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'Friday Night Lights' Returns to NBC Tonight: Revisit Our Recap, Features Here

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 15th 2011 4:40PM
Friday Night LightsTonight, NBC begins its run of the final season of 'Friday Night Lights.' The drama -- about so much more than football -- began broadcasting its fifth season on DirecTV's channel 101 late last year.

For your convenience, we've gathered some of our 'Friday Night Lights' stories below to get you ready for the East Dillon Panthers' latest season.

First up, take a look at AOL TV lead critic Maureen Ryan's take on the magic of 'FNL,' Texas Forever: 12 Things Television Can Learn From 'Friday Night Lights.' Why, exactly, was the show so good? Well, there's the realistic portrayal of a healthy marriage, the fact that it told stories about teenagers that weren't dumb, the changing yet always ultra-talented cast ... should we go on?

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Exclusive 'Friday Night Lights' Deleted Scene: Watch Coach Taylor Counsel Vince

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 5th 2011 3:40PM
Friday Night LightsWith the fifth and final season of 'Friday Night Lights' both releasing on DVD today and premiering on NBC this weekend, maybe it's finally time to come to terms with the end of one of the best dramas to ever grace television screens.

If you can clear the tears from your eyes long enough to watch, check out TV Squad's exclusive deleted scene from the -- sniff -- last season in honor of today's DVD release. In it, Coach Taylor counsels Vince on the rules regarding college recruiters contacting him and luring him to their schools with free meals and other no-no perks.

Watch the clip after the jump.

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Sorry Fans, Don't Look to DirecTV to Save Your Shows Anymore

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 22nd 2010 4:30PM
Damages, Friday Night LightsTwo critical darlings may be enough for DirecTV. After saving 'Damages' and 'Friday Night Lights,' the satellite broadcaster will no longer be answering desperate "save our show!" pleas.

According to Variety, DirecTV's 101 Network -- which can be seen by 19 million subscribers -- will refocus on original programming after 'Damages' launches in 2011.

"In the future, I think we're going to move away from that model," Chris Long, senior vice president of entertainment and production, said.

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What's On Tonight: 'Charlie Brown Valentine,' 'Mercy,' 'Human Target'

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 10th 2010 12:04PM
Here's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern).

  • At 8, ABC has 'A Charlie Brown Valentine,' followed by new episodes of 'The Middle,' "Modern Family,' 'Cougar Town,' and 'Ugly Betty.'
  • CBS has a new 'Old Christine' at 8, then new episodes of 'Gary Unmarried,' 'Criminal Minds,' and 'CSI: NY.'
  • NBC has a new 'Mercy' at 8.
  • FOX has new episodes of 'Human Target' and 'American Idol.'
  • PBS has a new 'Faces of America' at 8.
  • TCM has 'Kiss of Death' at 8, followed by 'Pickup on South Street.'
  • HBO has 'Temple Grandin' at 8.
  • At 9, DirecTV has the season finale of 'Friday Night Lights.'
  • Fine Living has a new 'Whatever, Martha' at 9.
  • Discovery has a new 'Man vs. Wild' at 9.
  • History Channel has a new 'MonsterQuest' at 9.
  • Showtime has a new 'Inside the NFL' at 9.
  • Also at 9: Syfy has a new 'Ghost Hunters International.'
  • At 10, TNT has a new 'Leverage.'
  • USA has a new 'Psych' at 10.
  • There's a new 'Nip/Tuck' on FX at 10.
  • Bravo has a new 'Shear Genius' at 10.
  • TBS has two new episodes of 'Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns' at 10.
  • MTV has a new episode of 'The Real World' at 10.
  • At 10:30, Comedy Central has a new 'Tosh.0.'

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Minka Kelly of 'Friday Night Lights' Joins CBS Comedy Pilot

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 9th 2010 4:02PM
Minka KellyMinka Kelly might not be on 'Friday Night Lights' anymore but she is keeping busy. She has just signed on to star in the pilot for a new CBS comedy, 'True Love.' It comes from Matt Tarses of 'Scrubs.' It's about four close friends in New York City and their relationships.

I know, I know, everyone is going to say "hey, that sounds a lot like 'Friends,' doesn't it?" But is that really fair? There are just so many plots that a TV show can have before it starts to seem like they're copying it. I remember when a lot of 'Friends' clones popped up after that show became a hit, but that was more about the timing of those new shows. It's all about the writing and the cast and the direction and all of those elements, not that it's about single people living in Manhattan.

Besides, 'Friends' ended years ago. How much longer will we compare new shows to it?

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Jim Parsons on Friday Night Lights? If he had his way...

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 20th 2009 5:08PM
Jim_Parsons_GettyIf Jim Parsons wins the Emmy tonight for The Big Bang Theory, you better believe he'll be in a position to pick and choose the projects he does in the future. But here's one that I think would be fascinating, to quote Dr. Sheldon Cooper's favorite Vulcan scientist: Jim Parsons would like to appear on Friday Night Lights.

In a recent interview, Jim was asked about his favorite current show -- other than his own -- and he said it was Friday Night Lights. That's right, the NBC drama series about high school football deep in the heart of Texas! Somehow it's hard to imagine Sheldon in pads and a helmet. Maybe he could be the water boy? Or the genius offensive coordinator.

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Friday Night Lights will be back ... for TWO more seasons

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 26th 2009 12:07PM
Friday Night LightsFans of Friday Night Lights who have been freaking out about the possibility that the show wasn't going to come back for another season can relax: the show is actually coming back for two more seasons.

To be precise, they're two 13-episode seasons. But that's a lot better than what the news was looking like just a few weeks ago. Michael Ausiello reports that the news will be announced "any day now." It confirms news that he broke a couple of weeks ago.

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Friday Night Lights panel: the DirecTV deal, two departures, and a new school year - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 20th 2008 7:33PM
FNL cast
NBC and its various cable stations are making their presentations today and tomorrow. Since it is Sunday, the critics got a little bit of a break and didn't have to start until noon, when a lunch session was held for Friday Night Lights. This session had a little bit of added juice, due to the unique deal NBC struck to have DirecTV shoulder the cost of producing the series in exchange for the rights to air new episodes on the satellite service first, before they air on NBC. Thirteen episodes will be produced and will air in October on DirecTV's 101 Network, and they'll air in February on the Peacock network.

Not surprisingly, there were as many questions about the new arrangement as there were about the creative aspects of the show. Show-runner Jason Katims and DirecTV entertainment head Eric Shanks fielded most of those questions, and the cast of the show fielded the rest.

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NBC renews Friday Night Lights with the help of DirecTV

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 6th 2008 10:19AM
Friday Night LightsFans of the perpetually unwatched but much-loved NBC show Friday Night Lights have a reason to rejoice this morning: the show has been renewed for a third season, according to Nikki Finke.

NBC executives had been looking for a way to renew their low-rated show, mostly through cost-sharing deals with other networks. They finally found a partner: DirecTV. No details of the deal were given; all we know right now is that the satellite company and the Peacock folks will share the costs of producing the show and will both air the show across multiple platforms.

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Friday Night Lights to return?

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 21st 2008 8:36PM
Friday Night LightsIt's not the first time an Internet campaign has saved a show. This time, Friday Night Lights, on the brink of cancellation due to poor ratings, might be returning.

NBC is in talks with a number of other networks including the CW and TNT to discuss the possibility of having FNL appear on more than one network in the same week. Naturally, it would be broadcast on NBC first and then would be re-broadcast elsewhere.

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Giveaway Monday: Friday Night Lights season one!

by Keith McDuffee, posted Aug 27th 2007 9:01AM
friday night lights season 1 dvd coverIt's Monday again, which means it's time for us to give away some stuff again. One of today's giveaways is for three copies of Friday Night Lights season one on DVD, which will be in stores August 28. All you've got to do is submit a comment below before 5PM Eastern, August 31, and mention what your favorite character from Friday Night Lights is. We'll randomly choose three winners to receive the DVDs!

Some other details:
  • To enter, leave a confirmed comment below stating which FNL character is your favorite.
  • The comment must be left before August 31, 2007 at 5:00PM Eastern Time.
  • You can only enter once.
  • The winning entries will be chosen completely at random.
And now we present you with the legalities of the giveaway. (Read them. Please.)

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Does Friday Night Lights have a chance?

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 29th 2007 1:22PM
Friday Night LightsI've been checking out Friday Night Lights on and off throughout the season, and every time I tune in, I'm always blown away at a) how well acted it is, b) how the stories don't always fall into the cliche, and c) how the show can suck you in even if you're not a week-in-week-out watcher. Last night's episode demonstrated all three attributes. Brett's review goes into more details than I ever could, but there were two scenes in particular where the show could have fallen into the usual TV and movie conventions, but steps around them, giving the viewer much more compelling results.

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30 Rock, Friday Night Lights free for the holidays

by Anna Johns, posted Dec 21st 2006 2:35PM
30 rock castOver the Christmas holiday, NBC is putting all episodes of 30 Rock and Friday Night Lights on its website-- for free. That's right. Don't even bother to buy them from iTunes right now. The first nine episodes of FNL and the first seven episodes of 30 Rock are available for viewing on the website. Of course, you have to watch an unskippable ad at the beginning of each episode. NBC is looking to recruit new viewers, especially college students who are killing time at home for Christmas break.

While I'm not too keen on FNL, I highly recommend taking the time to watch 30 Rock. The first three episodes aren't that hot but it starts to get hilarious at about episode four. Alec Baldwin seems to carry the first few episodes, but then Tracy Morgan and the guy who plays 'Kenneth the NBC page' really start to play it up.

The free promotion expires when new episodes of both shows return to the air in early January.

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