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10 Movies Turned Into TV Shows

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • April 16, 2014 12:04 PM
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Movies Turned Into TV Shows
Last night saw the arrival of "Fargo" on FX, the second attempt (after a very shortlived late-90s version starring Edie Falco in the role that won Frances McDormand an Oscar) to bring the Coen Brothers' beloved comedy-drama to the small screen. Unlike that version, this is something "inspired" by rather than spinning-off the original, and by most accounts, it seems to have worked, with critics warmly receiving the series, executive produced by the Coens, and which stars Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Kate Walsh, Adam Goldberg, Oliver Platt, Glenn Howerton, Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key.

Watch: First 7 Minutes Of FX Series 'Fargo' Promises Another "True Story"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 3, 2014 6:06 PM
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Fargo
Of the many elements that made the Coen Brothers 1996 crime drama "Fargo" such a winning success and one of their finest films, was how they hoodwinked the audience from nearly the very first frame. Presenting the film as "Based on a true story," it actually wasn't at all, with the Coens hoping the moviegoers would forgive some of the more twisty developments of movie, if they though it was true. And it seems the TV show will do the same.

Watch: 'Fargo' Featurette Explores Coen Brothers Universe Of TV Show Plus 3 Promos & 12 New Pics

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • April 2, 2014 10:21 AM
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Fargo
While seeming blasphemous at first blush, FX has taken great pains to both nod to the Coen Brothers’ sublime original in its marketing while trying to prepare general audiences for its limited series take on “Fargo.” To further help confused viewers—and maybe to assuage the fears of fans of the original—the network has released a featurette to properly set-up the series’s point-of-view in relation to the 1996 film.

I Didn't Do Nothin': Watch The New Trailer For 'Fargo' TV Series With Martin Freeman & Billy Bob Thornton

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2014 11:29 AM
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Fargo
Is this the exception to the rule, that a TV spinoff from a movie could actually be good? We're really hoping so, because so far, we really like what we see from "Fargo," the forthcoming FX show based on the Coen Brothers wintry crime classic. And after a handful of teasers, the first bonafide trailer is here and it looks like it's hitting all the right buttons.

David O. Russell Drops ABC Drama, Key & Peele Join 'Fargo' Series And More

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 27, 2014 12:01 PM
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American Hustle
Well, this might be disappointing to some. It was only one month ago when we heard that David O. Russell would be teaming up alongside “Erin Brockovich” screenwriter Susannah Grant for an ABC drama, tentatively titled “The Club.” Despite the fact that the show was already given a 13-episode order, it looks like David O. Russell will be dropping out of the project.

It Only Hurts For A Little While: Watch The First Teaser Trailer For FX Series 'Fargo' Starring Billy Bob Thornton

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 26, 2014 11:10 AM
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Fargo
As if we don't have enough TV shows to keep up with over the next couple of months—"Red Road," "Hannibal," "Game Of Thrones," "Mad Men" and more—here comes yet another that will definitely take up more of our time. So we apologize in advance if we're not at the multiplex as often as we usually are. But really, who could blame anyone for staying in, especially with something as tantalizing as "Fargo" on the horizon?

First Images From Coens-Produced 'Fargo' TV Series Starring Martin Freeman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 8, 2014 4:53 PM
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Fargo
While the idea of trying a new spin on the old classic that is the Coen Brothers' "Fargo" might seem like a crass idea, the upcoming FX TV series isn't the first time it's been attempted. About a decade ago, a spinoff was mounted starring Edie Falco and directed by Kathy Bates (!). It never went anywhere, but that version didn't involve the Coens. This time, the director siblings are producing, and the project not only has a firm green light, it's coming to a small screen near you very soon.

Bob Odenkirk Joins 'Fargo' Ensemble; BBC's 'Jonathan Strange And Mr. Norrell' Starts Casting & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2013 4:58 PM
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2013 will close out nicely for Bob Odenkirk, with the actor saying farewell to "Breaking Bad" and soon to be seen in Alexander Payne's "Nebraska." And while he waits for things to get moving on that Saul Goodman spinoff, he's joining another TV show that is already getting all sorts of attention. FX's Coen Brothers produced "Fargo" series has finalized its cast with Odenkirk, Kate Walsh, Joey King and Oliver Platt joining Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks and Billy Bob Thornton in the show. Plot details thus far are being kept under wraps, but it's another "true crime" story with a Minnesota nice vibe. Production on the 10-episode series gets underway next month, and it will air in the spring.

David Tennant Brings 'Broadchurch' To The U.S., Jason Schwartzman's Amazon Show Gets Pilot & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 3, 2013 11:07 AM
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Since actor David Tennant stepped away from the dimension-jumping tendencies of “Doctor Who,” you might assume those sorts of existential dilemmas had come to an end, especially since he'd taken a role in the BBC's police procedural “Broadchurch.” Well, after a massively successful first series run in the UK and on BBC America, it seems just the opposite, as the actor has agreed to next play two separate versions of the same character.

End Of The Golden Age? 12 Shows Hoping To Be The Next 'Breaking Bad'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 1, 2013 1:31 PM
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12 Show Hoping To Be The Next 'Breaking Bad'
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone. The one who knocks knocks no more. We won't give away what went down in Sunday's series finale of "Breaking Bad," partly because we don't want to ruin it for anyone who hasn't yet seen it and partly because we wrote this before it aired, but we know that we're not spoiling anything to say that there's no more of Vince Gilligan's praised-to-the-skies cult hit coming down the pipeline. The show's two-part fifth season has long been planned to be the last, and Walter White's story is well and truly all wrapped up.

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