BEN SILVERMAN IS NOT OPTIMISTIC ABOUT FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

PEACOCK Ben

Things are not looking good for fans of Friday Night Lights, the show that critics (and us!) love but that no one actually watches. At a launch party for Lipstick Jungle at Saks last night, attended by a hot Lorraine Bracco, a crazy-looking Matthew Perry, and that guy who played Shooter McGavin in Happy Gilmore and whose name might as well be That Guy, we had the following conversation with boyish NBC Entertainment head Ben Silverman:

 

Radar: Quick question! A lot of us are happy that you’ve kept Friday Night Lights on the air despite lousy ratings. It’s totally the best show on TV. But is there going to be another season?
Silverman: Do you watch 30 Rock? That’s the best show on TV.

Not regularly. But what about FNL?
Start watching 30 Rock. It’s the best show on TV.

I don’t want to watch 30 Rock. I want to watch FNL. I love it.
I love it. You love it. Unfortunately, no one watches it. That’s the thing with shows. People have to watch them. We’re NBC, we have a reputation to uphold. And, man, with this writers’ strike … well, we’ll see what we can do. But start watching 30 Rock.

Don’t say you were never warned. A few other things about Silverman: He was wearing a slim-cut navy suit with no tie and black loafers; he didn’t stop smiling the entire time he was there, to the point where you wondered if he was always naturally “on” or if he was under some sort of medication; and he seemed to know about 80 percent of the females in the room, most of whom kissed him on the cheek, hugged him, or squealed “Hiiiii Ben!” when talking to him.