Kyle Chandler Pulls Off an Emmy Upset

Kyle Chandler in Friday Night LightsKyle Chandler may not have been the odds-on favorite to score the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Emmy for his performance in Friday Night Lights, but he pulled off a much-deserved win. Chandler was so sure he wasn’t going to win that he didn’t prepare a speech – and it showed – but that’s okay. He was obviously moved by the win, and thanked his co-stars as well as the citizens of Austin, Texas, who welcomed the production into their homes and “brought the show to life.”
The Emmy nomination was his second for Friday Night Lights and his third overall (he was nominated in 2006 as a guest actor on Grey’s Anatomy).
Friday Night Lights has a passionate fan base but was constantly fighting against cancellation over its five season run. The show debuted in October 2006 and finished its run in February 2011.
In another shocker, Friday Night Lights writer Jason Katims beat out Emmy favorite Mad Men‘s Matthew Weiner to earn the Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series Emmy.