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FARGO -- Pictured: Allison Tolman as Molly Solverson -- CR. Matthias Clamer/FX

FX has another top notch show on its hands with Fargo (Tuesdays, 10/9C) – an expansion of the Coen Brothers’ hit movie. By expansion, I mean it tells an entirely new story, with all new characters, in the Minnesota of the movie – and it’s so good it earned the Coen Brothers’ blessing.

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FARGO -- Pictured: Martin Freeman as Lester Nygaard -- CR. Matthias Clamer/FX

When FX’s Fargo (Tuesdays, 10/9C) premieres this week, you are going to see something that I, for one, never expected to see – a Coen Brothers movie that wasn’t written or directed by the Coen Brothers. One of the key reasons it works is because of Martin Freeman, who is probably best known for playing Bilbo Baggins and Dr. John Watson.

In Fargo, he plays insurance salesman Lester Nyygard, a mousy guy who doesn’t love his job, is constantly henpecked by his wife and even, in a weird way, a victim of classic high school bullying. Recently, Freeman took an hour to chat with a group of journalists/bloggers about the series and his role – and about the experience of making the series.

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FARGO -- Pictured: Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo -- CR: FX/Matthias Clamer

One of the most interesting – and entertaining – aspects of FX’s Fargo (Tuesdays, 10/9C) is Billy Bob Thornton’s portrayal of Lorne Malvo, a kind of fixer for an unnamed criminal organization. He’s an oddity because he’s capable of dispassionate murder but that’s not his job. He’s kind of the ultimate criminal jack-of-all trades – if it’s illegal and you need it to get done, you call Malvo. While that’s certainly interesting, what makes Malvo fascinating is that he loves to mess with people’s minds. In a way, he’s like Loki, or Coyote – he loves to make mischief. The darker the better.

Thornton took some time to talk with journalists/bloggers (one from Tel Aviv!) about Fargo and Lorne Malvo – and how much he enjoyed the role and the series. Check out what he had to say about his time shooting the series after the jump.

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It’s always fun to speak with Justified’s (FX, Tuesdays, 10/9C) creator/showrunner, Graham Yost. He’s as candid as anyone constrained by the need to avoid spoilers can be, and he always seems to be enjoying being interviewed.

With the season finale of Justified coming up this week, Yost took some time to talk about the show and how it’s all about family – and to share a few thoughts on the season to date and the decision to wrap everything up with one last season, next year.

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The Americans: Who Are They?

Posted by   on April 7, 2014

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The FX series The Americans is a masterful series that combines espionage, politics and family drama in a unique way. Set in the ‘80s, it also makes use of some interesting music, which is where the above Who reference comes in – The Who’s Pete Townsend is making his first foray into television with the song It Must Be Done.  The song, co-written with series composer Nathan Barr, will be heard in the show’s April 30th episode, Yousaf.

Check out the press release, following the jump, for more.

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Fargo is, for my money, one of the most darkly funny movies ever made – and, with Grit, perhaps the best of the Coen Brothers movies. The news of a Fargo TV series filled me, simultaneously, with joy and dread. It helped it had the Coen Brothers’ blessing (they’re executive producers on the series), but now that I’ve seen the first four episodes (I’ll post my review before the show’s premiere on Tuesday, April 15th), the joy has taken over.

FX has just released four introductory videos including the above First Look. Follow the jump to explore the show’s philosophy, meet its cast and get in a hint of its story.

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Victor Garber, everybody’s favorite spy daddy on Alias, has signed to play renowned club owner/events guru Simon Stern on the original Starz drama Power. Sonya Walger, best known for playing Penny on Lost, will play Stern’s beautiful, pampered wife, Madeline.

The series, from Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson, is a crime drama set in the very different worlds of glamorous New York club scene and the brutal drug trade. Power is set to premiere this summer on Starz. Check out the press release after the jump.

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