It pays to be a DirecTV subscriber. The third season premiere of one of television's best shows kicks off tonight for subscribers of the satellite TV service. In an unprecedented event, Friday Night Lights will begin its uninterrupted 13-episode run on the service's Channel 101 before it premieres on NBC this February. Since PTR is a DirecTV subscriber, I will be blogging about the series this fall. For those of you waiting for NBC, be warned that there will be spoilers for the third season laced throughout those posts. Another advantage to catching the new season on DirecTV? All of the episodes will air uncut and COMMERCIAL FREE! And the talented folks behind this stellar series have packed plenty of punch into the new season. The premiere picks up 8 months after we left off this past winter. Coach Taylor will clash with the new principal, Smash will struggle with some developments on the scholarship front, Jason will deal with being a young father, Matt sees some new competition at QB, Tyra's love life heats up and two faves will try the whole dating game. If that's not enough to get you hooked, check out the ad on the right sidebar or this extended "Devil Town" promo:
If you miss new episodes on Wednesday nights, you can catch encore presentations on Fridays. For those without DirecTV, NBC will roll out the new season in early 2009.