You may have heard already, but NBC renewed "Friday Night Lights" as it announced an ambitious (and confusing) 52-week schedule for next year. One of the big bits of news, of course, was that "FNL" was coming back, partly because DirecTV cut a deal with NBC and will air the series first, then NBC will get it back. There will be 13 episodes available to DirecTV customers in the fall, then the series will go back to NBC (for the same 13 eps.) at midseason. I think this is a great idea and one we'll probably see again in the future. Anything to save struggling, deserving series. The question now is, what needs to be done to "FNL" to make it as great as Season 1? Anything?
Also, NBC announced a spin-off of "The Office" and a four-episode order for a half-hour, Thursday version of "Saturday Night Live." Maybe this one will be funny?