Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

Jan 25, 2010

Friday Night Lights, Psychoanalyzed

Psychology Today: Unraveling Mind Through Film

"... As supporting evidence of this positive psychological contagion, consider a factoid from a recent PBS special on happiness: the happy mental state of a person three degrees removed from you (your friend's friend's friend) can impact your mental state. Friedman suggested that a father was enough to stop a terrorist. "Friday Night Lights" takes this notion and runs with it. This show says, imagine that terrorist's father running for mayor and "fathering" an entire community - mental health and stability would spread like wildfire. Just ask Tim, Matt, Smash and Tyra.

Recommendation: The rich characters, sharp writing and complex issues will make you smarter as well as more entertained." ...

This fascinating article on 'positive institutitions' in our society selected our favorite show and analyzed it, in terms of a previous article on 'raising a terrorist" and the values of a local force that might turn the tide. And then, it highly recommends tuning in.

Jan 23, 2010

FNLs: May Be Best Dramatic Series in the History of Television

On the return of Friday Night Lights to NBC on April 30th:

"...Still, at a time when NBC is being vilified, here is one thing it has done right. Despite paltry ratings, it has continued to support what may be the best dramatic series in the history of television. That's right: history."

"...Much has been made of the series' realism, of how close it seems to get to the nub of life. In directing the pilot, Berg opted for: a hand-held camera (the early shows were so jiggly NBC asked him to pull back a bit); shooting entirely on location in Texas with largely local extras; following the actors with the cameras, rather than blocking for the camera as most series do; and letting actors improvise dialogue. That seemingly artless style has become the series' trademark. On "Friday Night Lights" you seem to be glimpsing life itself, not watching a television show. Even the show's melodrama seems honest -- the heightened reality of teenagers groping their way through life."

"...The major point of departure between the series and its two "FNL" forebears is the fictional couple Coach Eric Taylor and his wife, Tami, the high school guidance counselor and later its principal. Coach Gaines of Odessa was a coach, as besotted with football as everyone else in the town because his livelihood depended on it. The Taylors, unerringly played by Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, on the other hand, are the moral and physical center of Dillon as well as the stars of the show. Eric Taylor is no saint. He will do what is in the best interests of his team even when it is not always in the best interests of one of his players.

But grave and unflappable, Taylor also seems to appreciate the metaphoric nature of football and he is the one character on the show who has come to terms with it. He understands that football isn't the way out of a dead-end life; at best it can provide a lesson for justifying a life. The team's chant -- "Clear eyes, full hearts can't lose" -- is obviously not just a rallying cry; it is his guide to survival." ...,0,6040932.story

We've presented only snippets of this excellent article. Please read, in its entirety, about the struggle to keep this quiet, award winning, critically acclaimed series on the air. And forward it to those you know. Friday Night Lights deserves to be seen.

Jan 15, 2010

AFI Awards 2009 Salutes Film & Television

Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton of Friday Night Lights were among the artists present. Friday Night Lights was one of 10 selected AFI TV Programs of the Year.

Held in Los Angeles, this tenth annual event remained an honoree-only affair, with no press and no public in attendance. For each of the honored films and television programs, HP creates a scholarship to the world-renowned AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles.

Scroll down this link for a picture of Kyle:

Congratulations, Friday Night Lights! Scroll down the link above, for video of the selected film and television honorees.

Jan 14, 2010

Breaking News: FNLs Gets an NBC Start Date

"NBC has just unveiled its post-Olympics, Leno-free midseason schedule, and there’s good news for fans of Friday Night Lights who don’t have DirecTV. The drama’s fourth season — the one currently airing on DirecTV — will make its Peacock debut on Friday, April 30."

Hooray!!! Spread the news! :)

Jan 12, 2010

WGA TV Drama Nominations

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- "Breaking Bad," "Dexter," "Friday Night Lights," "Lost" and "Mad Men" were nominated Monday for the Writers Guild of America award for best TV drama writing.

The winners are to be announced Feb. 20 at WGA ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles.

Congratulations to Friday Night Lights!

Jan 10, 2010

Breaking TCA 2010 News

Friday Night Lights Season 4 Could be Back on NBC as Early As March

"THE SKINNY: With THE JAY LENO SHOW in prime-time officially cancelled, it now leaves NBC with five hours of programming a night to fill starting March.

Of course, sitting on the bench is the fourth season of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS which, Jeff Gaspin, NBC Universal Chairman of Television Entertainment, said could come back while speaking at today’s Winter TCA press tour.

“I believe it’s available as soon as March 1 and LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT, we have some episodes from last season we can put on, and one’s from the new season will have to wait until USA takes their run.”

(Note: TCA stands for Television Critics Association.) Please NBC ... This time, publicize the heck out of Friday Night Lights before airing, and you won't be disappointed in ratings. Season 4 has demonstrated absolute excellence in television programming! There are numerous press headlines to choose from which hail the excellence of this outstanding show.

Jan 7, 2010

Our Hearts Go Out ...

Fire Destroys Home of "FNL" Actress

"A fire in Dallas destroyed an entire apartment building Thursday morning, including the home of an actress on Friday Night Lights.

Liz Mikel, who is best known for her role as Smash's mother on the NBC series, was one of 10 people displaced by the fire at the Holly Hill apartments in the 7500 block of Holly Hill Drive.

Like her neighbors, Mikel said she lost everything.

"Memories from Friday Night Lights, signatures, scripts that I had saved -- all of that, gone," she said. "But I am grateful to be here. I could be gone."

Our hearts go out to all. A firefighter was injured and is expected to recover. This site has been given as place to help to Ms. Mikel:

Waiting & Waiting for Friday Night Lights

Excerpts from a Tennessee freelance writer and weekend columnist, waiting and waiting for Friday Night Lights to air on NBC:

"Call it desperation, or maybe an affliction. But last night I watched excerpts from last season of "Friday Night Lights" on I think I've seen the three-minute scene where Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) makes his case to keep his job to the Dillon school board a dozen times ...

My wife says I have a "man crush" on Kyle Chandler. I'm probably not alone. Chandler's turn as the coach seems like a role made for him, the role of a lifetime. It helps that he's got a real Southern accent, not something manufactured in a New York acting workshop, and effortless charm. And Coach T. is the show's hero. Sure, he's got his flaws, but he's honest, true to his wife, enjoys his work, and exudes toughness and compassion for the kids who play for him and look up to him.

Sure, he might have gotten canned recently and sent to the dingy side of Dillon to resurrect football. But, who doesn't want to grow up to be an Eric Taylor?"

Many Kyle Fans feel his pain. Good to know we're not the only desperate, afflicted fans.

Jan 6, 2010

50 Best Episodes of 2009: FNLs scores 3 of 50

#2 "Sons," Friday Night Lights:

Matt Saracen buries his father, and the result is the most emotionally powerful episode of the year. Zach Gilfrod's brilliant performance made us cry from start to finish.

#16 "Underdogs," Friday Night Lights:
The Panthers went back to State, only this time, unlike season 1, they lost. Clear eyes and full hearts didn't win, and the result was sad but still uplifting. It's not about whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game, and the Dillon Panthers played beautifully.

#30 "East of Dillon," Friday Night Lights:
Season 4 began with an ugly sight as Coach Taylor was no longer a Panther, but an East Dillon Lion. Things went from bad to worse when he forfeited their first game during halftime, a depressing start to a new year.

It was quite a year!

Jan 1, 2010

A Critic's New Year Wish-List

KEN TUCKER'S TV (from Entertainment Weekly):

"... here's what I'd like to see on TV this year:

Kyle Chandler with an Emmy Award for Friday Night Lights.

• Big ditto for Connie Britton. (I echo the sentiments of my colleague Mighty Michael Ausiello.)"

Let the 2010 critics love and the drumbeat for an Emmy for Kyle and company begin ...

Happy New Year!!!

To you and yours, from all of us at Kyle Chandler Central ...

Have a very, happy New Year. Here's to the best decade ever!