Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

Jul 28, 2010

Chandler, Fox Garner Long Last Emmy Nods

'Lights,' 'Lost' actors receive attention late in show's run

"Kyle Chandler had been up late directing and acting in the penultimate episode of the upcoming fifth season of "Friday Night Lights" and had maybe knocked off about four hours of sleep when his wife and kids came bounding into his bedroom to tell him he'd been nominated for an Emmy.

"The first thing out of my mouth was: 'I'm trying to sleep,' " Chandler recalls, adding his grogginess quickly evaporated due to the excitement in the room.

Thanks to the critical praised heaped upon "Friday Night Lights," Chandler's nomination in the lead actor drama category felt deserved. But Emmy recognition for him and fellow category nominee Matthew Fox from "Lost" was also nothing short of a longshot." ...

Let's go out on a limb and predict a win for Kyle Chandle! Here's how it could happen: Bryan Cranston has won twice; and if he was going to win, Hugh Laurie would have by now. The 'surprise' noms of Chandler and Fox feel as if Emmy voters want something new this year. More popular shows' nominees Michael C. Hall, Jon Hamm, and Matthew Fox will cancel one another out ... leaving the dark horse, Chandler, to win.

Or the preferred scenario: Chandler is the only actor in this category who created a new character different from the lead role in a movie version. Actors know better than anyone how difficult that is to do, risking comparison to the movie portrayal ... something only THE consummate professional could pull off. Chandler went far beyond pulling it off. He was cast against type! Even creator Peter Berg questioned casting the "Early Edition guy" in a similar role portrayed so well by Billy Bob Thornton. In the end, Chandler beat the casting odds. He transforms into Coach Taylor! He was born to play this richly layered role.

Jul 27, 2010

New at

All-New Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton Gallery!

Browse our all-new online exclusive photo gallery of Emmy nominees Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton!

We like seeing celebrate Kyle and Connie's Emmy nominations. (But 2+ weeks out, we're still patiently waiting for NBC to acknowledge the show's 4 Emmy nominations when advertising or airing Friday Night Lights on network television.)

Jul 15, 2010

Emmy Episode Submissions Decided

We found out which episodes the actors — and supporting actors — have offered up for consideration. The Emmys will air Aug. 29 on NBC. See the selections after the jump:

Hamm: “The Gypsy & The Hobo” (Don Draper admits to his wife that he stole Dick Whitman’s identity)

Chandler: “East of Dillon” (Coach unites his team)

Cranston: “Full Measure” (Walt completes his journey to the dark side in this season finale)

Laurie: “Broken” (The season premiere that was set in a psychiatric hospital)

Fox: “The End” (Jack reunites with his friends in the series finale)

Hall: “The Getaway” (Dexter catches up with Trinity and kills him in this season finale)

Click on the link for info for Supporting Actors. What do you think? What was your favorite Coach Taylor episode?

Jul 13, 2010

Emmy Predictions: Best Actor

The Frontrunner: Cranston and (Kyle) Chandler (tie). Cranston could well earn his third consecutive trophy, but the Academy has three years of snubs to atone for where Chandler is concerned.

Kyle Chandler could and should win, and kylefans would love to see it ... and not because of past snubs. Ausiello, a huge fan of Connie Britton, is slowly but surely coming around where Kyle is concerned.

Jul 9, 2010

Emmy Noms: Mix of Glee, Surprise, and Snubs

Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights): We can’t really complain too much about FNL being left out of the Best Drama category because at least it garnered some acting nods, which we never thought was going to happen (we’re still watching the skies for flying pigs). Chandler’s portrayal of a put-upon football coach is impressively subtle. That scene in The Son, where Coach Taylor walks a grieving Matt home, would have been dramatically overplayed by lesser actors, but Chandler’s quiet, unspoken support was perfectly heartbreaking.

The past four years ...

Below is a blog that I wrote a couple of weeks ago. Please do not repost this blog or recreate it without my permission. Thank you!! I will post on the forum later today, why I would like to keep this blog post on the downlow. Thank you again!!

Recently, I had the bitter sweet privilege of filming the final Austin games for the show, Friday Night Lights. This show has been a huge part of my life for the past four years. I'm a fan of the show, but I'm also a background extra. I started out getting booked in the hopes of meeting Kyle Chandler. That turned out to be just the beginning of an amazing chapter in my life and my family's life.

The first scene we filmed was a church scene. The cool thing about that was, that it was REAL! A real worship service going on while we were filming. How cool is that? When my kids and I showed up, we met the most interesting people and were introduced to a culture that I never knew existed. It was like dropping in on another planet. I was hooked.

The next filming was also a church scene. I actually found the nerve to tell a production assistant about my son and ask if there was any possible way we could meet Kyle Chandler. After we were done filming, we got to meet him and he was beyond gracious.

And from that point on, I, along with my family have been devoted extras. We've done football games, church scenes, restaurant scenes. I've been a wife to numerous men and and a mother to numerous children. I've laughed and cheered at pep rallies and I've cried at a funeral. I've worshipped in at least two churches and have eaten my way through many restaurants in Dillon.

I've met celebrities, aspiring actors and folks who love the show, and like me, want to support it in the most tangible way possible. How many people get to actually work on the set of their favorite show, alongside their favorite actor? It's been one of those unusual blessings in life that I thank God for often.

That's not to say that all is perfect in Dillon. There have been some times when I wonder why I'm doing this.

The process of being an extra is very much like the military. There have been some report times as early as 6:00AM. You show up on set half asleep with wardrobe in hand and are immediately herded into a sign in line. Once you're signed in, you fill out your voucher, then you wait in the wardrobe line. The wardrobe line is reminiscent of my days in basic training. The wardrobe lady looks at what you have, inspects you and tells you what to wear. After that is all done, then you hurry up, get changed and wait. and wait and wait and wait. Then just as you get lulled into relaxing, the production assistants come in and start barking orders. You're then told where to stand, when to walk in and what to do as often as it takes to get the scene right.

There are times when the weather is not on your side. In Texas, the weather can go from 90 degrees to 50 degrees in a half hour and you have to stay in the cooler clothes for the sake of continuity. The call times can be hard to deal with. I've had early morning call times and I've driven home from filmings as late as 5:AM There are extras on the set that are so ambitious and competitive, that they'll gladly step on you on the way up the ladder. The lying, tattling and pot stirring could rival any soap opera. And conversely, there are extras that are just there to either meet Tim Riggins, or get an easy paycheck for little or no work. It's amazing how shocked some of these folks are when they realize they actually have to work to get that check.

All in all, it's been an unforgettable ride. I can't believe it's been four years. This experience has changed me in ways that I never thought possible. I'm not afraid of little things anymore. I'm not such a homebody anymore. I have more confidence in myself and I'm more willing to try new things. This show has really taken me out of my comfort zone and for that I will always be grateful.

Some really cool memories...

Meeting kyle!! What an awesome, humble person he is. He has made me and my family feel special and for that, he will always have a special place in my heart. What a treat it has been watching him do what he does best. I've gotten to watch him turn into Coach Taylor. I've gotten to watch him fool around on set and show us his food and throw a football around like a big kid. I've gotten the opportunity to tell him how I feel about him, that I pray for him and his family and that I'm thrilled that they are all here in Texas together. I wish Kyle the best and i'm so glad that he was Coach Taylor.

Showing up on camera!! OMGosh, this was the one thing that always surprises me. I never go into a scene trying to get on film, so seeing myself is always a special treat. First time i showed up on camera was season two, sitting right behind Landry. You could see me for a whole five or ten seconds. I was floored!! I've showed up a few more times since then and it never fails to make me all giddy inside.

Being a fan on the set. I'll never forget filming a dance scene on a Friday Night, watching Friday Night Lights in the holding area while waiting to film!! I have no words to describe how surreal that was.

Friday Night lights and my faith. I'm a born again Christian. Since this show came on the air, i have felt compelled to pray for the cast, crew and the show in general. The fact that my first booking was a real church scene, just showed me how this show can be used to connect Hollywood and God in a real and powerful way.

The friendships. I have met so many different kinds of people through this show. Before FNL, My circle of friends and aqaintances were either military spouses like myself, or friends from church, again, like myself. I've met people from this show that I never would have met otherwise. I'm so blessed by the friendships that have been formed over the past four years.

Friday Night Lights and life imitating art. My son is a junior at Judson high school, a football powerhouse here in Texas. Before this show, he had no interest in football or FNL. After watching a few episodes, he became a fan. He opened his eyes to the world around him and started to show an interest in high school football. Today, he's the Judson athletic photographer, and an aspiring film maker. His influence? FNL creator, Pete Berg.

The cool factor. I can't tell you how many people think i'm just the coolest person on the planet because i'm on Friday Night lights. I have to admit, it's fun having an instant ice breaker at parties. I really do get a kick out of hearing people say that they've seen me on TV.

So that's been what the past four years has meant to me. People have asked me if I'm sad about this show and this chapter of my life coming to an end. I am sad to a point, but then i think back to an interview with one of the producers. He said something to the affect of there was a story to tell and when that story was finished, the show would be finished too. I have every confidence that this story will have a good ending. I'm so blessed to have been a part of it all and I'll never forget it. Clear eyes, full hearts....

Video: Emmy Nominations in Real Time

Here is a video of the Emmy Nominations as read early this morning:

Watching it live was fantastic!

Jul 8, 2010

Video: Kyle Chandler On Emmy Nomination

Actor Kyle Chandler talks about earning an Emmy Nomination for his work on Friday Night Lights.

This is a great, impromptu video!! What a guy, what a cast, what a show!!!

Kyle Chandler Quote ...


"I'll be sitting next to my real wife and my TV wife. It's going to be a great night."

- Kyle Chandler, nominated for lead actor in a drama series for "Friday Night Lights."

And we'll all be watching on August 29th! :)

Emmy Nom Reactions for Friday Night Lights


“I’m so grateful. It really feels like a gift. We’re about to wrap the show after 5 seasons, so this is especially wonderful and so unexpected. And I’m thrilled for my TV husband, Kyle too… It really feels like an acknowledgment of the show.”
– Connie Britton, Emmy Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series – “Friday Night Lights”

“I am thrilled for Connie and Kyle. I will admit I had to read the email several times before I believed it. Kyle and Connie have both created once in a lifetime nuanced, complex and compelling characters — it is no small thrill for myself that after four years not one but both have been recognized. I am also thrilled that Rolin Jones has been recognized for his beautiful script “The Son”, an uniquely powerful episode of television. And, to Linda Lowy and our incredible casting agents who have been recognized yet again for all they bring to the show.”
– Jason Katims, Executive Producer

“DIRECTV is thrilled to congratulate the ‘Friday Night Lights’ team and Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler on their recent Emmy nominations, recognition they so richly deserve. We’ve long admired the series and their outstanding work and are proud to share this honor with them.”
–Patty Ishimoto, Vice President, Entertainment & General Manager, The 101 Network/DirecTV

And the kudos are just beginning. :) What a labor of love!

Kyle Chandler's Cinderella Emmy Story

"How 'bout that?" says an overjoyed lead actor in a drama nominee Kyle Chandler, calling from Texas, where he's filming Friday Night Lights. "When I found out this morning, my daughter Katherine said, 'You got nominated!' I was trying to sleep so I didn't know what she was doing. But when it dawned on me, the first thing I said was, 'Did Connie [Britton] get nominated?' When she said yes, that was the icing on the cake that made it all real."

Like Britton, it has been emotional for Chandler to shoot the fifth and final season's last episodes. Just two hours remain to be shot. "I'm directing episode 12, so I was director and actor yesterday. It's been a great experience and they haven't fired me yet. This nomination feels like a Friday Night Lights moment. It couldn't have been written better. Today Zach Gilford, Adrianne Palicki and Grandma Saracen will all be there. Yesterday we had Taylor Kitsch. I can't wait to walk on the set today and say, 'Congratulations.'"

With this Emmy love, is it possible the show could live to see a sixth season? Chandler just laughs. "This show has been reincarnated so many times, there's no telling if it could have one more gasp of air. But I think this is the end, and there's no better way to exit the stage. It's a true Cinderella story." Like his character, Chandler too is doing some soul searching about where his life will go. "You always do that at the end of every project. You sit back, take a deep breath and then get to recreate yourself as someone new."

Well, TV Guide didn't get his daughter's name right ... but, we'll overlook. :) Another awesome picture on the link.

'Friday Night Lights' Finally Wins Major Emmy Noms

NEW YORK — It might be late in the fourth quarter, but "Friday Night Lights" finally got some Emmy love.

The acclaimed drama was nominated for four Emmys on Thursday, including lead actor and actress in a drama for Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, who play the patriarch and matriarch of Dillon, Texas, the small town, football-mad world of "Friday Night Lights."

The show was also nominated for best writing in a drama series (by Rolin Jones) and best casting. Though many critics have called it the best show on TV for years, it had previously only been nominated for casting (winning in 2007) and directing.

Jon Hamm, also nominated for lead actor for his work in "Mad Men," spoke for many when he said Thursday of the show, "I can't believe it's taken this long."

"For a long time, it almost felt like, is there a reason that they're not nominating this show? Is it not on the ballot? Are they using secret ink? Come on, this show is good," he said.

"It was just one of those things. It wasn't pushed, it wasn't represented well by its studio or network or whatever. It was kind of bounced around on the schedule, but people kept seeking it out."

At times, it took some work. "Friday Night Lights" has never received strong ratings, and its last two seasons have aired first on DirecTV, then on NBC. In recent seasons, it has rotated its young cast and introduced new characters to keep things running on a tight budget.

In the process, it has continued to realistically portray a town in full, maintaining a humanistic view of its characters, all making their way in ordinary lives.

Jason Katims, head writer and executive producer, said the nominations are "a wonderful and somewhat shocking surprise."

"Kyle and Connie are the heart of the show. Not one, but both being recognized, to me, recognizes the show," he said. "In a way, having to wait for these nominations has honestly made it a little sweeter."

The cast and crew are currently in Austin, Texas, finishing up the last few weeks of shooting season five, which will be the last season for "Friday Night Lights."

Britton said she was "truly surprised" by the nomination.

"I've been feeling increasingly melancholy as I feel the days wearing away," she said. "This feels like, 'Oh, it will be so nice to have that because we're not going to be able to work on this show that we've loved so much.'"

Chandler immediately called Britton Thursday morning to celebrate.

"Not to use just a silly metaphor, but that's what's this show's been about," he said. "I've said it for the last five seasons, it's all about teamwork."

Of course, not everyone was content with the Emmy results for "FNL." A quixotic Facebook campaign had urged that Zach Gilford (who plays the quarterback-turned-artist Matt Saracen) be nominated. Nearly 10,000 had joined in the effort.

There is a LOT of press on this unprecedented day!!! (Check out the Kyle pic on this article for a preview of him in formalwear.) :)


I know this has already been broken on here but I just learned about it now. Thanks again Dolphin for being so on top of things for me. You're AWESOME!!

I can barely write this due to the lump in my throat and the tear in my eye.


From TV Guide:

"Long overlooked by the Emmys, Friday Night Lights finally broke in, scoring lead drama acting nominations for Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton.Chandler is up against two-time defending champion Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), first-time nominee Matthew Fox (Lost), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Hugh Laurie (House)."

Or read the whole article here:


Connie Britton Can Speak For Kyle Chandler ...

Nomination Reaction: Connie Britton

Connie Britton, Tami Taylor on "Friday Night Lights""I think it's more gratifying because we got used to not being nominated. We had come to terms with that, and there was no reason to expect this. I was so thrilled. There was no way I was watching. My cousin in New York, who's up on all things showbiz, called me up while I was in bed with my dogs. My first call was to Kyle (Chandler), who had no voice. He was up at 4:30 in the morning shooting a football scene. This feels like an amazing honor."

Can we all say a collective "Awwwwwww."

Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton Receive Emmy Nominations!!!!

Actor, drama:
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Hugh Laurie, House
Matthew Fox, Lost (his first Emmy nomination)
Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Actress, drama:
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
Glenn Close, Damages
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
January Jones, Mad Men

Friday Night Lights received 4 nominations this morning: Best Actor Drama, Best Actress Drama, Writing, and Casting.

What a happy day!!! Kylefans wish to congratulate Kyle and Connie. This is so awesome and deserved!!!!! CELEBRATE!!!!!!

My Fantasy Emmy Nominations

Is your Tivo tingling with anticipation thanks to tomorrow morning's Emmy nominations? Yea, mine too. But before we can get to the long list of lovely lads and ladies who will vie for The 62nd Annual Emmy Awards on August 29, we will have to reconcile the inevitable snubs and oversights the Academy of TV Arts & Sciences inevitably makes every year.

So, to that end, I thought I'd show you what the 2010 Emmy Nominations might look like if the TV Academy was a one-man show: me! Yes, I know full well that many of these nominations are pipe dreams so deep BP is looking into buying them, but that's why these are PopWrap's Fantasy Emmy Nominations. So snag a lunesta and come away with me:

Please click on the link above to see nominated: Friday Night Lights - Best Drama, Kyle Chandler - Best Actor Drama, Connie Britton - Best Actress Drama and fabulous pictures.

We're still hoping we wake up in the morning and see the fantasy become a reality!

Jul 6, 2010

Clark: Yoo Hoo, Emmy ...

Have we got a guy for you!!!

• Kyle Chandler as Eric Taylor in "Friday Night Lights"
— There are a lot of critics and fans shocked and disgusted that Chandler has never been nominated for his role in this beloved NBC show. If he hasn't gotten the call yet, chances are the powers-that-nominate just aren't that impressed with him. Still, a lot of people are making a lot of noise on his behalf, so this could be the year that Emmy finally gives in.

And the drum beat to Emmy nominations continue ...

Jul 5, 2010

Friday Night Lights: Portrait of a Marriage

"...As many commentators and bloggers have noted, the Taylors' union is one of the best real depictions of a good marriage perhaps in the history of television. There are no sensationalistic storylines involving infidelity, illegitimate children, mistrust, or even just spite. The Taylors truly are a team. They respect each other, and it's the security that they exude and the trust in each other that they display that make this marriage different from most that are depicted on television."

This is an awesome article and explores one big reason why this show is the best show on television! The portrayal of the Taylors by Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton is something really special and refreshing (and needed!) on television. It gives hope to the rest of us and a road map of what a good marriage is supposed to look like in terms of commitment and mutual support.

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Jul 2, 2010

23 Shows We Want On DVD

HOMEFRONT (1991-93)

Back in 1992, we called Kyle Chandler a ''face to watch,'' based on his performance in this World War II-era series. Friday Night Lights fans, were we right or what? We want to relive all that sepia-tinted glory.,,20398646_15,00.html?order=ASC&page=2

Slide 15 of 24, what a great pic of hunky young Kyle. Fans here would LOVE to add HOMEFRONT DVDs to our Kyle collections!!!!!