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TCA: “Friday Night Lights” feels the love

Fnlightstca_2Big panel, big show, big challenges.

The “Friday Night Lights” cast and crew were well-received by the TCA-ers in the show’s sesh on Tuesday. The crix weren’t overly gushy but there was a general consensus that this Peabody-winning show is a fine example of quality triumphing over anemic ratings. Getting a wider audience to appreciate the show had become something of a mission for the previous steward of NBC Entertainment, before Kevin Reilly hustled out of Burbank in June following the Ben Silverman shakeup.

To Ben’s credit, in the eyes of “FNL” fans, he’s vowed to support the show and one of his first bulletins on Monday in his exec Q&A was a time slot switch for the show that at least takes it out of the vortex of 10 p.m. Friday (where only CBS has found the right mathematical equation to get a decent number lately with “Numbers”). Now “FNL” is due to get a little hammock support at 9 p.m. on its namesake night between “Deal or No Deal” and “Las Vegas.” And Silverman’s co-topper, Marc Graboff, praised the show for being “efficiently produced,” which was another thing that helped it survive for a second season.

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