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TV Tonight: Friday Night Lights

It's not often that a show can end and start in the same week, but that's exactly what's happening right now with Friday Night Lights. The show wrapped up its outstanding third season on DirecTV on Wednesday, and tonight, the same episodes begin airing on NBC.

If you haven't been able to see the DirecTV episodes, I can assure you it's completely worth the wait. All of the episodes I saw were as good as the first season; some were even better. Jason Street (Scott Porter) and Smash Williams (Gaius Charles) get particularly satisfying story arcs despite only appearing in a handful of episodes each, and — at least up to the point that I watched, about halfway through the season — the show was balancing its football stories and off-the-field plotlines the best I'd ever seen.

And if you have seen the DirecTV episodes, well, can I urge you to turn your TV on to NBC tonight anyway? A decision on whether to pick FNL up for a fourth season likely won't be made till later this Spring (the kind of uncertainty fans are used to by now), but helping drive the ratings up tonight certainly couldn't hurt.

To prepare for tonight, you can always check out the producers' hints on season three from last Summer's TCA tour or watch some of my essential episodes. To see the first minute or so of tonight's episode, just

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Photos courtesy of NBC

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