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FX’s Fargo won’t premiere for another couple of weeks, but with all the good TV shows coming up on the horizon, why not get a head start on this one? The network has released the first seven minutes of their new Coen Brothers-inspired miniseries, starring Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton. Watch the FX Fargo Seven Minutes clip after the jump.

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April is shaping up to be a damn great month for TV lovers. Not only are Game of Thrones, Veep, and Mad Men all set to return over the next few weeks, there are also a bunch of promising new shows coming up on the horizon. One of the most intriguing of the bunch is FX’s Fargo.

A brand-new Fargo featurette offers a great behind-the-scenes look at the series, from the talented cast (Bob Odenkirk, Colin Hanks, and Oliver Platt also star) to the icy sets, to the wry tone. Meanwhile, three more promos give up some enticing footage. Watch it all after the jump.

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Fargo TV trailer

Fargo, the series, follows in the footsteps of Fargo, the movie, with the blessing of Ethan and Joel Coen. This isn’t a strict remake, but rather a new “true crime” story that is very much in the vein of the Coen Brothers movie, and which shares the same Minnesota setting and collection of friendly/quirky accents. That said, this new trailer shows that Martin Freeman seems to be doing his darndest to channel William H. Macy’s performance.

Some of the rest of the cast (which includes Billy Bob Thornton, Allison TolmanColin HanksBob OdenkirkKate WalshAdam GoldbergOliver PlattGlenn HowertonJordan PeeleKeegan-Michael KeyJoey King, and Julie Ann Emery) also has their own Coen debt to pay. Whether this will end up being able to stand on its own two feet is open to question now, but this trailer is entertaining enough that we’ll be watching the first episodes of the 10-episode series on FX. Read More »

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After months of record low temperatures and endless snowfall, most folks around the country are eager to get winter over with already. But FX’s Fargo may have you wanting to dive right back into the cold when it debuts this spring.

The first teaser for the 10-episode limited series, based on the Joel and Ethan Coen‘s film of the same title, has Billy Bob Thornton‘s shifty drifter character engaging in a familiar wintertime ritual. Watch it after the jump.

[Update: Key & Peele duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have just boarded in recurring roles. Details on their characters after the jump.

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The Coen Brothers don’t have a new film out in 2014, but their presence will be felt on the pop culture landscape all the same. Among the intriguing oddities being offered up by the TV gods this year is Fargo, an FX limited series based on the duo’s 1996 hit.

Technically speaking, the new Fargo is neither a remake nor a sequel for the first one. What it shares with the original is the cold northern setting and the “Minnesota nice” tone. At the center of this version is insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (played by the ubiquitous Martin Freeman), a sort of updated take on William H. Macy’s Jerry Lundegaard. Hit the jump to see him and some other new characters in the first stills from the show.

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Bob Odenkirk

After spending four seasons of Breaking Bad trying to evade law enforcement, Bob Odenkirk will switch sides for FX’s Fargo.

The comedian has boarded the ten-part limited series in a supporting role, along with Glenn Howerton (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Kate Walsh (Private Practice), Joey King (The Conjuring), Adam Goldberg, Oliver Platt, and more. Hit the jump to find out which characters the new stars will be playing.

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Martin Freeman Will Star in ‘Fargo’ TV Series

Martin Freeman

The Office, The Hobbit, and Sherlock: Martin Freeman seems to be everywhere these past few years. Adding to his already impressive, and growing, resume the actor, who was also recently seen in The World’s End, has just signed on to play the William H. Macy role in the FX mini-series based on the Coen Brothers’ movie Fargo. Billy Bob Thornton previously signed on to co-star in the 10 episode show that’ll follow a new case with the same tone and Minnesota setting as the Oscar-winning 1996 film. Read More »

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Briefly: FX is moving into the limited series market with Fargo, inspired by the Joel and Ethan Coen movie of the same name. Fargo was the film that really put the Coens on the mainstream map almost 20 years ago, and this is the second time the film has been used as the basis for a TV show. The series being developed at FX isn’t exactly a TV remake of the Coen Brothers film, however, as it will feature new characters and crimes — the connecting thread will be the location and regional Minnesota quirks

The first casting news is just starting to come out, and Deadline reports that Billy Bob Thornton will play one of the lead roles. He’s Lorne Malvo, “a rootless, manipulative man who meets a small town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction.” So he’s more or less the antagonist, somewhere between the Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare roles from the film.

The other significant report to come out of the FX panel today is that while this run of Fargo will go for only ten episodes, success could help the show transform into an American Horror Story-style anthology that presents a new story and character set each season.

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