Good News For A Few Series, But Not For Friday Night Lights
There has been some bad stuff going on with Friday Night Lights, that I’ve pretty much been in denial about. First, NBC’s Entertainment Head Ben Silverman dissed it in Radar saying about the beloved football series, “I love it. You love it. Unfortunately, no one watches it. That's the thing with shows. People have to watch them. We're NBC, we have a reputation to uphold. And, man, with this writers' strike ... well, we'll see what we can do. But start watching 30 Rock.” You know, I love 30 Rock too, but these two shows aren’t mutually exclusive. Also, this guy sounds like a tool.
Then, there was the news that the upcoming Friday Night Lights second season DVD set is only going to include the 15 episodes that have already aired this season, pretty much squashing any hopes of FNL returning after the writers strike. Now, even the possibility of it coming back for a third season is looking pretty grim. E! Online’s Kristin Dos Santos is reporting that NBC’s newest plan for the beloved show is to “wrap it up” with a 2-hour TV movie. That’s better than never seeing the gang again, but come on. That’s not nearly enough. There’s also the possibility of the series moving to another network, but so far, there’s been no news on that front.
Fortunately, a few other series are hearing better news. My favorite guilty pleasure (besides VH1’s Celebreality shows), Women’s Murder Club, is likely to return, but with new show runners. In addition, ER, the hospital show that will not die, is returning for a 22-episode 15th season. NCIS, that show your grandmother watches, is returning for a super-sized 28 episode season. Of course, the fact that NCIS has enough viewers to warrant a 28-episode season just makes me all the more depressed that Friday Night Lights may be turning off for good.
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