As season three of "Friday Night Lights" wraps up tonight on DirecTV before starting all over again Friday night on NBC, I devoted today's column to the show's two distinct constituencies, and to showering some spoiler-free praise on this resurgent third season.
As I promised back in the fall, and as I'll say at the end of tonight's finale review, sometime on Friday morning (Pacific time), I'm going to pull all the season three reviews from the blog and re-post them one-by-one as they air on NBC. The episodes will be slightly different on NBC due to running time -- NBC episodes can only run around 43 minutes, where the DirecTV cuts went anywhere from 43 minutes to 50 -- but I unfortunately don't have the time to go back and watch the NBC cuts, especially if I want to have the reviews ready to go at the end of each episode. So I'll probably add a disclaimer that the review may refer to a scene or line that didn't make it to the final NBC cut. Not an ideal solution, but best I can do. I assume the season three DVD will have the DirecTV cuts. Nobody I talked to at NBC seemed clear on which versions would be placed on Hulu.