FX have released a first look trailer for their up-coming new series Fargo, inspired by the 1996 Cohen Brothers movie of the same name and it’s filled with as much ice, crime and accents as the movie.
Billy Bob Thornton (from the original Fargo movie), Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad), Martin Freeman (The Hobbit), Kate Walsh (Private Practice), Colin Hanks (Dexter) and Adam Goldberg (NYC 22) give us a look at whats in store for the new 10 episode series.
Fargo will take place in the same small and awkwardly polite town the movie was set in though with different (though some-what familiar) characters and story lines. Martin Freeman as a putzy salesman named Lester Nygaard, Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo, a vaguely threatening out-of-towner with bad hair, Kate Walsh as a merry widow, Allison Tolman as the polite, upstanding police officer and Adam Goldberg as a criminal element with a taste for gas station snacks.
Though Fargo currently looks like it will be a one off season (10 episodes), if it does take off and find an audience, there is a chance Fargo may go the way of American Horror Story or True Detective and become an anthology series.
In not so surprising news, The AMC network announced that it’s number one show, The Walking Dead has been renewed for a fifth season. We knew it was coming, it was just a case of when the announcement was going to be made and as AMC president, Charlie Collier, said in a statement “We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever: ‘The Walking Dead’ is renewed for a fifth season“
“This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season, most recently — and most notably — with the season four premiere earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history. On behalf of the incredible team on both sides of the camera, thank you to the fans and here’s to more ‘Dead.’“
Since it’s return three weeks ago, The Walking Dead has been holding it’s massive 16+ million viewers on a weekly basis for it’s fourth season, and it’s follow on show The Talking Dead is even managing to hold around 5 million viewers.
Locally, the show, which is aired on FOXTEL’s FX channel, is bringing in around 220,000 viewers, making it the networks biggest audience.
1996 Cult classic film Fargo is being remade into a TV series for FX from MGM television but don’t expect to see lead character Sheriff Marge Gunderson show up in the series. The Fargo series based on the Coen Brothers film, will see Ethan and Joel Coen serving as executive producers on the show.
Says president of MGM Television Roma Khanna “She’s (Gunderson) not in it. It’s not a retelling of the same story, because on so many levels that would be foolish.” and compared this small screen remake to that of the recent Teen Wolf reboot which MGM was also behind. “The original ‘Teen Wolf’ film was very campy and fun and a little silly. The TV series is dark and sexy and aggressive in ways,” leading to speculation that the original film will just serve as a grounding plate for the series.
While Marge Gunderson or Francis McDormand and not slated to appear, the show already has some big names attached to the new project including Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks and Billy Bob Thornton.
FX Channel’s courtroom drama series “Franklin & Bash” starring Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar is to add a new name to it’s cast list with Heather Locklear joining the drama in season three.
Locklear helped boost flagging 90’s drama Melrose Place when she joined as a guest star and earned herself the reputation of a ‘show booster’ and when talks of a Melrose remake began surfacing, Locklear was the first person approached to sign on. She declined and instead Laura Leighton was the first to sign, on reprising her role as hooker with a heart of gold Sydney Andrews.
The show lasted only one season and when asked about the ill-fated Melrose remake, Lockear says “I think they should have brought some of the older characters back a little more, to introduce the new kids. It’s a little tougher just having a new cast and calling it the same thing. I think people get mad.”
“Franklin & Bash” is aiming for extra attention by hiring Locklear as Rachel King, the take-charge new partner in the title characters’ law firm.
Rankling & Bash airs Thursday nights on FX at 7:30pm on FOXTEL