Many words have been written this week about Tuesday’s premiere of the FX eponymous miniseries adaptation of Fargo, particularly in regards to its faithfulness to the classic and nearly universally adored Coen Brothers original. Critics seem to agree that the show, with the Coen Brothers blessing represented in the form of an Executive Producer credit, is faithful in setting and in certain character similarities to the film, but it is mostly not attempting to be an adaptation at all. Rather, it is its own set of stories that take place in the same snow-covered, “you betcha” oeuvre and the various criminals — hapless to exacting — that inhabit and pass [...]
FX's sister site FXX has already announced that they've acquired rights to seasons 1-24 of The Simpsons to air this August, and according to Variety, today the network announced that they'll be kicking off the show's cable debut with a 12-day Simpsons marathon in what FX's chief executive Jon Landgraf is calling "the longest continuous marathon in the history of television." FX is also expected to debut an accompanying Simpsons app in the coming weeks that will be distinct from their FXNow mobile streaming app already in place. Execs reportedly suggested the name "Simpsons World" for the app, though the official name has not yet been confirmed [...]
Fargo, FX's new anthology series loosely based on the 1996 Coen Brothers crime-comedy-drama of the same name, premieres on April 15th, and the network released the first seven minutes of the first episode online. Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman pop up in this excerpt from the show, but there's no signs of comedy people like Bob Odenkirk, Key & Peele, Always Sunny's Glenn Howerton, who also have roles in the show. We're just gonna have to wait a couple weeks to see them in Fargo and to find out what the deal with that washing machine is.
Eric Andre has been cast as the sidekick on Man Seeking Woman, a new FX pilot starring Jay Baruchel and created by SNL alum Simon Rich, TV Line reports. Based on Rich's book The Last Girlfriend on Earth, Man Seeking Woman follows Josh, a naive guy (Baruchel) frightened to reenter the dating scene after being dumped. Andre will play Josh's confident best friend, Mike. Britt Lower (Big Lake) and Maya Erskine (Betas) have also joined the cast as Josh's sister and ex-girlfriend, respectively.
Eric Andre is the host of Adult Swim's The Eric Andre Show, which was recently renewed for a third season. His last regular sitcom [...]
FX announced today that Louis C.K.'s show Louie will premiere its fourth season on Monday, May 5th, at 10pm. The show will air back-to-back new episodes in that timeslot for the entire season, finishing its run in June. FX had ordered 13 episodes of the new season, but Louis C.K. delivered 14.
Louis C.K. took the show on a self-imposed hiatus after its third season ended in September of 2012, leaving a big 19-month gap between seasons. Season 4 was supposed to debut in summer of 2013, but C.K. had it pushed back, explaining:
I want season four to go somewhere new … I'm looking back to when [...]