Not sure how Longhorn-news-worthy this is, but if it's good enough for Barking Carnival, it's good enough for me.
NBC AND DIRECTV ARE CLOSE to partnering on an unusual deal to renew the ratings-challenged but critically acclaimed "Friday Night Lights," according to reports.
According to the Web site, Deadline Hollywood, NBC is nearing a deal with DirecTV to share the costs of the show--as well as giving the satellite distributor a shared TV exhibition window.
For years, broadcast networks have shared windows for programs with cable networks--especially for expensive TV dramas. But never has a network partnered with a TV distributor, such as a cable operator or satellite distributor.
DirecTV has been ramping up its efforts to air original programming on is own channel, called "The 101." Shows include "Passions," a soap opera that moved from NBC, and original shows--such as an unscripted comedy court show "Supreme Court of Comedy" and game show "Rock and a Hard Place," hosted by MeatLoaf.
What's interesting is that the article makes it sound like it's possible that Friday Night Lights could move stations, or at least be aired on NBC and another station, that is owned by DirecTV. Not sure how this will work out, but Friday Night Lights on some obscure channel is better than no Friday Night Lights at all.
Full article here.
And more Tyra Collette, please. (Obligatory eye candy shots here.)