NBC renews 'Friday Night Lights'
"Friday Night Lights" fans can rejoice: NBC has ordered two more seasons of the critically lauded but ratings-challenged series.
The network and DirecTV have finalized a deal for a 26-episode order -- two seasons of 13 episodes each -- of the Ums/Imagine TV-produced drama about a Texas high school football team.
Under the pact, "Fnl" will continue to premiere on DirecTV, with a second window on NBC.
Faced with the prospect of canceling the series because of low ratings, NBC first struck a pact with DirecTV last year to share the cost of "Fnl's" current third season.
Helping to make the pickup economically feasible is the fact "Fnl" is produced efficiently in Austin, where it enjoys tax incentives. To keep costs even lower, the upcoming seasons might be filmed back-to-back. Season 4 will air next season, and Season 5 runs the following season.