Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

Dec 2, 2016

‘Manchester’s’ Chandler seeks – and finds – balance


Kyle Chandler knew his path early on: He wanted to be an actor, not a star. And things have pretty much worked out in his favor.

It’s September and Chandler is in a hotel suite during the Toronto International Film Festival, where “Manchester by the Sea” is enjoying a wave of rave reviews. He’s relaying a story from when he was a drama student at the University of Georgia, when he and another student were working in the costume department and talking about their career goals.

“I said, ‘I don’t want to go to Hollywood to be a star. I do want to go there to act and have a family, and try to make that work,’” says Chandler, who is dressed in a crisp blue suit, his hair tousled just so. “And she called me out. She goes, ‘You are a liar! An absolute liar!’ But the truth is that is what I wanted, and that that is what I got.”

That balance he envisioned early on is key for Chandler: Between work and home life (he’s been married to his wife, Kathryn, for 20 years), between Hollywood and the real world.

For example, the week before the film festival, the father of two was at home on his ranch in Texas “working the property” on his tractor and helping his daughter, an entering high school freshman, prepare for volleyball season. (His other daughter is entering college.) The following week he was heading to the Emmy Awards, where he was nominated in the lead actor category for the second-straight year for “Bloodline.” Afterward, he was riding his motorcycle from Texas to the show’s Florida set, taking “the long route” and staying at a series of campgrounds along the way.

The two sides help each other out, he says. “There’s nothing better than real life to get ideas for your roles,” says Chandler, 51.

Chandler has a supporting role in “Manchester by the Sea.” He plays Joe, brother of Casey Affleck’s character, whose death sets in motion the film’s plot. It’s a small but important role, which falls in line with Chandler’s film work in recent years: Playing Cate Blanchett’s husband in “Carol,” an FBI agent in “Wolf of Wall Street,” a father in “The Spectacular Now,” a CIA chief in “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Most of those parts have come as a result of Chandler’s signature role, as Coach Eric Taylor on NBC’s beloved football drama “Friday Night Lights.” That job came after 15 years spent toiling in Hollywood, including roles on ABC’s 1940s set drama “Homefront” and four seasons on “Early Edition,” where Chandler played a character that receives an early copy of the next day’s newspaper and worked to stop wrongdoings from happening.

Chandler was born in Buffalo and raised in Illinois before moving to Georgia when he was 11. His father died three years later, so the feeling of immense loss that’s central to “Manchester by the Sea” is familiar to him.

“I became very emotional reading it,” Chandler says of the “Manchester” script, “and that doesn’t happen very often.” So he read it again.

“And the same thing happened, and I said wow, this is a really interesting script,” he says. “I knew how it made you emotional, but there were things in it that earned that emotion that I couldn’t quite piece together.”

He says working on the film was similar, and credits director Kenneth Lonergan — whom he calls “Kenny” — with putting his personal stamp on it. “I don’t think I’ve ever done a film where the director has his influence on every part of it,” he says.

With “Manchester” entering theaters and garnering tremendous awards buzz and “Bloodline” enters its final season, Chandler continues to achieve the balance that has been central to his career.

“I don’t think I’d have the success I have right now if I didn’t have my home life,” Chandler says. “Being able to step away and having the life with my wife and the kids and where I live, that recharges my battery.”
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‘Manchester by the Sea’
Rated R for language throughout and some sexual content
Running time: 137 minutes
Opens Friday

Nov 24, 2016

Kyle Chandler and Lucas Hedges chat about Manchester by the Sea

Kyle Chandler and Lucas Hedges
Kyle Chandler, the Emmy award-winning star of Netflix’s popular series Bloodline, is one of the stars of the new movie Manchester by the Sea.

He was in Toronto to promote the film with his young co-star, Lucas Hedges, who plays his son. The two got together for a round table discussion to talk to media outlets about the film and Tribute was there!
The film, which opened in New York City and Los Angeles last Friday, enjoyed the the fourth-highest per-screen average ($60,308) for any film released in 2016. It opens in more cities on Friday, Nov. 25, then expands on December 16, 2016.

When you were first approached to be involved with the film, what did you think of it?
Kyle: I was in a hotel room in New York when I got the script. I had to read it twice, I was so amazed by it. Met Kenny (director Kenneth Lonergan) the next day, had lunch with him, hoped I got the part. He asked me to join on board and that’s where I am now. I’m so, so happy that I was part of it, and to jump to the end, when I first saw the film, I had no idea. I had no idea at all that it could possibly be as wonderful as it was. And that’s that. I would have never imagined that it could have been as wonderful as it turned out.

Lucas: I wasn’t approached to do the movie — I auditioned like five times. I auditioned once with a casting director, once with Kenny, once with Kenny and a reader, once with Kenny and Casey [Affleck], and then I came down and we had our session and I thought I wasn’t going to get it, because Kenny was supposed to take the same car as me to the train to go back to New York and he got in a different car and I was like, “Oh. Shoot. I didn’t get it.” And then on the train he told me I got it. I knew from the moment I read the script that this kind of a part in this kind of a project, it’s extremely rare. I’m very new to this but I’ve been around long enough to recognize a special script and a special part.

Kyle, do you think your character leaves his son to his brother because he feels it will help focus him to get over his problems?
Kyle: When I was doing the film that was a decision that had to be made, for me to figure out who the guy was and indeed he did it to save his life. Knowing that I knew my brother in ways that no one would ever know him and who he was and that he was the person who would be best suited to take care of my son and again, it would save his life in the long run so hopefully what happened in the movie would occur, so I made the right decision. Yeah, that was a conscious thought, trying to figure that out.

Kyle, you always play strong roles — your characters have wisdom and they’re stern but also give people life-changing advice or help. What draws you to these types of roles that incorporate strong masculinity but are also sensitive to the core?
Kyle: All the people in my life that know me well and have known me for years wonder the same thing. [everyone laughs] I’m not quite sure but it’s been very enjoyable. I’ve been so fortunate in the last five, 10 years in the some of the films I’ve been asked to join aboard and these little parts that I’ve been able to run with. It’s been a great experience.

A lot of your characters are people that my friends and I aspire to be like. I want to be a man like that who has integrity but also is strong…
Kyle: Well you can be! Just give it a try, man. [everyone laughs]

Something that’s really strong about the film is the balance of humor and tragedy that we see in the movie. Was that humor, that balance already there in the script?
Lucas: Completely. Totally.

Kyle: Yes. And that’s another thing that was so exciting about the script — it covered everything. And it left spaces for different actors to find different humor. The script had everything. I realized that I had to do nothing except follow what was there. Because it was already crafted. Everything was there. And sometimes that’s the hardest thing, is to not do anything. Just to trust what’s on the page. Usually I’m the opposite. I’m scratching things out, writing, this would be a better line, you know, for TV and stuff. This was written by a playwright and it was meticulously put together.

What was he like as a director in terms of his style compared to other styles you two have worked with?
Lucas: I’ve worked with several directors like Wes Anderson and something they both have in common is that the entire movie from start to finish is crafted — it’s so specifically done. Having said that, Kenny loves to be surprised, he loves it when something happens that he didn’t seen coming. But there is such a close attention to detail in his writing that is also true in his directing.

Kyle: He’s very meticulous in all the best ways. And sometimes to work with someone like that is the worst experience in the world because as an actor it’ll drive you nuts. We rehearsed a lot and we rehearsed in a lot of different ways and the material was explored. When we got to the set, we knew what was going on. He let off the reins a little bit and let us fill in the spaces so everything came together. But it is his mind. You’re living in his mind and he’s getting what he wants. And you want to be part of that because he sees everything. He sees what’s underneath everything and he knows to present that. It was very interesting watching the final product with everything put together — the post-production music, the whole thing and then it was a revelation at the end. “Oh, that’s what he was doing.” I’d never worked with him before. Another thing I said to him was, “Please, can I work with you again?” [everyone laughs]

Lucas, what was it like working with Michelle Williams and Casey Affleck?
Lucas: For me, it was incredibly intimidating. Once we really got into the filming, that faded away and it just felt like we were just in some weird town in Massachusetts and I mean, Casey was just some guy. But it really was intimidating at first especially because we were using Boston accents and I’m from Brooklyn and I’m not a Boston actor, which Casey is, and so it was intimidating at first. But probably for very superficial reasons that I got over.

Kyle: It’s the same for everyone. You meet the actors and everyone’s a little nervous when you get together but once you get on the set, then it’s full contact sport. Then you’re playing the game. That’s where everyone’s an equal — that’s where it’s fun.

Lucas: Do you remember when I came up to do the readings and you played the hockey coach? Do you remember Kenny had you play a bunch of different roles in the movie?

Kyle: Oh yeah, that’s right. I was the barmaid, too. [everyone laughs]

Lucas: You were? That’s right!

Kyle: And actually, he was so specific in the rehearsals that I was the barmaid, pretending to do the bar, and there was no dialogue. I was the quiet barmaid, which I was really good at, as well. I liked that role. [everyone still laughing] But yeah, I forgot about that. We rehearsed a lot.

Lucas: [laughing] Yeah, we did.

That’s fairly unusual for a film, often people don’t give you that much time to rehearse.

Kyle: It was great that we did it because once we got on the set, there’s not much time to get things done so the time that you do have left over you can tweak it. It was a great experience. It was like rehearsing a play.

This takes place in winter — Kyle, you’re used to filming in very cold temperatures, having starred in Early Edition. What are some tricks an actor can use to try not to look so cold on camera?
Kyle: To not… look cold? [Long pause] Uh, maybe a fifth of whiskey in your back pocket. [everyone laughs] That would be number one. I think most actors would agree to that.

Manchester by the Sea opens in select cities November 25, 2016.

Nov 6, 2016

Drama King

Actor Kyle Chandler muses on turning his beloved Coach Taylor persona upside down and his latest dramatic role in the indie film Manchester by the Sea

  Drama King
Photography by Miller Mobley

It's a rare moment when fate and chance meet and destiny takes its course. Such was the case when Kyle Chandler, a young student at the University of Georgia, was “bumming around” the town’s Five Points neighborhood. “It was two points of light that struck each other in the middle of absolutely nowhere when I bummed a cigarette from these four characters at 3 a.m.,” he reflects. It turns out the characters in question were actors who suggested he try out for the Shakespearean farce “The Comedy of Errors” at the university’s local Cellar Theatre. “I can’t imagine why I did it to this day, but I studied it, auditioned and got the part as one of the Dromios. I loved the camaraderie, enjoyment and applause at the end,” he says. “And so many odd, strange characters!”

He never looked back. While still in college, Chandler and a buddy took a train up to New York to audition for a talent showcase for ABC. Chandler was offered a development deal on the spot, and he packed his bags for Hollywood. Jobs as a bartender and a bouncer followed, but it was roles on the dramatic television dramas Tour of Duty and Homefront that first placed him in the spotlight in the 1990s.

While a memorable guest performance as an ill-fated bomb-squad expert on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy earned him his first Emmy nomination in 2006, it was his career-changing role as the principled Coach Taylor on NBC’s Friday Night Lights that made the actor a household name. A cult favorite, the binge-worthy series follows a high-school football coach and his players as they navigate life in a rural Texas town. “I started out in comedy, played the kid next door, and the nice gentleman that would always do good, and then Coach Taylor came along. I blended my experiences into that with a little W.C. Fields thrown in.”

For research, Chandler looked to the life of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick for inspiration, along with sage advice over a barbecue dinner with a local high-school football coach. “I was standing out on the back deck, holding his 6-month-old, and after a lot of conversation — and it gives me chills when I say this — he said, ‘There is really only one thing you have to know: You have to love the kids.’ It gave me a freedom to do what I wanted to do, if I wanted to be a tough coach and realize if I loved these kids, I could push if it was justified and still be fair.” Chandler took the advice to heart, molded it into his character and won an Emmy award as Outstanding Lead Actor for the performance in 2011, beating competition that included Jon Hamm for Mad Men and Hugh Laurie for House.

The quote-worthy role — (“Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” is a part of pop culture lexicon) — provided the actor with another fringe benefit: While traveling solo from Los Angeles to the show’s location in Austin, Texas, Chandler says his wife suggested they take a road trip. “On the first day of driving she asked if I was happy in LA. I said this is a really big serious question you are asking and I said, ‘No, I am not.’ So she said, ‘Let’s move and change it up.’ ” The couple and their two daughters ended up relocating to a 33-acre property an hour outside of Austin. “I don’t have a farm; I have a garden with corn, okra, tomatoes and beets. I am a beet farmer,” Chandler says. “It’s a good bit of work to do here: bush-hogging land and planting here and there. In Texas they call it a quote-unquote ‘gentleman’s ranch.’ It gives me something to bitch about.”

It’s a life that suits him, he says, adding that “the whole Hollywood thing is not me.” In between acting gigs, Chandler served as a volunteer fireman, where he saw plenty of action during the record two-year drought. “It was challenging and fun and hats off to all those guys who people don’t realize are the ones putting their lives on the line.”

Serious film roles followed the 51-year-old actor, who found himself cast as a series of authoritative men: White House Chief of Staff Hamilton Jordan in Argo, the CIA chief Joseph Bradley in Zero Dark Thirty and FBI agent Patrick Denham in The Wolf of Wall Street.

“Somehow I started getting these roles of people with this gravitas. My manager and agent said no more CIA, no more sheriffs and no more suits and ties!” One “suit” role he did take was perhaps his most serious role to date: playing the beleaguered and angst-ridden Sheriff John Rayburn on the popular Netflix drama Bloodline. Looking for a great series after FNL turned off the stadium lights, the role of the golden-boy son whose family owns an inn in the Florida Keys (along with a slew of dark secrets) recently landed him his fifth Emmy nomination. “The producers on Bloodline wanted to turn Coach Taylor upside down, and I was more than happy to do that,” Chandler says. “The show is my first dark role, it’s been a great ride and I feel blessed to get another year.” What does the future hold for John Rayburn in the show’s third and final season, due out next year? “The only one who knows what is going to happen is the #2 pencil sitting on the writer’s desk,” he replies.

This November, Chandler stars in the indie film Manchester by the Sea, where he plays a man who unexpectedly dies, leaving his teenage son in the care of his brother (Casey Affleck), a janitor in Boston. Co-starring Michelle Williams, Tate Donovan, Matthew Broderick and Gretchen Mol, the film received rave reviews at Sundance this past winter. Chandler’s role plays out in a series of flashbacks. “I read the script once, read it again, it got me and I cried. And I am not that sensitive,” he explains. “When I first met Kenny [Kenneth Lonergan, the film’s director], we rehearsed the heck out of it. And when we shot the film, I got this insecure feeling that we had created a mess, as Kenny has a particular way of doing things, and I was not sure how it would work out.”

The actor was also stricken with another insecurity: learning a Boston accent (he spent time soaking up the vernacular in the local bars). The result turns out to be one of his most passionate, favored projects to date. “I saw the film at Sundance for the first time and it’s amazing,” Chandler says. “The film is truly incredible; it’s so tight and so finely sewn together. It’s one of the best movies I have ever seen.”

Photo above Kevin Winter/Getty Images; Claire Folger/Courtesy of Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions
Chandler is an actor’s actor. “My favorite part of this job is the process. It’s like a runner running. I love it when the camera starts rolling, and until the time it stops, it’s like a roller-coaster ride. It’s that enjoyable.” He cites the late actor James Garner as his role model. Perhaps it’s a childhood memory of watching The Rockford Files with his father or his resemblance to the multitalented television and film idol, but he does appreciate the longevity and range of Garner’s career. He also credits the advice of his acting coach, Milton Katselas: “Know your casting,” when choosing roles. “I don’t think it’s made me too careful of choices I have made, but it’s also protected me from how I look at projects.”

While serious roles appear to dot his career path, Chandler would love a part with a comedic turn. If his dry sense of humor and playful nature are any indication, it’s just a matter of time before we see that side on-screen.

Oct 3, 2016

Kyle Chandler in Family Guy: Bookie of the Year

KCC:  If you didn't catch it last night, Kyle Chandler provides the voice for Coach Doyle on Family Guy.  Catch it on FOX, Hulu, On Demand and the usual places.

Sep 26, 2016

The Best TV Couple of the Past 30 Years, Round One: Tami and Eric vs. Tony and Carmela

Photo-Illustration: Vulture and Photos by Getty Images, HBO
For the next three weeks, Vulture is holding its annual pop-culture bracket. In 2015, we battled it out for the best high-school TV show; this year, we're determining the greatest couple on television in the past 30 years. Each day, a different writer will be charged with picking the winner of a round of the bracket, until New York Magazine TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz judges the finals, on October 14. Today's round will decide whether Friday Night Lights' Tami and Eric Taylor or The Sopranos' Tony and Carmela move on to the next round. After you read, be sure to visit Vulture's Facebook page to vote on which couple you think should advance.

KCC:  Long GOOD article here:   We know who should win.  Go to Vulture's FB page and VOTE!

Sep 19, 2016

50 Best TV Duos of All Time

30. Coach and Tami Taylor, 'Friday Night Lights'

The platonic ideal of a committed, happily married couple right in the middle of a complex and nuanced New Golden Age drama? How the hell did that happen? Don't second-guess it — just treasure every minute of shared screentime with Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton's incredible couple, who proved that "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose" was a life-changing mantra both on and off the football field.

Sep 18, 2016

Emmy Pics of Kyle, Kathryn, and Connie

Kit Harington & Andy Samberg's 2016 Emmys Jokes Were Terrible & Amazing At The Same Time

The Emmys took a dangerous turn on Sunday night when the creators combined the hilarious charm of Andy Samberg with Kit Harington's knack for making entire nations swoon his characters back to life. And by "dangerous," I mean, "I'll be OK, just give me a minute." Andy Samberg & Kit Harington's Emmy jokes bit was a lot to handle in the best way. The two beloved actors took to the stage to reunite after facing off in HBO's 7 Days In Hell (that tennis mockumentary that we all feared meant Jon Snow was really leaving us for good) and present John Oliver with an Emmy for his series, Last Week Tonight. But first, they needed to make it into the following year's Emmys highlights reel (as if the sheer fact that they were standing on stage together wasn't enough of a highlight, but OK). And the only way to do this, of course, was to sputter off as many ridiculous one-liners as they possibly could.

Highlights included, "Now it's a party!" and "Talk about a tapeworm!" But then came the moment that made the entire world swoon, when Samberg joked, "No, Kyle Chandler, I will not kiss you," to which Harington joked, "Yes, Kyle Chandler, I will kiss you." To which the entire internet was like, GET IN LINE, KIT.

What's more, is that Chandler's reaction is possibly more adorable than the combination of Jon Snow and everyone's favorite funny detective:

It all ended with a fake marriage proposal that every Game of Thrones fans wishes they were on the receiving end of. Even if it's not real. We're all still jealous.

But you should probably appreciate the full moment yourself. Over and over. And once more for good measure.

KCC:  See the clip here:

Pre Emmy Party Photos

Family Guy Season 15 spoilers, air date: David Tenant of Doctor Who fame to appear on the show?

Besides Tenant, several other celebrities will also be appearing in the next season, including Kyle Chandler and RHCP's Flea.

In the upcoming season of Fox's Family Guy, the Griffin family will be joined by several stars on their misadventures, including the Tenth Doctor David Tenant.

Like each season, several celebrities will also be appearing in Season 15 episodes of Family Guy. Besides Tenant, other stars who will be voicing the characters in the 15th season are Kyle Chandler, Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), and Stephen Curry. 

In one of the upcoming episodes, titled, Bookie of the Year, Chris will suddenly get angry over something. Hence Peter and Lois will try to find a way in order to calm him down. After getting him enrolled in school baseball club, both Peter and Lois will find out that Chris is a good basketball pitcher and his coach (portrayed by Kyle Chandler) will encourage him.

In San Diego Comic-Con 2016, it was revealed that once Peter and his friends will find out that Chris is good at basketball, they will start betting on him. Peter will be desperate to win the bet. Hence, he will tell Chris to do his best.

In another episode, Rob Gronkowski will be playing himself and will be the new neighbour of the Griffins in Quahog. Initially, Peter gets happy to have Rob as a neighbour. However, Rob's party lifestyle didn't suit Peter much and he will plan a plot to get rid of him.

The premiere episode of Family Guy Season 15, titled, The Boys in the Band, will showcase Stewie and Brian starting a band of their own. Coincidentally, they will fall in love with the same girl and as a result, the band will be on verge of breaking up.

Season 15 Episode 1 will also show Chris becoming Quagmire's personal assistant and advising him to enhance his sex life as in one of the episodes, Quagmire will get addicted to Tinder and will decide to become a gigolo.

Family Guy Season 15 Episode 1 will premiere on Fox on September 25.

Connie Britton wishes 'ex TV husband' Kyle Chandler a happy birthday

Texas forever: Connie Britton wished her “ex tv husband” Kyle Chandler a happy belated birthday Sunday — and also shared her hope that he’ll pick up an Emmy at that evening’s awards show, where he’s competing in the Best Actor race for his performance on Netflix’s Bloodline. 

Britton and Chandler starred as Tami and Coach Taylor on Friday Night Lights throughout its five-season run from 2006 to 2011. “You’ll always be Coach to me,” she wrote on Instagram. “Wishing you birthday trophies tonight. #Emmys #cleareyesfullhearts.”

The beloved drama’s cast recently got together for a reunion at this past spring’s ATX Festival. See Britton’s Instagram post below, and find out where the show’s stars think their characters are now.

Check out our special EW Reunites the Cast Of Friday Night Lights on the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN) here.

Sep 17, 2016

Happy Birthday, Kyle Chandler!!

KCC:  Wishing you the best year ever.  A matching Emmy would be a great gift to receive for a performance of a lifetime in Season 2 of Bloodline. Being invited to the party is a gift in itself.  You are always so gracious to cast and crew.  May you do whatever you wish that life has to offer.  Enjoy your family.  Enjoy your station in life.  And enjoy a little of the Emmy nightlife in The City of Angels.  You are a joy to your fans.

Sep 14, 2016

'Bloodline' Will End on Netflix After Season 3 (Exclusive)

The streamer renewed the Kyle Chandler drama for a shortened 10-episode season in July. The end is near for Bloodline.

The third season of the twisted family drama starring Kyle Chandler will be its last on the streaming service. The Sony Pictures Television-produced series was renewed in July, shortly after the second season debuted on May 27. At the time, Netflix told The Hollywood Reporter that it would not be the final season.

However, in an in-depth story on the inner workings of the streaming giant, THR exclusively revealed that Netflix had notified Sony that the upcoming season, set for 2017, would be the show's final outing on the platform. The streamer also cut the episode order from 13 episodes to 10, and slashed licensing fees on the show. Still, the two companies deny there are tensions between them. It's unclear whether Sony will try and shop future seasons of Bloodline elsewhere.

Series creators and executive producers Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler have said that they have a five- or six-season plan for the drama. "We're doing a TV series, so even in our own mind, we're asking ourselves, 'Does this series have seasons in it?' " Zelman told THR last year. "When we pitched it and we thought about it, we were thinking five to six seasons down the line because we wanted to make sure it could hold that much material. So we certainly have ideas for where everything could go and hopefully where everything will go."

Prior to the renewal, a third season of Bloodline had been uncertain after Florida cut its entertainment tax incentives program, therefore making the series much more costly to produce. The Islamorada-based drama, along with Miami-set HBO football comedy Ballers, had grabbed the last of the available monies from the $300 million the Sunshine State had allocated for film and TV projects in 2010, allowing both shows to get through their second seasons with significant financial breaks. But with the incentives pot dry, season three of Bloodline will likely be a pricier undertaking.

Todd A. Kessler, for his part, acknowledged the uncertainty of the show's future at the Los Angeles premiere of Bloodline's second season in early June. "Netflix is evaluating how it's doing for them and how it's performing, and are very hopeful that there will be a future as are we," he told THR, later adding that the series isn't just shot in the Keys because of financial enticements. "We decided to set the show there … because it's crucial to what the show is, not because of the tax incentive, but it does affect things financially for us and the show will be challenged because of that. It makes things more difficult."

The cancelation marks a rare move for Netflix. Apart from axing the Norway crime drama Lilyhammer and the horror entry Hemlock Grove after each of their third seasons, the streaming platform has yet to cancel any of its other original series. Netflix's roster has grown significantly in the last three years, up from five original series in 2013 to nearly 30 and counting.

Manchester By The Sea Premiere

Aug 23, 2016

Emmy episode analysis: Kyle Chandler (‘Bloodline’) delivers powerhouse performance in season finale

Kyle Chandler won his first Emmy as Best Drama Actor for the series finale of “Friday Night Light” in 2011. Could he take home a bookend for the second season finale of “Bloodline”? He plays John Rayburn on this Netflix series, a police detective who will do anything to protect his prominent Florida keys family, even if it means killing his black sheep older brother Danny (Ben Mendelsohn) and covering it up. He was nominated last year for the freshman edition of this drama, losing to Jon Hamm who finally won for the final season of “Mad Men.”

SYNOPSIS  Diana (Jacinda Barrett) pressures John for the truth about Danny’s death, but he’s got bigger fish to fry: his partner, Marco (Enrique Murciano), is trying to get immunity for Danny’s old pal Eric O’Bannon (Jamie McShane) who has valuable information about the case, and Ozzy (John Leguizamo) is still trying to extort money from him. Things come to a head during a tense roadside meeting with Meg (Linda Cardellini) and Kevin (Norbert Leo Butz). They both wanted Danny dead, John argues, and since he’s the one always having to fix the family’s problems, he had no other choice. Meg and Kevin leave in disbelief, contending that although they are guilty of the coverup, the murder was all John’s doing.

Later, John takes Eric to a dilapidated shack, intent on killing him. Yet he just can’t bring himself to pull the trigger, knowing perhaps that there’s no way he can cover up another murder. When last we see John, he’s fleeing the keys, leaving his siblings to clean up the mess he genuinely believes he didn’t create.

Can Chandler win for this episode? Let’s look at the pros and cons:

This season sees John Rayburn giving into his dark side, desperate to protect the golden boy image he’s so carefully created. It’s a stark departure from Chandler’s folksy, noble football coach in “Friday Night Lights,” and showing off this kind of range could be enough to push the actor to his second win.

Chandler has two explosive scenes: the roadside confrontation with Meg and Kevin, and his final face-off with Eric. His manic monologue to his siblings especially is the kind of thing Emmy voters have gone for in the past, so why should now be any different?

One of the most well-liked actors working today, Chandler is also the only nominee to have won in this category before, perhaps giving him an advantage over rivals Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”), Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”), Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”), Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”), and Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”).

For the second year in a row, Chandler and Mendelsohn are the only nominees from the show. Does this hint at a lack of support from the TV academy overall?

The fact that Chandler has won before might actually hurt more than help: will voters want to reward a fresh face instead?

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Aug 12, 2016

Emmy-Nominated Lead Actors Balance Humor and Tragedy

After three seasons of using his fists, scowls, or libido to express his feelings, Liev Schreiber’s Ray Donovan found another way to show his guilt and torment in the third season finale of the eponymous Showtime series: Confessing to a priest about all the crimes he’s seen and done, this brute broke down in tears.

“Those are the scenes that actually feel cathartic,” Schreiber says. “The hardest thing to do with a character is to ramp up tension and not express it, because it’s a very subtle thing to do. It also involves creating an emotional energy inside yourself that you don’t release that’s been sat on and repressed and gets held. I think that’s the stuff that’s bad for you, mentally. That confession scene; I’m really grateful to David [Hollander, the series’ showrunner and episode’s director] and Leland [Orser, who played Father Romero] and the crew for creating the environment for Ray to get something off his chest, both literally and figuratively.”

The scene helped secure Schreiber his second lead actor Emmy nomination. And its crafting is also indicative of what several of his fellow nominees had to put themselves through for their shows.

“One thing we always talk about is modulating — we come in there and figure out what tone works for the show, and that comes from trying out a lot of different options,” says “Mr. Robot’s” first-time nominee, Rami Malek, in regards to working with the USA show’s creator, Sam Esmail.

Malek plays Elliot, a sleep-deprived cybervigilante with a mischievous smirk, an infinite inner monologue, and an imaginary relationship with his absent father.

“I’m really lucky to have both the support of Sam and the actors around me when we’re producing this show,” he says. “We rarely, if ever, rehearse. So much of it becomes a surprise to all of us — none of us really know what the other actor is going to do. Often, some of the first takes are the most exciting.”

“Bloodline” star Kyle Chandler, who is up for his second nomination as morally conflicted brother John Rayburn in the Netflix drama, simply reminds that “they say it’s a golden age” of TV, after all. And it’s only gotten more intense since he won the category for “Friday Night Lights” in 2011.

“Voyeurism, murder, mayhem … more butter on the popcorn please … and more great writers with a format allowing time on screen for deep character studies and very smart story telling,” he says.

These shows also incorporate dark humor into often deadly serious settings, such as the creative way FX’s “The Americans” found for Matthew Rhys’ Philip Jennings to take out a TSA agent this season. What would otherwise have been another mundane killing — something audiences have seen him execute many times in the series’ four-season run — got a jolt thanks to a recording of Soft Cell’s ’80s anthem “Tainted Love.”

“I think the heavier the drama the more welcome a moment of humor, be it dark or otherwise,” says Rhys, also a first-time Emmy nominee. “I think the types of TV dramas that are prone to this are a little too dark to allow for a broader humor or maybe would lose credibility if they veered too far from their tone. I think the Academy might appreciate a drama that isn’t one thing, but offers differing entertainment.”

That includes repeat Emmy nominee Kevin Spacey as Machiavellian president Frank Underwood on Netflix’s “House of Cards.” Spacey declined to be interviewed, but the character will take time out of his busy schedule of destroying lives and forging alliances to break the fourth wall as he throws shade at friends and foes in order to let his audience in on his master plans.

Malek says the tone of his show is ultimately what drew him to the part in the first place.

“For the show, there was so much about the script that captivated me as an actor,” he says. “Sam created such a dynamic character for me to play. The dark humor in the script is something really unexpected and unique to the role — I think it adds such a distinctive element to the storyline that I look forward to delivering those lines in the script.”
“it’s a great challenge and a great joy to see a dark, emotional scene where a character is struggling internally and then two days later be doing a scene where I’m shooting a commercial, with the character’s inspiration and joy and ego on display.”
Bob Odenkirk
Blurred lines between drama and comedy is often evident in the casting — not just the stars of the series, but even supporting and guest appearances. When asked if he ever thought he’d be nominated for an Emmy in the lead actor in a drama race, sketch comedian extraordinaire and comedy writer Bob Odenkirk replies,

“Just write ‘Odenkirk laughs.’” For the record, this is his second nomination for playing the title character in AMC’s “Better Call Saul” and, of course, he originated the character of Saul Goodman (nee Jimmy McGill) as an almost comic relief element in precursor series “Breaking Bad.”

Odenkirk adds, “on the other hand, I do think that there’s something that carries over from my comedy background. What we do in comedy is about commitment, and oftentimes it’s commitment to a silly or ridiculous pursuit or scenario. But in this case, it’s not a ridiculous scenario. The character’s pursuit is for the love and respect of the people around him.”

Even though Jimmy may get a kick out of pretending to be a big-time film director when he makes commercials with a couple of college kids, his ultimate goals are to earn and/or repair bonds with his brother, Chuck (Michael McKean) and his girlfriend and business partner, Kim, (Rhea Seehorn). Often, one relationship is sacrificed for the other.

Odenkirk says he loves “all these different aspects of the character” and that “it’s a great challenge and a great joy to see a dark, emotional scene where a character is struggling internally and then two days later be doing a scene where I’m shooting a commercial, with the character’s inspiration and joy and ego on display.”

But that can also wear on an actor who must hold onto these emotions for 12- to 14-hour day shooting schedules. Odenkirk says he never wants to lose the feeling from doing a comedic scene, but admits that “you have to give yourself some time to come back to the world after” playing a darker scene.

Malek agrees, explaining that his investment in his character is so strong, that “in order to keep my sanity, I have to find a way to turn Elliot off.”

Schreiber says it’s easier for him to decompress when his kids are around and that it’s “important to find a ritual for yourself to bookend yourself” between filming. He picked up meditation after seeing actress Frances Conroy do it when they worked together on a play.

And Chandler says he has enough problems in his real life to take home his character’s problems.

“Good lord, if I did, I would be writing these answers from Chumley’s Rest whilst receiving an injection of formula 977,” he says, referring to the sanitarium from “Harvey.”

With four seasons already under his belt, Rhys says he learned long ago to separate himself from the character.

“By the fifth season, there’s no problem finding an ‘off’ switch for Philip; the greater problem is finding the ‘on’ switch,” he says. “So end of day usually sees more line learning. Although a rare bike ride along the Brooklyn waterfront does wonders.”

Jul 23, 2016

Comic-Con: Family Guy taps Kyle Chandler, Rob Gronkowski, David Tennant as guests

Jacob Tremblay, Flea, and Steph Curry will also lend their voices

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It is safe to call Kyle Chandler “Coach” again.

The Friday Night Lights alum (and Bloodline star) will voice Chris’ high school baseball coach on Family Guy, it was announced on Saturday at a Comic-Con panel for the animated Fox comedy. In the episode, Peter and Lois search for an outlet for Chris’ sudden aggression, only to find out that he’s actually a talented pitcher. Peter and his friends start betting on his games because everyone thinks Chris wouldn’t be very good at this, leading Peter to ask Chris to throw the championship game.

New England Patriots tight end/unstoppable party machine Rob Gronkowski will also pop up in an episode. Peter is delighted when Gronk moves into Peter’s neighborhood with his party bus, but Gronk’s crazy lifestyle ultimately proves too much for Peter, and he launches various schemes to drive Gronk and his party bus out of the neighborhood.

Jul 14, 2016

Emmy nominations with Atlanta ties: ‘Confirmation,’ Kyle Chandler, RuPaul, Tituss Burgess, ‘Archer’

Among the Emmy nominees with Georgia ties include Kyle Chandler ("Bloodline"), HBO's "Confirmation" (shot in Atlanta), FX's "Archer" and Athens native Tituss Burgess ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt") CREDIT: show publicity photos and Getty Images (Burgess)
Among the Emmy nominees with Georgia ties include Kyle Chandler (“Bloodline”), HBO’s “Confirmation” (shot in Atlanta), FX’s “Archer” and Athens native Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) CREDIT: show publicity photos and Getty Images (Burgess)

By RODNEY HO/, originally filed Thursday, July 14, 2016
The Emmys announced a host of nominees with Atlanta ties.

These include networks such as TBS, CNN and Cartoon Network, folks from Georgia such as RuPaul, Kyle Chandler and Tituss Burgess and programs shot in the form of HBO’s “Confirmation” and AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”

TNT received zero nominations.

Here’s a summary:
  • CNN’s “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” with five nominations, including Outstanding Informational Series or Special. The show has won four Emmys in the past. CNN also received a nomination for the exceptional merit in documentary filmmaking for “The Hunting Ground” documentary about sexual assault on college campuses. And W. Kamau Bell’s new series “United Shades of America” is being considered for outstanding unstructured reality program.
  • TBS’s “Conan” received two nods, including outstanding interactive program. TBS nabbed a nomination for “Angie Tribeca” in the category of Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Comedy Series Or Variety Program. And TBS’s “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” was nominated for Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series.
  • History’s “Roots,” which was executive produced in part by Atlanta’s Will Packer, received seven nominations, including best limited series.
  • Athens native and UGA grad Tituss Burgess, who received his second Emmy nomination for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series as Titus Andromedon in Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
  • RuPaul, who grew up in Atlanta and graduated North Atlanta High School, was nominated for outstanding host in a reality or reality competition program for “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” This is his first Emmy nomination.
  • Ryan Seacrest, who graduated from Dunwoody High School, is competing with RuPaul in that same category in his final season of “American Idol.” Surprisingly, he has been nominated numerous times but has never won.
  • Part-time Atlantan Steve Harvey is also competing in that category as host of “Little Big Shots” on ABC.
  • Former UGA grad Kyle Chandler, who grew up in Loganville, garnered his second Emmy nomination for his role as John Rayburn in “Bloodline.” He previously won an Emmy in 2011 for his lead role in NBC’s “Friday Night Lights.”
  • HBO’s “Confirmation,” about Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas, was shot in Atlanta and received two nominations: Outstanding Television Movie and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for Kerry Washington.
  • And as usual, AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead” was only represented in minor categories: Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a series, limited series, movie or special and Outstanding Special Effects in a Supporting Role.  Plus, “The Talking Dead” interactive experience was nominated for best interactive program.
  • Outstanding Animated Program: FX’s “Archer” (competing with Fox’s “Bob’s Burgers,” Disney’s “Phineas and Herb,” Fox’s “The Simpsons” and Comedy Central’s “South Park”)
  • Outstanding Short Form Animated Series: “Adventure Time” Cartoon Network, “The Powerpuff Girls” Cartoon Network, “Robot Chicken” Adult Swim, “Steven Universe” Cartoon Network (competing with “SpongeBob SquarePants” Nickelodeon)
  • Adult Swim had three nominations for best actor for a short-form comedy or drama (meaning shorter than 30 minutes): Rob Corddry in “Children’s Hospital,” Rob Huebel in “Children’s Hospital” and Conyers native Jack McBrayer in “Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell.” It also had one for best actress for short-form comedy or drama: Erinn Hayes in “Children’s Hospital.” And not surprisingly, it also received a nomination for outstanding short-form comedy or drama with “Children’s Hospital.”
The Emmy’s will air in multiple parts in September. The Creative Emmy’s, which includes many of the secondary and technical categories, will air on September 17 on FXX . The main Emmy show will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on ABC the following day from 7 to 11 p.m.

Emmys 2016: What the Nominees Are Saying

The nominees tell THR about learning of the news on Thursday morning.

Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler and Tatiana Maslany


Kyle Chandler


Best drama actor nominee for Netflix's 'Bloodline'

Miller Mobley

"I was going to meet my wife on my motorcycle but when I passed the end of the driveway, I realized it was garbage day and I hadn’t pulled the garbage cans out. I had to turn around and go back, and that’s when I felt the cellphone in my pocket buzzing. So I was standing out by the garbage cans when I found out. It was pretty glamorous, I have to tell you. But it’s like Christmas in the middle of the year when these things happen. The best part is that I haven’t seen the crew and cast in awhile, so when something like this happens it feels like everyone on the team is a winner. I’m going to call people and say thank you. And it worked out perfectly [on the heels of the season 3 renewal.] Two great pieces of news in one week. Now I’m probably going to go sit outside of the porch and have a little afternoon scotch and a cigar."

Full list of 2016 Emmy nominations

68th Emmy Nominations Announcement

Jul 13, 2016

The Rayburns return: 8 things to expect in ‘Bloodline’ Season 3

Kyle Chandler on 'Bloodline'
The Rayburn family is back!

On Wednesday (July 13), Netflix announced that “Bloodline” has been renewed for a third season. The dark thriller by Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glen Kessler will return with the star-studded cast, Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Sissy Spacek and Norbert Leo Butz.

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“Todd, Daniel, and Glenn have created a riveting family saga featuring one of the most talented ensembles in the history of television. We can’t wait to see what the next chapter holds for the all-too-human Rayburns,” says Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix.

So, what can we expect to see when this Florida noir comes back with new episodes?

Based on the past two seasons, and where the recent finale left off, Zap2it breaks it down as to what audiences can look forward to seeing next summer.

RELATED: Dying to discuss the killer ‘Bloodline’ Season 2 finale? We break it all down.

1. New locations

John Rayburn (Kyle Chandler) is on the run, having officially hit a wall in how to fix the mess his family is in. Where is he going? No idea. While the Florida Keys will remain the show’s home base, the series will have to branch out and heavily feature a new city. It’s a juxtaposition that worked nicely when the series jumped back and from New York last season.
'Bloodline' flashbacks

2. More ghosts

While the ghost of Danny (Mendelsohn) will continue to follow John, Kevin is now going to be haunted by Marco (Enrique Murciano). While Murciano is not listed as part of the cast members returning, neither was Sam Shepard for Season 2, making his return an awesome surprise. Plus, the show loves its flashbacks. So, it’s safe to assume all dead characters will make an appearance in one way or another in Season 3.

3. Diana Rayburn takes the lead

Jacinda Barrett’s role as John’s wife was largely expanded from her humble one dimensional beginnings. And she’s due for an even bigger role in the next installment. With John A.W.O.L., Diana is going to have to step up to the plate to protect her family and — much to her chagrin — help save John from being convicted of murder. She’s proven to be one tough lady when pinned against the wall, and it will exciting to see what she does to keep herself and her children safe.

4. Belle will also step up

Norbet Leo Butz as Kevin Rayburn 'Bloodline'
Kevin (Butz) is going to be a disaster of a human being after murdering Marco, and Belle (Kate Finneran) will have to whip him in to shape. It will be her responsibility to make sure he finally gets his life together, so he can be a formidable father to their future baby boy. Previously seen as a male dominated series, “Bloodline” Season 3 will feature much of the Rayburn women — aside from Meg (Cardellini) and Mama Rayburn (Spacek).

5. An explanation of Roy Gilbert’s plan

Beau Bridges’ character was a major surprise in Season 2, and the cliffhanger ending showed that his gangster ties run deep. It’s safe to say his shady history with the Rayburn family means his getting into business with Kevin comes with some serious ulterior motives. What’s his end game? We’re about to find out.
RELATED: 5 reasons ‘Bloodline’ Season 2 is so much better than Season 1

6. Mama Rayburn loses her innocence

Ben Mendelsohn and Sissy Spacek star on Bloodline
Part of Season 2’s cliffhanger included Meg running into her mother’s arms, appearing as if she was going to tell her everything. While at first that seemed crazy, story wise … it would be the best thing to happen to Spacek’s character. Her seemingly aloof and naive personality has grown a bit tiresome. Her most interesting scenes this past season were the times she was able to briefly strip herself from the “everything’s fine and dandy” facade that she continues to hide behind. It’s time for Sally to learn what monsters her children have become, and join the dark family parade of crazy.

7. Hopefully, more Chelsea

Chloe Sevigny as Chelsea O'Bannon 'Bloodline'
Not sure how Chelsea O’Bannon (Chloe Sevigny) can stay a relevant character, but if anyone can figure out how to make that happen, the Kesslers can. Hopefully, they will. The Oscar nominated Sevigny steals every scene she’s in which is not an easy feat when sharing the screen with veteran actors Mendelsohn and Chandler.

8. Less Jane, more Nolan

There was way too much of Jane Rayburn (Taylor Rouviere) in Season 2 and barely enough Nolan (Brandon Larracuente). Now that John is gone, Nolan is going to to have to step up to he plate as the male figure in the Rayburn house. It would be the perfect time for audiences to get to know the young Rayburn boy. We’d be able to learn what he’s been up to since his long lost cousin Nolan (Owen Teague) came to town, and how his father being on the run has affected him.

Now Leaving the Keys

Netflix Renews 'Bloodline' for Third Season

The Kyle Chandler drama will be back for what is said to be a 10-episode third season.
'Bloodline'  Netflix

Netflix is going back to Bloodline.

The streaming service has renewed the the twisted family drama for a third season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.The renewal is for another round of 10 episodes, down from its freshman order of 13.

The drama will return in 2017.

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A third season of the Florida Keys-set thriller from Sony Pictures Television had been highly uncertain as the Sunshine State's tax incentives program expired this year and the Florida state legislature voted against replenishing the funds. Bloodline, along with Miami-set HBO football comedy Ballers, had scooped up the last of the monies from the $300 million the state had allocated in 2010, allowing both shows to get through their most second seasons with financial breaks. But now, with the incentives pot dry, another season of Bloodline would have been a pricier undertaking.

Read More Why Florida May Lose 'Ballers' and 'Bloodline' to Other State

The cast and crew, however, had been aware of the drama's uncertain future for months. In an effort to lobby lawmakers before the legislative vote took place in March, Bloodline script supervisor Kathryn Waters wrote a Facebook post in January imploring business owners in the Keys to email a "Friends of Bloodline" Gmail address about the impact of the show on the local community. (According to a film impact study, the series helped create more than $91 million in economic output by way of production spending and tourism in its first season.) "If new money is not made available, it is doubtful that Bloodline will have a season three," Waters wrote at the time.

Read More 'Bloodline' Co-Creators on Danny's Lingering Influence, Beau Bridges' Character

For their part, series creators and executive producers Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler, who have said that they have a five- or six-season plan for the drama, acknowledged the complicated situation at the season two premiere June 1 in Los Angeles.

"Netflix is evaluating how it's doing for them and how it's performing, and are very hopeful that there will be a future as are we," Todd A. Kessler told The Hollywood Reporter, adding that the show isn't filmed in the Keys strictly because of the financial enticements. "We decided to set the show there … because it's crucial to what the show is, not because of the tax incentive, but it does affect things financially for us and the show will be challenged because of that. It makes things more difficult."

It's unclear if the series will move out of Florida or remain in the same location, sans tax rebate funds.

The fate of Ballers, the Dwayne Johnson vehicle that also films in Florida, has yet to be announced. Season two of the HBO comedy bows July 17 and the fate of season three has not yet been determined. "We have a long history of shooting projects in Florida and were obviously disappointed in the recent vote to not renew the incentive program," HBO said in a statement to THR in April. "We will be assessing its impact on any future productions like Ballers, who have established Florida as their home."

Bloodline Renewed for Season 3

Bloodline Season 3
Courtesy of Netflix

Netflix is ready to raid the Rayburn family closet for more skeletons: The streaming giant has renewed Bloodline for Season 3, TVLine has confirmed.

The 10-episode third season will premiere in 2017. Confirmed to return are series regulars Kyle Chandler, Sissy Spacek, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, and Norbert Leo Butz.

“Todd, Daniel, and Glenn have created a riveting family saga featuring one of the most talented ensembles in the history of television. We can’t wait to see what the next chapter holds for the all-too-human Rayburns,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix.

Jul 2, 2016

Jeanne Jakle: Second ‘Bloodline’ an addictive seaside ride

There was a time when bidding farewell to a juicy season of a TV drama or comedy — “Game of Thrones,” “Veep,” “Outlander” — would leave me deep in the dumps.

Circumstances have changed, however. In a world that’s crowded with television, and good television at that, I find myself strangely buoyed by such endings. They actually free up time for some choice beginnings — provocative shows that I’ve left waiting in the wings for too long.

Atop the list was season two of Netflix drama “Bloodline,” one of last year’s most riveting newcomers.
It’s a drama tailor-made for summer, as it’s set at a rustic resort in the breathtaking Florida Keys, and I was anxious to dive back in. A bonus: It features two actors with Texas ties — Kyle Chandler (“Friday Night Lights”), who makes his home on a ranch outside Austin, and Sissy Spacek (“Coal Miner’s Daughter”), who was born and raised in Quitman.

But one always loves a bit of lightness to balance out the dark. Enter the comedy “Wrecked,” an island-set romp that’s more “Lost” parody than “Gilligan’s Island.” Its cast consists of lots of fresh faces whose post-plane crash antics, bawdy talk and deft comic timing keep you giggling.

Thirdly, I finally got to dip into “Doctor Thorne” — the period multi-parter on Amazon Prime from Julian Fellowes, the creator of “Downton Abbey.” It has romance, intrigue, aristocratic manners and clever patter, a recipe that promised to help fill the hole left by “Downton’s” end.

All debuted some weeks ago, so, yes, I’m once again, as Kacey Musgraves sings, “late to the party.” But no worries; two are still accessible by streaming, and the first four episodes of Tuesday night’s “Wrecked” can be seen via On Demand or replays on TBS’ website.

If you only have time for one, however, choose “Bloodline.” The second round of the hypnotic family thriller actually tops the first. It takes you for a seaside ride full of plotline ripples and tortured characters, keeping you on edge and hungry for more through the season’s 10 episodes.

The drama features a wealth of mesmerizing performances, led by Chandler, who proves his range goes way beyond beloved Coach Taylor.

Season two picks up right after the climax of last year’s bristling finale: the murder of Danny (Emmy-nominated scene-stealer Ben Mendelsohn), the eldest child and black sheep of South Florida’s prominent, inn-owning Rayburn clan.

The shocker: His killer was younger brother John (Chandler), the area’s deputy of police and longtime family rock. What’s more, the two who helped him cover it up also were Danny’s siblings, Meg (Linda Cardellini, “Mad Men”) and Kevin (Norbert Leo Butz).

The second season is all about the fallout, which consists not only of the police investigation into Danny’s death, but also a painful jumble of emotions that constantly dog the conspiratorial siblings.

Adding to the tension is the presence of Danny’s damaged, but aggressive, teenage son Nolan (Owen Teague), who showed up unexpectedly at the end of last season.

Eager to sort out the truth about the boy and, by extension, the man her son Danny really was is lonely and guilt-ridden Rayburn matriarch Sally. These poignant scenes afford the actress who plays her, Spacek, the chance to exercise her fierce acting chops, which were underutilized in season one.

Following Nolan to the inn are two shady characters from Danny’s past: the teen’s trashy mom Evangeline (Angela Riseborough), who uses every wile at her disposal to insinuate herself into the Rayburn clan, and her menacing boyfriend Ozzy (John Leguizamo), who brings out the worst in almost everyone he encounters.

But the season really belongs to the Rayburns, notably to John, Meg (a wonderfully compelling Cardellini) and Danny, who revisits “Bloodline” in flashbacks and haunting conversations conjured by John during trying moments. The return treats us to another memorable turn by Mendelsohn.

It’s Chandler’s portrayal of a husband, father, pillar of the community — and killer — that dominates here, however.

We’re kept wondering up to the very end when this man, who initally masks his torment with a disconcerting calm, will finally crack.

Chandler brilliantly takes us on that emotional journey, from cool candidate for sheriff to pitifully ashamed spouse to a cornered man who seems capable of just about anything as he desperately tries to escape the trap being set for him.

He’s so good, the story’s so addictive and the cinematography’s so splendid, in fact, that it would be criminal if “Bloodline” weren’t allowed to continue for a third season.
Jeanne Jakle’s column appears Wednesdays and Sundays in mySA, and she blogs at Jakle’s Jacuzzi on Email her at