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Fargo TV series captures flavor of Coen Brothers film

Billy Bob Thorton in FX's new Fargo TV series

First, let’s explain what the new Fargo TV series on FX is not. It’s not a continuation of the story begun in the 1996 Coen brothers film that has become a cinematic classic. None of the characters are the same, and the setting is different. Nor is it a parody or satire. It can best be described as a riff, mining the same droll Midwestern sensibilities and placing them amid a story that is always intriguing and at times shockingly violent. After seeing the first episode of Fargo — which premieres on FX Tuesday, April 15 at 10pm ET — it’s … Continue reading

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Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga return in Bates Motel Season 2

Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga return in Bates Motel Season 2

Season 1 of Bates Motel ended with a shocker, the murder of young Norman Bates’ (Freddie Highmore) caring teacher, Miss Watson. The implication was that Norman had offed her during one of his creepy blackouts, and while that very well may prove true, audiences have seen with this twisty Psycho prequel — returning for Season 2 on A&E March 3 — that what sometimes seems certain may not be the case at all. “What I like about the show is that it’s suggestive as opposed to conclusive,” Highmore says. “I think that intrigue keeps it interesting. People aren’t too sure … Continue reading

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“Legit” moves to FXX for Season 2

"Legit" moves to FXX for Season 2

Without a doubt, Legit is one of the crudest comedies on TV, what with star Jim Jefferies’ penchant for foulmouthed humor often laced with sexual and drug-addled content. But it’s also, amazingly, one of TV’s most thoughtful and sincere shows. Moving to FXX for its sophomore season, Legit follows the exploits of Jefferies and his motley band of friends as they struggle through everyday life. In addition to Jefferies and his sad-sack buddy Steve (Dan Bakkedahl), the other main character is Billy (DJ Qualls), Steve’s quadriplegic brother with muscular dystrophy. Instead of the show merely treating Billy like a saintly … Continue reading

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Countdown to the Oscars: Oscar Trivia!

Oscar Nominations 2014

Countdown to the Oscars: Oscar Trivia! The Academy Awards have been around for 86 years, plenty of time to develop all sorts of weird facts and historical precedents. Take our PopQuiz to see how your knowledge stacks up. Check back each day through March 2 for a new Oscar question and answer. And remember, NO CHEATING!!! ALSO SEE: Oscar nominations 2014 Oscars 2014 date, time, TV channel, preview and more! Oscars 2014 performers and presenters Check back each day through Oscar Sunday, March 2, as a new question and answer are revealed. Oscars Trivia Questions 1. Sequels rarely get much … Continue reading

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Favorite “Vikings” son: Alexander Ludwig talks about joining the History drama in Season 2

Favorite "Vikings" son: Alexander Ludwig talks about joining the History drama in Season 2

Alexander Ludwig is a young, strong, imposing-looking guy. Look no further than his role as Cato in the first Hunger Games movie for proof. But even Ludwig was nervous stepping into the big, bad world that is Vikings. The 21-year-old Vancouver native nabbed the plum role of Bjorn, the tempestuous teenage son of the mighty Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), as the History drama kicks off its second season Feb. 27. While Ludwig says he was excited to take on the project, he was nervous because not only was it his first TV series, but he was also jumping in after … Continue reading

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Keri Russell talks about The Americans Season 2

Keri Russell talks about The Americans Season 2

It’s a cold, wintry December day in New York, and Keri Russell has a short break between filming scenes for The Americans. Though she’s now sitting in a heated van, there’s still a slight shiver in her voice as she explains what’s in store for Season 2 of the Cold War drama, which set network ratings records for FX during its Emmy-nominated debut last year. The Americans Season 2 begins Feb. 26. “I think the main difference is last year when we started, Elizabeth wasn’t really even engaged in the marriage,” she says of her character. “It was questionable how … Continue reading

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“The Capones”: ReelzChannel reality series follows mobster’s descendants in Chicago

The Capones ReelzChannel

Being surrounded by a table full of Capones — in Chicago, no less — might not sound like the most comfortable place to be, but that’s where I found myself one warm September afternoon. Sitting in the cozy confines of a suburban restaurant that is the setting for much of the action in ReelzChannel’s latest reality series, The Capones, the stars talk about their famous legacy and why they believe their everyday lives will make for good television. “For a long time people always said, ‘You have such a cool life and so many cool things that go on, you … Continue reading

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Grammys 2014: Date, time, TV channel, preview and more

Grammy 2014 Ringo Starr CBS

The music industry continues to fight against its reported demise with blockbuster celebrations of its finest contributors, such as tonight’s ceremony of The 56th Annual Grammy Awards, airing tonight from 8-11:30 on CBS. The Grammys 2014 edition will see a familiar host in LL Cool J, who also hosted the festivities last year. It’s difficult some years — then again, some years it isn’t — to say what is the more anticipated part of the evening: the awards themselves or the performances. The many, many performances. On the nominees front: Jay-Z leads the way with nine nods, with Kendrick Lamar, … Continue reading

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Black Sails: Michael Bay brings gritty pirate drama to Starz

Black Sails Starz Zach McGowan Toby Stephens

Jack Sparrow wouldn’t last a minute onboard the Walrus. For those who might fear that the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise may have forever Disney-fied the genre, Starz’s new drama Black Sails from executive producer Michael Bay will pillage that notion quickly. The rampant sex, foul language and violence — especially the violence — reflect a much harsher, and undoubtedly more realistic, portrait of life on the high seas in 1715. Oh, and did I mention it’s also a prequel of sorts to Treasure Island? The large cast of characters includes the likes of Capt. Flint (Toby … Continue reading

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Method Man talks “Chozen” role, and why people sometimes call him Cliff Smith

Method Man

In his latest project, Method Man is playing a familiar role, that of a rapper. And he’s happy to be doing it, making an appearance at the Television Critics Association press tour this week to promote (and sometimes defend) FX’s controversial animated series Chozen — airing at 10:30pm Mondays — though he’s not a regular cast member. He gives voice to Phantasm, the duplicitous MC who framed the lead character for multiple criminal violations that sent Chozen (Bobby Moynihan) to prison for 10 years. But the former Wu-Tang Clan member, who has nabbed roles in projects as varied as The … Continue reading

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