DirecTV Deal Saves FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

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Hang onto your hats, Panther fans, because Deadline Hollywood Daily’s Nikki Finke is reporting that Friday Night Lights will indeed be back for a third season! The show’s return is the result of a deal with DirecTV, which will share costs and exhibition windows with NBC.

According to Finke’s source, NBC bigwigs Jeff Zucker, Marc Graboff and Ben Silverman have been searching for a way to renew the critically acclaimed but low-rated series, and found their solution in the form of this partnership.

Finke also claims that NBC suits “knew that since the network is airing crap like that remake of Knight Rider (and shame on TV viewers for giving it good ratings), then they needed quality like FNL.”

Well, I’ll be. I take back a few of the nasty things I said about Ben Silverman. But just a few.

No word on whether the fan campaign to save the show by sending mini- footballs to NBC played a hand, although she does report that the execs received them.

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