FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Season 5 Premiere Date Announced

Friday Night Lights - Season 5 Cast

NBC has announced that the fifth and final season of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS will premiere on Friday, April 15 at 8pm, TVLine.com reports. Prior to this, the season five DVD set will be released on April 5 for your advance viewing pleasure. Of course if you have DirecTV, you’ve already been there, done that. You will get to see the series finale, scheduled to air on Wednesday, February 9 at 9pm, before the show heads to network television in the spring.

Though critically acclaimed, Friday Night Lights suffered in the ratings. In 2008 NBC sold first-run rights for the third season to DirectTV, which prevented the show from being cancelled. In 2009 NBC and DirecTV again partnered up to produce 26 episodes that would launch the fourth and fifth seasons, giving DirecTV exclusive rights to air 13 new episodes before NBC during each season.

Off the record: Has NBC hit pay dirt, or sabotaged itself? Will viewers be clamoring to buy the DVD set? Anyone up for a season five marathon viewing party?