"Give all of us who are gathered here tonight the strength to remember that life is so very fragile. We are all vulnerable. And we will all at some point in our lives fall. We will all fall. We must carry this in our hearts: That what we have is special and that it can be taken from us and when it is taken from us, we will be tested to our very souls. We will now all be tested. It is these times, it is this pain that allows us to look inside ourselves."
Those are the words that end this amazingly good television show on NBC. Did you see the movie by the same title? Prepare for a slight variation in this version. Missed the show? NBC is having an encore tomorrow night. Stop complaining about the lack of good television and watch this. I'll bet you'll be touched.
Peter Berg, who directed the movie FNL, is the executive producer. The show is shot 100% in Texas, near Austin, with a mostly Texan cast. Berg says he won't have a football game every week but maybe one every four or five weeks. He says some people have complained about the camera work. The announcers for tonight's show are USC Trojan announcers, and in the following weeks, Berg plans to find real Texas announcers.