EW.com hears that Universal has talked to DirecTV about airing original episodes of Friday Night Lights. The TV company has been trying to shop the critically acclaimed drama to other networks because the Kyle Chandler drama hasn’t performed well for NBC; it only averaged 6 million-plus viewers this season, and typically finished third in its time slot. Universal also talked to The CW about picking up the drama, according to one insider, but the license fee could make the deal too prohibitive for the No. 5 network. The last episode of FNL aired on NBC Feb. 8.
Should Universal close a deal with DirecTV, this wouldn’t be a first for the studio and the satellite provider. Universal began producing original episodes of the daytime drama Passions for DirecTV in early 2007 after NBC canceled the low-rated sudser.