It's an honor to be nominated
At last! Emmy recognizes Friday Night Lights stars Kyle Chandler and ConnieBritton
I nearly choked on my coffee this morning while watching the Emmy nominations when photos of Friday Night Lightsstars Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton flashed on the screen.
For once, Emmy did something right.
Chandler and Britton earned well-deserved nominations as best actor and actress in a TV drama for their role as a high school football coach and his wife, a high school principal at a rival school. The show, set in a small Texas town and filmed in Austin, is about football, but it's also about a whole lot more.
Chandler and Britton are a rarity on TV, an adult married couple in a real relationship. They argue and make up, support each other in their jobs and their lives and try to do the right thing, although they sometimes fail.
They have won rave reviews since the show premiered in 2006 but they and the show have always been ignored at the Emmys. In an unusual relationship that saved the show, it airs on DirecTV in the winter and on NBC in the summer (it is currently airing on Channel 2 at 7 p.m. Fridays). The ratings are not stellar, but the audience is extremely loyal.
Chandler faces stiff competition against Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Matthew Fox (Lost), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Hugh Laurie (House).
Britton also squares off against a formidable lineup that includes probable winner Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), January Jones (Mad Men), Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU) and Glenn Close (Damages).
The show was overlooked in the best drama category and Zach Gilford deserved a best supporting actor nomination for his heart-wrenching performance as a former high school quarterback who deals with his father's death in Iraq.
Even so, I'll be watching the 62nd Annual Emmy Awards on Aug. 29 just to see Chandler and Britton walk down the red carpet, even though there chances of winning are slim.
For once, however, it really is an honor to be nominated.