What Can We Expect From FX's 'Fargo' Tonight?

Tonight marks the premiere of FX’s new mini series ‘Fargo’, based on the Coen Brothers movie of the same name. Whilst the film has become more than worthy of the cult classic title, what exactly can we expect from this 10 episode series.

Martin Freeman in Fargo Martin Freeman stars in 'Fargo'

Joel and Ethan Coen, the minds behind the big screen Fargo, are sticking close to the television series, serving as executive producers. They will not, however, be writing or directing. Taking on writing duties is Noah Hawley, who was responsible for developing the series. Hawley previously worked on the series ‘Bones’ and created the ABC series ‘The Unusuals’.

While of course comparisons will be made between Fargo the movie and the FX series, don’t expect this ‘Fargo’ to tell the same story as the movie did. Instead of using the same characters and plot, the similarities will more lie in the show’s black humor and over the top violence. Noah Hawley has described the show as being more like ‘’a ten hour movie’’, than a traditional series, but this is in terms of storytelling and character development. What will stay from the movie is the premise of a small town being hit by a series of gruesome crimes.

Billy Bob Thornton in FargoBilly Bob Thornton in 'Fargo'

As for the cast of character, ‘Fargo’ has some pretty big names to boast about. Firstly there’s the Academy Award nominated Billy Bob Thornton who will star as Lorne Malvo. Malvo’s character seems to be the catalyst for the town's troubles and he’s been described as a ‘'manipulative character'’. He sets his sights on the easy target of Lester Nygaard, ‘a put upon’ insurance salesman who he starts on a path of self destruction.

Nygaard is played by Martin Freeman, whom television audiences will know from 'Sherlock'. Though his character will inevitably be compared to William H Macy’s Jerry Lundegaard, Freeman has been keen to distinguish his character as a separate entity and not any kind of impersonation. Freeman has said that Lester undergoes, a “huge transformation” which has dire consequences for the small town. Allison Tolman will play local police officer, Molly Solverson, whom we can assume will be close to Frances McDormand’s Marge one of the movie’s most memorable characters. Also starring is Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk from 'Breaking Bad' and Adam Goldberg.

Martin Freeman at the premiere of 'Fargo:

Maybe it’s unfortunate that the television show shares the same name as the film - its makes the comparisons so unavoidable. However, it looks as if ‘Fargo’ the TV series might just be good enough to make a mark on its own. Indeed early reviews seem very positive. As Martin Freeman put it “people who loved the film may love us or they may hate us. I think that will split people one way or the other. But I do hope, and I do generally believe if people go into it with an open mind, within 10 minutes you’re no longer thinking about the 1996 film [you are] engrossed in the world we’ve created.” So with your minds officially opened, US viewers can become engrossed in 'Fargo's' world tonight on FX, while UK viewers will get their turn this Sunday night on Channel 4.

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The second season of FX's critically acclaimed series Fargo will feature a new setting and new cast, it's executive producer Noah Hawley has announced. The series starring Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton is a contender for outstanding miniseries at the forthcoming Emmy Awards.

FargoAllison Tolman [L] and Bob Odenkirk [R] in 'Fargo'

However, speaking at the Television Association Critics summer press tour this week, Hawley confirmed that the second season would feature an entirely new setting, story and characters though they will be connected to the 'Fargo' world. Season two will take place in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1979.

Switched on fans of season one may have seen this coming. An exchange between Lou and Malvo over a deadly massacre went something like this:

"Bodies?" Malvo inquired.

"Yes sir, one after another," Lou replied. "Probably if you stacked them high, could've climbed to the second floor. I saw something that year I ain't ever seen before or ever since. I'd call it animal except animals only kill for food.Sioux Falls, ever been?"

"If you were paying attention to [the first season] we made a lot of references to Sioux Falls," Hawley confirmed this week. 

Next page: so, what happened in South Dakota in 1979?

Giving fans a snapshot of the landscape in 1979, the Fargo creator said: "That time period is interesting, post-Vietnam, post-Watergate, the best of America versus worst.That sense, I think, that this war had come home with people, and the violence and brutality of it."

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The second season of FX's critically acclaimed series Fargo will feature a new setting and new cast, it's executive producer Noah Hawley has announced. The series starring Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton is a contender for outstanding miniseries at the forthcoming Emmy Awards.

FargoAllison Tolman [L] and Bob Odenkirk [R] in 'Fargo'

However, speaking at the Television Association Critics summer press tour this week, Hawley confirmed that the second season would feature an entirely new setting, story and characters though they will be connected to the 'Fargo' world. Season two will take place in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1979.

Switched on fans of season one may have seen this coming. An exchange between Lou and Malvo over a deadly massacre went something like this:

"Bodies?" Malvo inquired.

"Yes sir, one after another," Lou replied. "Probably if you stacked them high, could've climbed to the second floor. I saw something that year I ain't ever seen before or ever since. I'd call it animal except animals only kill for food.Sioux Falls, ever been?"

"If you were paying attention to [the first season] we made a lot of references to Sioux Falls," Hawley confirmed this week. 

Next page: so, what happened in South Dakota in 1979?

Giving fans a snapshot of the landscape in 1979, the Fargo creator said: "That time period is interesting, post-Vietnam, post-Watergate, the best of America versus worst.That sense, I think, that this war had come home with people, and the violence and brutality of it."

Fargo

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Fargo Season 2 Takes Tips from True Detective 4296324 News

John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks, announced at the TCA Awards that the next season of the acclaimed television series based on the Coen Brothers' 1996 film of the same name will feature an all-new cast, a diffent time period setting, and a new "true crime" story that will unfold over the new ten episode run. The first series featured an allstar line-up including Academy Award nominee Billy Bob Thornton, Hobbit star Martin Freeman and 'son of Tom' Colin Hanks.

Martin Freeman in FargoBritish actor Martin Freeman played a main role in the show's first series. Image: FX

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The decision to work with a new cast of characters and setting echoes HBO's plans for the next series of rival crime drama 'True Detective', though Landgraf was quick to try and distance the shows, even suggesting that HBO had their work cut out to best their acclaimed first run and that the next series of 'Fargo' may not feature big name actors.

"I think True Detective is going to have to prove it’s not just a vehicle for movie stars [next season],” Landgraf said. “[True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto] is going to have to write something truly great every single year. I think Noah [Hawley, Fargo writer] has already proven he can write something really great … I think we needed Billy Bob [to launch the show] but we don’t need somebody next year.”

Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton won't be reprising his role in the next series of 'Fargo'. Image: FX

There is just a hint of sour grapes in Landgraf's comments, which come just after 'True Detective' picked up two prizes at the Television Critics' Association Awards, Individual Achievement in Drama for Matthew McConaughey and Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials, for which 'Fargo' was also nominated.

Landgraf also announced that FX is to renew Louis C.K's dramedy 'Louie' for a fifth season.

More: The Television Critics Association Awards: Winners and Losers

John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks, announced at the TCA Awards that the next season of the acclaimed television series based on the Coen Brothers' 1996 film of the same name will feature an all-new cast, a diffent time period setting, and a new "true crime" story that will unfold over the new ten episode run. The first series featured an allstar line-up including Academy Award nominee Billy Bob Thornton, Hobbit star Martin Freeman and 'son of Tom' Colin Hanks.

Martin Freeman in FargoBritish actor Martin Freeman played a main role in the show's first series. Image: FX

More: "Fargo" Showrunner Noah Hawley Talks Hard Work, Toil And The Creative Process

The decision to work with a new cast of characters and setting echoes HBO's plans for the next series of rival crime drama 'True Detective', though Landgraf was quick to try and distance the shows, even suggesting that HBO had their work cut out to best their acclaimed first run and that the next series of 'Fargo' may not feature big name actors.

"I think True Detective is going to have to prove it’s not just a vehicle for movie stars [next season],” Landgraf said. “[True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto] is going to have to write something truly great every single year. I think Noah [Hawley, Fargo writer] has already proven he can write something really great … I think we needed Billy Bob [to launch the show] but we don’t need somebody next year.”

Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton won't be reprising his role in the next series of 'Fargo'. Image: FX

There is just a hint of sour grapes in Landgraf's comments, which come just after 'True Detective' picked up two prizes at the Television Critics' Association Awards, Individual Achievement in Drama for Matthew McConaughey and Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials, for which 'Fargo' was also nominated.

Landgraf also announced that FX is to renew Louis C.K's dramedy 'Louie' for a fifth season.

More: The Television Critics Association Awards: Winners and Losers

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The Judge 4251658 Videos 20th June 2014

Hank Palmer is a ruthless but excellent lawyer, despised by many of his peers for his habit of representing often blatantly guilty criminals. One day mid-trial however, he receives a call from home informing him of his mother's recent death. Reluctantly, he ventures back to the town of Carlinville, Indiana where he grew up to convene with his family ahead of the funeral. As he expected, the greeting between himself and his father - the local Judge Joseph Palmer - is particularly frosty. As a young college graduate, Hank was desperate to leave the harsh and unfriendly grasp of his father but when the town's sheriff tells him that Joseph is now a murder suspect, he begins to feel a grudging obligation to cast their differences aside and help him protest his innocence.

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Jeremy Piven promises Entourage cameos 4221965 News

Jeremy Piven says the 'Entourage' movie will have more celebrity cameos than ever before.

The 48-year-old actor is back on the big screen next June as hyperactive Hollywood agent Ari Gold and has revealed the future blockbuster is packed with so many A-list appearances that the film would make the perfect drinking game fodder.

The hit HBO show, which ran from 2004 to 2011, is famed for its guest appearances from the likes of Mandy Moore, Jessica Alba, Eminem and Matt Damon, and the movie version sounds like it won't disappoint.

Jeremy said during the first TimesTalks London event: ''I think the movie will be really satisfying. I had a lot of fun doing it and revisiting that character. It was exhausting, even more so. Loaded with cameos, so many that I think if it was a drinking game, you'd be drunk 18 minutes in.

''Liam Neeson would show up and be so self deprecating, playing [himself]. Mark Wahlberg is back, Pharrell Williams, every American sports star that you can think of, Mike Tyson... Every day there was a new cameo ... We added actors like Billy Bob Thornton who's playing this billionaire tycoon, he was an absolute genius.''

Fresh from wrapping filming for the movie with his co-stars Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon and Jerry Ferrara, Jeremy was reluctant to give any secrets away but admitted creator Doug Ellin did a fantastic job of adapting the TV show.

He said: ''Doug Ellin was presented with a very beautiful task - how do you turn this series that was viewed all around the globe into a two hour film? I think he did that brilliantly. If you look at the 'Entourage' series there are no close-ups, the camera was never on stilts, there was always a lot of movement.

''Doug wanted to take it to the next level ... It's going to be fascinating for me to see how it plays out. That's our job. To explore and heighten everything that 'Entourage' was.''

Jeremy was speaking in conversation with International New York culture editor Julie Bloom at the TimesTalks London event last week.

Jeremy Piven says the 'Entourage' movie will have more celebrity cameos than ever before.

The 48-year-old actor is back on the big screen next June as hyperactive Hollywood agent Ari Gold and has revealed the future blockbuster is packed with so many A-list appearances that the film would make the perfect drinking game fodder.

The hit HBO show, which ran from 2004 to 2011, is famed for its guest appearances from the likes of Mandy Moore, Jessica Alba, Eminem and Matt Damon, and the movie version sounds like it won't disappoint.

Jeremy said during the first TimesTalks London event: ''I think the movie will be really satisfying. I had a lot of fun doing it and revisiting that character. It was exhausting, even more so. Loaded with cameos, so many that I think if it was a drinking game, you'd be drunk 18 minutes in.

''Liam Neeson would show up and be so self deprecating, playing [himself]. Mark Wahlberg is back, Pharrell Williams, every American sports star that you can think of, Mike Tyson... Every day there was a new cameo ... We added actors like Billy Bob Thornton who's playing this billionaire tycoon, he was an absolute genius.''

Fresh from wrapping filming for the movie with his co-stars Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon and Jerry Ferrara, Jeremy was reluctant to give any secrets away but admitted creator Doug Ellin did a fantastic job of adapting the TV show.

He said: ''Doug Ellin was presented with a very beautiful task - how do you turn this series that was viewed all around the globe into a two hour film? I think he did that brilliantly. If you look at the 'Entourage' series there are no close-ups, the camera was never on stilts, there was always a lot of movement.

''Doug wanted to take it to the next level ... It's going to be fascinating for me to see how it plays out. That's our job. To explore and heighten everything that 'Entourage' was.''

Jeremy was speaking in conversation with International New York culture editor Julie Bloom at the TimesTalks London event last week.

31st May 2014 4221964
Introducing 'Fargo', Your New 'Breaking Bad', 'True Detective', Etc, Etc 4163330 News

Fargo regularly finds itself on the top rung of movie buffs' top lists, so when a TV adaptation was announced last year, there was obvious scepticism. Writer and showrunner Noah Hawley is the man behind the series - which extends the Coen brothers classic movie to 10 one-hour episodes.

FargoMartin Freeman as Lester Nygaard in 'Fargo'

By mid last week, we already knew that Hawley had succeeded. The U.S critics had their say and the reviews were glorious. Now, following Fargo's premiere in the UK on Sunday (April 20, 2014), the Brits have had their say.

"This built-in unpredictability, plus a great store of as-yet untapped support actors (Bob Odenkirk from Breaking Bad, Rachel Blanchard from Peep Show, Brian Markinson from Mad Men) bodes very well for this series. If you've been bereft of a new favourite crime drama since Breaking Bad, The Bridge and True Detective ended, then this just might be it," wrote Ellen E Jones of The Independent. 

"The rulebook has been torn up to make something creatively bold that is propelled by an essential weirdness," said Ben Lawrence of The Telegraph.

Billy Bob Thornton FargoBilly Bob Thornton in 'Fargo'

"There's something almost dreamlike about the experience of watching it. Like revisiting a favourite old childhood haunt; a funfair, perhaps, because the original Fargo was so joyful. Some of the rides have moved, or been changed, or updated, but the feel of the place, the look and the sound, the terror and the laughing, is the same," said Sam Wollaston of The Guardian.

"Instead, the TV series has the same setting, violence and black humour but with a wholly new storyline and characters. It may look like Fargo and taste like Fargo but it's something else entirely," said Julie McDowall of Herald Scotland.

Fargo continues in the UK on Channel 4, on Sunday (April 27, 2014).

Watch the stars arriving at the Fargo screening:
4149345-0;noautoplay; Martin Freeman Spotted At The FX Networks Screening Of 'Fargo' - Part 1 - 15.04.2014 18:01:25

Fargo regularly finds itself on the top rung of movie buffs' top lists, so when a TV adaptation was announced last year, there was obvious scepticism. Writer and showrunner Noah Hawley is the man behind the series - which extends the Coen brothers classic movie to 10 one-hour episodes.

FargoMartin Freeman as Lester Nygaard in 'Fargo'

By mid last week, we already knew that Hawley had succeeded. The U.S critics had their say and the reviews were glorious. Now, following Fargo's premiere in the UK on Sunday (April 20, 2014), the Brits have had their say.

"This built-in unpredictability, plus a great store of as-yet untapped support actors (Bob Odenkirk from Breaking Bad, Rachel Blanchard from Peep Show, Brian Markinson from Mad Men) bodes very well for this series. If you've been bereft of a new favourite crime drama since Breaking Bad, The Bridge and True Detective ended, then this just might be it," wrote Ellen E Jones of The Independent. 

"The rulebook has been torn up to make something creatively bold that is propelled by an essential weirdness," said Ben Lawrence of The Telegraph.

Billy Bob Thornton FargoBilly Bob Thornton in 'Fargo'

"There's something almost dreamlike about the experience of watching it. Like revisiting a favourite old childhood haunt; a funfair, perhaps, because the original Fargo was so joyful. Some of the rides have moved, or been changed, or updated, but the feel of the place, the look and the sound, the terror and the laughing, is the same," said Sam Wollaston of The Guardian.

"Instead, the TV series has the same setting, violence and black humour but with a wholly new storyline and characters. It may look like Fargo and taste like Fargo but it's something else entirely," said Julie McDowall of Herald Scotland.

Fargo continues in the UK on Channel 4, on Sunday (April 27, 2014).

Watch the stars arriving at the Fargo screening:
4149345-0;noautoplay; Martin Freeman Spotted At The FX Networks Screening Of 'Fargo' - Part 1 - 15.04.2014 18:01:25

22nd April 2014 4154801
'Fargo' Proves a Pleasantly Dark Surprise For UK Audiences 4162257 News

Last night UK viewers got their first look at ‘Fargo’ on the small screen as the series debuted on Channel 4. Based on the Coen brothers' 1996 movie of the same name, many didn't know what to expect from the black comedy starring Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton, but as it happens the critics seem to have been pleasantly surprised.

Martin Freeman in FargoMartin Freeman stars as Lester Nygaard

‘Fargo’ the TV series opened much like the movie as “This is a true story” came up on the screen. It of course isn’t a true story and neither was the movie. What the film and series have in common is the small town Minnesota setting which brought back memories of the 1996 movie to TV viewers. Then there’s the characters, ‘The Office’ and ‘Sherlock’ star Martin Freeman plays Lester Nygaard, the series version of William H Macy’s character. Billy Bob Thornton is the menacing villain who corrupts Nygaard and Allison Tolman is the series’s Marge, but not pregnant. 

Critics were a little apprehensive at first, probably because the film is so loved and well remembered. But quickly they learned to adapt to the new ‘Fargo’ and appreciate it as a stand alone piece of television. Writing in The Guardian, Sam Wollaston said, “There's something almost dreamlike about the experience of watching it. Like revisiting a favourite old childhood haunt; a funfair, perhaps, because the original Fargo was so joyful.” He later added, “It could have been a terrible idea to return, but it's not, because it's all coming flooding back, making you remember just why and how much you once loved it.”

Billy Bob Thornton in FargoBilly Bob Thornton in 'Fargo'

Much like the film, ‘Fargo’ episode one was funny in the darkest possible way and violent in the most grotesque. As Ben Lawrence from The Telegraph writes, “. The rulebook has been torn up to make something creatively bold that is propelled by an essential weirdness.” Of course the real driving force behind the series is the lead performances with Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton earning particular early praise. Ellen E Jones writing in The Independent describes Freeman’s casting as “A stroke of genius” and finds his Lester Nygaard, “innately likeable.”

As for Oscar winner Thornton, Caroline Frost of the Huffington Post finds him “the perfect fit for the man sent to bring chaos, fear and excitement to Lester's life, and mischief to quite a few others”.

Watch Billy Bob Thornton arrive for the 'Fargo' media presentation:

4156780-0;noautoplay; Billy Bob Thornton Arrives For Media Presents: 'Fargo' In New York - Part 1 - 19.04.2014 17:12:40

‘Fargo’ continues in the UK Sunday’s on Channel 4 and in the US Tuesdays on FX.

More: Is 'Fargo' the next 'Breaking Bad'?

More: What you need to know about 'Fargo':

Last night UK viewers got their first look at ‘Fargo’ on the small screen as the series debuted on Channel 4. Based on the Coen brothers' 1996 movie of the same name, many didn't know what to expect from the black comedy starring Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton, but as it happens the critics seem to have been pleasantly surprised.

Martin Freeman in FargoMartin Freeman stars as Lester Nygaard

‘Fargo’ the TV series opened much like the movie as “This is a true story” came up on the screen. It of course isn’t a true story and neither was the movie. What the film and series have in common is the small town Minnesota setting which brought back memories of the 1996 movie to TV viewers. Then there’s the characters, ‘The Office’ and ‘Sherlock’ star Martin Freeman plays Lester Nygaard, the series version of William H Macy’s character. Billy Bob Thornton is the menacing villain who corrupts Nygaard and Allison Tolman is the series’s Marge, but not pregnant. 

Critics were a little apprehensive at first, probably because the film is so loved and well remembered. But quickly they learned to adapt to the new ‘Fargo’ and appreciate it as a stand alone piece of television. Writing in The Guardian, Sam Wollaston said, “There's something almost dreamlike about the experience of watching it. Like revisiting a favourite old childhood haunt; a funfair, perhaps, because the original Fargo was so joyful.” He later added, “It could have been a terrible idea to return, but it's not, because it's all coming flooding back, making you remember just why and how much you once loved it.”

Billy Bob Thornton in FargoBilly Bob Thornton in 'Fargo'

Much like the film, ‘Fargo’ episode one was funny in the darkest possible way and violent in the most grotesque. As Ben Lawrence from The Telegraph writes, “. The rulebook has been torn up to make something creatively bold that is propelled by an essential weirdness.” Of course the real driving force behind the series is the lead performances with Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton earning particular early praise. Ellen E Jones writing in The Independent describes Freeman’s casting as “A stroke of genius” and finds his Lester Nygaard, “innately likeable.”

As for Oscar winner Thornton, Caroline Frost of the Huffington Post finds him “the perfect fit for the man sent to bring chaos, fear and excitement to Lester's life, and mischief to quite a few others”.

Watch Billy Bob Thornton arrive for the 'Fargo' media presentation:

4156780-0;noautoplay; Billy Bob Thornton Arrives For Media Presents: 'Fargo' In New York - Part 1 - 19.04.2014 17:12:40

‘Fargo’ continues in the UK Sunday’s on Channel 4 and in the US Tuesdays on FX.

More: Is 'Fargo' the next 'Breaking Bad'?

More: What you need to know about 'Fargo':

21st April 2014 4154801
The Next 'Breaking Bad'? 'Fargo' Ep. 1 Is A Must-See [Video] 4158074 News

New television series Fargo premiered last night on FX, giving American audiences a first taste of the adaptation of the Coen Brothers famed 1996 dark comedy. Starring Martin Freeman ('The Hobbit') and Billy Bob Thornton ('Armageddon'), the new show has been developed by Noah Hawley ('Bones') but has received the blessing of Joel and Ethan Coen, who are acting as executive producers.

Martin Freeman Lester Nygaard Fargo
British Star Martin Freeman Adopts A Minnesotan Drawl For His 'Fargo' Character.

With plenty of black humour and often shockingly overblown violence, the show has been described by Hawley as more like ''a ten hour movie'', than a traditional series. Set in snowy Minnesota, Fargo is a furtherance of the '90s crime classic and has already been tipped by some as the next Breaking Bad in terms of its must-watch factor. Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Oliver Platt, Kate Walsh, Keith Carradine, Adam Goldberg, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele all take supporting roles in the show.

10 years on from the Fargo movie, Freeman stars as Lester Nygaard, a mild-mannered insurance salesman, alongside Thornton's deranged, menacing killer, Lorne Malvo, who talks Lester into being tough in episode one, 'The Crocodile's Dilemma.'

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Variety draws favourable parallels to the Coen's critically-acclaimed crime thriller, No Country For Old Men: "The implacable contract killer played by Billy Bob Thornton, for example, feels like a close cousin to Javier Bardem's philosopher-murderer in 'No Country for Old Men,' down to his sadistic streak and tendency to engage prey in casual (if inordinately uncomfortable) conversation."

THR is in agreement over the strength of Thornton's casting: "The casting on Fargo is superb, but none more so than Thornton, who is absolutely magnetic as the calm killer with a penchant for wry observation.... The four episodes that FX sent are a testament to Hawley's bold belief that he could tackle such an original piece of cinema and make it work on the small screen,"

"Like the movie, the series is peculiar, with an irregular rhythm and lots of black humor, and it is also oddly winning ... 'Fargo' isn't the movie; it's a television adaptation that lives up to the spirit of the original by straying.," says the NY Times.

Billy Bob Thornton Lorne Malvo Fargo
Critics Have Almost Unanimously Praises Billy Bob Thornton's Casting As The Psychotic Killer, Lorne Malvo.

Newsday's review is slightly more tethered, albeit still positive: "Since comparisons are inevitable, let's go ahead and make more: 'Fargo,' the series, is funnier than the film, more bleakly so. [...] But the film was a masterpiece of storytelling economy that didn't spill over into side-stories, a few of which are patently ridiculous in the series [...] The film's essential weirdness felt real. The TV series' weirdness is more often just comical (or disgusting. One word: Spiders.)"

The show's UK premiere is scheduled for this Sunday upon which Channel 4 Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt commented "Fargo is a perfect Channel 4 show - a dark comedy, beautifully directed with a stunning cast. We are excited to be bringing it to a British audience."

Fargo premieres on Channel 4 in the UK on the 20th April.

More: Martin Freeman set to play Richard III in Shakespeare adaptation.

More: What to expect from the UK premiere of 'Fargo.'

New television series Fargo premiered last night on FX, giving American audiences a first taste of the adaptation of the Coen Brothers famed 1996 dark comedy. Starring Martin Freeman ('The Hobbit') and Billy Bob Thornton ('Armageddon'), the new show has been developed by Noah Hawley ('Bones') but has received the blessing of Joel and Ethan Coen, who are acting as executive producers.

Martin Freeman Lester Nygaard Fargo
British Star Martin Freeman Adopts A Minnesotan Drawl For His 'Fargo' Character.

With plenty of black humour and often shockingly overblown violence, the show has been described by Hawley as more like ''a ten hour movie'', than a traditional series. Set in snowy Minnesota, Fargo is a furtherance of the '90s crime classic and has already been tipped by some as the next Breaking Bad in terms of its must-watch factor. Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Oliver Platt, Kate Walsh, Keith Carradine, Adam Goldberg, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele all take supporting roles in the show.

10 years on from the Fargo movie, Freeman stars as Lester Nygaard, a mild-mannered insurance salesman, alongside Thornton's deranged, menacing killer, Lorne Malvo, who talks Lester into being tough in episode one, 'The Crocodile's Dilemma.'

<iframe width="636" height="390" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6jFU0r0xG_c?autoplay=0;autohide=0;HD=0;rel=0;showinfo=0;controls=0;border=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Variety draws favourable parallels to the Coen's critically-acclaimed crime thriller, No Country For Old Men: "The implacable contract killer played by Billy Bob Thornton, for example, feels like a close cousin to Javier Bardem's philosopher-murderer in 'No Country for Old Men,' down to his sadistic streak and tendency to engage prey in casual (if inordinately uncomfortable) conversation."

THR is in agreement over the strength of Thornton's casting: "The casting on Fargo is superb, but none more so than Thornton, who is absolutely magnetic as the calm killer with a penchant for wry observation.... The four episodes that FX sent are a testament to Hawley's bold belief that he could tackle such an original piece of cinema and make it work on the small screen,"

"Like the movie, the series is peculiar, with an irregular rhythm and lots of black humor, and it is also oddly winning ... 'Fargo' isn't the movie; it's a television adaptation that lives up to the spirit of the original by straying.," says the NY Times.

Billy Bob Thornton Lorne Malvo Fargo
Critics Have Almost Unanimously Praises Billy Bob Thornton's Casting As The Psychotic Killer, Lorne Malvo.

Newsday's review is slightly more tethered, albeit still positive: "Since comparisons are inevitable, let's go ahead and make more: 'Fargo,' the series, is funnier than the film, more bleakly so. [...] But the film was a masterpiece of storytelling economy that didn't spill over into side-stories, a few of which are patently ridiculous in the series [...] The film's essential weirdness felt real. The TV series' weirdness is more often just comical (or disgusting. One word: Spiders.)"

The show's UK premiere is scheduled for this Sunday upon which Channel 4 Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt commented "Fargo is a perfect Channel 4 show - a dark comedy, beautifully directed with a stunning cast. We are excited to be bringing it to a British audience."

Fargo premieres on Channel 4 in the UK on the 20th April.

More: Martin Freeman set to play Richard III in Shakespeare adaptation.

More: What to expect from the UK premiere of 'Fargo.'

16th April 2014 4154801
What Can We Expect From FX's 'Fargo' Tonight? 4157309 News

Tonight marks the premiere of FX’s new mini series ‘Fargo’, based on the Coen Brothers movie of the same name. Whilst the film has become more than worthy of the cult classic title, what exactly can we expect from this 10 episode series.

Martin Freeman in Fargo Martin Freeman stars in 'Fargo'

Joel and Ethan Coen, the minds behind the big screen Fargo, are sticking close to the television series, serving as executive producers. They will not, however, be writing or directing. Taking on writing duties is Noah Hawley, who was responsible for developing the series. Hawley previously worked on the series ‘Bones’ and created the ABC series ‘The Unusuals’.

While of course comparisons will be made between Fargo the movie and the FX series, don’t expect this ‘Fargo’ to tell the same story as the movie did. Instead of using the same characters and plot, the similarities will more lie in the show’s black humor and over the top violence. Noah Hawley has described the show as being more like ‘’a ten hour movie’’, than a traditional series, but this is in terms of storytelling and character development. What will stay from the movie is the premise of a small town being hit by a series of gruesome crimes.

Billy Bob Thornton in FargoBilly Bob Thornton in 'Fargo'

As for the cast of character, ‘Fargo’ has some pretty big names to boast about. Firstly there’s the Academy Award nominated Billy Bob Thornton who will star as Lorne Malvo. Malvo’s character seems to be the catalyst for the town's troubles and he’s been described as a ‘'manipulative character'’. He sets his sights on the easy target of Lester Nygaard, ‘a put upon’ insurance salesman who he starts on a path of self destruction.

Nygaard is played by Martin Freeman, whom television audiences will know from 'Sherlock'. Though his character will inevitably be compared to William H Macy’s Jerry Lundegaard, Freeman has been keen to distinguish his character as a separate entity and not any kind of impersonation. Freeman has said that Lester undergoes, a “huge transformation” which has dire consequences for the small town. Allison Tolman will play local police officer, Molly Solverson, whom we can assume will be close to Frances McDormand’s Marge one of the movie’s most memorable characters. Also starring is Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk from 'Breaking Bad' and Adam Goldberg.

Martin Freeman at the premiere of 'Fargo:

4149345-0;noautoplay; Martin Freeman Spotted At The FX Networks Screening Of 'Fargo' - Part 1 - 15.04.2014 15:30:49

Maybe it’s unfortunate that the television show shares the same name as the film - its makes the comparisons so unavoidable. However, it looks as if ‘Fargo’ the TV series might just be good enough to make a mark on its own. Indeed early reviews seem very positive. As Martin Freeman put it “people who loved the film may love us or they may hate us. I think that will split people one way or the other. But I do hope, and I do generally believe if people go into it with an open mind, within 10 minutes you’re no longer thinking about the 1996 film [you are] engrossed in the world we’ve created.” So with your minds officially opened, US viewers can become engrossed in 'Fargo's' world tonight on FX, while UK viewers will get their turn this Sunday night on Channel 4.

More: Is FX's 'Fargo' TV Series The Next BIG Thing?

More: Bob Odenkirk On The "Intense Evil and Darkness" of Fargo

Tonight marks the premiere of FX’s new mini series ‘Fargo’, based on the Coen Brothers movie of the same name. Whilst the film has become more than worthy of the cult classic title, what exactly can we expect from this 10 episode series.

Martin Freeman in Fargo Martin Freeman stars in 'Fargo'

Joel and Ethan Coen, the minds behind the big screen Fargo, are sticking close to the television series, serving as executive producers. They will not, however, be writing or directing. Taking on writing duties is Noah Hawley, who was responsible for developing the series. Hawley previously worked on the series ‘Bones’ and created the ABC series ‘The Unusuals’.

While of course comparisons will be made between Fargo the movie and the FX series, don’t expect this ‘Fargo’ to tell the same story as the movie did. Instead of using the same characters and plot, the similarities will more lie in the show’s black humor and over the top violence. Noah Hawley has described the show as being more like ‘’a ten hour movie’’, than a traditional series, but this is in terms of storytelling and character development. What will stay from the movie is the premise of a small town being hit by a series of gruesome crimes.

Billy Bob Thornton in FargoBilly Bob Thornton in 'Fargo'

As for the cast of character, ‘Fargo’ has some pretty big names to boast about. Firstly there’s the Academy Award nominated Billy Bob Thornton who will star as Lorne Malvo. Malvo’s character seems to be the catalyst for the town's troubles and he’s been described as a ‘'manipulative character'’. He sets his sights on the easy target of Lester Nygaard, ‘a put upon’ insurance salesman who he starts on a path of self destruction.

Nygaard is played by Martin Freeman, whom television audiences will know from 'Sherlock'. Though his character will inevitably be compared to William H Macy’s Jerry Lundegaard, Freeman has been keen to distinguish his character as a separate entity and not any kind of impersonation. Freeman has said that Lester undergoes, a “huge transformation” which has dire consequences for the small town. Allison Tolman will play local police officer, Molly Solverson, whom we can assume will be close to Frances McDormand’s Marge one of the movie’s most memorable characters. Also starring is Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk from 'Breaking Bad' and Adam Goldberg.

Martin Freeman at the premiere of 'Fargo:

4149345-0;noautoplay; Martin Freeman Spotted At The FX Networks Screening Of 'Fargo' - Part 1 - 15.04.2014 15:30:49

Maybe it’s unfortunate that the television show shares the same name as the film - its makes the comparisons so unavoidable. However, it looks as if ‘Fargo’ the TV series might just be good enough to make a mark on its own. Indeed early reviews seem very positive. As Martin Freeman put it “people who loved the film may love us or they may hate us. I think that will split people one way or the other. But I do hope, and I do generally believe if people go into it with an open mind, within 10 minutes you’re no longer thinking about the 1996 film [you are] engrossed in the world we’ve created.” So with your minds officially opened, US viewers can become engrossed in 'Fargo's' world tonight on FX, while UK viewers will get their turn this Sunday night on Channel 4.

More: Is FX's 'Fargo' TV Series The Next BIG Thing?

More: Bob Odenkirk On The "Intense Evil and Darkness" of Fargo

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Billy Bob Thornton Arrives For Media Presents: 'Fargo' In New York - Part 1 4156780 Celebrity Videos <p>Billy Bob Thornton was among the star arrivals at The Paley Center in New York for Media Presents: 'Fargo' - the new TV series in which he stars based on the film of the same name.</p><p>Alongside him were co-star Colin Hanks and other FX Network stars including Diane Kruger from 'The Bridge', 'Justified' stars Erica Tazel and Walton Goggins, 'Sons Of Anarchy' actress Katey Sagal and Katie Aselton from 'The League'. Other arrivals were 'The Wolf of Wall Street' actress Aya Cash, 'Pitch Perfect' actress Kether Donohue and Chris Geere from 'Waterloo Road'.</p> <p>Billy Bob Thornton was among the star arrivals at The Paley Center in New York for Media Presents: 'Fargo' - the new TV series in which he stars based on the film of the same name.</p><p>Alongside him were co-star Colin Hanks and other FX Network stars including Diane Kruger from 'The Bridge', 'Justified' stars Erica Tazel and Walton Goggins, 'Sons Of Anarchy' actress Katey Sagal and Katie Aselton from 'The League'. Other arrivals were 'The Wolf of Wall Street' actress Aya Cash, 'Pitch Perfect' actress Kether Donohue and Chris Geere from 'Waterloo Road'.</p> 15th April 2014 http://www.contactmusic.com/videos/2014apr/billy-bob-thornton-arrives-for-fargo-new-york-part-1_188791.jpg
Is FX's 'Fargo' TV Series The Next BIG Thing? 4156796 News

The TV series adaptation of the Coen brothers Oscar-winning movie Fargo has received strong reviews ahead of its premiere on FX tonight. The show stars Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Larvo, who arrives in a Minnesota and immetely brings major changes to the lives of insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman), Officer Molly Solverson (Alison Tolman), the daughter of the former Chief (Keith Carradine) and singer father Gus Grimly (Colin Hanks).

Martin Freeman FargoMartin Freeman as Lester in 'Fargo'

"A perfectly mixed cocktail equally parts menacing and suspenseful, washed down with surprising notes of hilarious satire and pulpy violence, FX's version of Fargo is most certainly not a pale imitation of the gruesome dark comedy," said the Daily Beast's Kevin Fallon.

"Directed by Adam Bernstein, the 90-minute premiere is particularly taut and effective, with three subsequent episodes slightly less so; nevertheless, there's enough going on (indeed, almost too much) and such a weird string of dominos that it's hard not to imagine those sampling the opener won't want to see things through to the finish," wrote Brian Lowry of Variety.

"The dark absurdist tone doesn't land quite as cleanly as in the film, and there's the enormous absence of goddess Frances McDormand, who brought such great plainspoken heart to the movie's otherwise bleak landscape.... But do keep watching, because the show boasts unique and satisfying hooks," said Kevin Valby of Entertainment Weekly. 

Billy Bob Thornton FargoBilly Bob Thornton in FX's 'Fargo'

"The casting on Fargo is superb, but none more so than Thornton, who is absolutely magnetic as the calm killer with a penchant for wry observation.... The four episodes that FX sent are a testament to Hawley's bold belief that he could tackle such an original piece of cinema and make it work on the small screen," said The Hollywood Reporter's Tim Goodman.

"The show's pace is slow in spots, but the dark humor and twisted tone make it oddly compelling," said the Chicago Times' Lori Racki.

Fargo premieres tonight (April 15, 2014) on FX. It runs for five episodes, concluding on May 13, 2014.

More: Hey UK - everything you need to know about 'Fargo'

More: Watch a clip from the 'Fargo' premiere

Watch Martin Freeman at the 'Fargo' premiere:
4149345-0;noautoplay; Martin Freeman Spotted At The FX Networks Screening Of 'Fargo' - Part 1 - 14.04.2014 17:14:42

The TV series adaptation of the Coen brothers Oscar-winning movie Fargo has received strong reviews ahead of its premiere on FX tonight. The show stars Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Larvo, who arrives in a Minnesota and immetely brings major changes to the lives of insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman), Officer Molly Solverson (Alison Tolman), the daughter of the former Chief (Keith Carradine) and singer father Gus Grimly (Colin Hanks).

Martin Freeman FargoMartin Freeman as Lester in 'Fargo'

"A perfectly mixed cocktail equally parts menacing and suspenseful, washed down with surprising notes of hilarious satire and pulpy violence, FX's version of Fargo is most certainly not a pale imitation of the gruesome dark comedy," said the Daily Beast's Kevin Fallon.

"Directed by Adam Bernstein, the 90-minute premiere is particularly taut and effective, with three subsequent episodes slightly less so; nevertheless, there's enough going on (indeed, almost too much) and such a weird string of dominos that it's hard not to imagine those sampling the opener won't want to see things through to the finish," wrote Brian Lowry of Variety.

"The dark absurdist tone doesn't land quite as cleanly as in the film, and there's the enormous absence of goddess Frances McDormand, who brought such great plainspoken heart to the movie's otherwise bleak landscape.... But do keep watching, because the show boasts unique and satisfying hooks," said Kevin Valby of Entertainment Weekly. 

Billy Bob Thornton FargoBilly Bob Thornton in FX's 'Fargo'

"The casting on Fargo is superb, but none more so than Thornton, who is absolutely magnetic as the calm killer with a penchant for wry observation.... The four episodes that FX sent are a testament to Hawley's bold belief that he could tackle such an original piece of cinema and make it work on the small screen," said The Hollywood Reporter's Tim Goodman.

"The show's pace is slow in spots, but the dark humor and twisted tone make it oddly compelling," said the Chicago Times' Lori Racki.

Fargo premieres tonight (April 15, 2014) on FX. It runs for five episodes, concluding on May 13, 2014.

More: Hey UK - everything you need to know about 'Fargo'

More: Watch a clip from the 'Fargo' premiere

Watch Martin Freeman at the 'Fargo' premiere:
4149345-0;noautoplay; Martin Freeman Spotted At The FX Networks Screening Of 'Fargo' - Part 1 - 14.04.2014 17:14:42

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