Pilot News: Showtime Excommunicates Kyle Chandler's The Vatican

Kyle Chandler The Vatican DeadWhat many Friday Night Lights fans saw as a gift from God — Kyle Chandler‘s return to series television — is no longer happening.

Showtime has chosen to not move forward with its Chandler-starring pilot The Vatican, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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The project, directed by Ridley Scott and penned by Paul Attanasio (House), was a contemporary genre thriller about spirituality, power and politics – set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic church.

Chandler’s character, Cardinal Thomas Duffy, was the charismatic, progressive Archbishop of New York. Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies), Matthew Goode (A Single Man) and Sebastian Koch (A Good Day to Die Hard) were also cast in the project.

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THR reports that various reasons, including a high production price and friction between Attanasio and the network, contributed to the pilot’s demise.