OK, so it's just a rumor right now, but it's a credible one: Deadline Hollywood Daily is reporting that Friday Night Lights will be renewed for a third season, thanks to a partnership with DirecTV. No deal has been officially announced, but another report says it's just waiting for a signature.
In essence, the deal will have NBC and DirecTV sharing the costs for producing the show. What, exactly, does that mean for us actually getting to see these new episodes of FNL? Unfortunately, that's not clear yet. I'm hoping the deal looks something like the NBC/USA arrangement with Law & Order: Criminal Intent, where episodes air first on USA and later on NBC; as a non-DirecTV subscriber, it would be sad to have to wait, but knowing I'd see the show eventually would be good enough. What I'm hoping won't happen is what NBC did with Passions, which made the episodes available only on DirecTV and nowhere else.
So, until the details are announced, I'm only going to consider this about 85 percent good news. But hey, that's better than nothing, right? Meanwhile, the Save Friday Night Lights folks still have more mini-footballs on the way, so we fans are definitely being heard. Say it with me now: Clear eyes, full hearts . . .