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Weekend TV: Game of Thrones, Friday Night Lights

Posted by on April 15, 2011 at 4:57 PM EST

game of thronesHBO debuts Game of Thrones and Friday Night Lights airs its final season on NBC.

A lot of people skip watching TV on the weekends, but there are a couple of things (Game of Thrones, Friday Night Lights) that are well worth checking out this weekend so you might want to make plans or at least set your DVR.

First up tonight is the Season 5 premier of Friday Night Lights. The show has already played out on DirecTV who had a deal with NBC that they  could air the full season exclusively on DirecTV before it airs on NBC so those of you who have DirecTV or had access to the show already know how it ends. For those that haven’t seen it yet, check it out. It is a great season. They tie up the story nicely and do the characters and the series as a whole justice. Friday Night Lights was/is one of the best shows on TV. If you are a fan, give this season a watch. You won’t be disappointed. Friday Night Lights airs tonight and every Friday at 8PM on NBC.

In perhaps one of the biggest risks HBO has taken they unveil their new miniseries Game of Thrones on Sunday night. The 10 part fantasy epic is set in a mythical land that looks a lot like midlevel Britain, but also has some touches of magic and fantasy. The story follows kings as they go to war with each other, struggle over land and wrestle power from each other’s hands. It is brutal, realistic and definitely not for children. Think The Lord of the Rings meets The Sopranos.

Game of Thrones is based on the book of the same name by George R.R. Martin. This is just the first book in a series of which there will be a total of six or maybe seven. By devoting 10 hours of programing to the story HBO does a great job of telling the story as a whole and really bringing it to life. They have said that if this series is well received they would ultimately like to do a miniseries for each of the books and tell the full story.

Game of Thrones has all the makings of being an amazing, epic show. It beings airing Sunday night at 9PM on HBO. They will be showing it across many of their channels and it will be added to their on demand services shortly after (likely on Monday morning).



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