An inside look at Friday Night Lights

April 6, 2007 at 2:46 pm | Posted in Friday Night Lights, TV News | Leave a comment

Maureen Ryan’s fantastic Chicago Tribune blog has a great interview with Jeffrey Reiner, the co-executive producer of Friday Night Lights, that really spotlights what makes this show so special.  It takes mundane moments in its characters’ lives and fills them with meaning and dramatic weight.  And even when a subplot might sound a little contrived or overdramatic, it never feels that way — it feels organic and realistic instead.  The creators go to great lengths to maintain that realism in the writing and shooting process, and it’s really paid off.

But will it get renewed for another season?  When Maureen Ryan spoke to NBC’s Kevin Reilly, the answer was somewhere between 55 – 100%.  Not very reassuring, particularly since they’ve renewed 30 Rock, the other underperformer.  Realistically, I’d like NBC to do a 13-episode pickup, because I really believe repeating the show this summer will pay off come the fall.

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