Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

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'

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"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.

RELATED: ‘Bloodline’s’ Kyle Chandler: ‘I would love to die’ on the show

“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