There's so much great TV on tonight (including the premieres of Pushing Daisies and Private Practice), and yet the one show I'm really pining for is the one that will be hardest to watch. Friday Night Lights returns tonight for its third season — if, that is, you have DirecTV.
I'm trying not to be too bitter; after all, DirecTV is basically the reason we're getting a third season at all. Under a unique deal, NBC and DirecTV are sharing the costs of producing this 13-episode season, with DirecTV getting the rights to air the episodes first on its 101 Network. NBC plans to air the episodes as well, tentatively in February, but they'll be slightly edited from the extended versions airing commercial-free on DirecTV.
Back at TCA, I got some hints about what's coming up, and I'm heartened to hear from some critics who have already seen the premiere episode that the show seems to have returned to its roots after a second season that occasionally went off-course. It's a shame so many of us will have to wait to see it, but the fact that it's coming back at all is enough to make me smile.
After the jump, you can watch two promos for this season: a spooky, moody number set to "Devil Town" (shades of the season one finale), and another with one of Coach Taylor's best speeches (I dare you not to get chills). Will you be watching on DirecTV? Holding out for NBC? Scouring the web for, um, other ways to watch? Check out the videos and let me know when you
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