I know you’re used to people telling you that Friday Night Lights is “the best show you’re not watching” and “why aren’t you watching it?” and “watch it! Please! Watch it!” but I’m not going to do that.
Because I think you’re right to not watch it. It’s boring.
And I’m not just saying that because I don’t like football. I’m saying that because I hate the holier than thou attitude of people who can’t wait to tell me what I’m missing and get all crazy with the “If you go to the store and buy a copy of the DVD and you watch it and you don’t like it, they’ll totally give you your money back!” Orly? How about if I just skip all those steps and keep my money in my pocket until I find a show I actually want to watch? I mean, if I’m going to go out and buy a DVD set, it’s going to be for a show I already like that actually deserves the attention of my eyeballs. Like The Wire.
Anyway. Apparently, NBC struck a deal with DirecTV. Subscribers to that service will get to see Friday Night Lights beginning Oct. 1. Then NBC will show it early in 2009. So sayeth the Peacock, which made the announcement today.
I guess people think this is a good thing because it’s “saved the show.” But it has been my experience that when you make a show unavailable to most people for almost a year, then bring it back all “Did you miss us!?” your audience says “Um, no. Not really, no.” Of course, if fans of the show REALLY want to watch it, they’ll find a way to do so without subscribing to DirecTV. That’s what torrents are for, after all.
Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe this really will “save” the show. But something tells me we aren’t going to see Kyle Chandler and crew back for a fourth season. Something ELSE tells me crazed fans are already organizing a “Let’s mail something ridiculous to the network to show our love for FNL!” campaign for when this partnership inevitably fails. NBC is going to have a bitch of a time opening a shit-ton of broken light bulbs, but weirder things have worked. Sort of. Ahem*Jericho*Ahem
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In other TV news, upon further reflection, I am confidently calling Monday’s episode of How I Met Your Mother the best of the season so far. Everything is starting to come back, post strike. The only thing that’s still a little lacking is the dialogue, but even that’s improving.
It had strong plot and committment to details and continuity — the use of One Shining Moment for the Final Four montage at the end of the episode was nothing short of inspired. It had excellent Internet tie-ins — did you know Wendy The Waitress provided the vocals for the 20-minute “I Hate Ted Mosby” song? Trufax. It had solid lines for everybody in the cast — Ted: “I WAS THERE. IT WAS FAKE BABY.” Marshall: “I have a list of all the people I’ve slept with, too — my marriage licence!” Robin: “Oh! Oh! You’re going blind and you’re trying to soak up as much culture as you can before you lose your sight completely!” Lily: “I’m making a scrapbook!” Barney: “That would require talking to a woman I’ve already slept with, which is kind of like changing the oil in a rental car.” And best of all, it had a tag for the episode that is LEGEN – wait for it (Barney types in his Doogie Howser-esque journal that he’s learned something about himself: ‘I’m awesome.’) – DARY.
Yup. Best of the season.