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'Friday Night Lights' scrambles into final season, Jaime Oliver starts 'Food Revolution'

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Posted: Sunday, April 10, 2011 4:15 am

The game is in the fourth quarter for "Friday Night Lights."

For nonfans, it might seem more like overtime.

"Lights" is beginning its fifth season on NBC, leading to the series finale for the best drama on network TV.

For the loyal, this last season (which already aired on DirecTV, but gets its network run beginning at 8 p.m. EDT Friday) will be a roller-coaster ride.

The opener starts on a bittersweet note: Newly graduated Julie (Aimee Teegarden) bids farewell to Dillon, Texas, and moves on to college. She finds life there, without the wisdom of her parents to keep her in check, to be quite the experience.

Meanwhile, Julie's dad, high-school football coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler), tackles another season with a team in disarray. He has high hopes for a winning season, but keeping his players out of trouble is a full-time job.

Julie's mother, high-school principal Tami Taylor (Connie Britton), has her hands full as well. She takes a wayward student under her wing, trying to set the girl back on the right path.

Bad boy Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch) won't be around much this season since he was sent to prison at the end of last season. However, his presence will be felt in several stories.

The season will also see the return of many original cast members, including Scott Porter, Adrianne Palicki and Zach Gilford.

Other highlights for the week of April 10-16:


"Human Planet" (8 p.m., Discovery Channel). How do we get by day to day? It's a miracle, as this three-part man-vs.-nature series reveals.

"The Comedy Awards" (9 p.m., Comedy Central). Comedy in TV and film is honored during this first-time event. Nominees include "Toy Story 3," "30 Rock" and "Get Him To The Greek."

"Shark Men" (10 p.m., National Geographic Channel). Experts track sharks to learn more about their life span and how they survive in dangerous waters.

"The Dance Scene" (10:30 p.m., E!). In this new reality series, an A-list choreographer and her dancers tackle difficult assignments in Hollywood and beyond.


"Love Triangle" (7 p.m., GSN). Host Wendy Williams asks couples "How you doin'?" in this series that tries to untangle love triangles.

"House" (8 p.m., Fox). The series about a not-so-good doctor makes it to the 150th episode.

"Law & Order: Los Angeles" (10 p.m., NBC). Retooled, the crimes-and-courts drama kills off a major character and reshuffles other cast members to breathe new life into the stories.


"Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" (8 p.m., ABC). The acclaimed chef's plan to get Americans on a healthier diet moves into a new season.

"Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza" (8 p.m., GSN). Charlie Sheen joins Drew Carey for some improvisational comedy. Winning!

"Deadliest Catch" (9 p.m., Discovery Channel). As a new season begins, brothers Josh and Jake Harris grieve the loss of their father and try to go on with their lives and his dream.

"Sinbad: It's Just Family" (10 p.m., WE). For a guy who is supposed to be dead -- as per Internet reports a few years back -- he's not doing too badly as this new reality series indicates.


"The Paul Reiser Show" (8:30 p.m., NBC). In a "Curb Your Enthusiasm"-like sitcom, Paul Reiser plays a version of himself, attempting to find work in Hollywood and balancing a family life.


"American Restoration" (10 p.m., History). A restoration expert looks at old junk as a challenge to dive back into history.

"The Whitest Kids U Know" (10:30 p.m., IFC). The sketch-comedy group is back for a final season of the absurd.


"Beverly Lewis' The Shunning" (9 p.m., Hallmark Channel). An Amish woman rebels against certain traditions -- including an arranged marriage -- causing her heartbreak.


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