NBC Sets Return Date For ‘Friday Night Lights’

The final season of the critically acclaimed drama will air in April.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

NBC Sets Return Date For 'Friday Night Lights'

Although rumors recently indicated that NBC would pass up its chance to show the fifth and final season of "Friday Night Lights," the network has announced that the series will come back on Friday nights in the spring.

TVLine was the first to run with the news that "Friday Night Lights’ will once again air on NBC starting Friday April 15, with 13 episodes which wrap up the series. The fifth season is currently airing on DirectTV and the final episode will premiere on February 09. 

Much of the speculation about NBC’s intentions towards the series came when the DVD release date of the final season was set for April 05, but NBC is reportedly not worried that DVD sales will cut into its viewership of the series.

"Friday Night Lights" was based on a novel of the same name by H.G. “Buzz” Bissinger, which chronicled the story of a high school football team in Odessa, Texas. The novel was published in 1990 and adapted into a movie in 2004; which was directed by Peter Berg and starred Billy Bob Thornton.

In 2006, Berg joined with Brian Grazer and David Nevins to adapt "Friday Night Lights" as a weekly TV series, which changed the setting to the fictional town of Dillon, Texas and focused on Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and his family, along with an expansive supporting cast. The series has been widely praised by critics for artfully dealing with Middle America themes in a thoughtful and entertaining way.

However, the series was never a breakout hit and it was only saved from cancellation thanks to a deal struck between NBC and DirectTV, which split the cost of production and allowed DirectTV the first chance to broadcast the episodes for the last three seasons.

Former "Friday Night Lights" stars  Adrienne Palicki and Zach Gilford recently reprized their roles as Tyra and Matt in the penultimate episode of the series.