Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

Jun 23, 2010

Kyle Chandler to Direct an Episode of Friday Night Lights

Question: I’m desperate for some scoop regarding the new seasons of Friday Night Lights and Dexter. —Sean

Coincidentally, I’m desperate to unload some scoop on both those shows. FNL is casting the role of a “winning and charismatic” president of a non-Texas college (to meet with Riggins, perhaps?), while Dexter is looking for an actor in his late 40s to play an internal affairs agent at Miami Metro (to investigate Dex, perhaps?). Oh, here’s another FNL scoop-bit: Kyle Chandler will be playing coach on screen and off. Sources confirm that Chandler will direct his first FNL episode next season.

That is so awesome! We can't wait to see the episode!!! (Or find out which one it is.)

Jun 21, 2010

'Terra Nova' Role is Signed

Jason O'Mara ('Life on Mars') has signed on to star in FOX's ambitious new drama series, 'Terra Nova.'

... O'Mara will play Jim Shannon, a father in the year 2149 on a dying planet who travels back in time with his family to the pre-historic era to help colonists rebuild civilization from the ground up. Stars who were previously thought to be considering the role include Kyle Chandler ('Friday Night Lights').

Previous reports stated filming begins in Australia and that Kyle Chandler and Kevin Bacon both passed on the role. Kyle has said nothing (pro that he is) about the Steven Spielberg project.

It's a dicey role as the series has been billed in the press as the 'Dinosaur' series ... and that had many Kyle fans concerned, as the 'Dinosaours' become the star. Although Spielberg is the "King of Special Effects,"due to high costs of creating special effects and CGI on a network TV series, the effects would have to be the best in the business to be believable. In this economy with concerns over high production costs, the quality of the effects was the concern most often cited by fans ... Will the series production be really well done (such as "Lost") or will it be unintentionally cheesy? Time will tell.

Jun 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day, Kyle Chandler!!!

From all of us at Kyle Chandler Central,

Happy Father's Day

to you and yours!!!!

Vote for Coach Taylor!!!

Who's the Better Dad (Round 2): Coach Taylor or Burt Hummel?

Happy Father’s Day. Today I’d like your opinion: Who’s the better TV dad, poker-faced but sensitive Burt Hummel from Glee, or — well, poker-faced but sensitive Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) from Friday Night Lights?

Coach Taylor "Forever Young" video by none other than our own Maryilee!!! Go and vote for our guy!!!

Jun 19, 2010

Kyle Chandler of 'Friday Night Lights'

Kyle Chandler of 'Friday Night Lights'

Nomination Status: This probably won't be his year either.

In His Favor: For years, we've always advocated on the behalf of Kyle Chandler, our favorite television patriarch and authority figure. For years, we've been stymied. This year won't be any different. Chandler was at his best in the early going of this "Friday Night Lights" season, as he realized the unique challenges of his new job and faced the realities of starting over at the bottom again. In the last third of the season, Chandler gracefully underplayed and allowed Connie Britton to take the splotlight. That's why they're TV's best couple.

Working Against Him: The argument for Kyle Chandler is a little thinner this season. It's not that he hit any false notes, but if we were to do a Sepinwall-esque Top 6 based on our own preferences, it's possible Chandler might not make that Top 6. Heck, he'd even have made our Top 6 in That Season That Never Happened (Season 2). It's not his fault. He's just got more competition this year.

We disagree! This IS his year to be nominated.

Kyle Chandler IS Coach Taylor

Movie vs. series:

The other day, my oldest son asked if we could rewatch the 2004 movie version and we all enjoyed watching Connie Britton with her ’80s big hair and Brad Leland rocking the porn ’stache. The movie has held up reasonably well, and I still get misty when bu$$-hole father Tim McGraw gives his son his championship ring on the field after the Panthers’ loss. That said, I still prefer the series, probably because as much as I like Billy Bob Thornton as Coach Gaines, Kyle Chandler is Coach Taylor.

It's true!

Jun 18, 2010

Tune In Tonight

"In the Bag" airs Friday, June 18, 2010

... But the best soap opera on television doesn't even look like one. "Friday Night Lights" (8 p.m., NBC) is one of the smartest, most beautifully shot and intelligently written series on television. But let's face it: Any story about a high school rivalry between a rich district and a poor one; a painful, shattered love affair between the coach's pretty daughter and a brooding former football star; the gushing admiration of a geeky teacher for his pretty, married principal; and a potential star quarterback from a dangerous neighborhood has all the makings of a compelling soap. And tonight's "Lights" even features a subplot about football star from a poor ranching family who learns that "mending fences" is more than a metaphor.

Perhaps the ratings for "Lights" remain modest because of its reputation for quality. Perhaps people are just intimidated by good scripts, believable acting and credible situations. Maybe if NBC stopped asking us to admire it, and just sold it as a soap opera, "Friday Night Lights" might become the hit it deserves to be.

For all you Kyle Chandler/Coach Taylor fans, these next episodes are crucial to the Season 4 plot line. Don't miss them.

Jun 16, 2010

Separated at Birth? Kyle Chandler/James Wolk

Courtesy of our inexplicable need to point out actors who remind us of, well other actors, comes our latest separated at birth: FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS star Kyle Chandler and LONESTAR’s James Wolk, who while not quite a household name just yet, is on the verge of becoming Hollywood’s “Next Big Thing” come Fall.

What do you think?

These Actors Deserve Emmy Nominations

... What follows is our list of potential nominees that deserve some Emmy consideration. In putting together the list, we didn't bother to mention virtual locks like Tina Fey, Glenn Close or "Mad Men." Bless them, they've gotten their props.

Instead, we're concentrating on worthy newcomers and/or familiar faces who have been rudely snubbed in the past:

BEST ACTOR, DRAMA: It bums us out to no end that the charismatic Kyle Chandler (Coach Taylor, "Friday Night Lights") has yet to be honored with a nomination. Also, why does Matthew Fox ("Lost") continue to get jacked by Emmy? (We're still recovering from his poignant death scene in the series finale). Meanwhile, Timothy Olyphant was mesmerizing as stoic lawman Raylan Givens in "Justified." Last year's winner: Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad").

You're singing to the choir where the charismatic Kyle Chandler is concerned. We couldn't agree more! Also deservedly mentioned: the incomparable Connie Britton, the uber talented Zach Gilford, and the 'comes along maybe once in a decade', highest quality Best Drama Series ... Friday Night Lights.

Jun 11, 2010

Friday Night Lights Grassroots Campaign for Emmy

The NBC show “Friday Night Lights”—which is loosely based on the real life Permian High School in Odessa, Tex.—is known for its realistic and patriotic portrayal of small town Americans. In its fourth season, the show has a loyal fan following who have fought to keep it on the air (one season only on DirecTV) and are now campaigning for the show to win an Emmy award for best drama.

The campaign for the Emmy for FNL is being run in magazines, websites, and now, created with my fellow fans, a Facebook page: “Friday Night Lights Deserves the EMMY Award.” If we could get the National Enquirer eligible for a Pulitzer Prize, we can get the Hollywood elite who never go to a red state to finally recognize that Friday Night Lights deserve the Emmy award this year. Clear eyes, full hearts, CAN’T LOSE!

There are several Facebook and Twitter campaigns for Emmys for Best Drama, Kyle Chandler (Best Actor, Drama), Connie Britton (Best Actress, Drama), and Zach Gilford (Best Guest Star, Drama ... Yes, Zach is a Guest Star for Season 4). Post on these wonderful sites often!!!

Jun 9, 2010

Kyle Chandler's Best List

"Right before my father passed away, he gave me a book. I wasn't much of a reader, so I put it away and forgot about it. But 20 years later, we found the book up in my toy chest when my mom was moving out of the house. It was The Three Musketeers, and I'll be damned, I wished I'd read it when I was a kid. It has everything you want to read about as a young man: honor and duty, battle, friendship and mystery, and of course beautiful women in distress."

"I have some expensive cameras, like the Nikon D200, which is the cream of the crop of the digital SLRs. But the real secret is my $200 Sony Cyber-shot, which I set on 400 speed and can hold anywhere. Nobody knows I'm taking the shot, and it gives beautiful, candid photographs that aren't perfect. I find that art doesn't come out of perfection."

"Crescent Beach on Siesta Key, Florida. The sand is like powdered sugar because it's made almost entirely of quartz. It's right on the Gulf of Mexico, and it has a great vibe."


"Motorcycles are an addiction for me. A couple years ago on Valentine's Day, my wife gave me a sport-touring bike, the Yamaha FJR1300. I'd owned a Harley that I'd driven cross-country, but some idiot stole it outside a bar. I love the Yamaha because it's fast and built for long hauls and the windies. I've taken it out to Mount Zion and to the Grand Canyon and over Hoover Dam. It really lets you feel like you're part of the landscape."

"I wear a black Omega Speedmaster Professional. I used to have to look at it all the time on Early Edition, and it was too cool to leave behind on set. It's the same kind of watch Neil Armstrong wore on the moon. He needed something with a winder because automatic watches don't work in space. I like that I have to wind it every day."

"Almost every car I've ever had has been a convertible, and the greatest of all was my Volkswagen Thing. I never should have gotten rid of it. It's a little tin can with an engine and wheels, but it's got soul. It's a four-door four-seater, which is hard to find. It's the ultimate beach car, and I love that everybody can just climb in and off we go."


"My brothers and I love to golf. We're very competitive, but I just found my secret weapon, which is the TaylorMade r7 SuperQuad driver. I was using a one or two iron before that, but this one gives me so much more power from the tee. I don't even have to push hard on this thing and it goes 280 yards. I love it."

"I've always been a fan of the fountain pen. My girls bought me the Cross Townsend platinum-plated fountain pen for Christmas, and it's a beauty. I like writing letters. E-mail just doesn't have the same impact."


"The Continental Club in Austin has history you can almost taste. I like to go there for a cold beer and a shot, but you also get some of the best musicians in the world dropping by. One weekend last summer, the Rolling Stones dropped by. Somehow I missed them, so now every time I'm there, I keep looking around the room to see who might be hiding in a corner."

Just in time for Father's Day.

Jun 8, 2010

Friday Night Lights No. 1, 2 Weeks in a Row

... On Friday, “Friday Night Lights” finished #1 in its time period in adults 18-49, giving the critically acclaimed drama its second straight week in first place in the Friday 8-9 p.m. hour. “Lights” also ranked #1 among the major networks in adults 18-34, adults 25-54 and nearly all other key demographics. NBC tied for #1 in primetime Friday in adults 18-49 and ranked #1 outright in adults 18-34 and other key demos.

We all know how great this show is. Keep telling your friends and family to watch on Fridays on NBC. It would be so nice to see this show seen by more and more people!!!

Jun 5, 2010

‘Friday Night Lights’ #1, adults 18-49 for NBC

At 8 p.m. ET, "Friday Night Lights" (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) finished #1 in the time period in adults 18-49, giving the critically acclaimed drama a second straight week in first place in the Friday 8-9 p.m. hour.

"Friday Night Lights" is also #1 among the major networks in nearly all other key demographics -- adults, men and women 18-34; men and women 18-49; and adults and men 25-54.

From its first half-hour to its second, "Friday Night Lights" increased its 18-49 rating by 10 percent (to a 1.1 from a 1.0) and its women 18-49 rating by 18 percent (1.3 vs. 1.1).

Pending updates, "Friday Night Lights" scored its top 18-49 and total-viewer results in three weeks.

From 9-11 p.m. ET, "Dateline NBC" averaged a 1.2/4 in adults 18-49 and 4.8 million viewers overall. Pending updates, "Dateline" is #1 in the time period among the major networks in women 18-34 and tied for #1 among adults 18-34, men 18-34 and women 18-49.

For its second hour from 10-11 p.m., "Dateline NBC tied for #1 in adults 18-49 and was #1 outright among the major networks in women 18-49 and women 18-34.

In nightlong results, NBC is tied for #1 in adults 18-49.

This is good news ... for an overall low rated Friday night. Keep spreading the word! It's working!!!

Friday Night Lights Season 4 hits DVD on Aug 17

One of the most acclaimed TV dramas comes to DVD a fourth time on August 17, when Universal Studios Home Entertainment releases "Friday Night Lights: The Fourth Season" in a three-disc set. All 13 episodes are included.

Adapted from the book and film by the same name, "Friday Night Lights" plunges viewers into the world of the Dillon High School Panthers football team and Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and his family. In season four, Taylor takes the reins at East Dillon High School, while his wife (Connie Britton) is principal at Dillon High in a fictional Texas small town. They have a teenage daughter (Aimee Teegarden) who has problems of her own, but then again everyone has problems in this series--which tackles every major issue facing people living in small-town America.

Woo Hoo! Can't wait!!!! :)

Jun 4, 2010

TCA Award Nomations include Friday Night Lights

Program of the Year Nominees:

The Television Critics Association today announced their short-list nominations for the 2010 TCA Awards, which will be handed out during TCA Summer Press Tour, which kicks off at the end of July.

Among the nominees for Program of the Year, such series as Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights, Glee, Lost, and Modern Family. In the individual genre categories, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Lost, Sons of Anarchy, and The Good Wife will compete for the top drama prize, while Glee, Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, Party Down, and The Big Bang Theory are up for comedy kudos and such talents as Eric Stonestreet, Jane Lynch, Aaron Paul, Katey Segal, Nick Offerman, and many others are up for individual honors. ...

Let the Awards Season begin and please be kind to Friday Night Lights!