Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

Aug 30, 2010

A Longer Kyle Chandler Interview


Finally! Red Carpet Interviews

FNLI rarely let my emotions get the best of me, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get a little verklempt by the sight of Friday Night Lights‘ long overdue Emmy contenders Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton walking the red carpet yesterday as full-fledged nominees. So they didn’t win. Big deal. The positive buzz surrounding FNL‘s fifth and final season all but ensures they’ll be in the running again next year. But back to this year’s event, watch what went down on the red carpet with Britton and Chandler before the ceremony (hint: lots of silliness, an impromptu purse search, and talk of a possible—make that impossible—sixth season).

Aug 29, 2010

Emmy Red Carpet

Maryilee, AmazingGrace, and I sat through hours of pre-Emmy Red Carpet coverage on E Channel, TV Guide Channel, and NBC ... and saw little to no Kyle Chandler or Connie Britton, except for: A Twitter Pic of Kyle taken by Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly:

Here's the first pics we're seeing of Connie. She's gorgeous!

We'll post more of Kyle's as soon as they appear.

What's Next?

Who knows. But we found this article to be interesting:

If Imagine friends now at Showtime could create a quality show for Kyle and/or Connie, you would have a flock of news fans.

Congratulations and Thank You!

To Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton (and all the cast and crew of Friday Night Lights), thank you and congratulations for a fantastic Season 4 ... from the fans at Kyle Chandler Central. We can't wait to see the work you did in Season 5! We know it will be awesome!

Aug 27, 2010

Emmys: TV's New Golden Age

Best actor, drama

Should Win: Kyle Chandler as Coach Eric Taylor in Friday Night Lights, which aired on DirecTV and NBC. Chandler makes up one-half of the best, most deeply detailed, effortlessly authentic couple ever on television. He and TV wife Connie Britton are the Astaire and Rogers of TV dramas.

Will Win: Jon Hamm as Don Draper in AMC's Mad Men. Hard to believe he hasn't won yet (though this makes his third nom). This has to be the year, hasn't it?

Emmys: We Pick our Favorite Shows!

...We thought we were torn on which drama to root for...until we get to Outstanding Actor in a Dramatic Series category. There's a buffet of handsome and talent with nominees like Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"), Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"), Matthew Fox ("LOST") and Kyle Chandler who is finally getting his due for "Friday Night Lights."

Five Emmy Stories to Watch

...Do Coach and Mrs. Coach have a chance?

The absolutely stunning work being done by just about everybody on Friday Night Lights was mysteriously and totally ignored until this year, when suddenly, both Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton found themselves nominated in the lead actor and actress categories for their work as Eric and Tami Taylor. ...

The Party Report

Emmy Awards 2010 Party Survival Guide:

Aug 26, 2010

Among Many Worthies, Who Should Win Emmys

Alessandra Stanley, a television critic for The Times, gives her picks for who deserves Emmy Awards. The telecast begins at 8 p.m. Eastern on Sunday on NBC.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama

Pick: Kyle Chandler

Kyle Chandler deserves it, and not just because “Friday Night Lights” is one of the best unwatched shows on television -- a smart, engaging expose of Texas high school football for viewers who could care less about teenagers, football or Texas. Its small but loyal followers have managed to keep it alive for a fifth season, and Mr. Chandler is one of its top selling points.

And if you want to play along, you can vote on this interactive ballot here and compare your picks to the winners on Sunday night!

Aug 23, 2010

The Emmy Awards Drinking Game

...In an effort to make the Emmys more exciting I've devised a simple two-person or two-team drinking game to be played along with the three-hour telecast. At least come Monday morning, you'll have something to show for those hours -- namely a hangover. Don't drink? Play it for quarters instead. Here's how it works: Divide into two teams, the Noobs and the Old-timers. Noobs will get points when first-time winners and nominees triumph, and the Old-timers win when the Tony Shalhoubs and Alec Baldwins do. Proceed as follows: ...

Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Bryan Cranston, Hugh Laurie or Michael C. Hall wins -- Noobs drink or pay.
Jon Hamm, Kyle Chandler or Matthew Fox wins -- Old-timers drink or pay.
Bonus: If Kyle Chandler wins, everyone drinks out of sheer happiness.

Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Kyra Sedgwick, Mariska Hargitay, Julianna Margulies or Glenn Close wins -- Noobs drink or pay.
Connie Britton or January Jones wins -- Old-timers drink or pay.
If either Connie or January wins, Old-timers drink or pay double for stacked category.

Shall we play Sunday night? Choose your poison ... wine, beer, or Scotch! ;)

Emmys Countdown

Kyle Chandler & Michael Emerson Are Our Picks to Win Lead & Supporting Actor in a Drama!

These men seriously bring the drama every week! Tell us if you agree with our picks OR vote for your Emmy faves!

The football coach, the serial killer or the meth dealer — we’ve got so many upstanding men to pick for the 2010 Emmy Awards. But our (theoretical) votes definitely go to Friday Night LightsKyle Chandler for Outstanding Lead Actor and Lost’s Michael Emerson for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Kyle’s first nomination is LONG overdue — we’ve loved him for the past four years — while Michael has already proven himself to be an Emmy darling with four previous nominations.

Tell us, HollywoodLifers: Are we dead on with our choices, or did we make a HUGE mistake and overlook a more deserving actor? Cast your votes below and drop us a comment — who should win the Emmy on Aug. 29?

Go there and vote for Kyle. Isn't this fun?!!!

Aug 21, 2010

The Best of Coach Taylor

Friday Night Lights: The Best of Coach Taylor

Here's another video tribute of Kyle Chandler in his Emmy nominated role:

Aug 20, 2010

Emmys Best in Class: Kyle Chandler

From TV Guide's Emmy Focus, here is Kyle Chandler's photo tribute to his television and movie roles:

And past TV Guide videos here:

From Homefront to King Kong to Friday Night Lights. Enjoy!

Aug 18, 2010

Friday Night Lights Coming to ABC Family

There’s a good chance you’ve heard from someone you know or read something with the approximation, “You’re not watching Friday Night Lights? It’s the best show people aren't watching.” And while hearing incredulous statements like that can be annoying, in the case of Friday Night Lights they are dead on. It may be one the best shows people have just never watched in any great numbers. But that can all change thanks to ABC Family. Starting in September, ABC Family will replay the entire Friday Night Lights series from the beginning. It’s a chance to see it from the pilot episode (one of the most poignant pilots in some time) and follow the story of Dillon, Texas and its captivation with football. ...

There are reviews of Friday Night Lights, and then, there are reviews. This is one of those golden ones ... promoting the premiere of the first 4 seasons on ABC Family beginning September 7th (on top of the release of Season 4 this week and the upcoming Emmys). It's a press bonanza!!!

I'll Be Your Mirror

"It occurs to me, as I Netflix through the early seasons of Friday Night Lights, that I'm in the Eric Taylor stage of my life, named after the fortitudinous Texas gridiron coach (played so effectively by Kyle Chandler) at the epicenter of the show. Not of course that I live in Texas or coach high school football, or any sport for that matter (though I do have three years of youth soccer under my belt), but, rather, that like Coach Taylor I'm the married father of two girls, one a teenager whose motivations constantly befuddle me, and also that he is a man who shapes young lives while simultaneously allowing himself to be shaped by them. He can be wise (temperately articulating his disappointment in older daughter Julie when she lies about being drunk) or clueless (flummoxed by his inability to persuade the rest of the family to go out for lasagna on the night of the big school dance, when everyone else is too depressed over the sorry state of their romantic affairs), sometimes both at once. Above all he is principled and compassionate, and besides that I'm a sucker for the embattled hero." ...

A nice tribute to the iconic character of Coach Taylor, flawlessly played by Kyle Chandler. As an aside, you may recall the Paley Center interviews the cast from Friday Night Lights did (a podcast of which is available at iTunes).

Aug 16, 2010

Podcast: Kyle Chandler

Kyle Chandler on 'Friday Night Lights' Finally Scoring at the Emmys

"When I ask Kyle Chandler about Emmy neglect he replies, "I don't give much thought into why it doesn't come about. It's not the way I work. But when it happens, I couldn't be happier."

This is a fantastic podcast of Kyle. What a treat to have this!

Aug 12, 2010

Five TV Critics Pick Their Emmy Favorites


Griffiths: "Bryan Cranston ('Breaking Bad') is doing a crackerjack job, but it's about time Kyle Chandler nabbed a win for 'Friday Night Lights.' The show's coming off its most winning season, and a lot of that has to do with Chandler's low-key, utterly human portrayal of a guy who takes a heartfelt interest in underdogs."

Fretts: "I put my money on Michael C. Hall, who's got a compelling personal story to go along with his killer work on 'Dexter.' Playing opposite John Lithgow took Hall to a new level this season, and he's overdue, having never won for this show or 'Six Feet Under.' "

Susman: "I'm going with Cranston to win, as much as I'd like to see Hugh Laurie ('House') win it after all these years, or even Matthew Fox, because I love 'Lost.' "

Ostrow: "Cranston and Laurie are principals who cater to their shows. The others are more ensemble pieces. Still, I do think there's so much sentiment for 'Mad Men' (and Jon Hamm). Overall, they got it right this year. I have no quibbles with this category."

Wiser: "Chandler isn't a showy actor, but his character couldn't be more real. That's talent. I think Laurie's Dr. House is an acquired taste, and Cranston should give someone else a chance."

Two out of 5 critics ... in a field of 6 actors? Here's hoping the Emmy electorate are voting for Best Actor, Drama with the same frequency!

Aug 7, 2010

Kyle Chandler In Strong Position For Emmy Upset

With the clock winding down in the fourth quarter, Kyle Chandler has the ball. The underdog in a fiercely competitive game, the Emmy nominee is staring down an imposing defensive line: Hugh Laurie, Michael C. Hall, Bryan Cranston, Matthew Fox and Jon Hamm. Having recently wrapped the fifth and final season of NBC/DirecTV's critical darling-with-modest-ratings "Friday Night Lights," Chandler receives a validating nom for his Season 4 turn and might just pull off the biggest upset of the season. "Coach" chats with THR's Leslie Bruce about the nomination, playing a heartthrob and saying farewell to Dillon, Texas.

Another fantastic interview w/Kyle Chandler! Glad to see we're not the only ones who think he could win. (Has anyone else noticed how his 'waking up to an Emmy nom' story is changing just a tad?) :)

Aug 6, 2010

The Hub Taps Popular Talent: Including Kyle Chandler

LOS ANGELES – August 6, 2010 – Approaching its October 10 (10-10-10) launch, the new children’s and family network The Hub has tapped an impressive roster of popular stars for its lineup of Hub Original Series. The casting for animated and live-action series was announced today by Margaret Loesch, President and CEO, The Hub, during the new network’s appearance at the 2010 Television Critics Association Press Tour in Los Angeles.

The Hub is a joint venture of Discovery Communications and Hasbro, Inc., and will be available to 60 million U.S. cable and satellite households upon launch.

Casting unveiled today includes:

“Dan Vs.” (Hub Original Series, animated)

Cast includes: Curtis Armstrong (“Revenge of the Nerds”), Dave Foley (“The Kids in the Hall”), Paget Brewster (“Criminal Minds”), Meredith Baxter (“Family Ties”) and Michael Gross (“Family Ties”),. Produced by Film Roman LLC.

“Family Game Night” (Hub Original Series, live-action)

Host: Todd Newton (“Hollywood Showdown” and “Whammy”). Produced by Hasbro Studios and Zoo Productions.

What does this mean? Anyone up on The Hub? Here's a little more info:

Aug 5, 2010

Kyle Chandler & Connie Britton on Saying Goodbye

Friday Night Lights Emmy Nominees Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton Reflect on First Impressions, Lasting Friendship, and Saying Goodbye-

Fantastic interview It's a long one. Hooray for this press bonanza! Click below to read:

You read it here, first. What an incredible, awesome run for this show that is sure to become a classic in its syndication life!

The Bright Stars of 'Friday Night Lights'

Emmy nominees Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, the leads of 'Friday Night Lights,' have what is called the best marriage on television. They say their closeness is rooted in genuine feelings of love and trust.,0,1275105.story

This is a fantastic interview of Emmy nominees Kyle and Connie.

Aug 3, 2010

Kyle Chandler on KROQ 106.7 FM Los Angeles

Listen to Kyle Chandler on the recap podcast of 'Kevin and Bean Show', August 2nd broadcast. Click on link below and then, click on "more":

This is a 5 to 6 min. interview. Kyle comes in at about 43:00 into the podcast.

Emmy's Actor's Race is (Mostly) a Level Playing Field

This year's actor pool reflects an even mix of stalwarts and newcomers.

Every year during the post- Emmy nomination churn, certain arguments get a lot of play: Broadcast can't beat cable! Newcomers are shut out!

For the first time in a while, those discussions are a bit more muted.

In the ongoing war between cable and broadcast, there was at least one major surprise this year: DirecTV managed to field a lead acting candidate for the first time in Kyle Chandler after his four seasons on "Friday Night Lights." And broadcast made a meaningful resurgence in both lead and supporting categories, thanks to breakout hits "Glee" and "Modern Family."

Those two series alone landed five of the 24 primary acting categories; nonbroadcast acting nominations take up just nine of the acting slots up for grabs in 2010 compared with last year's 10.

Perhaps a detente has been achieved between distribution models, leaving more room to search for the best of the best among new and familiar faces.

... For Chuck Lorre, pitting actors from such shows as "Glee" and "The Office" against his "Big Bang" and "Two and a Half Men" somewhat muddies the actor race waters.

"It's not a level playing field," he says. "The actors on 'Men' and 'Big Bang' are putting on a live performance in front of a studio audience, while other comedies are (essentially) making a movie every week."

That debate aside, voters consistently look for at least one key element in every performance, says the academy's senior vp awards John Leverence: Range.

"With 'Breaking Bad,' you have a lead character who is a mousy high school chemistry teacher and also a ruthless drug dealer," he says. "That kind of range and writing is very appealing to performer/voters."

This is one reason that "Bad's" Bryan Cranston is a heavy favorite for a drama actor three-peat. But he's up against other big-range personalities, including strong contender Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"); the critically beloved Chandler; five-time nominee Hugh Laurie ("House"); first-time nominee Matthew Fox ("Lost"); and Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") who has been nominated every year since the show began (he's also up for a comedy guest actor slot for "30 Rock").

He's beloved by critics for reason. We still think this could be Kyle's year!