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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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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American Horror Story Coven season finale recap

American Horror Story Coven season finale recap

In the American Horror Story Coven season finale, you’d expect things to be wrapped up with a nice little bow. It opens with a Stevie Nicks’ tune (“Seven Wonders,” to be exact, tying in with the episode title of “The Seven Wonders”) and everyone is preparing for the final tradition. Myrtle announces that instead of starting with the easiest of the Seven Wonders, they’re going to start with the most difficult, as she passes around some caviar. In the beginning it is all fun and games, until Madison’s bitch side rears its ugly head, and the result is ugly. She’s … Continue reading

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“AHS: Coven” gets back on track with “Go To Hell”

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Recap of AHS: Coven Jan 22 episode: After a two episode AHS: Coven detour, tonight’s American Horror Story: Coven “Go To Hell” gets us back on the highway to the Seven Wonders. Between Stevie Nicks, trips to Disneyland and OTC Benadryl, I was thankful my DVR was working so I could watch the last two episodes again, and again. So many witchy women had left, I needed a program to keep score. [SPOILER ALERT - major plot point revealed, so don't read on if you don't want to know] But things do get back to normal in this episode, and … Continue reading

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

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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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TCA: FX to debut Fargo 10-episode series April 15

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Whatever you want to call it — a re-imagining, a reworking, an adaptation, a riff — FX’s 10-episode series Fargo will debut April 15, the network announced Tuesday as it addressed reporters in Los Angeles. One word the cast and crew would prefer you not use is “remake.” This Fargo, which takes its inspiration and aesthetic from the award-winning and beloved 1996 Coen brothers film, features all new characters and situations as life for a group of residents in Bemidji, Minn., suddenly turns violent. Bemidji is a real town, but we’re guessing it doesn’t often play host to some of … Continue reading

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TCA: Archer CD release date is February 17

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Sing a song of Archer — a whole CD of them in fact. Today at the Television Critics Association press tour, FX announced it will release a 12-track Archer CD entitled “Cherlene” — in homage to the new, country-music warbling alter ego of Judy Greer’s Cheryl Tunt — on all digital platforms Monday, Feb. 17. Cheryl’s previously released “Danger Zone” duet with pop icon Kenny Loggins will highlight the collection, which also features three new, unreleased songs original to Archer including It’s All About Me, I’ll Burn it Down and Gypsy Woman. According to a press release announcing the musical … Continue reading

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TCA: FX orders Zach Galifianakis, Louis CK comedy pilot

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At the Television Critics Association press tour today, FX announced it has ordered a comedy series pilot created by  Emmy® Award winning Writer/Producer Louis C.K., star of the network’s hit comedy Louie. The comedy is the first project to come from FX Productions’ new overall deal with Louis C.K. and his  production company Pig Newton. A new season of Louie premieres in May. FX Networks CEO John Landgraf also announced a slate of new FX and FXX series in the works, including the romantic comedy You’re The Worst from the creator of Weeds; The Comedian starring Billy Crystal; Death Pact, … Continue reading

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5 Things To Love About Justified Season 5

Justified Season 5 Michael Rapaport FX

Justified Season 5 is upon us, and while it is indeed sad that Elmore Leonard won’t be around to enjoy it with us, the writers and producers have given us plenty of reasons to rejoice in returning to Harlan County, Ky., to follow the exploits of U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant). The three episodes the network has sent out for preview contain the same laconic charm mixed with brutal violence that has been the show’s hallmark. Here are five reasons I already love Justified Season 5: 1) Guest Stars Galore: What’s so cool about the roster of guest stars … Continue reading

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Sons of Anarchy recap: “A Mother’s Work”

Sons of Anarchy recap Maggie Siff FX

Perhaps there are many occasions when a Sons of Anarchy recap just can’t do justice to what it’s describing. I’ll go ahead and tell you all the things that happened in the Season 6 finale, but it can’t match the power of seeing it. But be warned, this is going to hurt, and probably make you mad and want to go into a Jax-like rage of spitting out your words then yelling uncontrollably for a sentence or two then kicking something. Tara (Maggie Siff) is the subject of everyone’s curiosity, with most of the club assuming she had cut a … Continue reading

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