Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

Dec 31, 2009

The Philadelphia Inquirer (wire story)

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5. "Friday Night Lights." The rare TV show that is better than the film it's based on. A powerfully moving and involving depiction of small-town Texas. The fact that Kyle Chandler has never won - or even been nominated for - an Emmy as Coach Taylor is a crying shame.

True, but we're beyond the crying shame and into sending out positive vibes for much deserved major industry awards and continued recognition in 2010 and 2011 for Kyle, cast, and crew.

Dec 27, 2009

Best TV Shows of 2009

"The past 12 months have offered an enormous array of exhilarating or challenging television, and this list only offers a small indication of how rich the bounty was this year. You'll no doubt disagree with some of my choices - the point of lists, I often think, is to provoke lively debate. But I'm grateful that we have so much to argue about.

Friday Night Lights

Few shows are more skilled at using silence. FNL recognises that sometimes words aren't necessary and that life's big truths are often too hard to articulate anyway. During this time of economic uncertainty, innovative financing - via a partnership between DirectTV and NBC - means there will be five seasons of this small-town drama. Thus Friday Night Lights is not only a miracle of organic film-making and acting, it's a symbol of hope for the future of TV."

Here, here!

Dec 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

We at Kyle Chandler Central just wanted to take a moment and wish you all a very Merry Christmas. It's been another interesting year in the world. Let's hope 2010 brings us one step closer to peace, good health and MORE PROJECTS FOR KYLE.

Have a good one.


Some Texas Love ...

"In a crazy year marked by change, economic hardship and uncertainty, television didn't teeter. It delivered some of the most creative and compelling shows of the decade.

Strong dramas saw characters leaving comfort zones and forced to start over; in the process, they became even stronger ...

"Friday Night Lights" (DirecTV's 101 Network/NBC): Texas is always getting a bum rap on TV, but this is one depiction that does the state proud. The fourth season is all about change, transition, starting over. Some beloved young characters left; other high school grads remained, but are unsure of where their future lay. New faces entered and made you care in no time flat. Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) started a new football team from scratch in a school that not only was much poorer economically, but full of racial strife. The results have been superlative drama. Each time I take in one of those scenes, full of faltering speech and long silences, the tears flow. "Friday Night Lights" — which was picked up not just for a fourth, but a fifth season, thanks to the economic hand extended by DirecTV — is the main reason I keep hugging my satellite, refusing to let it go."

Taking nothing away from Texas, this show does the nation proud.

18 TV Actors Who Truly Standout

Every television critic I know is making both end-of-year and end-of-decade lists. Although we have many different takes on what happened this year and in the last 10, there does seem to be one consistency: We each make what amounts to an improbable list. This is mine.

This one focuses on actors. Here are 18 actors who truly stand out, plus one full cast.

•Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, “Friday Night Lights,” NBC. Still one of the best portrayals of marriage on television.

Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2009

Morrow TV: Top 10 TV Series of 2009

(Look what's ranked number 1!)

The best series of 2009:

1. "Friday Night Lights." (DirecTV). This drama about a small Texas town's obsession with high school football weathered the awkward transitions of cast departures and changing story directions superbly. Whether it was the coming-of-age tales from favorite characters seeking their paths after graduation or the coach swimming with local sharks, "Lights" has never shined brighter. Somebody give this worthy series Emmy love already. (NBC will air these episodes, the fourth season, during the summer of 2010.

Dec 23, 2009

Deconstructing the Decade

Zap2it Rick's Favorite Episodes of the Decade:

"Mud Bowl" ("Friday Night Lights")

The first season of "Friday Night Lights" may have been among the most beautifully executed seasons on all of television in the '00s (and certainly on network TV). "Mud Bowl" was the show at its best, both for the football side of things -- after a chemical spill shuts down the school, Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) moves a key playoff game to a cow pasture, and we get a ton of great game action -- and the personal stories the show does so well: Tyra (Adrianne Palicki) fighting off her attacker, Coach and Tami (Connie Britton) getting frisky in the pasture a couple days before the game. Just a brilliant episode.

We love Mud Bowl. But please check out Season 4 ... it is on par with Season 1.

Dec 22, 2009

ESPN: TMQ's Twelve Days of Christmas

"Friday Night Lights" Update: ... "The new season is of high quality, recapturing the slice-of-life essence that made the first season such a success. "Friday Night Lights" is the best television show ever about sports; it's the best television show ever about typical American life; beyond that, it's simply the best show on television."

(Warning: Season 4 spoilers are included in the linked article, but we'll not post them here.)

We couldn't have said it any better ourselves.

Dec 21, 2009

The Best TV of 2009

... "Yes, this year, bad TV was still bad. But good TV? Good TV was smart and weird and hilarious and fun and provocative -- remarkably so. This year, TV overachieved, and instead of one or two quirky, original, suspenseful, strange shows, we had about 15 of them. If that sounds like an exaggeration, well, maybe you're watching the wrong stuff.

6. "Friday Night Lights"

Instead of keeping its high school graduates around indefinitely, all of them becoming general managers at Applebee's, doomed to comp Coach Taylor's (Kyle Chandler) barbecue rib platters until the end of time, the show's writers wisely chose to send these kids off into the world on their own. A third season dominated by long goodbyes should've been an intolerable, uneven mess, but "Friday Night Lights" milked every moment for all it was worth, and in so doing, sent Smash Williams (Gaius Charles), Jason Street (Scott Porter), Lyla Garrity (Minka Kelly) and the others off in style. Only Riggins (Taylor Kitsch) and Matt Saracen (Zach Gilford) remained in the show's fourth season this fall on DirecTV (the show will air on NBC in 2010), but the writers have wisely taken their time to weave new characters into the mix. Coach Taylor's new gig at East Dillon High has proved a rich and necessary source of story lines. While the "bad boy gets drunk and reckless" plot is probably repeated a little bit too often, ultimately the emotional impact of "Friday Night Lights" remains as strong as ever, most recently evidenced by an unexpected major turn in Matt Saracen's life that led to the show's strongest episode this season. Although its odd on-air schedule makes it challenging to write about "Friday Night Lights" in anything but veiled terms (to avoid spoiling it for those who'll eventually watch it on NBC), thank the good lord that DirecTV and NBC found a way to keep this sweet, humble, yet utterly original drama on the air for as long as they have, because, in its best moments, "Friday Night Lights" is simply transcendent."

Here's to ending 2009 on a VERY positive note.

Dec 16, 2009

Pure Country is Headed for Broadway

Producers Randall L. Wreghitt, Chris Presley and Ellen Rusconi announced today that Warren Carlyle, the director/choreographer of the current acclaimed Broadway revival of Finian's Rainbow, has joined the creative team of the Broadway-bound musical PURE COUNTRY. Carlyle will handle Musical Staging and Choreography. Based on the hit movie of the same name, PURE COUNTRY is on track to have its Broadway premiere as part of the 2010/2011 Season.

PURE COUNTRY is based on the 1992 Warner Brothers' film of the same name, written by Rex McGee and directed by Christopher Cain. It starred George Strait (in his film debut), Lesley Ann Warren, Kyle Chandler and Rory Calhoun (in his final film appearance). The soundtrack went to #1 on the U.S. Country Album Chart and spawned two #1 Country singles, "Heartland" and "I Cross My Heart." Both songs were written and co-produced by Steven Dorff, the composer of the musical, and are included in Dorff's otherwise new and original score for the musical PURE COUNTRY.

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Golden Globes: Upsets and Oversights

... The Golden Globe TV nominations are always a mishmash of the predictable and the weird. For every unsurprising 30 Rock nod, there's one that makes us scratch out heads in confusion. (Hello, Cougar Town.) But even as the Globes surprise us with its strange choices, the awards can still miss out on some shows deserving of recognition. Take a look at the upsets and oversights of the 2010 Golden Globe TV nominations.

* Friday Night Lights Fumbles

What will it take for the major awards shows to finally recognize one of the best dramas on television? Friday Night Lights is well written, well acted and it makes us cry at least 10 times a season. Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton were both shut out of the acting categories, despite their subtle, nuanced performances, and, most shocking, even Zach Gilford didn't get recognized for his incredible portrayal of Matt Saracen.

This representative GG's article pretty much echoes our sentiments. A GG omission for Friday Night Lights, its phenom cast, writers, and crew does not diminish one iota its other recent awards and nominations for its memorable fourth season.

Dec 14, 2009

Writer's Guild of America Nominates FNLs

The 2010 nominations from the WGA are in, and Friday Night Lights is one of five dramas honored.

This week's nominations and 'best of' press have been a great start for 2010! Congratulations to all.

Dec 13, 2009

Hot Off The Wire - AFI Awards

As Reported by the LA Times:

The AFI Awards 2009 is an almanac that records the year’s “most outstanding achievements in film and television,” according to the organization. The AFI awards honor the creative ensembles in front of and behind the cameras.

... On the small-screen side, “The Big Bang Theory,” “Big Love,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Glee,” “Mad Men,” “Modern Family,” “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Party Down” and “True Blood” were chosen as the best of 2009.

... Television jurors included writer-producer Neal Baer, Brian Lowry of Variety, writer-producer David Milch, actress CCH Pounder and John Shaffner, president of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

AFI will honor the creative ensembles at an invitation-only luncheon at the Four Seasons in Los Angeles on Jan. 15.

More coming ...

Dec 11, 2009

Best in the 00's in TV: Best Dramas

TV with Alan Sepinwall, NJ Star Ledger:

"Friday Night Lights" (NBC & DTV The 101 Network, 2006-present): "This is not just about football," Texas high school coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) told one of his players in a recent episode. That’s a mission statement for the series, which is about community, and family, and race, and love as much as it’s about pigskin. Few shows are as willing to so directly confront the emotions of its characters, aided by central performances — as one of TV’s most realistic and loving couples — from Chandler and Connie Britton. Every week it travels to a desperate, desolate West Texas town and finds untold beauty and strength in the people who live there.

What's so nice about this "Best Of" is that it provides clips for each show, including some of FNL's finest.

Dec 10, 2009

Variety: Top 10 TV Shows of the Decade

3. Friday Night Lights

Sometimes television gems come along when you least expect them. NBC might have fumbled the marketing opportunities when “Friday Night Lights” first came on the air a few years back, but the few fans who watched realized they were witnessing greatness. And they still are. Thanks to DirecTV and the fans at NBC who keep the show on the air , audiences have come to love everything about the citizens of Dillon, Texas — its students, coaches, administrators and, most of all, the families that make it home. How Kyle Chandler has not won an Emmy, much not even nominated, is a prime time disgrace.


Winnipeg Free Press: FNLs in Ten Top TV Shows of Decade

"Friday Night Lights" (started 2006) - Perhaps nowhere did America seem more real in the past decade than in Dillon, Texas, where residents confronted the Iraq war, racism and unemployment as they cheered on their beloved Panthers. The documentary style of "FNL" offered up a startling authenticity, transporting viewers to pungent locker rooms, rundown houses and the local Applebee's. But it was the superb cast that elevated this hour-long drama into something truly special. Zach Gilford was a marvel as gawky rookie quarterback Matt Saracen, while Kyle Chandler, as coach Eric Taylor, could convey volumes with a single exasperated look. And his relationship with wife Tami (Connie Britton) gave us one of the most realistic marriages ever portrayed on TV.

And the accolades keep on coming!

Dec 8, 2009

Newsweek's 10 Best TV Dramas

Friday Night Lights Makes the List at No. 8:

Friday Night Lights is the unlikeliest great drama of the aughts. It’s a network drama, for one, in a decade that saw cable networks dwarf the quality and ambition of network television. It’s set in high school, and it’s about a football team, factors that would also seem to limit its appeal. But like the other dramas on this list, Friday Night Lights defied the limitations of its premise by creating an authentic world. In Dillon, Texas, nothing is more important than high-school football, and so its players are saddled with enormous responsibility and pressure, all while dealing with the doubt, anxiety, and awkwardness that come with being a teenager. Add in the nuanced Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and his wife, Tami (Connie Britton), and you had a show that parents and kids could genuinely watch together and all feel like they were being spoken to at their level.

Definition of "nuanced," according to Mirriam-Webster Dictionary:


1 : a subtle distinction or variation
2 : a subtle quality : nicety
3 : sensibility to, awareness of, or ability to express delicate shadings (as of meaning, feeling, or value).

Yes, that's Kyle Chandler!

Dec 4, 2009

How Will NBC Change Under Comcast Ownership?

A bunch of scenarios are explored in this article, and the future of Friday Night Lights was specifically addressed. The article outlines ...

Some possible changes to look out for:

A second chance for 'Friday Night Lights.' Comcast might have secondary motives for giving 'Friday Night Lights' another shot besides their interest in sports programming: for the last several months, the company has been feuding with DirecTV over that distributor's refusal to agree to a rate increase for carrying the Versus network. Since 'Friday Night Lights' has been airing on DirecTV's The 101 Network for the last two seasons, Comcast may decide it can find a better address for the acclaimed series -- back on prime time where it belongs.

Nothing would make us Kyle fans happier, so long as the network promotes the show for both ratings and long overlooked (and overdue) industry awards. Simply THE best show on television today ... and as Coach Taylor is the heart of the show, Kyle Chandler's portrayal is a huge reason why.

Dec 2, 2009

FNLs Makes Top Ten Shows of the Decade

BoD: Best TV Series [Top 10]

It’s been one hell of a decade for television. The past 10 years saw the explosion of reality programming, the rise of cable and the deterioration of NBC.

With an embarrassment of riches to choose from, we decided to rank the top 10 programs and then separate the next 40 in four distinct tiers of descending quality.

We also picked programs based on their representational value for the decade. So you won’t see the likes of “Buffy,” “Friends,” “The X-Files” or “Dawson’s Creek” on this list because they’re clearly “’90s shows.”

8. “Friday Night Lights”: The football-crazy small town setting of Dillon, Texas, is so fully and perfectly realized that it renders story developments that would seem schmaltzy on other, lesser shows genuinely powerful. Anchored by the brilliant performances of Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, “FNL” proves quality can triumph over poor ratings and an inexplicable lack of awards.

We whole-heartedly agree!

No Dry Eyes In Dillon

(Warning: There are spoilers in this post, but we'll not be posting them here. The link below; however, provides the full article including the spoilers.)

The Daily Review
By Matt Roush

It’s a natural impulse after screening an outstanding episode of a favorite show to want to shout about it long and loud. But Friday Night Lights in its current situation presents a special challenge. A significant number of this enduring show’s fans don’t have access to it during its exclusive DirecTV run—which continues in season 4 through Feb. 10—and will have to wait until NBC decides to air the new episodes (which may not be until the season is over, possibly in summer, since we know how cluttered with hits NBC’s current schedule is).

All of which makes writing about anything that happens this season something of a perpetual “spoiler alert” for much of the fan base. And yet.

As anyone familiar with this show knows, every so often during a season an episode comes along of such wrenching emotional power that it must be cheered, saluted, embraced, acclaimed. This week’s episode, “The Son,” is just such a standout. Without going deep into its story content so as not to spoil it, let’s just say this is the best work Zach Gilford has done as long-suffering Matt Saracen since season 2’s meltdown in “Leave No Man Behind” (when Eric tossed him in the shower and Matt came clean about his feelings of abandonment).

... At the very least, this is another reminder of how maddening it is that actors who are making the most of their roles of a lifetime like Gilford, Chandler, and Britton have been so unfairly ignored at awards time. (You’d think SAG might take notice.) Still, what a miracle that this show is still around to work its magic, this week with maximum impact.

Kyle Chandler's Grey's Anatomy Role Still Memorable

BoD: Top Eps from Shows Outside the Top 50

By Cory Barker and Adam Lukach

Tomorrow, we bring you our top 50 television programs of the decade, but there are obviously a number of good ones that didn’t quite make the list for various reasons. So here are 20 programs you won’t find on our list tomorrow and just to spice it up, we’ve included the best episode of each. Hopefully, this list gives you an indication of what did make our top 50 – and maybe even angers you a little bit.

“Grey’s Anatomy,” “It’s the End of the World” [Part One] “As We Know It” [Part Two]

The decade’s most popular medical drama was simply toiling away on Sunday nights before ABC gave it the post-Super Bowl slot in 2006. This one had a ridiculous premise – guy with a piece of homemade ammunition inside him – but thanks to powerhouse performances from Ellen Pompeo and guest star Kyle Chandler, this was the moment that hooked a slew of viewers to Shonda Rhimes’ brand of quirky, melodramatic writing.

To which we concur: Wow. And what a performance!