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Friday Night Lights Could Be Renewed for Seasons Four and Five on DirecTV and NBC

Could Friday Night Lights Get Renewed for Two Seasons?

I've been loving this season of Friday Night Lights, and I think the show is only getting better with age. So my heart skipped a beat this morning when I read this report that NBC and DirecTV are apparently talking about renewing their unique partnership for keeping the show on the air. And there's a twist: If the deal being discussed goes through, it would be for two more seasons of FNL.

DirecTV and NBC didn't comment for the story, but it's the second positive sign this week that more FNL could be on the way. DirecTV was happy enough with the way things went the first year that it wants to do more deals like it, and showrunner Jason Katims felt good about the experiment. And while FNL isn't breaking any ratings records, it's doing OK on NBC, drawing between 3.8 and 4.2 million viewers for recent episodes and even occasionally beating Dollhouse. Maybe we won't even need those mini-footballs this year!

Things are obviously far from certain, but let's mull it over. Most of the main Panthers we've known since the start of the show have either graduated (Smash, Street) or are seniors (Riggins, Matt, Lyla, Tyra). That could mean the cast looks different for a potential season four, though Landry, Julie, and of course the Taylors would still be around. JD McCoy could be an appealing lead character — and he's just a freshman — and some of the old guard could get sendoff stories like the show did so well this year with Street and with Smash. I think there's enough material to keep things going in Dillon for at least another year or two, but what about you?

Photos courtesy of NBC

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