Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

Mar 19, 2013

Connie Britton Promises Kyle Chandler TV Reunion, Just Not on 'Nashville'

The "Friday Night Lights" alum talks with THR about her former co-star's pilot "Vatican" and what it will take to bring them back together: "We keep talking about how we have to wait a certain amount of years." 

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After he focused mostly on feature films since Friday Night Lights ended its run in 2011, Connie Britton was confident that Kyle Chandler would return to the small screen.

"I always knew he'd come back," Britton, who earned an Emmy nomination for her role as Tami Taylor on the NBC drama, recently told The Hollywood Reporter of her former onscreen husband.

Reporter of her former onscreen husband.

STORY: Kyle Chandler to Star in Showtime's 'The Vatican' Pilot

Chandler recently landed the starring role on Showtime's drama pilot The Vatican, where he'll reunite with FNL producer-turned-Showtime Entertainment president David Nevins and play Cardinal Thomas Duffy, a charismatic yet enigmatic archbishop of New York whose progressive leanings excite some and alarm others within the hierarchy of the Catholic Church.

"I'm so excited for him," said Britton, who stars on the ABC musical Nashville. "But you know what's weird? I have no idea what kind of character he's playing in The Vatican -- but I always said to he should play some kind of religious zealot. So hopefully he's playing some kind of religious zealot!"

Since FNL ended its five-season run on NBC/DirecTV, Chandler has focused on features -- with roles in Super 8, best picture Oscar winner Argo, Zero Dark Thirty and others. Vatican, should the pilot from House's Paul Attanasio be ordered to series, would mark his first small-screen regular role since he earned an Emmy for playing football coach Eric Taylor.

STORY: Kyle Chandler Puts Kibosh on 'Friday Night Lights' Movie Talk

While Britton ruled out a reunion for the former co-stars on Nashville, she has high hopes for the longtime friends to get back together elsewhere.

"You're going to see both of us back on TV together," she said. "We keep talking about how we have to wait a certain amount of years and then we can go back to working together again."

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Mar 17, 2013

The Vatican: a Showtime series, a ‘60 Minutes’ report

Kyle Chandler of 'Friday Night Lights' is playing a cardinal in 'The Vatican.' Photo credit: Michael Muller/NBC

The selection of a new pope has put attention back on the Vatican, and television is responding.

Showtime on Friday announced the selection of a pope for “The Vatican,” a new series from Ridley Scott (“Gladiator,” “The Good Wife”). Bruno Ganz will play Pope Sixtus VI, a German pontiff concerned about his legacy. The veteran actor’s many credits include “Wings of Desire,” “The Reader” and “Downfall,” in which he played Adolf Hitler.

“The Vatican” stars Kyle Chandler of “Friday Night Lights” as Cardinal Thomas Duffy, the archbishop of New York. Duffy’s “progressive leanings excite some and alarm others” at the Vatican, Showtime says, in what the channel bills as “a contemporary genre thriller about spirituality, power and politics.”

The participation of Scott, Chandler and Ganz raises expectations for ”The Vatican,” and so does the involvement of Showtime, which has had great success with “Homeland,” a thriller concerned with more worldly matters.

The pilot for “The Vatican” was written by Paul Attanasio, whose credits include”Quiz Show,” “Donnie Brasco” and”House.” Scott, Attanasio and David Zucker (“The Good Wife”) are executive producers. The strong supporting cast includes  Anna Friel  of “Pushing Daisies” as Cardinal Duffy’s rebellious sister,  Matthew Goode of “Match Point” as a papal secretary and Sebastian Koch of “The Lives of Others” as the Vatican’s secretary of state.

Showtime didn’t announce a premiere date. But CBS’ “60 Minutes” will offer a Vatican-inspired report at 7 p.m. Sunday on WKMG-Channel 6. Sister Pat Farrell, whose Leadership Conference of Women Religious has clashed with the Vatican, talks to Bob Simon. Her group represents 80 percent of U.S. nuns and seeks greater responsibilities for women in the Catholic Church.

“Our first obedience is to God,” she tells “60 Minutes.” ”What we obey is God and God’s call to us as expressed in so many different sources. It’s not just the teaching authority of the church, although that is certainly a legitimate part of it.”

The Vatican has blasted her group for hosting speakers promoting “radical feminist themes.” But Sister Pat cites a reason for the Vatican’s criticism. “I don’t know, but it feels to me like fear. What would happen if women really were given a place of equality in the church?” Sister Pat asks.

If nothing else, it sounds like a plot for “The Vatican,” the TV series.

Mar 14, 2013

Kyle Chandler and Joe King Carrasco pitch in to help animals


By Brandon Watson

Celebrities. They're just like us. Except when we want to help our fine feathered, furred, and finned friends, we usually log some time at Pets Alive! and call it a day. Celebrities, on the other hand, make headlines.

Shark Week: Today, Coach Taylor Kyle Chandler will be at the Capital with his daughter Sawyer as part of Humane Lobby Day. The younger Chandler sparked the Friday Night Lights star's interest in ending shark finning. Since learning of the practice, 11-year-old Sawyer Chandler has been trying to raise awareness through her advocacy website and an appearance on the Ellen show.

Shark finning is the practice of cutting off the fins of sharks (for use in shark fin soup) and discarding the rest of the body into the ocean. The shark is often still alive, an easy target for other ocean predators. Since the shark is unable to move normally, starvation and drowning are common, and shark populations have been endangered by the practice. Currently, a bill banning the practice is up for consideration in the Texas Senate.

Wascally Wabbit: Over the weekend, Texas music legend Joe King Carrasco rescued a rabbit that had wandered into the HEB at the corner of Manchaca and Slaughter in south Austin. Although the employees tried to catch the bunny for hours, the rabbit was determined to get to the endless supply of lettuce.

After talking to the manager, Carrasco suggested calling in the help of two hard-boiled gumshoes. Carrasco's and manager Kim Galusha's Jack Russell Terriers were quickly on the case, routing out the interloping leporid from underneath a bottled water pallet.

The bunny has now entered the Austin Area Wildlife Rehabilitation program where he will acclimated to a less urban environment. No doubt there he will be less tempted by carrot cake.

Mar 13, 2013

Kyle Chandler & Miles Teller: 'Spectacular Now' After Party at SXSW

Kyle Chandler & Miles Teller: 'Spectacular Now' After Party at SXSW

Miles Teller and Kyle Chandler pose for a picture together at the The Spectacular Now after party held at Live From The Hive at Maggie Mae’s during the 2013 SXSW Film Festival on Monday (March 11) in Austin, Texas.

The 26-year-old actor stars in the flick about a hard-partying high school senior’s whose philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical “nice girl” (Shailene Woodley).

The film premiered earlier this year at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Be sure to look out for The Spectacular Now, which will be in limited release across the US on August 2!

Mar 12, 2013

Sawyer Chandler and actor dad Kyle advocate for sharks


Sawyer Chandler digs sharks. “A lot,” she says.

It’s not that the 11-year-old student, activist and daughter of “Friday Night Lights’” star Kyle Chandler dislikes kittens and puppies. In fact, her family’s Labrador retriever-dachshund mix, Mystery, was on the speakerphone with us during a recent interview from their Austin-area home. But “some kids like other creatures that most kids don’t,” she says, matter-of-factly.

Sawyer and her father, who recently appeared in “Argo” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” will meet with Texas lawmakers during Thursday’s Humane Lobby Day to urge better animal welfare laws to protect the fish. They are supporting HB 852/SB 572, a bill that would prohibit the sale, trade, purchase and transportation of shark fins in Texas. The well-spoken Sawyer plans to tell lawmakers what she thinks about shark finning, the practice of capturing sharks and cutting off their fins for use in shark fin soup, a Chinese delicacy that she says can sell for up to $120 a bowl.

“I also want to tell them what happens to the sharks after the finning. They don’t just die instantly. There’s a lot more that goes on as they sink to the bottom just waiting to be eaten or drown or bleed to death,” Sawyer adds.

Shark finning has been illegal since passage of the U.S. Shark Finning Prohibition Act of 2000, and five other states already have trade bans.

Texas Parks and Wildlife announced on March 1 the completion of a four-day effort called “Operation Shark Fin.” It aimed to disrupt transnational criminal organizations engaged in illegal commercial fishing and other activities in the Gulf of Mexico, the Rio Grande and Falcon Lake and resulted in the seizure of 17,500 feet of long lines, two vessels and 15 citations or arrests.

Always interested in the creatures because she thought they were “cool,” Sawyer “really got into them” when her mom and dad showed her a movie called “Sharkwater,” which alerted her to the issue of finning (her dad’s own interest in sharks was sparked as a child when he saw “Jaws” on the big screen).

“Sharkwater’s” director, Rob Stewart, caught Kyle Chandler on Ellen Degeneres’ TV show talking about his daughter’s interest and contacted the family, arranging to simulcast a speech he was giving at a Canadian high school to Sawyer’s grade school class via Skype. He chatted with Sawyer afterward and gave her classmates an opportunity to ask questions.

The fifth-grader wants to be a marine biologist when she grows up, a goal she’s had since the third grade (before that, she wanted to be a doctor or a surgeon). A friend in Dallas told Sawyer about the scientists, and “I thought it was pretty cool that there’s a name for what I want to do,” she says.

Although Sawyer’s family supports her activism, “This is my daughter’s deal,” Kyle Chandler says. She built her own website,, to alert people to the issue. It contains graphic photos of finned sharks, a list of Texas restaurants that serve shark fin soup and a petition to ban the sale of the product in the state.

“I have loved sharks my whole life, and the last thing I want on earth is to have them go extinct,” she writes on the site. “I hope this website may help you to ban fishing sharks and save them from leaving the face of the earth.”

When asked if she has other other issues for which she plans to fight, Sawyer says, “I’m mainly focusing on sharks right now, but when I get older I want to help pretty much all marine life.”
Texas Humane Lobby Day takes place Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Capitol.

Mar 1, 2013

Pilot Scoop: Anna Friel Cast Opposite Kyle Chandler in Showtime Drama The Vatican

Did someone just dump a box of Miracle-Gro on a couple of former Daisies?

Anna Friel has been cast opposite Kyle Chandler in Showtime’s The Vatican – the same week that her Pushing Daisies co-star Lee Pace booked a cable pilot of his own.

The project, directed by Ridley Scott and penned by Paul Attanasio (House), is a provocative contemporary genre thriller about spirituality, power and politics – set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic church. Chandler’s character is the progressive Archbishop of New York, who causes a stir within the hierarchy of the Church.

Friel will play Kayla Duffy, younger sister/foil to Chandler’s Cardinal Thomas Duffy. Kayla is a sexually active, hard-partying New Yorker who rebels against the Church but loves her brother very deeply — and although they’re close, she’s a liability to his professional goals.

British actress Friel played Charlotte “Chuck” Charles, love interest of Pace’s Ned on the whimsical Pushing Daisies. Earlier this week, Pace signed on to star in AMC’s Halt & Catch Fire pilot from Breaking Bad EP Mark Johnson.