Last year, I wrote about how NBC and DirecTV combined forces to keep the great Friday Night Lights on the air.
It was an experiment, to be sure, and at the time I was worried that the numbers might be hurt because people would either wait for the DVD and/or bittorrent the DirecTV episodes while ignoring the NBC broadcasts.
While I think that people did both, the numbers were strong enough that the showed got renewed not for one, but two more seasons. Awesome! And with the DVD of the third season coming out in May, there was time to watch all three seasons all over again before the next one started on DirectTV.
Which, BTW, would be worth it, because the third season was a complete rebound, washing away the taste of some of the more dubious things that went on in the second season. If you were a fan of Friday Night Lights, everything looked great.
For about a week, that is. Despite the fact that they’ll take DirecTV’s money to produce the show and our money for the DVDs, NBC obviously hates Friday Night Lights. Or more accurately, it hates the fans of Friday Night Lights. Why do I say that? According to a recent TV Shows on DVD post the third season DVD is going to contain bastardized, shorter versions of the episodes.
Here is what TV Shows on DVD is reporting:
We’ve found out, directly from the studio, that the Friday Night Lights – The 3rd Season DVD release will actually contain the NBC edits of the 13 episodes. Furthermore, we’ve also learned that the music on these discs won’t be exactly what was originally broadcast; some portions of the music will be changed for the home video release.
C’mon! Really, NBC?
This is bullshit, and it makes no sense whatsoever, except in the context of having total and utter contempt for the fans of the show. While the music cuts are a bit of a problem — especially since they choose such great, apropos songs to fit the scenes — they’re also not that surprising in this age of greed-oriented music licensing.
What baffles me, though, are the truncated, edited NBC versions of the episodes going down on the DVD as the final canonical versions. How does that work? Do these people not understand that fans consider the DVD the final word on a show? Apparently not. Whatever the reasons for this decision, by treating the DVD as the syndicated version of the show, it comes out as NBC punishing the very people who love it.
People like me. As a very vocal fan of Friday Night Lights, who has talked it up over and over again, I can only take this decision as NBC saying “fuck you” directly to me. Apparently, from NBC’s standpoint, my money isn’t worth the full, proper versions of each episode.
As we say over and over again here at ‘Loper HQ, if the content providers are going to treat content consumers as if we are beneath contempt,then consumers are going elsewhere for their content.
Look. I love this show, which is easily the best non-sci-fi drama anywhere on TV. Despite watching all of the broadcast episodes, I still went out and bought the DVDs of the first two seasons (yes, even the second season), because I knew that we’d be watching them again.
So naturally, I was planning to buy the third season of Friday Night Lights on DVD. Now I’m not. It’s really that simple. I’ll wait until it comes out properly, or I’ll figure something else out that will deny NBC the revenue that they would have otherwise received from me.
Because unless they decide to release a version of the season with the proper episodes, they don’t deserve it.