Friday Night Lights – Season 2, Episode 1 – Last Days of Summer

October 8, 2007

Regular readers of my blog know how much I love this show. I had to stop doing reviews last year because I ran out of ways to say how great this show was without sounding too repetitive and boring even myself. Well, I figure after the summer hiatus I’d start from scratch and I’m not sure yet if the trend of rave reviews is going to continue.

The season opens 8 months after the big Panthers win and the opening scene kicks off with some beefcake and cheesecake which I assume is there to bring new viewers into the fold. If it works, then I’m all for it. As we rejoin our favourite Dilloners, Tyra and Landry have solidified their friendship (can you say Fried Green Tomatoes), Matt and Julie have hit the rocks with Julie flirting with a musician, Smash and Riggins are Smash and Riggins, Lyla has found religion while her mother is dating a health food store owner and her father is living on the couch at the dealership. football team, Landry is trying out, Jason is a coach for the Panthers and Coach Taylor’s replacement isn’t exactly impressed with Riggins or Buddy for that matter.

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NBC Rocks – Friday Night Lights Renewed for 2nd Season

May 11, 2007

TV Guide’s Michael Ausiello announced today what is truly the best TV news in a long time.  NBC has renewed the best new drama of the season and maybe my favourite show of the year for a 2nd season.  Despite mediocre ratings the network has bucked the recent big network trend of cancelling great shows in favour of crap and made the decision to renew Friday Night Lights.

Of all the networks NBC seems to be the least trigger happy and the most willing to stick with quality shows like 30 Rock and The Office.  On behalf of myself and my wife – thanks NBC.   Can’t wait for season 2.

Friday Night Lights – Episode 22 – State

April 13, 2007

Let me start by saying it’s a sad world when this amazing program gets beat in the ratings by garbage like ‘Til Death and ties with back to back episodes of George Lopez.

That being said I can’t see NBC walking away from a show of this quality no matter the ratings.  With so many perfect moments throughout the episode I defy any fan of the show to admit they didn’t get teary multiple times.

Beginning with Tami finding out she’s pregnant (with assistance from Smash’s mother) to the sense of awe perfectly conveyed by the entire cast when they walk into the stadium.  From Landry and his entourage’s hysterical car ride to the Tyra-Lyla confrontation.  From the team’s sense of betrayal over the coach leaving to Buddy’s uncharacteristic response to the news.  Throw in the coach’s response to his wife’s news and his speech after the losing first half (zooming in on all the characters we’ve come to enjoy watching week after week) backed up by “one of the greatest comebacks in Texas football”, Jason Street’s new found calling and finally Eric rediscovering his dream.

I’ve written about the greatness of this show so many times that I don’t feel the need to say anything else about it.  Friday Night Lights was not only the best new show of the season but maybe my favourite show this year, period.  As much as it pains me to say it even if there isn’t a second season, like Freaks & Geeks before it, Friday Night Lights will deservedly make my TV Hall of Fame and I know the best ensemble cast on TV will all go on to great things.

Still NBC it’s really not much to ask for another season, is it?

Avi’s Episode and Season Rating: A+

Friday Night Lights Renewal News

April 11, 2007

It’s not official yet but TV Guide today had an exclusive report that NBC has ordered six more Friday Night Lights scripts. I guess they want to see what direction the writers are planning on taking the show next season before they commit to a new season.

Hopefully as TV Guide guesses, this really is just a precursor to the formal announcement that Friday Night Lights will be renewed despite ratings that for a lesser show would mean it was being canceled.

As a huge fan of what is one of the top 3 or 4 shows currently on the air, I applaud NBC for sticking with a quality show. Don’t miss tomorrow night’s finale. Looks like a great hour of TV.

What Show Will You Save? An E! Online Poll

March 30, 2007

E!Online is running a poll asking people to vote on the one show they would save from a list of programs that are “on the bubble”.  According to Ain’t it Cool News the show that has received the most votes the last five years running has been renewed.

Of the 17 shows on the list there are 5 that I’m pulling for: 30 Rock, Friday Night Lights, How I Met Your Mother, Scrubs and Veronica Mars.  But according to the rules I can only choose one.  Last year my vote would have gone to Veronica Mars hands down but this year I have to vote for Friday Night Lights, especially after watching last night’s amazing hour  It’s not that I don’t want the rest to make it but rules are rules.

Click here to vote for your favourite and feel free to comment below and let me know your pick.

Friday Night Lights – Episode 16 – Black Eyes and Broken Hearts

February 20, 2007

It’s not worth me writing another rave review of this show. I can only repeat myself so many times about how great this show is.

This time I’m going to let someone else tell you how great it is.  Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune wrote an article last week on why Friday Night Lights is the best show on Network TV and after last week’s exhilarating episode I’m inclined to agree.  Ranging from serious (the show’s exploration of racism) to humorous (the coach having a discussion with his wife and the guidance counsellor and a third player to be named later) to just plain aw shucks (Julie and Matt getting together) this may have been the best episode of the season.  A special mention needs to be made of the show’s matriarchs, in particular Smash’s mother telling her son that he can’t change things and that he needs to do what’s best for him.  A great scene that wasn’t sappy or typical but practical and real.

As much as I like Ms Ryan’s article I don’t agree with her comparison to The Wire.  I like FNL a lot and I’d argue it’s one of the best shows on network TV today but The Wire is the greatest piece of fiction in probably any medium.  Still, great episode.

Avi’s episode Rating: A

Time Magazine on Friday Night Lights

January 15, 2007

Anyone who reads my blog knows what a huge fan I am of this show and the last couple of episodes have only cemented my love of the show, its cast and what is by far the best marriage on television.  If you haven’t started watching NBC has made it easy by putting all the episodes up on their site.  I don’t care – just download the damn things – whatever it takes to get the ratings up so this show stays on.

Anyway, Time Magazine did an article on the show called Can This Show Be Saved.   Supposedly it’s doing better with the show’s move to Wednesday.  Let’s hope the continued good publicity helps.