It’s a little old for their demographic and completely inconsistent with the goofball brand, but ABC Family has picked up a show that completely changes the way I view their network. Starting September 7th, you can watch Friday Night Lights every night of the week, right from the beginning.

The brilliant and subtle show is the furthest thing from ABC Family’s usual brand of zany sweetness but it does have lots of teen characters (brilliantly developed ones) and core family values (beyond the strippers, the beer swilling and the gang violence lies the show’s moral centre in well-meaning husband/wife duo Erik and Tammy Taylor).

Some of (if not most of) the themes will be new territory for the network and its usual audience, but maybe this is an indication of what’s to come for ABC Family: quality first.