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Fargo (TV Series)

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Martin Freeman will play the William H Macy character, and Billy Bob Thornton is playing a new character

Show is exec produced by the Coen Brothers, and the pilot is written by Noah Hawley (Bones, The Unusuals, My Generation) and directed by Adam Bernstein (Breaking Bad, Californication, House of Lies)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/sherlocks-martin-freeman-fargo-637395

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Fargo worked for me because of Frances McDormand as Marge. The other actors are great, teh story is good. But it's basically her that makes the film a bit special.

It's like doing a The Big Lebowski TV series without Jeff Bridges.



Having said that, Freeman and Thornton are certainly damn fine actors.

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Sounds like the plot will be different than the film's anyway

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Fargo is a masterpiece. I thought they were never going to top it until No Country For Old Men came along.

This doesn't sound like a good idea, but with the Coens overseeing it I'll give it a shot. Wonder if Burwell will score it. Room for his voice is becoming small in Hollywood.

EDIT - Just read the link and saw that it's a mini-series, count me in.

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I knew that was coming!

Where do you get the idea (if you aren't just being fatuous) that I'm only into sci-fi and fantasy?

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They may be labeling it a mini-series but if the ratings are high enough you know they will make more

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There's no such thing as the MGM network, you're confused. It's airing on FX, the channel that aired The Shield, Nip/Tuck, Justified, Sons Of Anarchy, American Horror Story, The Americans, The Bridge...

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There's no such thing as the MGM network, you're confused. It's airing on FX, the channel that aired The Shield, Nip/Tuck, Justified, Sons Of Anarchy, American Horror Story, The Americans, The Bridge...

It's not going to be good then.

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The channel a show airs on has nothing to do with it. It's all about the writers and the rest of the creative team.

Every single network that has aired great shows has also aired steaming piles of shit.

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Prediction (based in naked, unfounded speculation): the success of the BBC "series" model of three hour-and-a-half episodes like Sherlock is garnering curiosity from the networks on this side of the pond. They won't likely do the exact same thing . . . but a mini-series of several two-hour episodes, which could be "renewed" each year simply by making and releasing another mini-series if the first is a success, would accomplish much the same thing. Cheaper than a full-blown series, but a good draw for the network if they pull it off right. (Just thinking out loud here. . . .)

Regardless, Fargo was a great film, and this cast is definitely worth watching.

-Uni

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Well he's a close minded old fool

This is news to you?

I thought Alex was a teenager.

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Prediction (based in naked, unfounded speculation): the success of the BBC "series" model of three hour-and-a-half episodes like Sherlock is garnering curiosity from the networks on this side of the pond. They won't likely do the exact same thing . . . but a mini-series of several two-hour episodes, which could be "renewed" each year simply by making and releasing another mini-series if the first is a success, would accomplish much the same thing. Cheaper than a full-blown series, but a good draw for the network if they pull it off right. (Just thinking out loud here. . . .)

Regardless, Fargo was a great film, and this cast is definitely worth watching.

-Uni

Cable shows usually crib from the UK model -- 10-13 episodes per season rather than 20-24 (unless it's a Disney-owned network like Lifetime or ABC Family). I'm not sure about the future of TV shows going the two-hour episode route either. If anything, I see the broadcast networks slowly phasing out the "back 9" orders when a new show has promise.

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And that could very well be the case. The networks have shifted strongly toward what amounts to a second season in the latter half of the year, introducing new shows for a full run in February/March, instead of using that time for reruns like they used to.

- Uni

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Yeah. When "The Following" started production, Kevin Bacon took a cue from his wife Kyra and stipulated that Fox could only commission 15 episodes a season. And when Fox's other new hit, "Sleepy Hollow" became a success... the network opted to renew it for a second season rather than triggering the back 9 order.

I like that. Some shows benefit from a 20-24 episode season, but I think less is more with dramas. Less potential for filler.

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Well this is about as unnecessary as a show can get. The movie is incredible, one of my favorites. The movie had a basic plot device, but is all character, dialogue and situations. I just don't see how this can work as an open-ended show with an ongoing plot.

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FX has its misses, like Testees (god awful), Anger Management (terrible), The Riches, and Son of the Beach.

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Was The Riches that Eddie Izzard show? I quite liked that one. I used to watch FX a lot when time Dirt was airing. Don't know why but I watched like 3-4 shows on the network consistently at that time.

As for Fargo, the film's script is brilliant; one of my favorites alongside Pulp Fiction. I agree that an ongoing story wouldn't make sense for this type of thing. I like the idea of a mini-series a lot, particularly with the Coens behind it.

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Agreed, I would have been interested in a mini-series for this, but I don't think multiple seasons will work. Hope this doesn't turn out like Under the Dome.

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This is being shot here in Calgary and Martin Freeman is in town. My roommate is about to go to a football (?) game where Freeman is a guest of honour.

And yes, this is as close to celebrity as I ever get. ;)

Well, if you can, there's a possibility you could meet him at a restaurant or something...

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fargo is a masterpiece???? I haven't laughed at such an idiotic statement in a long time.

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The Coen's masterpiece? That would be the first hour of No Country For Old Man. However, my favorite Coen bros movies has to be Barton Fink.

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