'Friday Night Lights'' Kyle Chandler returns to TV in 'The Vatican'

kyle-chandler.jpgPretty much everyone in television has been clamoring for Kyle Chandler to come back to the medium that made him Coach Taylor for the last two years, but he's been quietly exploring a movie career with small roles in critically acclaimed films.

Now, he has finally signed on to come back to the small screen, with a role that's very different from the "Friday Night Lights" patriarch that made him a household name. (At least, in all the best households.)

Showtime has cast Chandler in their drama pilot "The Vatican," directed by Ridley Scott and written by "House" scribe Paul Attanasio. Centered around the politics of the modern Catholic Church, the show is described as "a provocative contemporary genre thriller about spirituality, power and politics set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic church."

Chandler will play Cardinal Thomas Duffy, the charming and mysterious Archbishop of New York. His progressive leanings are polarizing to others within the Catholic hierarchy -- some are excited by his new ideas (gasp, he's ordained a woman!) and others are alarmed.

"Kyle Chandler is one of the most talented and sought-after actors working today, and was a fantastic creative partner through five seasons of 'Friday Night Lights'," says Showtime president of entertainment David Nevins. "With Kyle, Matthew Goode and Sebastian Koch, Ridley and Paul have put together a powerhouse cast to anchor this incredibly timely show."

He could have just said, "Clear eyes! Full hearts! Can't lose!" and we'd have gotten it.


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