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Universal Media Studios, Imagine Television and DirecTV have closed a deal to produce 26 more episodes of “Friday Night Lights,” the critically hailed drama about a small-town football team.
The newly ordered episodes will almost certainly be the final batch produced, with writers crafting plotlines with an eye on a final episode. However, it’s unclear if UMS and DirecTV will officially announce an end date for the show, as ABC did with “Lost.”
The 26 episodes will be produced consecutively without a break. However, DirecTV will air the episodes as two 13-episode seasons.
As with the previous deal for the show, the NBC television network will get a second window of the “FNL” episodes following their airing on DirecTV.
A rep for UMS declined comment. Entertainment Weekly first reported several weeks ago that UMS and DirecTV were discussing a multi-episode renewal of the show.