Fargo was a hit Oscar-winning film in 1996, but nearly 20 years later, it remains to be seen if fans want to see more. On Tuesday at 10/9c, FX is betting that they will when it debuts its new Fargo series starring Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton and Hobbit star Martin Freeman
Viewers don't need to worry about watching the Coen brothers' Oscar-winning 1996 film Fargo before tuning in to FX's upcoming adaptation.
Executive-produced by Joel and Ethan Coen, the new take stars Martin Freeman as Lester Nygaard, who, after being bullied for most of his life, finally fights back after meeting a mysterious hit man named Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton). (The characters are similar to those of William H. Macy's Jerry Lundegaard and Steve Buscemi's Carl Showalter, respectively, from the film.) But...
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The network has cast Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton to star in its Fargo limited series, adapted from the 1996 award-winning movie of the same name by Joel and Ethan Coen, FX CEO John Landgraf announced at the Television Critics Association fall previews on Friday. "It will do justice too the classic Coen Brothers film," Landgraf said.
At the FX upfront programming presentation Thursday, network chief John Landgraf officially announced plans to launch a new, younger-skewing network called FXX in September.
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The new network joins FX and FXM (formerly the Fox Movie Channel) in Fox Cable Networks' suite of channels and will officially launch on Sept. 2. The channel, which Landgraf says will target adults 18-to-34 who love "outrageous characters" and "big laughs," will be bolstered by existing FX comedies It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League and Legit, all of which will now air on the new channel. (In making the announcement, Landgraf officially ordered a second season of Legit, a 10th season of Always Sunny, and a fifth and sixth season of The League).
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Joel and Ethan Coen are adapting their iconic film Fargo for television, Deadline reports.
The brothers are teaming with My Generation creator Noah Hawley to executive-produce the project for FX. Hawley will also serve as the series' writer.