Coach Taylor Goes to the Vatican in New Showtime Series

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Kyle Chandler goes from Dillon to Rome

Actor Kyle Chandler, who went from five seasons as Coach Eric Taylor on Friday Night Lights to a productive second career as a character actor playing government functionaries in such recent films as “Argo” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” is eyeing a return to series TV. 

Chandler will star in Vatican, a Showtime series also starring Matthew Goode and Sebastian Koch, the latter of whom was seen in last week’s unfortunate “Die Hard” sequel.

The series, according to Deadline, is “a provocative contemporary genre thriller about spirituality, power and politics set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic church.”

Chandler’s character is a progressive American cardinal, while Koch will play his more conservative rival. Goode is the papal secretary; there doesn’t appear to be a Pope character, at least not one who has been cast yet. 

Chandler’s Friday Night Lights wife, Connie Britton, is starring in Nashville on ABC.

The series, which comes from name executive producers Ridley Scott and Paul Attanasio, is sure to draw controversy. But as its shown with Homeland, controversy plus intrigue is a formula not new to Showtime. 


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