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NBC to Share "Friday Night Lights"?

Friday Night Lights may return to NBC next season... as well as another network.

NBC Universal, the studio behind Friday Night Lights, is looking to keep the beleaguered drama on the air in any way, shape, or form and is in serious discussions with several broadcasters in an effort to fashion multiple windows for the series and thus ensure it would return for a third season.

Studio is said to be chatting up the likes of CW, Comcast (that would be E! and G4), TNT, and DirecTV (a disastrous choice, if true) about coming on board as a second broadcaster, in an arrangement similar to that of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, which NBC shares with sister network USA.

It should be noted, however, that Law & Order: Criminal Intent's NBC-USA arrangement was greatly simplified because both NBC and USA are owned by NBC Universal; sharing Friday Night Lights with a network that it doesn't control could prove to be a hell of a lot trickier, especially given the hefty price tag involved.

Still, for fans of the struggling sophomore drama, any news is good news at this point. NBC, meanwhile, will announce their primetime 52-week schedule in April.

Stay tuned.

Comments

Anonymous said…
::bites nails::

::tries not to get excited::

::tempers expectations::

EEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am totally setting myself up for heartbreak here.
The CineManiac said…
This sounds like a really strange deal, especially considering they're looking to the CW, rather than exclusively cable.
Unknown said…
I don't care if they simulcast it on FOX News, CMT and the Golf Channel; as long as they keep it on the air.

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