Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

Jan 31, 2015

Netflix hosts special screening of new show 'Bloodline'

On Jan. 29, Netflix exclusively screened their new series “Bloodline,” starring Sissy Spacek, Kyle Chandler, Norbert Leo Butz, and Ben Mendelsohn followed by a Q&A session with the cast and creators at The Museum of Modern Art's Celeste Bartos theater. The series follows a wealthy troubled family in the Florida Keys. The first season of the series focuses on the relationship between the “golden child” sheriff of the town, John (Chandler) and the black sheep of the family, Danny (Mendelsohn). Danny comes back to the Keys for a family gathering after a new pier was dedicated to their father (Sam Shepard).

The new series is dark, edgy, and promises to be addicting as it was created by the Emmy-nominated team behind the television show “Damages.” Creators Glenn Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Todd A. Kessler said they created the series especially with the Netflix format in mind. The show will play out as a 13 hour thriller movie that can be consumed all at once rather than a traditional television show that is supposed to broken up every week. The creators said they also worked on the show with the novel, “Crime and Punishment” as inspiration, where a major character death happens around page 80 of the book, but there’s 500 pages more in the book. The creators assured us that there’s plenty of story to come in “Bloodline,” though a major cliffhanger comes at the end of the episode.

The Q&A session also revealed that the Keys can also be seen as a character in the series as everything in the story is influenced by the location. Butz told us that the actors had to work together in an exhausting physical climate, which forced them make relationships with each other and helped them solidify their family relationship that they portrayed in the show. They also performed all of their own stunts. Kyle Chandler had to jump into a swamp that was neck deep while carrying a man on his shoulders just in the first episode! At that, Chandler responded that the physical work was small stuff. For him, being able to be a part of such an amazing show and having the privilege to say the words made it all—mosquito bites and muddy underwear—worth it. A dinner followed at Circo.

The show premieres March 20 on Netflix.

Jan 30, 2015

9 ‘Friday Night Lights’ GIFs That Will Help You Win Your Super Bowl Party

Clear beverages, full plates of buffalo dip, cannot lose.

On Sunday, February 1, returning champs the Seattle Seahawks will battle the New England Patriots for Super Bowl XLIX victory. Obviously, millions upon millions of viewers will tune in to check out the action, but the not-so-secret truth is that a solid majority of those people don’t really care that much about the game.

Some of us, the un-invested, are legitimate football fans who don’t like either team, some are Super Bowl commercial enthusiasts who are in it for the ads, and others just really like an excuse to drink beer and eat buffalo dip on a Sunday night (raises hand). So to make the actual game-action easier to swallow while you munch on pigs in blankets, here are the perfect “Friday Nights Lights” GIFs to help you get through any troublesome Super Bowl party situation:
  1. When your team is losing at halftime, and you need to be reminded of your chill.  


    Basically, when you’re feeling down, [insert Coach Taylor quote here].
  2. When your QB throws a pick-six.

    No one knows pain, agony, misery, etc. better than the king of the “FNL” ugly-hot cry, Matt Saracen. This is the face you’ll want to emulate when your QB throws an interception.
  3. When a bandwagon Seahawks fan starts acting like they know s–t. 


    Seriously, just don’t even give them the time of day. Those $89 Wilson jerseys they bought in a rush two weeks ago will gather dust once the ‘Hawks go on their first losing streak.
  4. When something happens and you think it’s good but don’t really understand the ins and outs of football. 


    The key is to act happy, but not too happy. You don’t want someone to walk up to you and talk about what just happened. That would be the worst.
  5. When you win and your bae is with you.

    Football can be a major aphrodisiac. Go get what’s yours!
  6. When you win but bae ain’t with you.

    And when you don’t have a bae — or bae with you — just have another beer! Alcohol can be just as good as bae.
  7. When it’s time to clean the remains of the buffalo dip.

    That ish can straight up wait for tomorrow.
  8. When it’s Monday and you’re hungover and questioning your life decisions. 


    Throw your ass in a cold shower, Saracen-style, then show up to work and get over it. You did this to yourself.
  9. When you go to the Alamo Freeze and some dude hits on your girl. 


    Okay, okay, this has nothing to do with football, but remember when Landry killed a guy?! I will never be able to stop talking about that. And maybe there’s no reason to?

A real go-getter.

Jan 7, 2015

‘Bloodline’ Producers Wave Off ‘Damages’ Comparisons, Praise Netflix Model – TCA

For the creators of the new Netflix series Bloodline, today’s TCA panel was an effort in Damages-control. That is, brothers Todd A. Kessler and Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman, who also created the series Damages (which traveled from FX to DirecTV’s Audience Network), spent their time onstage with the cast saying there should be no comparison between Damages and the new series, a contemporary family drama set in the Florida Keys that premieres March 20.
“This isn’t Damages,” Zelman insisted. “I guess it’s flattering if people want to compare the new show to something they’ve gone out and embraced, but at the same time, we’re always looking at the future and how we want to tell stories next and not look backwards.”
All three producers were excited about getting a 13-episode order — though that also might have happened on a network or cable platform — but added that they liked the idea of streaming all episodes at once, which Glenn Kessler said “opened up for us on as storytellers a whole new level of passion and nuance.” Sissy Spacek — who was joined on the panel by fellow castmates Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Sam Shepard and Norbert Leo Butz — described the series as “serialized film.”
Todd Kessler said another advantage of the Netflix model is the “absence of commercials, means the viewer can watch at any pace.” He added that producers don’t have to worry that anyone will sit down to watch a later episode without having the opportunity to immediately view previous episodes.
“They are not going to tune into Week 7 because there is no Week 7,” he said. “We have a confidence in an audience now; people are exclusively sitting down to watch and be entertained. Historically, people put their televisions on and do other things. … To know the audience is engaged (allows us to) tell densely sophisticated stories. … It feels like everyone is firing on all cylinders now. There is no rollout.”
Although declining to give specifics, the Kesslers said Damages was informed by their own experiences “entering the professional world,” while Bloodline is more inspired by their own family lives. “Family is so universal,” Glenn Kessler said. “There also has never been a family quite like this.”
Bloodline TCA

Netflix's 'Bloodlines' Creators: Kyle Chandler Drama Is No 'Damages'

"We wanted it to feel like a new challenge to us," said producer Daniel Zelman

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Kyle Chandler in Netflix's 'Bloodline'

Bloodlines is no Damages.

The trio of producers behind the long-running FX series took the stage Wednesday at the Television Critics Association semiannual press tour to field questions about their upcoming Netflix drama. Among the messages that Todd A. KesslerDaniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler looked to communicate during their time in front of the press was that their new series, a family drama meets psychological thriller, is nothing like their previous one. "It doesn't operate the same way," said Zelman — and they didn't intend for it to: "We wanted it to feel like a new challenge to us."

Bloodlines, which will bow March 20, features an impressive cast that includes Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini and Sissy Spacek, among others. The drama's central theme? Evolving family roles — one that the creators feel is universal enough that everyone will be able to relate. The Rayburn family at the series' core may seem like a normal, hard-working American family, owners of a successful hotel in the Florida Keys, but trouble arises when their black-sheep son, Danny (Ben Mendelsohn), returns home for his parents' 45th anniversary. "It's a meaty role to play," Mendelsohn said from the stage, acknowledging of his character: "He's their dynamite." 

The creators emphasized the flexibility and freedom that they've experienced at the streaming service. "We had 13 hours that we knew we were going to be able to tell the story with," said Todd A. Kessler of the full-series order, adding: "That people can binge watch from one to another opened up a whole new level of nuance to us."

Among those new challenges: the Florida Keys location, which they pushed for despite the locale's relative lack of experience with professional production. "We're chasing light a lot," joked Norbert Leo Butz, who plays hothead brother Kevin, with Glenn Kessler noting: "We wanted a family to be known in their community without being a wealthy dynasty. The island nature down there is that it’s a very small world." Even more, the paradise-like setting contrasts with the show's dark tone.

Netflix has big plans for 2015 originals

Gary Levin, USA TODAY 12:04 a.m. EST January 7, 2015

Bloodline, a family drama/thriller set in the Florida Keys, stars Kyle Chandler, Sam Shepard and Sissy Spacek, and concerns the effect of a black-sheep son's return. It explores "what happens when a family turns on itself," says co-creator Glenn Kessler. As a producer, "When you have to wait a week to see the next episode, it can be challenging to know what you had to re-explain," he says. "The freedom of the Netflix model is that people are primed to watch dense storytelling."

It will be launched on March 20th:

Jan 5, 2015

Kompas column: ‘Friday Night Lights’ binge was a winner

Kate Kompas, 8:17 p.m. CST January 3, 2015

I’m about the furthest thing from a natural athlete there is. I once broke my leg at a roller skating rink (wait for it) while in the lobby. I hadn’t skated more than 2 feet when I came crashing down, resulting in an injury that required surgery. Yep, wasn’t even in the rink. I still can’t roller skate.

And while there were certainly exceptions, most athletes I met during my formative years weren’t always the nicest people. Of course, most teens of any athletic ability aren’t pleasant company, and I include my teen self. I realize you can’t judge someone by how he or she behaves at age 16; I’m not sure I want someone judging me based on how I behaved last week. It’s just if real life were like the 1980s classic “The Breakfast Club,” I’d be using my dandruff to enhance my artwork, not sitting with Emilio Estevez at the jocks’ table.

All this is my way of saying I’m perhaps the most unlikely “Friday Night Lights” fan there is. But I’ve spent many hours in the past few weeks binging the much-loved, critically lauded, ratings-challenged NBC series about a small Texas town’s football team.

I missed “Friday Night Lights” the first time around; the show has been off the air for more than three years. I started watching it on Netflix because it’s the favorite show of my fictional best friend Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler’s character on “Parks and Recreation,” another much-loved, ratings-challenged NBC series). If it’s good enough for Leslie, it’s good enough for me. If I’m seeming like I need to unplug, I assure you, I read plenty of books every month, too (some without pictures).

Kyle Chandler for president

“Friday Night Lights” is loosely based on the nonfiction book by H. G. Bissinger. It also was a 2004 movie starring Billy Bob Thornton as the head coach, but sometimes it’s hard for me to see him as anything but “Sling Blade.” I’m assuming any pep talk by him would just make me nervous. The TV coach is played by the Emmy-winning Kyle Chandler, who is perfection. The man conveys purpose and intensity even when he’s cooking bacon in his office.

I grew up in Iowa and have never been to Texas, but the shots from the show (it was filmed in Austin but the show makers create convincing rural scenes) were like a postcard from the past. The show’s Alamo Freeze reminded me of the little ice cream shop in Le Claire, Iowa, my hometown.

The TV team’s often-repeated mantra is “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.” My eyes are not clear because I’ve stayed up too many nights until 5 in the morning trying to figure out if the Panthers (then the Lions) would make it to the state playoffs. I worry that Smash will take steroids to find a shortcut into the NFL. I get genuinely stressed wondering if new quarterback Vince will get sucked back into his old life. And what happened to Santiago, the troubled kid who disappeared after Season Two? Damn that year’s writers’ strike; I’ll always wonder.

For more, go here:

Jan 2, 2015's 11 Most Anticipated New Shows for the 2015 Midseason

3. Bloodline (Netflix)

WHEN IT'S ON: Sometime in March, with a more specific date to be announced later.

WHO'S IN IT: Kyle Chandler (Coach Taylor!), Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini (Lindsay Weir!), Sam Shepard, and Sissy Spacek. And for all you Zero Hour and Real World fans, Jacinda Barrett.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Ummm... we don't really know! But here's what we've got: A family's secrets are ripped out of the ground when their black-sheep brother comes home.

WHY WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT IT: For one thing, that cast! Coach Taylor is back! For another thing, Bloodline comes from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler, and if you've never seen Damages, you're about to find out that these fellas really know how to produce a TV series. Their knack for combining psychological drama with twists and turns should yield an ideal bedfellow for Netflix's binge-watching distribution model.

Note:  For KCC Fans, Kyle's show is number 1 on our list of Most Anticipated New Shows of any season.