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Friday Night Lights Renewed for Two Seasons

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Two More Seasons of FNL!

I imagine winning the Texas state football championship feels a little like this: Friday Night Lights has been renewed for two more 13-episode seasons. And it didn't take any mini-footballs or eye drops this year — just a unique partnership between DirecTV and NBC and a sense that FNL is worth keeping around.

Under the deal, DirecTV will again get the first crack at showing the episodes, with NBC airing them later in the season. Also like this year, some of the characters who are seniors will probably move on, but not without farewell arcs like the ones Street and Smash were given.

This news was rumored a little while ago, but then came word that a dispute over money could derail the whole deal. But it all came together, and well, yeah, OK, it's cliche, but I can't help it: Touchdown!

So here's an interesting thought: FNL barely got renewed after its first season, then had to fight again to come back after season two. Now the writers can tackle a fourth season knowing they'll be back for more. And for the first time, FNL fans can watch a season finale without wondering if it might be the show's last episode. I feel so free!

Tell me: Which characters do you hope stick around? And how lucky are we to get not one, not two, but five seasons of this little gem?

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lwimbush lwimbush 8 years
yes. yes. yes. thank god tomorrow is friday.
ktc71 ktc71 8 years
True....I read in TV Guide a few weeks ago that Taylor lives in Austin now and that Kyle Chandler is looking to move his family there as well.
care0531 care0531 8 years
I don't think Riggins will be leaving because he was seen in Austin looking at properties. Why would he be looking at properties if he wasn't going to be sticking around.
ktnsf ktnsf 8 years
dm8bri dm8bri 8 years
Thank the TV gods - I LOVE THIS SHOW!
shiningeyes shiningeyes 8 years
This totally made my day. Can't wait to see what Coach Taylor will be up to next year. I'm sure they'll have a bunch of new characters. (And thank goodness for that... I'm really over that JD kid.) I hope Matt sticks around somehow!
vlada vlada 8 years
Woot! I'll definitely miss Tim and Lyla, hope all the graduating characters get nice send-offs like Smash and Street.
blondie829 blondie829 8 years
WOOHOO!!! I'm still nervous about characters leaving, but I know the writers will do a good job! :)
alethe16 alethe16 8 years
I will miss Riggins if he ends up leaving and also Tyra. But I really hope Matt sticks around, even if it's just coming into town to visit Julie. Any way it goes, though, it's Coach and Principal Taylor that make the show, and I'm sure they will bring in new characters that we'll grow to love just as much; I'm definitely enjoying the dynamics the McCoys are bringing to the show.
misslilad misslilad 8 years
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
YES, This is great news! I love this show!
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
And I do hope they keep Riggins and Lyla together after the obstacles they had to overcome for three seasons to be together.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
This is GREAT news!!! I'm so happy for everyone that works on this show!
care0531 care0531 8 years
WOOHOO! This is so cool! Obviously the show wouldn't be the same without the Taylor family plus Julie is a Jr. and won't be graduating. I would love to see more I am sure we will still see Riggins and who knows whats going to happen with Matt.
Miss-Shapes Miss-Shapes 8 years
Oh me oh my. Best news EVER!! We won State – again :) I suspect that Lyla will be leaving – and I know that its only natural for these long-gestating seniors to move on, but dammit I don’t want ANY of them to leave! The must-stays for me are: Riggins, Matt, Landry, Tyra & the McCoys, esp young JD who has grown on me SO much. And it would be GREAT of Smash and Jason could make a return at some point, even for just a while.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
:woohoo: someone on here gave the tip that you can follow coach taylor on twitter. so i did, and he's following me now :rotfl: it's fun, and here is his link if you are interested and thanks to whoever posted that last time :)
nelsonae nelsonae 8 years
Best News Ever!! couldn't be more excited about 2 more seasons of Coach Taylor and the Panthers. Hopefully Riggins, Saracen and Landry stick around.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Yay! I feel like I just won State ;)
nimue nimue 8 years
YAYY!!!! clear eyes full hearts, CAN'T LOSE!! i'm so happy, i love this show
ktc71 ktc71 8 years
I am so happy I could cry!! Thank you,Buzz....this just made my night!! I have Direct TV and have seen all the episodes for this season...there is so much they can do the next two seasons!! I can't wait!!!
whatwouldruthdo whatwouldruthdo 8 years
I need to see more Matt & Tyra even after they graduate. I'm so freaking excited about this news!
mfern64 mfern64 8 years
Matt. And bring Smash's mom back! She could be the school nurse.
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Buzz, you just made my day! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
melx melx 8 years
yey!! i hope matt and tyra stick around \o/
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