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.

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