Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

Dec 30, 2014

Agent Carter, Kyle Chandler's Comeback, iZombie and 7 Other New Shows to Get Excited About

After unveiling more than two dozen shows this fall (for better or for worse), the TV gods have another batch of fresh fare — full of singing knights, monkeys and Kyle Chandler — waiting just around the corner in 2015.

Best New Shows Winter 2015

TVLine has been hard at work combing through midseason TV screeners — holidays? psh! — to weed out the best newcomers, from the highly anticipated (such as Marvel’s Agent Carter) to the sleeper surprises (like VH1’s Hindsight).

We were also impressed by Ellie Kemper’s return to the small screen and laughed it up with two ABC comedies. And because we couldn’t contain our anticipation, we also ate up iZombie and thus included the yet-to-be-scheduled CW drama among winter’s most promising offerings. (So let’s get that on the schedule ASAP, please.)
Start flipping to meet your new obsessions and then hit the comments to let us know what you’re excited to watch!

Best New TV Shows of Winter 2015


PREMIERE DATE: March (Netflix)


WHAT'S IT ABOUT?: Created by Damages vets Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler, the series is set in the Florida Keys and centers on a close-knit family of four adult siblings (played by Kyle Chandler, Norbert Leo Butz, Ben Mendelsohn and Linda Cardellini) whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black-sheep brother (Mendelsohn) returns home. Sam Shepard and Sissy Spacek co-star as the quartet's parents.

WHY WE LIKE IT: Bloodline uses Damages' signature flash-forward device to great effect here, setting up a mystery that is as compelling as the dysfunctional family at the center of it. And the cast, led by Chandler in his first post-Friday Night Lights TV gig, is aces. We're hooked.!2/bloodline/

Dec 11, 2014

New on Netflix: A Review of "Wolves Of Wall Street"

by Kate Kompas, 

"The Wolf of Wall Street": Don't gather the whole family 'round on Christmas for this 2013 Martin Scorsese movie, unless your family is a lot different than mine. This is three hours of excess; thankfully, most of it is entertaining. Poor Leo DiCaprio, this might have been his best chance for an Oscar, but mean ol' Matthew McConaughey took it from him. DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort in this movie based on former broker Belfort's memoir about his time bilking shareholders. Thankfully, he uses his immense wealth for philanthropic projects. ... Ha! No, it's drugs, women, drugs, women, repeat. Best scene: Kyle Chandler's Agent Patrick Denham's speech to Belfort that succinctly breaks down what a jerk he is. Best scene, part two: DiCaprio deserves serious credit for the part in which he's so drugged he's almost paralyzed. Worth noting: Jonah Hill got his second Oscar nomination as Belfort's equally depraved employee, and Margot Robbie (recently cast as supervillain Harley Quinn in the upcoming "Suicide Squad") is Belfort's trophy wife. New to Netflix this month. Also on VUDU and

Nov 6, 2014

Kyle Chandler is caught in the rain in new 'Bloodline' image


On Bloodline, Netflix’s new psychological thriller-meets-family drama from the team (Daniel Zelman, Glenn Kessler, and Todd A. Kessler—otherwise known as KZK) behind Damages, the Rayburn clan of the Florida Keys must confront old family issues when black-sheep brother Danny (Ben Mendelsohn) returns to town to face his siblings (Kyle Chandler, Norbert Leo Butz, and Linda Cardellini) and parents (Sam Shepard and Sissy Spacek).

“What we learn very early on is that [he’s] in some sort of extreme state,” EP Daniel Zelman says.
“At some point in the future, his life is going to be in the family’s hands.” The series premieres in March 2015.

Sep 23, 2014

15 Films That Failed To Hit The 2014 Fall Festival Circuit

By Oliver Lyttelton |

We're already halfway through the fall festival season (with NYFF kicking off this week, and London, Tokyo and the AFI among those still to come), but three of the biggest in terms of notable premieres are all out of the way already, with Venice TIFF and Telluride, having come and gone. From those, we've seen big movies like "Birdman," "The Imitation Game," "Wild," "The Theory Of Everything," "Nightcrawler" and more, with "Gone Girl," "Rosewater," "Inherent Vice" and "Fury" among those premiering shortly. But what of those films that didn't make any of the festivals?

Back in the summer, we posted our wish-list of 50 movies that we hoped would be unveiled sometime this fall, and while most have screened, or will soon enough, there are quite a few candidates that seemed likely at the time that haven't yet surfaced, and almost certainly won't until 2015, possibly even until TIFF or Venice next year. So what are they, and what happened to them? Is it a sign of trouble, or are the filmmakers and producers taking their time to give their work the best bow possible? Take a look below, and let us know if there's anything else you expected to see on the festival circuit that failed to show up.  


What Is It? After seven long years away, Todd Haynes returns to the big screen (having made HBO miniseries "Mildred Pierce" a few years back) for this adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's "The Price Of Salt," about the sapphic relationship between a lonely department store employee (Rooney Mara) and the title character, an older divorcee (Cate Blanchett). Kyle Chandler, Sarah Paulson, Jake Lacy and Sleater-Kinney/"Portlandia" mastermind Carrie Brownstein are in the supporting cast, and from what we hear, this is closer to "Far From Heaven" than some of Haynes' other work. The Weinstein Company picked up the film before cameras rolled.

What Happened? With the film wrapping late this spring, it was always touch-and-go whether this would be ready in time for the fall. Some filmmakers are able to turn things around speedily ("Selma," for instance, didn't start shooting until May or June, but arrives this holiday season), and while we hear this is near the finish line, it seems the folks involved are waiting for the right place to present it.

When Will We See It? Cannes seems like the likeliest bet. That said, Haynes has favored Venice in recent years, with "I'm Not There" and "Mildred Pierce" both screening there, so it's possible it won't surface until then(depending on what the Weinsteins think of its awards chances).

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Sep 17, 2014

Happy Birthday, Kyle Chandler!!!

Today, all of us at Kyle Chandler Central wish Kyle a very Happy Birthday!

Sep 15, 2014

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, and 15 Facts About 'Friday Night Lights' You Never Knew

In honor of Kyle Chandler's Birthday this week, this article with pics and videos is a must for FNLs and Kyle Chandler Fans. Even long term, hard core fans might learn a thing or two they didn't know before. I know I did. (Tom Arnold . . . NBC/Direct TV? Who knew?): Thank you, Amazing Grace!!

Sep 3, 2014

Events boost St. David’s Foundation Community Fund

Events boost St. David’s Foundation Community Fund photo
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Emmy Award-winning actor and movie star Kyle Chandler enjoys one of the recent of the Toast of the Town fundraising events with party host and sponsor Patty Chandler.

Memorable moments were celebrated at the 30th anniversary season of the Toast of the Town fundraising series. Benefiting the St. David’s Foundation Community Fund and chaired by Westbanker Dinah Street, 18 signature soirees were recently held over five weeks in exceptional homes and distinctive venues.

These themed events were conceptualized to be intimate and special experiences. Two parties in particular were attended highly by Westbankers.

“Lights… Camera… and Plenty of Action” was co-hosted by Westbankers Renata Marsilli and Jeff Ashpitz. Held at their cliff-top, Florentine estate in Seven Oaks, more than 75 glamorous glitterati gathered at the silver screen-themed party. In the circular driveway, a red Mercedes sports car and a sleek, black helicopter set the Hollywood scene.

Word of Mouth catered divine delectables on the poolside veranda. University of Texas student and scholarship recipient Juliette Coronado told the audience she “wanted to change lives through healthcare.”

The evening’s highlight featured Emmy Award-winning actor and movie star Kyle Chandler of Friday Night Lights, Wolf of Wall Street and Argo. He posed for pictures with admirers on the red carpet and mingled throughout the night.

Chandler said he was not a good speaker, but shared his mantra is “I am no better than anyone else, and no one is better than me.” He believes “everyone needs help from time to time.”

“An Austin Vibe” showcased iconic originals of live music, trailer cuisine and renowned art at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden. More than 50 partygoers enjoyed a bountiful buffet by Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ and a personalized concert by singer-songwriter Casey McPherson with two Alpha Rev band members. Guests were transfixed on the alternative rock.

UT student and scholarship awardee Amberlee Adams shed tears when telling the crowd she “didn’t think college would be attainable.”

A record-breaking $1.4 million was raised, including two-to-one matching from the St. David’s Foundation.

Proceeds go toward the St. David’s Neal Kocurek Scholarship Fund established in memory of the longtime CEO/president whose passion was education. Needs-based scholarships are provided annually to top-ranking, Austin-area high school graduates pursuing health-related careers at Texas colleges and universities. Students are matched with medical mentors who guide this next generation of healthcare professionals.

Since inception in 2005, 285 scholarships have been awarded. This year’s increase of 54 scholarships was given to 28 high school recipients who will receive $7,500 per year for up to eight years of undergrad and graduate studies.

Aug 28, 2014

‘Friday Night Lights’ and what it means to be a man

An indepth and worthwhile Washington Post article on Friday Night Lights, including the influence of Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) on his teams, by an author who found the show in 2014.

Aug 8, 2014

It’s the most exciting operation on TV since Kyle Chandler visited Seattle Grace.

The Knick

"Method And Madness" Season 1, Episode 1

A review of another show, but we agree.  Nothing was more exciting than seeing Kyle Chandler in his bomb squad outfit.  An Emmy nominated performance, talk about racheting up the drama!

Nice to know we're not the only ones who think so.

Jun 25, 2014

WIRED Summer Binge-Watching Guide: Friday Night Lights


Friday Night Lights
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“Just think about it: Love and football are the two greatest things in the world.”

That’s car salesman and professional glad-hander Buddy Garrity (Brad Leland) in the third season premiere of Friday Night Lights, trying to convince the principal of Dillon High that the football team really needs a Jumbotron scoreboard. It’s already a pretty highfalutin statement considering he’s just trying to justify a capital expenditure, but then he follows it up with another that borders on religious devotion: “You put the two together, put it on a 30-foot-tall Mitsubishi screen, and it’s pure nirvana.”

That’s Friday Night Lights for you: small-town football fandom with a dedication that borders on zealotry. And if you ignore the part about the giant screen, it also gives you a pretty good idea of the concept behind FNL itself. Because even though it’s about high school football, it’s also not really about high school football at all. Instead, on this show the sport is just a MacGuffin—no matter how lovingly shot it may be. Football in this case is simply an excuse for an extended exploration of pride, family, and the ways in which both are understood (and, more often, misunderstood) by those who’d claim both are important in their lives. That makes FNL a show far more subtle and requiring of attention and patience than most network dramas—it also makes it a show perfect for binge-watching.

Here’s how to catch up on the complete professional coaching career of Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and, in the process, discover the charms of the fictional town of Dillon, Texas (i.e. Tim Riggins/Taylor Kitsch), in just a few weeks.

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Friday Night Lights

Number of Seasons: 5 (76 episodes)

Time Requirements: Four weeks. Plan to watch a couple of episodes each weeknight, plus three episodes per weekend day—also, you’re not going to be watching every episode, but we’ll get to that soon enough.

Where to Get Your Fix: Netflix, Amazon Prime

Best Character to Follow: As much as it may be tempting to follow poor underdog quarterback Matt Saracen (Zach Gilford) in early episodes, don’t surrender to that impulse: He’ll only let you down later. The same can be said of almost all of the characters in this series at one point or another. For all of its greatness, Friday Night Lights is a series that tends to go utterly off-the-rails in terms of character development given the chance, in both good and bad ways. (Watch as Tim’s brother Billy Riggins goes from abusive asshole to cuddly buffoon over the space of five years! Marvel as Landry Clarke … well, OK, I don’t want to spoil that for you.)

Coach Eric Taylor and wife Tami
Coach Eric Taylor and wife Tami NBC Universal

The exceptions to this rule are the two leads of the show, Coach Taylor and his wife Tami (Connie Britton). Not only are they the heart and soul of Friday Night Lights, they’re the only two characters who don’t offer up a moment of “Wait, what just happened?” during the entire thing. You might be tempted to fall in love with many of the characters of this series, and deservedly so, but only Coach and Tami will love you back and not make you want to reach into the screen and shake them.

Season/Episodes You Can Skip: Season 2. Right now, just cross it off your to-do list, don’t even think twice.

There are a couple of reasons why anyone watching the show can just avoid the second season without any fear of missing out. Firstly, there’s the simple fact that it doesn’t actually finish. The Writers Guild of America strike happened midway through production, meaning that only 15 of the planned 22 episodes were ever made and almost every storyline stalls entirely as a result. There are characters and plots that vanish entirely from the series because of this, but it’s not really a loss, because of the second reason why skipping Season 2 doesn’t present a problem: Season 2 is terrible.

It’s not just the much-maligned “Oh yeah, then one of the schoolkids just straight-up kills a guy” plot that’s the problem, it’s just that writing-wise the second season of the show feels aimless and uncertain, as if no one was quite sure what to do after the critical success of the show’s first year. It’s at once too slow and too over-the-top, with characters acting in ways far too soap operatic to feel true to what happened the first year. (This is most glaring in Saracen’s “I’m having an affair with my grandmother’s in-home caregiver” plot, which even now feels like someone got their teenage dream fulfilled through Mary Sue-ism decades later.)

For those concerned about skipping a year entirely and then jumping into the third season, don’t be. The first episode of Season 3 is pretty much a second pilot for the show, giving you enough exposition about what you missed that you’ll be more or less caught up by the end of the episode.

Which is to say: Just skip the second season already.

Season/Episodes You Can’t Skip: Friday Night Lights isn’t really a show with “standout episodes,” per se, it’s more about the long game and slowly-unfolding storylines across an entire season.
That said, “The Son,” the fifth episode of Season 4, is as good an episode about grief as anything that’s ever appeared on television. And if you’re looking for one episode to sample to see if you’re into the show, try Season 3, Episode 1, “I Knew You When.” If that isn’t your jam, this isn’t the show for you.

In terms of which seasons are particularly strong, the third and fourth are arguably the best of the show’s run, with both Coach and his team seen as underdogs with something to prove and the situation dramatically stacked against them. These seasons also mark the point at which the more melodramatic soap opera moments have been worked out of the series’ system, allowing for more low-key, impressive work. When people talk about why they’re glad they stuck with Friday Night Lights these are the seasons for which they’re glad they kept up with it.

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Why You Should Binge:
 Binge-watching the series allows you to watch at your own pace, and go back and revisit earlier episodes and scenes if you want. Personally, I’m fond of revisiting any episode where slightly-dorky Landry (Jesse Plemons) has to deal with something in his particularly embarrassed, awkward sarcastic way, making his post-break-up crush on regulation hottie Tyra (Adrianne Palicki) in the third season so much fun. Binge-watching also allows you to rush through multiple episodes to find out whether or not the team makes it the state championship, and if they do, whether they win. (Spoiler: Sometimes they do, sometimes not so much.)

More importantly, binge-watching lets you get into the laid-back, sprawl and rhythms of Friday Night Lights a lot easier than was possible during the show’s original broadcasts, where the one-hour-with-ads format interrupted everything far more than was enjoyable. FNL was a television show that didn’t play by traditional network rules, and as such, it’s something that is rewarded by an afterlife outside traditional network restrictions.

Despite the occasional misstep in the writing, there’s a purity of intent and willingness to go down some storytelling avenues and blind alleys in FNL that makes the show feel like the precursor for shows like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black. Perhaps Netflix was the natural home for this show all along.

Best Scene—Coach Taylor Answers His Critics:
One of the joys of Friday Night Lights is watching Coach Taylor not only face adversity, but rise above it—more than often simply by staring it down with his seemingly unshakable belief in the greater good. In the final episode of the show’s third season, Taylor has to defend his record as coach of the Dillon Panthers in order to keep his job after a campaign to have him replaced. Instead of showing up and pleading for his job, he delivers this monologue:

“I did not want to be here today. Here I am. I love my job. I’m good at it, and I’d like to keep it. I love this school, I love the kids, and I feel like I’ve just gotten started here. There’s some people here who want to replace me, for a man with an awful lot of money and a boy with a good arm. To those people I would say: you’re wrong. You are dead wrong. Y’all have a good Saturday.”

And then he leaves. Now that is a lead character you want to pay attention to.

Sadly, that scene isn’t on YouTube. Instead, enjoy this supercut of Coach’s inspirational speeches. It’s almost as good.

The Takeaway:
Texas forever. Or, you know, for five seasons at least.

If You Liked Friday Night Lights You’ll Love:
Parenthood would be the most obvious suggestion, as it shares not only a showrunner (Jason Katims) and bunch of writers with FNL, but also quite a few actors, as well. It’s a show that trends more towards the soap opera of FNL and lacks the, for want of a better way to put it, quietly stoic male center that Kyle Chandler provides, but the two series share a love of wonderfully messy emotional drama and overlapping narratives that become more and more addictive with every episode. Plus, if you get hooked on Parenthood then you can enjoy a surprise return from some FNL characters years after the show finished, so there’s that.

From KCC:  Don't skip Season 2.  While it's true there were problems with continuity and the Landry storyline, there are some great episodes a true fan will not want to miss.  Just know that Season 3 on is a retool/reboot of the show.

Jun 18, 2014

17 Important Life Lessons Coach Taylor Taught Us

Clear eyes, full hearts… You know the rest.

1. He taught us to keep our composure.


2. And the importance of being punctual.


3. He taught us responsibility.

17 Important Life Lessons Coach Taylor Taught Us

4. And that yelling in the morning is rude.

And that yelling in the morning is rude.

6. And how to earn people’s respect.


7. He taught us how to teach your daughter a lesson when she gets arrested for being in a strip club while underage.

He taught us how to teach your daughter a lesson when she gets arrested for being in a strip club while underage.

8. And how to say I love you without actually saying it.


9. He taught us how to get out of doing the dishes.

17 Important Life Lessons Coach Taylor Taught Us

10. And to remember to ask before you make the chili too spicy.

And to remember to ask before you make the chili too spicy.

11. He taught us the importance of communication.

17 Important Life Lessons Coach Taylor Taught Us

12. And to tell the people close to you that you’re proud of them.

17 Important Life Lessons Coach Taylor Taught Us

13. He taught us what goes on in a young man’s mind.

He taught us what goes on in a young man's mind.

14. And the only dog you should own is a brown lab.

And the only dog you should own is a brown lab.

15. He taught us how to love.


16. And how to be champions.

17 Important Life Lessons Coach Taylor Taught Us

17. But most importantly, he taught us these six words to live by…

17 Important Life Lessons Coach Taylor Taught Us