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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