U.K. satcaster picks up football drama

LONDON — U.S. TV drama “Friday Night Lights,” a double winner at the Emmys, has finally found a home in the U.K.

Skein is to bow on satcaster BSkyB’s upscale Sky Atlantic channel late February.

The paybox secured all U.K. TV rights for the first two series of “Friday Night Lights” from NBCUniversal International Television Distribution.

Lauded by critics in the U.S., the sports drama, first screened in 2006, was never a big ratings winner.

Show follows the exploits of a fictional high-school football team, the Dillon Panthers, and was praised for its deft handling of difficult subject matter, such as bereavement.

“Friday Night Lights” was only saved from the ax following a production deal between NBCU and DirecTV.

At the Emmys, Kyle Chandler won best lead actor for his role as coach Eric Taylor, while exec producer Jason Katims triumphed for his script penned for the series’ finale.

On Sky Atlantic, “Friday Night Lights” joins a schedule that includes such high-end U.S. fare as the delayed fifth season of “Mad Men,” season two of “Game of Thrones” and the fourth season of “Nurse Jackie.”

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