Friday Night Lights: Where They Go From Here

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With the airing of the “Friday Night Lights” series finale on Friday (if you watch on NBC, if you watched on DirecTV, skip ahead a little bit), it marks the end of a program that was an enigma to the entire medium of television. It was well written and shot superbly. It featured actors completely committing to their roles and had an intense, die hard following of fans. And yet, the ratings sucked and if it weren’t for the graces of DirecTV and their executives desire to put original programming on their own network (“The 101” as it was called, now it’s been rebranded as the “Audience Network”) the show would have likely been canned after only two seasons. As it was, DirecTV did save the show, we got 5 seasons out of the Dillon Panthers and the East Dillon Lions, got some of the most fleshed out, fully developed characters that has ever been seen on network television and didn’t only learn, but felt the meaning of “Clear Eyes, Full Heart, Can’t Lose.”

As the show winds down, it’s time for our imaginations to flourish. Where the final shot ends, it’s up to us to fill in the rest of the story however we want for Coach Taylor, Tim Riggins, Buddy Garrity, Smash Williams, Vince Howard and Tyra Collette and the rest of the folks that would be the talk of the town in Dillon, Texas, if Dillon, Texas were real.

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