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Salon's guide to what to watch on Friday and this weekend: Tune in to the season premiere of "Friday Night Lights" and find out what you've been missing.

Published October 5, 2007 10:15AM (EDT)

Weekend Pick

Photo: NBC

One more time, with feeling: It's not about the football. And it's not just another show about cute teenagers, either. So clear your mind of prejudices, and then tune in for "Friday Night Lights" (premieres Friday at 9 p.m. EDT on NBC) and marvel at what you've been missing for the past year: a show about ordinary people, fueled by real emotion and heart. Compared with the other dramas on TV right now, a mix of cop shows, yupster soaps and goofy experimental hybrids, "Friday Night Lights" offers sweet stories about regular, flawed folks struggling to get ahead in a screwed-up world. Will Coach Taylor hate his new gig at the university? How will his wife, Tami, and daughter, Julie, deal with a new baby? Can fallen quarterback Jason find new happiness as a high school assistant coach? This show will make you laugh and cry, but it's authentic and soulful enough that you won't feel all used up and dirty afterward.


On Friday, the third-season finale of "Doctor Who" airs at 8 p.m. EDT on Sci Fi. On Saturday, "Austin City Limits" makes its season premiere with Norah Jones (9 p.m. EDT on PBS, check local listings). On Sunday, CW's teens-in-Africa drama "Life Is Wild" premieres at 8 p.m. EDT, while on MTV's "America's Most Smartest Model" (premieres at 9 p.m. EDT), models battle to prove they've got brains inside those big, pretty heads of theirs.

On the talk shows -- Friday

Regis and Kelly

ABC, 9 a.m. EDT

Kyra Sedgwick, Brooks & Dunn, guest co-host Sam Champion

The View

ABC, 11 a.m. EDT

Jason Schwartzman, Ty Treadway, Cesar Millan

Ellen DeGeneres

Syndicated, check local listings

Children from "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" Sharon Osbourne

Oprah Winfrey

Syndicated, check local listings

Elizabeth Gilbert

Charlie Rose

PBS, check local listings

David Kilcullen, John F. Burns

Larry King

CNN, 9 p.m. EDT

Kid Rock

David Letterman

CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT

Bob Newhart, Angela Kinsey, Iron and Wine

Jay Leno

NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT

Cate Blanchett, Tyler Perry, Annie Lennox

Tavis Smiley

PBS, check local listings

Ruby Dee

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT

Rachel Griffiths, Jack McBrayer, Matchbox Twenty

Conan O'Brien

NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT

Jennifer Connolly, Fred Willard, Animal Collective

Craig Ferguson

CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT

Josh Duhamel, Diana Krall, Radha Mitchell

Contributors: Megan Doll, Heather Havrilesky, Eryn Loeb, Amy Reiter

By Salon Staff

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