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More ''Friday Night''

By RD Heldenfels Published: November 13, 2006

I have a sticky note on my desk listing the shows I want to write about here: ''Saturday Night Live,'' ''Jericho,'' ''Veronica Mars,'' ''Lost,'' ''Studio 60,'' ''My Name Is Earl,'' ''The Office'' ... and ''Friday Night Lights.''

I'll take a moment now to deal with ''Friday Night Lights,'' and not only because NBC gave out some good news about it today. It is so thoughtful, so grim, so determined not to be a bright-lights portrayal of life that can better just because the team wins the big game. Instead, it has become more and more about trying to be moral in a moral swamp -- especially in terms of the coach, played by Kyle Chandler, who wants right and wrong to be absolutes while operating in a world where no one, including himself at times, can see things that clearly. Still an amazing, disturbing show. So here's NBC's announcement:

NBC has given a full-season order for 2006-07 to its critically hailed freshman drama "Friday Night Lights" (Tuesdays, 8-9 p.m. ET), it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, President, NBC Entertainment.

"We're proud to reward an authentic, poignant series like 'Friday Night Lights' with a full-season order, demonstrating our confidence in it's appeal and quality," said Reilly. "Television critics and devoted fans have supported the show with well-deserved praise for the executive producers, writers and exceptionally talented cast."

To which I can only add, three cheers.

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