Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons Set for FARGO Season 2

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FX is beginning to set its cast for Fargo Season 2, and a pair of rather talented actors are the first to officially sign on.  The network announced today that Kirsten Dunst and Breaking Bad and Friday Night Lights alum Jesse Plemons have closed deals for co-starring roles in the second season of the anthology series, which will take place in 1979 Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  The logline for this new season was actually teased during the first season of the show, as Keith Carradine’s Lou Solverson recounted a horrifying case that still haunted him.  Find out who Dunst and Plemons will be playing in the second season of Fargo after the jump.

New THE AMERICANS Trailer Unveils First Footage from Season 3

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A week after getting the first trailer for The Americans season 3 and just two days after The American Film Institute dubbed the FX drama series one of the best TV programs of the year, we’ve got a brand new trailer to share.  Whereas the promo titled “Polygraph” was more of a head trip-style teaser, this new piece is a full-blown trailer featuring loads of footage from the new season perfectly paired with The Police’s “Every Breath You Take.”

Hit the jump to check out the new The Americans season 3 trailer for yourself.  The show returns to FX on Wednesday, January 28th at 10pm.

THE LEAGUE to Return for Seventh and Final Season in 2015

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FX announced today that one of its long-running comedy series will be coming to an end.  The League Season 7 has officially been ordered by the cable network (well, technically by FXX), but it will be acting as the final season for the show.  A 13-episode run of The League is set to debut in Fall 2015, giving the gang one last opportunity to vie for the Shiva Bowl.  Starring Mark Duplass, Katie Asleton, Stephen Rannazzisi, Paul Scheer, Nick Kroll, and Jon Lajoie, the show’s had a delightful run, but it does feel like it’s probably time for it to come to an end.  I’ll be forever grateful for Andre’s terrible outfits and Jason Mantzoukas’ Raffi—one of the greatest television characters of all time—and I look forward to seeing how these characters’ stories come to an end.  One request: can we please get one more “The Adventures of Raffi & Dirty Randy” episode written by Mantzoukas and Seth Rogen?  Because those are amazing.

Check out an announcement video for the final season of The League after the jump.

FX and FXX Announce January Premiere Dates for ARCHER, IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY, JUSTIFIED, THE AMERICANS, and New Series MAN SEEKING WOMAN

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FX and FXX have announced a slew of January premiere dates for both returning and new series.  Briefly:

  • Archer Season 6 begins on Thursday, January 8th at 10pm ET/PT on FX.
  • The 10th season of  It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia kicks off on Wednesday, January 14th at 10pm on FXX, followed by the comedy series premiere Man Seeking Woman at 10:30pm, starring Jay Baruchel.
  • Justified returns for its sixth and final season on Tuesday, January 20th at 10pm on FX.
  • The third season of the excellent drama series The Americans begins on Wednesday, January 28th on FX.
  • The final three episodes of American Horror Story: Freak Show will also air in January on FX, culminating in the season finale on January 21st.

More on each series after the jump.

Tom Hardy and Steven Knight Reteam for FX Series TABOO; Ridley Scott Will Executive Produce

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Steven Knight‘s Locke is one of the best films you probably haven’t seen this year, and now the writer-director is set to reteam with star Tom Hardy for the new FX series Taboo.  Hardy will executive produce alongside Ridley Scott on the show, which is based on an original story by Hardy and his father, Chips Hardy.  The series is set in 1813, and stars Hardy as James Keziah Delaney, “a rogue adventurer who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father.  Refusing to sell the family business to the East India Company, he sets out to build his own trade and shipping empire and finds himself playing a very dangerous game.”  That sounds cool, but this project already had me at bringing Knight and Hardy back together.

Production on the eight-episode first season will begin in mid-to-late 2015 in the U.K., and is tentatively set to premiere in mid-2016.  Yes, it’s a while a way (not surprising given Hardy’s busy schedule), but if Locke is any indication, it will be worth the wait.  Hit the jump for the press release.

ARCHER Season 6 Trailer Gets the Band Back Together

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FX has released the first Archer Season 6 trailer online, and it appears that things are getting back to normal after last year’s “Archer Vice” season.  I enjoyed the ambitiousness of having the Archer team on the run throughout the entirety of Season 5, but I think it’s an idea that worked better in theory than in practice.  That’s not to say it wasn’t a worthwhile effort, and the mansion stuff was particularly fun, but it’s nice to see the group coming back together at headquarters in this first look at Season 6.  Speaking of which, it has been confirmed that the show will indeed be changing the name of the spy company ISIS due to its unfortunate connection to the terrorist group.

Watch the Archer Season 6 trailer after the jump.  The show returns to FX in January.

FX Gives Series Order to AMERICAN HORROR STORY Companion Series AMERICAN CRIME STORY; First Season Will Focus on O.J. Simpson Trial

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Though HBO opted not to move forward with his sexual drama series Open, the Ryan Murphy empire is continuing to expand regardless.  FX has given a straight-to-series order for a companion series to Murphy’s wildly popular horror anthology American Horror Story.  This new show, American Crime Story, will apply the anthology conceit to some of the biggest true crime stories in history, and the first season will start things off with a bang.  The 10-episode first season of ACS will be called American Crime Story: The People Vs. O.J. Simpson.  More after the jump.

FX Orders Zach Galifianakis Comedy BASKETS to Series; Co-Created by Galifainakis, Louis C.K., and Jonathan Krisel

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FX is adding another comedy series to its roster, and this one has a fantastic pedigree.  The network announced today that it has picked up the pilot Baskets to series, which stars Zach Galifianakis as Chip Baskets (brilliant name), a Bakersfield native who dreams of becoming a clown.  After an unsuccessful enrollment at a prestigious clown school in Paris, however, Baskets finds himself taking on the only clowning job that will have him: the local rodeo.  Galifianakis created the series with Louis C.K.  and Portlandia/SNL alum Jonathan Krisel, and all three will executive produce the show with Krisel acting as showrunner.

Given Galifianakis’ busy schedule, production on Baskets won’t begin until next year.  As such, FX has slated the 10-episode first season to debut in 2016.  That’s a long time to wait before we see the show, but this feels like a stellar marriage of talent and material (that name…) so I’m confident it will be well worth it.  Read the full press release after the jump.

FX Renews THE STRAIN for Season 2; The Virus Will Spread in Summer 2015

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There were rumors that The Strain got the go-ahead for a second season, but now FX has made it official, running with the appropriate press release title, “The Strain to Spread Though the Summer Of 2015.”  For anyone who hasn’t given the show a shot just yet, I highly recommend it.  We’ve seen six episodes of season 1 thus far and while I can’t say every moment rocks high quality writing, performances and believable behavior, there’s no denying that it’s still a blast to watch.

No spoilers here, but the show kicks off with a plane landing at JFK.  It touches down safe and sound, but when there isn’t a single peep from the pilot, crew or any of the passengers after, the CDC is called in to investigate what is dubbed a “dead airplane.”  But the thing is, the passengers aren’t dead.  They start waking up and that’s when crazy things start going down.  Hit the jump for more on The Strain season 2 renewal.

Full-Length SONS OF ANARCHY Season 7 Trailer Teases the Series’ Conclusion

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FX has released a new full-length Sons of Anarchy season 7 trailer that shows off a good deal of footage from the final stretch of episodes for the drama series.  I’ve never seen an episode of Sons of Anarchy but I’ve heard plenty of good things about the show.  Notable guest stars for the seventh and final season include Marilyn Manson and Glee actress Lea Michele, while Malcolm-Jamal Warner has also signed on in a recurring role.  Fans who have been following along these past seven years are likely eager to see how showrunner Kurt Sutter brings his characters’ arcs to an end, and things will kick off with a 90-minute premiere episode when the series returns on FX Tuesday, September 9th.  Watch the Sons of Anarchy season 7 trailer after the jump.

THE STRAIN Comic-Con Panel Recap: Guillermo del Toro and Company on the Show’s Violence; Upcoming Seasons

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With two episodes having already aired, the popularity of The Strain is undeniable.  This series, created and executive-produced by Guillermo del Toro, introduces a new take on vampire lore that is not only original and interesting, but seriously terrifying.  This show is not messing around, it’s trying to scare the hell out of you.  On Sunday at Comic-Con,  FX presented a special panel and sneak peek of the third episode of The Strain, with series creators del Toro and Chuck Hogan, showrunner Carlton Cuse and cast members Corey StollDavid BradleyMia MaestroSean AstinKevin DurandJonathan HydeRichard Sammel, Natalie BrownKevin DurandMiguel GomezBen Hyland, and Jack Kesy.

During the panel they talked about what it was like adapting the book into a television series, the look of the vampires, where del Toro came up with the idea of the worms and what the casting process for the show was like.  Hit the jump for The Strain Comic-Con Panel recap.

FX Passes on Charlie Kaufman’s Pilot HOW AND WHY

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The prospect of seeing an original TV series from the mind of Charlie Kaufman was almost too good to be true.  Alas, after producing a pilot for a comedy called How and Why, FX has decided to pass on the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Adaptation. scribe’s potential series, per Deadline.  The show was to star John Hawkes as a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works, but is clueless about life.  The promising cast also included Michael Cera, Sally Hawkins, and Catherine Keener, but apparently it wasn’t up to snuff for the network.  Hit the jump for more.

FARGO and LOUIE Renewed by FX; FARGO Season 2 Will Have New Cast, Setting, and Characters

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FX has announced renewals for a couple of its most popular shows, both of which nabbed plenty of Emmy nominations this year.  Louis C.K.’s increasingly bizarre but nonetheless poignant Louie has been given the go-ahead for season 5, while Fargo season 2 is officially a reality.  Louie will return next spring, though the order is only for seven episodes as opposed to this year’s 14.  FX took on a unique airing format with season 4, though, as each week saw the premiere of two Louie episodes back-to-back.  I’m not sure if the abbreviated season 5 means they’ll continue with that format, or just play one episode a week for seven consecutive weeks.  It’s not necessarily a shock that the order has been shortened since Louie’s ratings hit new lows this year, but it’s encouraging to hear that the show will indeed be back.  There’s truly nothing else like it.

Additionally, the buzzy anthology series Fargo is returning for a second season next year.  Though most were rightfully skeptical of a TV series adaptation of the Coen brothers masterpiece, many found writer/showrunner Noah Hawley’s show to be an inspired take on the material.  So how will Fargo move forward given how the first season wrapped up?  Details after the jump.

THE STRAIN Comic-Con Event Gives Fans Access to the Show With Unseen Footage and Guest Appearances

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FX just premiered The Strain last Sunday and unfortunately I haven’t gotten a chance to check it out yet.  But I hear the series, based on the books by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, is one of the more unrelenting takes on vampirism in TV history (and that it’s quite fun as well).  If you’re already a fan of the show, and if you’re going to be at the San Diego Comic-Con next week, then there’s an exclusive event you won’t want to miss.

The Strain (check out our recap) tells the story of “Dr. Ephraim Goodweather,” the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City.  Goodweather and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism.  As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.  The show stars Corey Stoll, Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, and Miguel Gomez.  Hit the jump for more info on how to get into The Strain Comic-Con event!

SONS OF ANARCHY Season 7 Premieres September 9; Plus First Look at Marilyn Manson’s Character

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FX announced today that Sons of Anarchy Season 7 will premiere September 9.  The final season will kick off with a special 105-minute episode, followed by the live post-show Anarchy Afterword.  Hosted by Chris Franjola, Anarchy Afterword will air twice this year: once after the premiere and again after the series finale.

Additionally, FX released a new Sons of Anarchy Season 7 image that shows the new white supremacist character played by Marilyn Manson sitting across from Jax (Charlie Hunnam) in their orange prison jumpsuits.  Check out the first-look image and the press release with premiere details after the jump.

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