Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

Mar 30, 2010

A Video Plea From Kyle (with a quick deadline)

Kyle Chandler has a special plea for all of us folks out there to vote for a film submission to the Pepsi Refresh Project by "Wish for Our Heroes Foundation." If their submission makes it into the Top 10, the Foundation receives $50,000 that will go directly to granting wishes to our Servicemen and Women.

Deadline is Wednesday, Midnight. I voted. Go on over and there do some good!

(Thanks, Maryilee!!!)

Mar 29, 2010

FNLs Premiere on NBC Moved to May 7th

The premiere of the new season of "Friday Night Lights" has been pushed back a week to May 7, according to NBC.

The fourth season of the critically acclaimed drama, originally scheduled for April 30, will now be May 7 at 7 p.m., the network announced today.

Set in the small town of Dillon, Texas, "Friday Night Lights" focuses on life around two high schools, one whose football team is coached by Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and the other whose principal is Taylor's wife, Tami (Connie Britton).

We heard this 'rumor' last week and waited for 3 confirmations before posting.

Mar 24, 2010

Kyle Chandler Comes Up in Parenthood Review

Parenthood compared to the portrayal of the Taylor family ...

"A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I look for anything that smells like Yo-Yo...

One of the best, most unexpected parts of "Friday Night Lights" is the portrayal of the Taylor family - not just the compelling equal partnership between Coach and Mrs. Coach, but how the two of them have dealt with teenage daughter Julie's growing pains over the last few years. And one of the stylistic trademarks Jason Katims and company took to that show, and specifically to depicting that family unit at the center, is how much is left unsaid in the dialogue and left to very expressive actors like Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton and Aimee Teegarden to convey. You learn as much about the Taylors' parenting style from what they don't say as from what they do.

"FNL" hasn't always been perfect in how it shows Julie's teen rebellion, but watching Haddie at odds with her parents, or Drew shrink in embarrassment at everyone trying to talk about masturbation with him(*), or Amber confront her mom about being spied on, I found myself wishing for less telling and more showing.

Kyle Chandler is the master at conveying a myriad of thoughts and feelings ... without uttering a single word.

Mar 23, 2010

Anticipation for Friday Night Lights Gala

San Antonio, TX

We're getting closer to the Season 4 Red-Carpet Premiere of NBC's "Friday Night Lights." It will be held on April 24th, at the J.W. Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort. The gala screening will present the first two episodes before NBC's premiere on April 30. As last year, many cast members are expected to attend.

The night's host will be the Gridiron Heroes Spinal Cord Injury Foundation.

Kyle Chandler attended last year's event and is a devoted supporter of Gridiron Heroes. Stay tuned for more reports on this fantastic event.

Mar 19, 2010

FNLs Honored for Raising Alzheimer Awareness

Last night, March 18, 2010 the stars of Los Angeles came out for the A Night at Sardi's annual musical revue and gala, benefitting the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. Laurie Burrows Grad founded this event 18 years ago in honor of her father, the late playwright Abe Burrows. To date, A Night at Sardi's has raised close to $18 million in the fight against Alzheimer's. Last night's evening raised $1 million alone.

This year's gala honored NBC's "Friday Night Lights" and FOX Sports for their work in raising awareness of Alzheimer's disease. Caregiver of the Year honors went to Serge Morales, whose wife was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer's two years ago at the age of 55. Among the evening's surprises:

The cast of ‘Friday Night Lights" (Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden, Scott Porter, Adrianne Palicki, Jesse Plemons and Louanne Stephens) presenting the Abe Burrows Entertainment Award to the show's executive producer, Jason Katims. Actor J. K. Simmons leading cast members from CBS's "Big Bang Theory" (Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Jim Parsons, and Kunal Nayyar), in a rousing rendition of the show's finale, "You've Gotta Have Heart."

Mar 18, 2010

'Coach Taylor' Reel Starring Kyle Chandler

New from

The Best of Coach Taylor · Friday Night Lights: Relive Coach Taylor’s best moments in coaching, life lessons and more with the new “best of” clip now up on the site! This is a must for Friday Night Lights fans!

Barney: Spring Forward with the Season's Best

From Contra Costa Times ...

"The 10 Best TV Shows Right Now!" And coming in at No. 3:

3. "Friday Night Lights" (Returns 8 p.m. April 30, NBC): I've seen the entire season on DirecTV and am pleased to report that fans are in for a major treat. As Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) assumes his post at East Dillon High, the new setting and characters take some getting used to, but this cult favorite quickly finds its groove with stirring stories that explore race relations and the bonds between friends and family. Meanwhile, some things never change: "FNL" continues to provide more lump-in-the-throat moments than any other show.

C'mon April 30th! We can't wait.

Mar 16, 2010

Starpulse Top 10 TV Shows

... After watching three nearly perfect seasons, and one admittedly weird black sheep of a season, I've come to see "Friday Night Lights" as being likely the most resonant, emotionally honest show on television. It's far more than just a show about football. In fact, it's as much about football as "Mad Men" is about the advertising industry.

The sport serves more as a cultural backdrop and touchstone than as a dramatic centerpiece. The characters' wistful search for purpose in a town obsessed with the fleeting, short lived glory of high school football should seem jarringly familiar to anyone that grew up knowing those titular Friday night lights. These characters could have walked the halls of anyone's high school, and it's this adherence to reality that puts "Friday Night Lights" up there amongst the best shows of the decade.

Even in its fourth season, which already aired on DirectTV and will air on NBC in April, the show deals with topics like abortion and the death of a parent without resorting to the cloying phoniness that plagues most network dramas that tackle similarly weighty issues.
Kris King
by Kris King
Starpulse contributing writer

EW: Best 10 Shows on TV Now

Ken Tucker sounds off on spring TV's MVPs. Plus, teasers on what's coming up next for each one


NBC, premieres APRIL 30, 8–9 p.m.

KEN'S TAKE: Having seen this new season on DIRECTV's 101 Network, I can say with assurance that you're going to moan, cry, and cheer at the new obstacles facing Coach Eric (Kyle Chandler) and Tami (Connie Britton) Taylor.

WHAT'S NEXT: The season 4 highlight reel includes a significant death, a major breakup, an abortion scandal, a shocking arrest, and a season-ending showdown between the scrappy underdog East Dillon Lions and the mighty Panthers. Also of note: Taylor Kitsch takes his shirt off at least three times.,,20349465_7,00.html

TV Guide: "The Taylors" in Top 50 TV Families

From Bonanza's classic Cartwrights to the newest reality clan, the Kardashians, check out numbers 21-50 in TV Guide Magazine's Top TV Families list!

Coming in at No. 34:

Coach Taylor's television family would have been No. 1 in our book. :)

Mar 11, 2010

Friday Night Lights Season 4 Cast Photos

Check out some great cast gallery photos from Season 4 of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS which premieres on NBC on Friday, April 30 (8-9 p.m. ET).

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Season 4 - As season four opens, a redistricting plan has left Dillon a town divided. Having been ousted from his role as head coach at Dillon High School, Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) finds himself faced with the daunting task of building a football team from scratch as well as motivating and disciplining the unmanageable East Dillon Lions players. Tensions follow Coach Taylor off the field and into the home as he and Tami (Connie Britton), who remains Principal of West Dillon High, find themselves increasingly at odds with one another and the adversarial roles the redistricting has forced upon them. As one of the main proponents of redistricting Dillon, Tami bears the brunt of criticism from the very unhappy parents and students who have been zoned out of West Dillon and into the less desirable East Dillon.

Are you ready for some Dillon football?

Mar 3, 2010

Stars Converge at Nobility Dinner, April 11th

Austin, TX. Gala veterans agreed Turk and Christy Pipkin's 2008 Nobelity Dinner was the star-studliest social event of that season.

The luminaries will shine just as brightly April 11 at the Four Seasons for the event's second edition. Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Joe Ely, Hannibal Lokumbe and Ray Benson will serenade guest of honor Willie Nelson.

Sitting at tables with ordinary folks will be celebrity types such as Matthew McConaughey, Billy Bob Thornton, Camila Alves, Elizabeth Avellan, Connie Britton, Kyle Chandler, Brad Leland, Rick Linklater and Bill Paxton.

Nobel-winning physicist Steve Weinberg will join literary celebrities Sarah Bird, Steve Harrigan, Jaston Williams and Bill Wittliff. Other musical guests include Charlie Sexton, Eliza Gilkyson, Kat Edmonson, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Shawn Colvin.

Proceeds will support education work in the U.S. and abroad, including construction of Mahiga Hope High School in Kenya. Top tables are going for $10,000, but other prices are available; contact

Mar 2, 2010

Friday Night Lights: Season 4 Red Carpet Premiere

Saturday, April 24, 2010, San Antonio, Texas

Benefitting Gridiron Heroes!!!!

Come join cast members of NBC's critically acclaimed, Emmy Award winning television series Friday Night Lights for The Friday Night Lights Season 4 Red Carpet Premiere. Proceeds will benefit Gridiron Heroes. This exclusive event will certainly be a sellout, so please get your reservation form in by April 15, 2010.

Check here for details:

This is such a wonderful cause, fully supported by our guy and cast and crew of FNLS!!

NBC's FNLs Website Updated!

FNLs Premieres on NBC, Friday, April 30th, 8/7c

NBC has updated its Friday Night Lights website to include photos and clips of Season 4. Check it out here:

It's nice to see some pics of Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) in his new school colors. (Not that we didn't love him in Panther Blue, but this season, he's a Lion.) :)