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Taylor Kitsch, FNL

NBC

What could possibly be such fantastic news that Taylor Kitsch had to rip off his shirt?

Well, mark your calendar, Panther fans: NBC has at long last announced the network premiere date for the third season of Friday Night Lights! It all begins Friday, Jan. 16 at 9 p.m.

New episodes of this critically acclaimed fan favorite have been airing on DirecTV's 101 Network on Wednesdays, and those of us who've seen them can assure you season three is most definitely worth the wait.

On the off chance this premiere announcement doesn't get you overly excited, we have a special bonus: Taylor Kitsch (Tim Riggins) in the flesh on the FNL set in Austin, Texas, talking about taking his shirt off in the exclusive video below...