In September, while cutting all of their 10:00 PM dramas, the executives at NBC had to do a lot of scrambling, and they made a deal with Dish Network to have the first airings of Friday Night Lights. So if you didn't have Dish Network you couldn't see the show until Spring, once the entire series had run. Last Friday was the first airing for the rest of us, the Comcast, Cox, Verizon or other cable provider customers.
Although the wait was long, it's still the same characters dealing with new issues in Dillon, TX. Coach Taylor has been moved from his championship high school to a run-down mess of a school that is being re-opened after the re-districting of the town. His wife has become principal of West Dillon High, and feels conflicted about which school's game to attend on Fridays, as well as being in the middle of all the politics and bad feelings that any school re-districting brings about. They have a daughter in high school who is caught in the conflict, and a baby daughter also, so their family life is very hectic.
I don't understand how a re-districting could be arranged so that all of the championship Panther team stayed together with the exception of one, and that everyone on the newly-created Lions could have never played organized football before, but it makes for a good underdog story, and will show how great Coach Taylor is as he brings them along.
I enjoy the fact that we now have fresh TV shows year round, thanks to cable channels like FX, TNT and USA having shaken things up with all the series they're producing, but it definitely seems silly to be watching a show about football as we begin baseball season, don'tcha think?
If you missed the first episode on May 7 and you can't get it On Demand, NBC has a recap on their Friday Night Lights page. If you've never seen the show, check it out. It's something you can watch with the whole family. Just remember that cute Coach Taylor is mine!