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Q&A: 'Friday Night Lights' returns to NBC in April

See 'Friday Night Lights' in April

I had read some time ago that Friday Night Lights was going to be on soon at another network. Can you tell me which network and what date the TV programs will be airing?

There's a lot of interest in this critically acclaimed show about a high school football team in a small Texas town. We last answered a question about its return on Sept. 28, when we wrote that Season 4 was scheduled in the summer of 2010 on NBC, but that it first would be aired on DirecTV last fall. That was a continuation of a pattern established in Season 3 between the two companies, which have a cost-sharing partnership.

So we're happy to report that NBC now has set April 30 as the return date for Friday Night Lights.

Executive producer Peter Berg, who directed the movie and the series premiere, will direct the fourth-season opener. And Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) will now be working at East Dillon High School, in competition with Dillon High, where his wife, Tami (Connie Britton), is still the principal.

'Sopranos': Meet the family

I've become a faithful fan of The Sopranos on A&E. (I never watched it on HBO.) I would love to match up the actors' names with their characters on the show. Do you know of a Web site where this is available?

A&E's Web site,, has a cast list, with photos. Go to the site, click on "shows," then The Sopranos, then "the family." That will give you a photo array of the characters, which you can click on to get a description and a link to the actor's name and bio. HBO also still has a cast list; go to, click on "series" at the top of the page, then The Sopranos, then "cast and crew."

The entire series also is available on DVD.

From book pages to big screen

Is The Lovely Bones movie based on a true story?

The Lovely Bones is based on the 2002 bestselling novel written by Alice Sebold. The story about a 14-year-old girl who is raped and murdered in 1973 and watches over her family and the killer from heaven was the author's debut work. Peter Jackson adapted the bestselling novel to film.

'Golden Girls' theme

I am a faithful watcher of Golden Girls. Please tell me who is the female singing at the start of each episode. Kind of sounds like Rue McClanahan, doesn't it?

While it may sound like McClanahan to you, that's Cynthia Fee performing a 46-second cover of Andrew Gold's Thank You for Being a Friend.

Fee's next-best-known recording was a 1984 duet with Kenny Rogers called I Don't Want To Know Why.

Q&A: 'Friday Night Lights' returns to NBC in April 02/21/10 [Last modified: Sunday, February 21, 2010 3:30am]
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