Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

Feb 28, 2014

Jason Katims Teases the 'Friday Night Lights' Movie We'll Never Get to See

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS -- Pictured: (l-r) Taylor Kitsch as Tim Riggins, Gaius Charles as Brian Smash Williams, Kyle Chandler as Coach Eric Taylor, …

Our clear eyes got a little misty and our full hearts deflated a bit when we heard that the long-rumored "Friday Night Lights" movie is probably never happening. Kyle Chandler has said he thinks the show ended perfectly as it is, and executive producer Peter Berg recently declared the project dead.

So when we spoke with "FNL" showrunner Jason Katims about his new NBC comedy "About a Boy," we couldn't let him go without asking about it. Though Katims did write a script for a possible "FNL" movie, he doesn't think it will happen, either: "It's a matter of getting everybody onboard and everybody available, so at this point, unfortunately, it doesn't look likely. I was hoping to do it."

We were hoping to watch it, too. But then again, we have to agree with Chandler: The "Friday Night Lights" series finale (which earned Katims an Emmy in 2011 for drama series writing) wrapped up the show's storylines so elegantly that we almost want that to be the last time we ever see Coach and Tami and the Dillon gang.

And Katims agrees: "I loved the way it ended. It was never to do it because we didn't like the way it ended. It was to do it because I thought it'd be exciting for us and for the fans to live in that world once more. I actually felt that writing the script. I feel like I was the lucky one here, because I did get to have that feeling." (Sure, rub it in, why don't you?)

So since we'll probably never see it, Katims wouldn't mind telling us what was in that script he wrote, right? We couldn't get him to divulge many details (oh, how we tried!), but he did reveal to us that the main plot "was going to be the next chapter in Coach's life, the next coaching chapter in his life." Remember, last we saw Coach and Tami, he was coaching a new high school football team in Philadelphia while she settled in as dean of admissions at a nearby college.

So would that mean no Dillon, Texas? Would Tim and Street and Tyra and Lyla and the rest of the Texas Forever crew somehow make their way to Philly? Or would Coach's team end up in some kind of playoff game that brings him and his family back to their old stomping grounds? We really shouldn't torture ourselves like this, should we?

Watch a scene from the final season of "Friday Night Lights" right here:

Feb 18, 2014

Jacinda Barrett Joins Netflix Series From ‘Damages’ Creators, Johan Renck To Direct

Kyle Chandler gets a new TV wife.

EXCLUSIVE: Jacinda Barrett is set to co-star opposite Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini and Sissy Spacek in Netflix‘s 13-episode psychological thriller from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler and Sony Pictures TV. Swedish helmer Johan Renck (Breaking Bad, Downloading Nancy) will direct the opening episode of the series written and executive produced by the Kessler brothers and Zelman. It centers on a close-knit family of adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when the black sheep oldest brother, Danny (Mendelsohn), returns home. Australian-born Barrett, repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment, will play the strong-willed and devoted wife of the family’s “responsible” brother John (Chandler). She co-stared on ABC’s Zero Hour and has a recurring role on USA’s Suits opposite real-life husband Gabriel Macht.