The Hollywood Reporter -- After he focused mostly on feature films since "Friday Night Lights" ended its run in 2011, Connie Britton was confident that Kyle Chandler would return to the small screen.

"I always knew he'd come back," Britton, who earned an Emmy nomination for her role as Tami Taylor on the NBC drama, recently told The Hollywood Reporter of her former onscreen husband.

Chandler recently landed the starring role on Showtime's drama pilot "The Vatican," where he'll reunite with "FNL" producer-turned-Showtime Entertainment president David Nevins and play Cardinal Thomas Duffy, a charismatic yet enigmatic archbishop of New York whose progressive leanings excite some and alarm others within the hierarchy of the Catholic Church.

"I'm so excited for him," said Britton, who stars on the ABC musical "Nashville." "But you know what's weird? I have no idea what kind of character he's playing in 'The Vatican' -- but I always said to he should play some kind of religious zealot. So hopefully he's playing some kind of religious zealot!"

Since "FNL" ended its five-season run on NBC/DirecTV, Chandler has focused on features -- with roles in "Super 8," best picture Oscar winner "Argo," "Zero Dark Thirty" and others. Vatican, should the pilot from "House" actor Paul Attanasio be ordered to series, would mark his first small-screen regular role since he earned an Emmy for playing football coach Eric Taylor.

While Britton ruled out a reunion for the former co-stars on "Nashville," she has high hopes for the longtime friends to get back together elsewhere.

"You're going to see both of us back on TV together," she said. "We keep talking about how we have to wait a certain amount of years and then we can go back to working together again."