Season four of "Friday Night Lights" begins tonight, but unfortunately for most of us, only for DirecTV subscribers.
As with the cost-sharing agreement for season three, season four of "Friday Night Lights" will air first in its entirety on DirecTV and then on NBC in late spring or early summer of 2010. The critically-acclaimed drama about a football-obsessed small town in Texas stars Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton (left).
NBC hasn't done right by the show, but this DirecTV deal is better than cancelling it altogether. Kyle Chandler summed it up nicely in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times: “The first year we were up against ‘American Idol.’ The second year was the writers strike. The third year we get cut down to 13 episodes. I just assumed that while we had a solid base, the numbers wouldn’t go out the roof."
Not only that, when the show did begin on NBC last season, the network hardly advertised it at all. Then they complained about low ratings.
But enough whining from here. NBC signed a two-year deal with DirecTV and fans are grateful to get at least two more seasons (13 episodes each) of Coach Taylor and the Dillon Panthers -- actually, I guess now we're rooting for the East Dillon Tigers.
The fourth season will introduce a few new characters, and say goodbye to some favorites. Matt Saracen (Zach Gilford) will leave around the middle of the season.
"Friday Night Lights" will air on DirecTV (101 network) Wednesday nights at 9pm.