Friday Night Lights Return Date Set (and Other NBC Programming Notes)

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Conan O'Brien was the major loser in NBC programming debacle, which has resulted in the return of Jay Leno to 11:35 p.m.

The winners in this mess? Fans of Friday Night Lights, who will see that incredible drama return to NBC on April 30 (after it completes it current season four run on DIRECTV).

The network released its new mid-season schedule today, which will include new programming at 10 p.m. in place of Leno, starting March 1:

8-9 p.m. Chuck
9-10 p.m. Trauma (beginning March 8 )
10-11 p.m. Law & Order (returns March 1 with two-hour episode, 9-11 p.m.; resumes in regular time slot March 8 )

8-10 p.m. The Biggest Loser
10-11 p.m. Parenthood (premieres March 2)

Friday Night Lights Pic

8-9 p.m. Mercy
9-10 p.m. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (encores beginning March 3)
10-11 p.m. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (originals beginning March 3)

8-8:30 p.m. Community
8:30-9 p.m. Parks and Recreation
9-9:30 p.m. The Office
9:30-10 p.m. 30 Rock
10-11 p.m.  The Marriage Ref (premieres March 4; sneak preview Feb. 28)

8-9 p.m. Who Do You Think You Are? (premieres March 5; Friday Night Lights, pictured above, returns on April 30)
9-11 p.m. Dateline NBC (begins March 5)

Sundays  (beginning March 14)
7-8 p.m. Dateline NBC
8-9 p.m. Minute to Win It
9-11 p.m. The Celebrity Apprentice

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Friday Night Lights Quotes

Answer me this, Timmy. What happened to Texas forever, huh? What happened to livin' large, what happened to that eternal bond that you used to love to throw around when I was still healthy and headed towards the NFL, huh? I NEED you here, Tim! I need you.

Jason Street

Nature already has meat. It's called a cow.


Friday Night Lights Music

  Song Artist
Muzzle of bees Muzzle of Bees Wilco iTunes
Song Evergreen The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Song Bang a Gong (Get it On) T. Rex