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‘Nights’ Duty a Challenge for Kyle Chandler

Kyle Chandler

Kyle Chandler NBC photo

Kyle Chandler reports he’s been shooting episodes one, two and three simultaneously for the fourth season of “Friday Night Lights” — and that it’s a challenge. 

All three episodes are set at night, “And shooting at night. can be demanding,” he observes and then explains, “Devastating things can happen to the human body when it’s faced with sleep deprivation. It’s like jet lag — one gets thrown off of schedule, especially when one gets up at six in the morning, as I do That’s when my wife and I start fixing breakfast for our daughters, and even if I wanted to sleep in, well, the noise from pots and pans would wake me up.” 

He’s not complaining, mind you. Even though, with tongue planted firmly in cheek, he asks us to believe, “If I had known how much work is involved with raising a family, I would have stayed single.” 

He says he and wife Katherine “make breakfast together, make sure our daughters Sydney and Sawyer, ages 8 and 13, are getting dressed, take turns driving the kids to school. Yep, if I had known about all this work I would have stayed single.” 

He goes on, “I look at those celebrity magazines and I’m jealous. There are pictures of late-night partying at nightclubs and I wonder who’s taking care of the kids. I’m boring compared to those people.” 

But the fact is, Kyle admits, “I wouldn’t trade anything for what I’ve got right now.  I appreciate everything in my life. Every time I turn on TV and see how difficult things are for some people, I’m just grateful for what I’ve got. I wouldn’t trade my life for anyone’s.” 

SHE’S GOT THE LOOK:  “Mad Men” actress Abigail Spencer is tight-lipped as to what’s in store for her teacher character on the acclaimed series, such as her response when we ask what it’s like to do a love scene with Jon Hamm:  “You’ll have to ask his girlfriend, Jennifer Westfeldt.”  She laughs.  But seriously, “Jon’s a wonderful actor, so in any capacity to work with Jon, it’s a wonderful experience, period.  Exclamation point.”

What the 28-year-old actress will say about her character is that because of her, costumer Janie Bryant is exploring an aspect the early 1960s that’s a far cry from glossy Madison Avenue style.  “What we are going to find is that this character is not like anyone you’ve seen on the show.  She’s going to provide a peek into where the ‘sixties are going to go – not necessarily in terms of feminism or Woodstock.  She’s a single woman, very simple in her lifestyle, definitely someone who would want to be a part of the Peace Corps and be for changing the world because of her heart.  What I’ve heard from Janie are things like, in terms of materials, ‘Oh, no. That’s too expensive for her.’  She’s someone who made a lot of her own clothing, wore hand-me-downs, probably only had one coat that she would constantly wear – as much a flower child as she could be in 1963.”

THE INSIDE TRACK:  David Gray, known for his smash hit “Babylon,” took a break from singing for a few years and has recently returned with a new album “Draw the Line.”  The English singer-songwriter, who is currently on tour in the U.S., tells us he needed that time off to gain a fresh perspective.  “You have to live a bit to have something to write about.  I try to find a balance.  There’s no balance now – for the next two years I’ll be giving my heart and soul to this.  I’ll hardly see my family.  I’ve taken the last few years to get to know them again,” says Gray.  “The whole promotional schedule is a lot more involved now.  It takes a lot out of you.  The time I spent slowing down was time well spent.  I’ve got a renewed appetite for everything so that’s what speaks volumes.” 

While it will be hard to match the success of his album “White Ladder,” Gray is equally as proud of his latest work and isn’t worried about how many copies he sells.  “Music is more important than it ever was.  It can be magical, but it seems to have lost its price completely, which is usually a result of gross stupidity of the industry.  It’s just up to me to do my thing, and I’ll let my business people worry about how we put it out there,” he says.  “Doing this album was like starting all over again really but with the knowledge we’ve amassed.  I think it’s got a different feel to it.  It’s a little bit more direct.  It’s like I’ve kicked the door down like some photographer taking snap shots of everything.  It allowed me to get a lot of stuff off my chest that I’d been waiting to say for a long time.”

 WRITE AND WRONG:  Famed wrestler Mick Foley has already written three memoirs in the last 10 years – all of which have been hugely popular.  While he enjoyed getting the chance to tell his story, he’s not sure if another autobiographical book is in his near future. “I might do another book.  I hope the next few years are interesting enough to write about.  It may be that three memoirs are enough,” says Foley with a laugh.  “As much as I’d like to write another novel, I’d really have to feel strongly about it because it takes up so many hours of time and as a father of four it’s tough to find that time.” 

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster

Kathryn Morris: ‘Cold Case’ Heroine To Blur Legal Lines

Lilly Rush as Kathry Morris in "Cold Case" Photo: Mitchell Haddad/CBS  ©2008 CBS Broadcasting Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

Lilly Rush as Kathry Morris in "Cold Case" Photo: Mitchell Haddad/CBS ©2008 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Fans of “Cold Case” can expect detective Lily Rush to take a turn off the straight and narrow in the forthcoming seventh season of the CBS drama.  That’s the word from series star Kathryn Morris, who tells us, “There’s a lot of questionable activity for Lily this year.  All the best heroes have that fork in the road, you know.”

Morris acknowledges that last season wound amid talk of “Cold Case” being “on the bubble or whatever, but we were not.  We were cranked up 30-40 per cent in the last leg,” she says, referring to the series’ ratings.  “And we had this really explosive season finale” — with Lily’s car being forced off a bridge into 40 feet of water.

“It was really cool to be able to complete that and it really raised a whole new set of questions for everyone,” adds Morris.  “So now every character has something that they’re going to be delving into.  For Lily, well, the justice system has always worked for her, but now she’s finding out that no, it isn’t really working for her as it has for all the victims that she takes care of things for.  Now she can take things into her own hands and I think she’s going to blur the lines a little bit.”

THE INSIDE TRACK: English singer-songwriter David Gray shot to fame in the late 90s with his breakout album “White Ladder,” including such hits as “Babylon” and “This Year’s Love.” With his newest album, he’s hoping he can finally match that success.

“With your first breakthrough thing, I don’t think you can recreate it.  It was fairytale that wrote itself with me in the middle of it.  All you can do is try to create something of equal potency,” says Gray, whose album “Draw the Line” hits stores Sept. 22.

Gray has a new band, which, he says, “has given me a completely new lease on life.  There’s this sort of bulletproof feeling that I’ve got when I’m inside the music that we’ve made,” he tells us.  “‘White Ladder’ will always be something that will be there.  It’s a benchmark thing that you’ll always be pigeonholed into, but I’m trying to get out of the cage for Chrissakes.  This is certainly my best shot at it,” he adds with a laugh.

Also featured on the album are two duets with Jolie Holland and Annie Lennox, who Gray says added a breath of fresh air to the project.  “Oh, that was brilliant. We were a bunch of cynical bastards sitting there in the studio not knowing what it was going to be like.  We needed the other voice to be able to finish the song and Annie just blew us away.  She was like a gale of positive energy from the moment she came into the studio.  There was no ego or nonsense.  She just threw her heart and soul into it because she wanted it to be as good as it could be.”

Gray begins his US tour with the album starting Oct. 23 in Boston.  “The gigs are the best part of it…I’m just fanaticizing about getting out there and playing.”

NO REGRETS: Some TV stars aren’t too thrilled about constantly being associated with their most memorable character, especially years after the show has been off the air.  But “A Different World” star Darryl M. Bell tells us he takes it as a compliment.

“With six years in primetime as one of highest-rated shows on television and 17 years of syndication, we still get recognized pretty frequently.  Not only am I flattered by it, but I embrace it,” says Bell, who is currently starring on Fox Reality Channel’s “Househusbands of Hollywood” with his longtime girlfriend Tempest Bledsoe of  “The Cosby Show.”

“We’ve all taken great pride in the legacy that ‘A Different World’ left, which was doubling the enrollment in historically black colleges and universities.  That’s always been amazing,” notes Bell.  “I can’t tell you how many young men come up to me and tell me the show is the reason they went to college or went to a black college.  It’s been one of the most gratifying things about the work that we’ve done.”

It also helped pave the way for many other African American shows of its time.  “It was a precursor to ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,’ ‘In Living Color,’ ‘Martin,’ ‘Living Single,’ and all the other shows that opened the door for more African American shows on television,” he says.  “The late 80’s was a magical time for African American shows in television.  For whatever reason, the fact that that door hasn’t stayed as opened in today’s environment as we would have liked is unfortunate.  Hopefully that will come back.”

NOTE WORTHY: Nia Vardalos, who collaborated with Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson to make “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and “My Life In Ruins,” wants us to know, “They are very normal people.  They are so down to earth.  They have managed to achieve a very humble existence in this cesspool of a town, so I admire them for that.”

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster