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Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler have very different reactions to their Emmy nominations

July 8, 2010 | 10:45 am

FNL For four years, the TV universe has wondered how "Friday Night Lights" stars Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton have been overlooked in the acting categories.

On Thursday, they finally nabbed nominations. But, it seems like it hadn't sunk in or something for Chandler. At least, the way Britton tells it. (And, yes, we always take her side).

"I talked to Kyle briefly this morning," Britton said. "He literally could not talk. I was like, 'What is wrong with you?' And he said, 'I was up till 4:30 in the morning, shooting his football game scene. How was that conference?' "

Britton's character, Tammi, was away at a conference and not at the game with her husband, Coach Taylor. In other words, Britton wasn't working, and Chandler was just noting it.

"He was in work mode. I was in 'This is so exciting!' mode.

Chandler and Britton's easy off-screen chemistry has made their onscreen marriage and partnership one of the most memorable relationships on television. 

"It's so gratifying because we have just been fortunate on this show regardless," Britton said. "We've had such amazing support from fans and critics -- the fact that that never translated to Emmy noms for the show was something we never really understood. It's satisfying enough that the people who are watching it are enjoying it. That's the true measure of success. With Kyle and I both nominated, it's almost like the whole show being recognized."

Better late then never. As Britton pointed out, the NBC series is currently in production on "the final two episodes of the show ever!"

-- Yvonne Villarreal and Maria Elena Fernandez


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Photo: Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler. Credit: Justin Stephens / NBC

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