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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 »

Sherlock season 3

You probably already know the good news: we’re getting a fourth season of Sherlock. And if you’ve finished the third season, that was all but settled in the final moments. The bad news, however, is the wait. Series co-creator Steven Moffat splits his time between Sherlock and another little show people might have heard of, Doctor Who. He has a lot of his plate. In a recent interview he said he won’t sacrifice any quality and that means we probably won’t see Sherlock return for a few years. Read More »

Sherlock season 3

The highly-anticipated third season of Sherlock is about to end in the U.K, and U.S. audiences will get our run of the short season on January 19, but series creator Steven Moffat is already looking ahead. He revealed a fourth season of the hit show, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, is in the works. Read More »

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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After waiting almost two years for the third season of Sherlock, its January 19th premiere is so close, you can almost touch it. But if it seems excruciating to wait those few more weeks, the BBC has released a 7-minute prequel episode that shows Inspector Lestrade (Rupert Graves) following up on rumored sightings of the thought-to-be deceased mastermind Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch). Watson (Martin Freeman) is in there too, watching and thinking about his partner. The show comes back on PBS in the United States on January 19, but watch the prequel mini-episode now.

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The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug

The second of Peter Jackson‘s trilogy of films adapting The Hobbit, The Desolation of Smaug, both improves on the previous film, and regresses from some of its achievements. In 2012′s An Unexpected Journey, Jackson stretched the story of The Hobbit to a breaking point. Sequences that were mere blips in the book became much longer, hurting the pacing immensely. At the start of this second film, Jackson picks up the pace considerably and, in just over an hour, our characters are at their final destination: The Lonely Mountain. Unfortunately, there’s still an hour and a half to go (plus another movie) which means that briefly improved, upbeat pace comes to a screeching halt. Plus that rushed first hour glosses over some of the most famous scenes in J.R.R. Tolkien‘s book.

Besides the major pacing problems, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has lots of good things going for it, including more rousing action, great performances by new characters, and several beautiful new settings. But all of those don’t save the film from being considerably divisive.

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Things are about to get all Hobbit up in here. A week from today, fans will be piling into theaters to watch the second film in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Reviews come out this weekend, interviews will be published, it’s all about to get nuts with the film so close to release.

Seems like the perfect time to Jackson to release the 13th installment in his running Hobbit video diary. This one shows lots of behind the scenes action of this second film, including filming the scenes with Smaug, the character’s look and much more. There’s even some Benedict Cumberbatch in there! Check it out below. Read More »

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