Way Back When: Kyle Chandler
You know him best as Coach Taylor on the TV series ‘Friday Night Lights,’ and you can see him next in ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ but in today’s Way Back When we take a look at Kyle Chandler before we knew and loved him.
You guys may not remember this show, or you may have blocked it from your memory, but back in 1989 there was a short-lived TV series based on the ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ movies called ‘Freddy’s Nightmares.’ Each episode featured a different story, like this one titled “Memory Overload,” starring Kyle Chandler as a character named Chuck. Enjoy his hilarious yelling:
Chandler starred in the TV series ‘Homefront’ from 1991 to 1993 as Jeff Metcalf, a young baseball player who finds love in the fictional city of River Run, Ohio. The show takes place from 1945 to 1947, and apparently Jeff gets into a lot of fights with his sweetheart, a sassy bartender named Ginger:
‘Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III’
You may remember ‘North & South’ as that miniseries based on the books of the same name that were often sold in video box sets in Time Life commercials while you watched TV with your grandparents. And yeah, it’s that show your grandparents were totally into, about the north fighting the south in the Civil war and people being in love and wearing top hats, and women with girdles who blush a lot and stand by their men. Kyle Chandler was on the third ‘North & South’ series — in the clip below, his character, Charlie, is drunk and gets an awkward shave from a friend around the 2:30 mark:
Chandler starred in this 1995 TV movie called ‘Convict Cowboy’ about an aging rodeo star who befriends a rookie in prison. Jon Voight plays the old-timer, and Chandler plays the young dude:
This is one of those trailers where you pause it 20 seconds in and ask yourself how this is a real movie. Kyle Chandler stars as a young hitman forced to prove himself by killing an innocent person — and he’s trained by a guy who calls himself “The Rose,” played by (we are not even kidding) Jim Belushi.
From 1996 to 2000, Chandler played Gary Hobson on the series ‘Early Edition,’ about a man who receives tomorrow’s newspaper today, and has 24 hours to make things right in his town. So that’s cute.
‘What About Joan’
Chandler played Jake Evans on the short-lived series ‘What About Joan’ from 2000 to 2001. In the pilot episode, Jake asks Joan to marry him after only six months of dating, and she turns him down because clearly she is blind and also ‘Friday Night Lights’ wasn’t on TV yet, so how could she know? In the clip below, perhaps you can see why the show went off the air so quickly, but at least there’s a cameo from Rose McGowan.