Friday Night Lights, that show that no one watches but everyone loves, may be getting a stay of execution. The "football as metaphor for small town America" program (and especially its lead pair, Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton) has a rabid cult following and support from critics and Neel Shahs all over the place, which has kept it afloat far longer than a low rated show should expect. With the strike, though, it looked like FNL had snapped the ball one last shaky-camera-ed, beautifully scored time. Sad, emotive bloggers (and some of my friends) would not stop moaning about it. But, lo! What light over yonder bleachers breaks?

NĂ¼ NBC, under the tutelage of funky young exec Ben Silverman, may be giving the show a chance, via an alternative programming strategy. They're thinking they might try sharing the show with some other networks, The CW being one possibility. NBC tried this earlier this season with Law & Order: CI, which started in the fall on USA, but was switched back over to NBC when the strike began. One potential roadblock could be NBC's reportedly high asking price, but I suppose they've earned that. It really is genuinely aw shucks refreshing to see a major network give so much care and attention to adored but audience-less shows like FNL (and 30 Rock). Here's hoping it'll come back so I can go back to ignoring it. [Variety]