"Friday Night Lights" Renewed for 3rd Season
NBC has announced today "Friday Night Lights" will be back in October on DirecTV with 13 new episodes. Season 3 will then re-air on NBC at some point in 2009 after the network's telecast of the Superbowl, every Friday night at 9:00pm.
The new season will launch on Wednesday, October 1 on DirecTV's entertainment channel "The 101." The producers said they were grateful that NBC found an innovative way to keep the critically-acclaimed "Friday Night Lights" on air.
The new episode order will bring the total episode count to 50. The recently concluded 15-episode second season of the show which averaged 6.1 million viewers will be available on DVD April 22.
Although some fans of the show may have been hoping for a full 22-episode season (especially since this year was cut due to the writers' strike), given NBC chief Ben Silverman's recent insensitive comments about the future of the show, the fans are lucky the show wasn't canceled.
It appears sending footballs and light bulbs did make a difference in the end. Last year, fans of The CW's "Veronica Mars" failed to save the show by sending Mars bars to the network, but the fans of CBS' "Jericho" were successful in getting their show a 7-episode season 2 renewal.