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'Friday Night Lights' Will Wrap With 2011 Season

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 11th 2010 10:22AM
friday_night_lights_coach_taylor_NBCUnless you've been like able to enjoy the complete fourth season of 'Friday Light Lights' that just wrapped up on DirecTV last night (click here if you don't mind spoilers), you may not get as excited news from Michael Ausiello in Entertainment Weekly that there will be a fifth season of 'Friday Night Lights' to end the run of the award-winning drama series about Texas high school football.

However, you should be ecstatic. Quality TV like 'Friday Night Lights' deserves to be given its due and given the time to complete the stories it's been telling.

So, you can count on the Dillon football teams to mature with new players, the Taylor family to deal with Julie's impending leaving for college while Eric and Tami make it work back home, the Riggins men to face upheaval and a bunch of new characters to continue to fascinate, including Becky, Vince, Jess and Luke.

Here's the only problem for fans of the show who are not DirecTV watchers: Season four will not begin broadcasting on NBC till April 30. Therefore, you have to be patient. You will be rewarded with an excellent set of 13 episodes that were, perhaps, the best program I've seen in 2010 (granted the year is still pretty new).

And then the final fifth season is not going to play on DirecTV, prior to NBC, till 2011. That seems a long way off right now, but television has done this to us before. 'The Sopranos' dragged out the last season, taking time off in between. It didn't change the desire of fans for superb entertainment, and 'Friday Night Lights' has earned to be considered in the same conversation.

Therefore, this is all good. We can appreciate and enjoy season four -- either re-watching it on DirecTV -- or looking forward to NBC's run, knowing that there's still more to come, albeit in 2011.

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dileepa

please bring season 6 fnl please please please please.

June 13 2011 at 12:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tbruno153

One of the BEST shows on right now. Why in the world would they want to cancel it??
It is like watching a first rate movie each week. It is compelling for men and women ( and I have NO interest in football!). The story lines are real; multi-layered and superbly acted. What a damn shame!

May 19 2011 at 10:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kathy

This is, without a doubt, one of the best programs ever made for a TV series. I always feel as if I'm right there on the set with them. They deal with the problems that every family faces and they do it with honesty and true emotions. The coach does a wonderful job with his part in dealing with his family, friends, and the team members. But I also like the fact that they give his wife so much credit also. She's an excellent actress, and her part shows what an intelligent person she is also.

The writing and acting is superb. This is one program we would NEVER miss, even thought we feel it wasn't given a chance from the very beginning. Gee, maybe that's because it wasn't a reality show!! If every program on TV were to become a reality show (which they seem to be turning into) and Friday Night Lights were to be the only TV series, it is the only program my husband and I would watch. We have been waiting for the new season to begin, and were thrilled to hear it will run through 2011.

Maybe we'll get lucky and have this excellent program on even longer if enough of us let the network know how much we enjoy it.

Kathy

April 25 2010 at 3:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
J.GOMORY

If you are writing a blog, you should really learn the English language first and not embarrass yourself. You don't sound qualified to write anything that appears in public.

March 06 2010 at 7:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Sarah

Better bad grammar than bad manners. Rude is rude.

April 05 2010 at 5:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dolphin

I fall in love with a TV show only about once every 15 years. And I am in totally love with this one.

I agree with other comments that NBC did not give this show the proper promotion and nurturing in the beginning (by giving it a good time slot and leaving it there so that an audience could find it) that it so much deserved.

The writing, casting, acting, camera work, locations, background music ... are of such a superior quality as compared to what is on television today. The documentary look and feel of the show is unique in the way X Files or MASH were unique in their times, and it will influence the look and feel of television drama for many, many years to come.

Special kudos to Kyle Chandler. It seems he was born to play the role of Coach Eric Taylor, and he plays it with such honesty and integrity that believability and credibility of he character naturally follow suit. Whether he plays scenes with his wife, the Boosters, the team, the press, his daughter ... he is consistently excellent in each and every scene. Even with little to know dialogue, he is able to easily convey a thought or emotion to the audience. The fact is, it's not easy to convey a thought or emotion without dialog. It's just that Mr. Chandler makes it look easy and natural and effortless. That is called 'acting.'

if there is any way to keep this show on beyond it's 5th season, just sign me up, Coach!

March 03 2010 at 3:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
colby

"However, you should be ecstatic. Quality TV like 'Friday Night Lights' deserves to be given its due and given the time to complete the stories it's been telling."

Couldn't agree more ... and this is coming from the "die-est" of die-hards.

When it was announced that they were getting renewed for not 1, but 2 seasons. My thought was, "That will be it, and it will come to a close quite nicely."

February 11 2010 at 3:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jack

Great Great Show!! I will be sorry to see it end with season 5 really like the show and the characters in it. I am tempted to rewatch it when it comes to NBC on April 30th. A very fine show!

February 11 2010 at 2:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mark

It is a shame that NBC did not give this show a better chance because I thin k it could have been a show that had a long run for the network. They just never gave it a fighting chance from the start. When it first aired on NBC, they had it on Friday nights...makes sense by the title but makes no sense for their target audience. Those people are actually out at their local football games on Friday night when the show aired. The acting and writing on this show is some of the best I have ever seen and heard. I am so glad that I have DirecTV so I have been able to see this show.

February 11 2010 at 10:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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