Unbelievable. A television network is about to renew a show that is actually good even though it doesn’t get perfect ratings. Of course I’m talking about Friday Night Lights, which is set to be renewed for two sea "any day now" according to Entertainment Weekly (WARNING: the blog link is full of awful puns and cliched writing, but what more can you expect from EW "reporters").
Friday Night Lights is probably one of the best-written and well-acted shows on TV and the cinematography is about as good as you can get without watching a movie. Also, the few football scenes they get are pretty good, which is more than most TV shows centered around sports can say. Anyone remember "Hang Time" Saturday mornings on TNBC? It made Hannah Montana look Oscar-worthy.
I could go on and on about how much I like FNL and how good of a show it is, but I won’t. I don’t think I have to. All I’m going to say is that its renewal is great news for those who enjoy good TV and are sick and tired of "reality shows" a term I’ve grown more angry with than tired of. It’s about time that a network renews a show that’s just plain good and doesn’t rely on schtick, stupid humor or scripted "reality" to get ratings. It doesn’t hurt that DirecTv has a vested interest in FNL either. But seriously, how many times out there have networks not allowed good television shows time to grow and tell the story the way they’d planned?
While a lot has changed since Season 1, here is the Pilot episode from Hulu if you haven’t seen this show and want to check it out. By the way, it’s best watching from the beginning of the series, otherwise things will just get downright confusing.