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Friday Night Lights Gets Renewed for Two More Seasons March 30, 2009 8:50 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in DirecTV, NBC, News, Renewals, Television.
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fridaynightlights-033009DirecTV and NBC have finalized a deal to produce 26 more episodes, to be aired over the course of two seasons, of the critically hailed, but poorly rated, NBC series Friday Night Lights.

The 26-episode order will likely be the last for the series, given its low ratings.  The 26 episodes will be produced consecutively without a break, but DirecTV will air the episodes as two 13-episode seasons.  NBC will get a second window of Friday Night Lights episodes after they air on DirecTV, just as they’re doing currently with the third season.

Through 11 episodes this season, Friday Night Lights has averaged a 2.7/4 HH rating/share, 3.98M viewers and a 1.3/4 A18-49 rating/share on NBC.

But forget the ratings, I love this series and am thrilled to see it’ll be around for at least two more seasons.

Source: TV Week


Friday Night Lights Close to Renewal? March 10, 2009 4:37 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in DirecTV, NBC, News, Television.
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fridaynightlightskitsch-031009Just came across this very interesting report over at Michael Ausiello’s EW page.  Apparently, and despite declining ratings, NBC and DirecTV are close to renewing their partnership, announced last year, to keep Friday Night Lights on the air.

According to Ausiello, NBC says they’re only interested if they can get a commitment by DirecTV to air TWO more seasons. Although a spokesperson for NBC Universal declined to comment, an NBC insider acknowledged to Ausiello that the studio is “actively looking at ways to keep FNL going,” with another adding, “We’re very optimistic a deal will be worked out.”

About those ratings.  Eight episodes into its third season, Friday Night Lights is averaging just 3.99M viewers and a 1.4/4 A18-49 rating/share (its household rating/share is 2.5/4).  The season high came with the season premiere (2.8/5; 4.53M; 1.6/5) and the season (also series) low came at episode five (2.1/4; 3.46M; 1.1/3).

Big 10 Network Kicks Off Thursday, But Few Able to Watch August 29, 2007 2:57 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in College Football, DirecTV, News, Sports, Television, The Big 10 Network.
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The new Big 10 Network will telecast its first game tomorrow (Thursday, August 30), but with only one major provider carrying the network (DirecTV), and no major cable operator signed up yet, many fans will not be able to watch coverage of their favorite college teams.


Live Chats With Cast of “Passions” August 17, 2007 10:10 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in DirecTV, News, Passions, Television, The 101.
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DirecTV is offering fans of their recently acquired series Passions, the opportunity to chat live (and uncensored) with the cast of the series.


“Passions” Picked Up by DirecTV April 25, 2007 3:31 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in DirecTV, NBC, News, Passions, Renewals, Television.

Passions is being resurrected. The long-running soap was canceled by NBC earlier in the year, but today DirecTV announced that they will be picking up the show. The series will end its run on NBC on September 7, and then begin its ninth season on DirecTV on September 17. (more…)

Weather Channel HD February 21, 2007 6:53 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in DirecTV, High-Definition, News, Television, Weather Channel.
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The Weather Channel will be joining the High-Definition universe soon, as the channel is readying a launch of a simulcast HD network by the second half of 2007.