures of both Street (Scott Porter) and Smash (Gaius Charles), and that’s four people saying goodbye to Dillon.What about Matt (Zach Gilford)?  If you’ve been following this season, you very well know that most of the folks at Dillon High are pondering their futures as they graduate, which is why we’ve had so many rumors about this.  Matt is no exception: the (former?) star quarterback of the Panthers has also been considering his future in recent episodes, and provided that his efforts are successful, he could be going anytime soon.  Or will he? Read more »
Last week on Friday Night Lights, things between Joe McCoy and JD finally exploded. Mrs. McCoy and her son are currently staying at the Taylor’s house. Oh, and there’s a little thing called the state championships looming on the horizon.At the pep rally before the state championship game, Tami’s (Connie Britton) told she has to call child protective services on the McCoys. Obviously, it’s a rule and a responsibility but after helping out JD and Katie, she doesn’t want to do it. Evidently, Eric (Kyle Chandler) is under the same mandate to report the incident. He offers to be the one to do it but Tami says she needs to be the one to take care of it. Read more »
This Friday is the season finale of the third season of Friday Night Lights. Thankfully, we still have two more season ahead of us to follow the Dillon gang, although it is uncertain who will be returning and who will be seeking a future outside of Dillon, Texas.NBC Official Press Release: Coach Eric Taylor and his wife Tami have faced countless challenges over the course of the last three school years; juggling responsibilities between family, work and pressures from the community, and raising their teenaged daughter, Julie. The past school year brought a wave of change to Dillon, including the arrival of the affluent McCoy family, including Joe and Katie and their freshman son, rising star quarterback J.D. McCoy. The McCoy‘s befriended all the right people in town -- except for Coach Eric Taylor, who felt challenged and threatened by the power they wielded. Coach Taylor and Tami try to quickly recover from Joe McCoy‘s premeditated political play, which forced Coach Taylor out as the Panther‘s head coach. The Taylor‘s now find themselves adjusting to these changes and open to the new possibilities that lay ahead at rival East Dillon High. Read more »
Here we go—Friday Night Lights, the season finale.   And you thought we wouldn’t get this far.  We know this almost didn’t happen, the end of the third season.  Later, we thought this almost happened, the series finale.  While the show has had its shares of critical applause, the ratings just didn’t justify keeping this around—until the networks decided to do just that.  Thirteen episodes later, we’re seeing a season nicely rounded off, with a guarantee that we’ll see them back for at least two more.So, last week.  It was the state championships, and things almost got wrecked when things among the McCoys got a bit too complicated.  And then there’s the Taylors’ decision to intervene, which perhaps wasn’t a good move. Now here’s a line you must toe—either you work for everybody’s benefit, even if it means overstepping the line, or you keep quiet and watch everything self-destruct.  You might actually be hoping for the family turmoil to have a good ending—J.D. is, after all, doing very well until this came up—but sometimes others have to get dragged to the situation.  And, sadly, that’s what happened to the Taylors. Read more »
The Dillon Panthers lost state and it’s six months later. Landry (Jesse Plemons) and Tyra (Adrianne Palicki), Matt (Zach Gilford) and Julie (Aimee Teegarden), and Tim (Taylor Kitsch) and Lyla (Minka Kelly) are all happy as can be. At senior breakfast, Tami (Connie Britton) announces which colleges everyone will be attending and it seems Tyra’s been waitlisted at UT. At the team‘s last practice, Eric (Kyle Chandler) tells everyone JD was announced High School Quarterback of the Year.Coach Taylor’s contract is up for discussion at the school board meeting. Paul gives Tami the option to opt out of the discussion but she refuses. Buddy and Eric go to visit an incoming freshman named Shane. Shane’s parents tell them that Wade Aikman and Joe McCoy have already been to see them. In fact, they were under the impression that Wade was the head coach. It seems Wade and Joe have been actively going after the job. Read more »
We weren‘t here last week, but never mind that--here‘s another round-up of the news that rocked the CSI world off screen, and perhaps on screen, too.  This week, we‘ve got a marriage, a guest star, and a couple of spoilers.  But that‘s what you go here for, right?  Well... we‘ll see.  I must warn you, though.  The spoiler after the jump could ruin the experience. Read more »
NBC unveiled their slate of programs for the 2009-2010 season this morning.  Six new pilots were picked up (two comedies, four dramas).  NBC failed to concoct an actual day-by-day schedule for the Fall - they are expected to release that schedule within a couple of weeks.  Not mentioned during NBC‘s announcement this morning were the likes of Chuck, Medium, My Name is Earl, Law & Order and Life.  Some of those series could get picked up for mid-season.  As of right now, the fall schedule looks filled to the brim, especially when you consider that Jay Leno‘s new show will be taking up five hours of prime-time per week.  For Chuck fans, the wait continues, although the forecast isn‘t terribly bright.  Shows picked up for next season include Parks and Recreation, Southland and Heroes.  NBC has also ordered six more episodes of Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday for the Fall.  Here‘s a rundown of the six new shows from NBC: Read more »
Thanks to its loyal fan base and consistently positive critical reception, football-themed drama Friday Night Lights was among the shows NBC picked up for a full-season order recently, despite its less than stellar ratings.  The show, alongside The Office, 30 Rock, The Biggest Loser, The Celebrity Apprentice, and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, was renewed for a fourth season notwithstanding its average of 4.02 million viewers per episode.  On the other hand, Chuck, which had a slightly better than Lights, is still awaiting word in reference to its future."We‘ll never run out of stories to tell," says Connie Britton, who plays coach Eric‘s wife Tami on the series.  "And they‘re always simple stories.  That‘s why they resonate with people so much." Read more »
Talk about a big break for Friday Night Lights star Taylor Kitsch, at least for the movies.  After a quick turn as Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, he is set to take the much-coveted lead role in the upcoming Disney action flick John Carter from Mars.The film, adapted from Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ book series, will be directed by Andrew Stanton.  This marks his first live-action feature, after working on two of Pixar‘s most acclaimed animated releases, Finding Nemo and last year‘s critical darling WALL-E.  This film revolves around a civil war veteran who finds himself transported to Mars all of a sudden--and ends up being involved in a war between races there. Read more »
Latest Friday Night Lights News>>After watching the season finale of Friday Night Lights, there are a million questions buzzing in my head. Is Matt actually leaving for college? Will Lyla and Tim stay together? Will Landry and Tyra stay together? Will Riggin‘s Rigs be a colossal failure? How will Tim do in college? And the most important question of all: what will it be like to move to East Dillon High?My heart absolutely broke for Eric (Kyle Chandler) as he struggled to keep his job. My heart broke even more knowing he‘d be moved to East High. With the redistricting, all the good football players will be left at Dillon High, meaning Eric won‘t have much of a team next year. He made the Dillon High Panthers what they are today and to have that all ripped from him is a tragedy. Read more »

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