'Friday Night Lights' returns to NBC

Fans of NBC's much-lauded, small-town football drama Friday Night Lights finally get to see the show's third season premiere tonight.

If you're a DirecTV subscriber, you might have already seen the 13 episodes of the new season. (The satellite service got first crack, you might recall, because it forked over production money to NBC when the network was waffling on renewing the low-rated series.)


If you watched FNL on DirecTV when it debuted Oct. 1 and appreciated the sheer genius of the season, you might be ready to see the episodes again.

But if, like most of the viewing public, you are not on satellite and last saw FNL on NBC's Feb. 8 season finale, you're likely more than ready to welcome the denizens of Dillon back into your home.


The Dillon High students and Panther football players, especially the seniors who hope to escape small-town Texas life, endure the usual adolescent joys and struggles. Tyra (Adrianne Palicki), Landry (Jesse Plemons) and Saracen (Zach Gilford) are going to break your heart many times over the new season. Count on it. (9 tonight, WBAL, Channel 11)

Paradise lost: You'd have to be a toaster to not be stoked for the final 10 episodes of Battlestar Galactica, which begin tonight. Picking up from last June's cliffhanger, our space-traveling pals finally reach Earth, but discover it's not the paradise they thought it was. (10 tonight, Sci Fi)

Late-night guests: Actor Hugh Laurie visits The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and actor Zach Braff stops by Late Show with David Letterman.

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David Zurawik is on assignment. His column does not appear today.