Fargo

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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Louis CK Developing Another Series at FX

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FX made a wise decision this week and invested more heavily in the twisted mind of Louis CK. The comedian, now one of the most popular and influential in the world, has been racking up acclaim for the network with his show, Louie. Now FX has signed him for an overall production deal which includes a brand new show that he’ll create, executive produce, and potentially write and direct.  Read More »

The Strain

Next summer, the twisted mind of Guillermo del Toro will be on display weekly. The Strain, an FX series based on a trilogy of vampire books del Toro co-wrote, has just been ordered to series by the network. The first of its 13 episodes will premiere in July 2014 with Lost’s Carlton Cuse as the showrunner. Del Toro directed the pilot. Read More »

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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American Horror Story Coven

Dexter boasts a sky-high body count, Homeland features one terrorist plot after another, Game of Thrones showcases disembowelments and amputations galore, and Breaking Bad centers on a man who turns into more of a monster with every passing week. But as a source of good old-fashioned creepy-crawlies, none of those shows can beat FX’s American Horror Story.

Just two weeks are left until the premiere of Season 3, titled American Horror Story: Coven. To whet fans’ appetites for the uncanny, FX has just released the updated opening credits and two more opaque but unsettling teasers. Check ‘em all out after the jump.

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Breaking Bad - Mike

Following in the footsteps of his old boss Gus, Mike will drop by Greendale in the next season of Community. Also after the jump:

  • Game of Thrones recasts one of its roles for Season 4
  • Lee Daniels is circling a Sammy Davis Jr. movie for HBO
  • History greenlights Houdini mini with Adrien Brody
  • FX is developing a Louie-style comedy for DL Hughley
  • Sony is adapting Robert Rodriguez‘s El Mariachi for TV
  • See trailers for Yahoo series from Ed Helms, Jack Black, and more

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Terriers (1)

There has never been a better time to be a beloved but cancelled TV series. This year saw Arrested Development returning for a fourth season and the long-promised Veronica Mars movie entering production, while Fox put together plans for the limited sequel series 24: Live Another Day.

In that light, it makes sense that the folks behind Terriers, the brilliant but fatally underseen FX mystery series, are sounding more and more optimistic about a possible movie sequel. This week, star Donal Logue mentioned what he believes are the “realistic” chances of a Terriers revival. Hit the jump to read his comments.

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Girl Meets World (1)

I suppose 32-year-old Ben Savage is technically old enough to have a 13-year-old daughter, but it still feels weird to see him playing the proud dad instead of the confused kid on Girl Meets World, doesn’t it? Also after the jump:

  • Darren Aronofsky and HBO ditch Michael Chabon‘s Hobgoblin
  • FX’s The Strain adds John Hurt; Liv Tyler is one of HBO’s Leftovers
  • Guillermo del Toro has guest directed something on The Simpsons
  • Juan Antonio Bayona will direct Sam MendesPenny Dreadful
  • Channing Tatum will produce a show by Pete from Happy Endings
  • Almost all of CBS‘s shows will premiere the week of September 22
  • Netflix will return to Eli Roth‘s Hemlock Grove for a second season
  • Charlie Sheen gets Selma Blair fired from Anger Management
  • Dan Harmon is sorry he said those mean things about Community Season 4
  • Girl Meets World is a go; see proud parents Cory and Topanga in new pics
  • Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan are Masters of Sex in a new trailer

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