Wednesday, December 27, 2006

"Friday Night Lights" Marathon

When will it air? Fridays? Nope. Tuesdays, where it aired for most of the fall? Nope. Mondays, where it did better when thrown onto the schedule than the flailing "Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip?" Nope. It's gonna air tonight, Wednesday, the show's new home when original episodes air in January. Gee, I'm sure it'll trounce "American Idol." NBC is showing three episodes tonight and if you're looking for a quick and easy way to catch up without spending money on iTunes, start here. The show has remained terrific and really delivered on the promise of it's pilot with a fun, soap-y drama filled with terrific actors and a sly sense of humor.Like "American Dreams," it tackles adult issues in a way the whole family can watch together and it has more depictions of genuine faith and church-going than any show on TV other than the super-wholesome "7th Heaven." If "FNL" actually survives, it will rank with "Hill Street Blues" as one of those shows that aired on virtually every night of the week before clicking. But I do't think that will happen unless it finally moves to Friday and airs in the spring only without repeats, a la "24." Oh, and "FNL" continues to get attention on everyone's best of the year lists, now including USA Today. (They're right about Rosie and "The View," too.)


Anonymous said...

hey...Studio 60 is on Mondays, not Sundays.

Michael in New York said...

Whoops, thanks for the correction on my typo. That's what I get for writing something and then dashing out the door. I got suckered into watching another episode of Studio 60 because Mike Lupica insisted the Christmas episode was one of the best hours of TV ever. It was everything I expected and less -- pretentious, solemn, tiresome, well-acted and intelligently written but hopelessly annoyingly noble. I had similar problems with Sports Night. I think Sorkin's style was ONLY suitable for a show about the Presidency. I strongly suggest he do a show about the Supreme Court and its clerks next. He'll get to tackle the issues of the day, give long-winded speeches, have sexy young clerks and it will all be perfectly justified. The low-point of the Studio 60 show was the back-patting, maudlin inclusion of musicians from New Orleans. I lvoe that they were spotlighted and their Christmas carol was great jazz, but the way it was done was just unbearable in its heart-tugging smugness.