This weekend at the Television Critics Association press tour, Friday Night Lights showrunner Jason Katims opened up about the show’s upcoming third season, which will debut on DirecTV’s subscription 101 Network on Oct. 1, before being rebroadcast on NBC in early February 2009.
It seems DirecTV plans to broadcast something called Friday Night Lights Live, a weekly “postgame” show that will follow new episodes of Friday Night Lights. The 30-minute show will allow fans to call in and talk live with cast members, executives, and producers from the series.
When the new, 13-episode season begins, eight months will have passed since the finale, and we’ll be back at the start of a new school year. And just like in real life, people on FNL will graduate and move on: last year’s seniors Smash Williams and Jason Street will be leaving after a four-episode arc tying up their characters. And according to Katims, Tim Riggins, Matt Saracen, Tyra Colette and Lyla Garity will all be starting their senior year at Dillon High this fall, and will also be staring down the barrel of their own impending graduations.
EW’s Michael Ausiello has some pretty extensive spoilers for those who want to know exactly what’s in store for the Dillon Panthers in the upcoming season.