Unless you have DirecTV or a DVD player, then tonight marks the beginning of the last season of Dillon football. Starting at the beginning of a new school year, everything is mostly where you might expect. Coach actually has something of a team, Tami is a councilor for East Dillon, Tim is still in jail, Julie is about to go to college, and everyone is still trying to figure out how to get by in a small Texas town. Of course, Lion football is right about to get started, giving East Dillon a feeling of excitement about the possibilities of the year to come.
Tonight is the season 4 premiere of Friday Night Lights -- well, at least it is for those of us who didn't have the opportunity to watch it during its DirecTV run this past fall. When last we left this show (and you can watch the finale again here to refresh your memory) the town of Dillon was splitting its teenagers into two districts with the lion's share of talented football players staying at Dillon High, while a ragtag crew were being shipped off to East Dillon with Coach Taylor.
It's time for the finale of this wonderfully depressing season of Friday Night Lights, and even if this show ends on a positive note, I'll still be in a funk, because I (and all the other non-DirecTV people) have to wait another year before we get more episodes. And even then, the next season is the last. So sad. I'm getting a little teary thinking about it.
We couldn't think of a more appropriate show to kick off our new Going Through Channels format -- which will spotlight one particularly noteworthy show each day -- than this one.
High school football season may be long over, but it is just getting started for Friday Night Lights fans who have been stuck in the dark without access to the DirecTV airings. The show makes its long-awaited (and some what surprising) return to NBC (I was bracing myself in case they found a way to pull the rug out from under us), and it is on Friday nights, which makes sense. And since it is airing in the winter, there're no stupid excuses about how the people this show would feasibly appeal to are out at real games or something. Basically, it is time for fans to put up or shut up. The show is good and it gets amazing critical buzz. Now it's time to see if it can get a few more butts in the bleachers. And all you girls (and guys) who are just watching for the beauty that is Tim Riggins better tell everyone you know to watch or DVR it.
It's the season three finale of FNL (for us non-DirecTV havers) and it is shaping up to be a doozy. Mostly I'm just excited that the show is renewed for not one, but two more seasons, which means that this isn't the series finale, only the season's end, and that we'll for sure get more episodes. Woo hoo! I don't even care that some people are leaving, that's the nature of a high school show. If everyone went to Dillon Community College and shared a dorm, that would be ridiculous. It's better to have people go away, move out of this small town. Besides, I like how they got rid of Smash and Jason Street this season. It was touching and a fine farewell. As long as there are no more preposterous murders, it is all good.
There was soooo much buzz around the 90210 reboot that it took a few episodes before people realized how mediocre the show actually was. Teen sex, drugs, pregnancy, divorce, adoption and porn are just as relevant today as they were when the original show aired, but a combination of insipid plots and crap acting by the core cast has made this revamped 90210 something of a disappointment. The one thing it has to recommend itself is a handful of familiar faces -- stars we know and love from elsewhere (Tristan Wilds from The Wire, Jessica Walters from Arrested Development, Annalyne McCord from Nip/Tuck and of course Shannen Doherty reprising her role as Brenda Walsh), who also happen to be the show's most engaging actors.