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Salon's guide to what to watch on Friday and this weekend: "Friday Night Lights" gets its game back.


Salon Staff
November 9, 2007 4:10PM (UTC)

Weekend Pick

Photo: NBC

We've feared for the second season of "Friday Night Lights" (Friday at 9 p.m. EST on NBC) for plenty of reasons: The show's widespread critical praise, paired with mediocre ratings, made it an easy target and a prime candidate for a sophomore slump. In keeping with our fears, the show's writers made a big, soapy "O.C."-style blunder in the first episode of the season when they had nice-guy Landry accidentally kill the man who attacked his crush, Tyra. But all is not lost! Coach Eric Taylor is finally back in Dillon after an ill-fated hiatus in Austin, ready to guide a sloppy Panther football team to another winning season, while his wife, Tami, showcases the ups and downs of postpartum life with serious style and humor. After enduring daughter Julie's bad decisions, it looks like her lovable ex, Matt Saracen, is ready for a little revenge. And on tonight's episode, Landry looks likely to come clean to his dad, who's a cop, which means that he and Tyra can start to pay the price for their absurdly stupid decision to dump his accidental murder victim into a muddy river. Once the truth is out, the healing can begin! For those who gave up on this show or decided not to watch when they heard it was sliding downhill: Yep, you're missing out again.

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On Friday, those mourning the end of "Meerkat Manor" might want to hop on over to "Orangutan Island" (8:30 p.m. EST on Animal Planet) for a good time. And the fifth-season finale of "Real Time With Bill Maher" airs at 11 p.m. EST on HBO. On Saturday, set your TiVos and consider yourself lucky if you've never seen Tim Burton's "Nightmare Before Christmas," because it's a charming, funny little mood lifter (9:10 a.m. EST on ENC). On Sunday, fans of inconvenient truthiness should tune in for "A Global Warming?" at 9 p.m. EST on the History Channel. Explorer's "Inside the Body Trade" (10 p.m. EST on National Geographic) examines the black-market sale of body parts. And the sixth-season finale of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" airs at 10 p.m. EST on HBO.

On the talk shows -- Friday

Regis and Kelly

ABC, 9 a.m. EST

Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Paul Giamatti, guest co-host Vince Vaughn

The View

ABC, 11 a.m. EST

Peter Krause, Kim Kardashian, guest co-host Tori Spelling

Ellen DeGeneres

Syndicated, check local listings

Vince Vaughn

Oprah Winfrey

Syndicated, check local listings

Donny, Marie and Over 100 Osmonds Reunite!

Charlie Rose

PBS, check local listings

Jay-Z

Larry King

CNN, 9 p.m. EST

TBA

David Letterman

CBS, 11:30 p.m. EST

Jake Gyllenhaal, Connie Britton, 50 Cent (repeat)

Jay Leno

NBC, 11:35 p.m. EST

Sen. Barack Obama, Orny Adams, Keith Urban (repeat)

Tavis Smiley

PBS, check local listings

Joni Mitchell

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC, 12:05 a.m. EST

Kelly Ripa, Sara Bareilles (repeat)

Conan O'Brien

NBC, 12:35 a.m. EST

Seth Rogan, Ann Curry, Gary Vaynerchuk (repeat)

Craig Ferguson

CBS, 12:35 a.m. EST

Fred Willard, Saffron Burrows, Modest Mouse (repeat)

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


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