News Briefs: Sherlock's Martin Freeman Will Headline FX's Fargo

By Kaitlin Thomas

Sep 27, 2013


... Martin Freeman, who you may recognize from the hit BBC series Sherlock, or from his roles in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and something called The Hobbit, has landed the lead role in FX's limited event series Fargo. He'll play Lester Nygaard, William H. Macy's character in the 1996 Coen brothers film of the same name. The series will feature an all new "true crime" case. [THR]


... If you're not already busy watching AMC's ongoing Breaking Bad marathon, or planning your Breaking Bad finale party at which you'll be dressing up as your favorite version of Walter White, maybe you should spend this weekend catching up on that other adrenaline-pumping Sunday-night drama Homeland. Showtime is airing Season 2 this weekend in anticipation of Sunday's Season 3 premiere. Beginning Saturday at 12pm, you can watch all 12 episodes back-to-back. [Showtime via press release]

... ITV has renewed Law and Order: UK for an eighth season. The series continuously won its time slot during Season 7, and Bradley Walsh, Georgia Taylor, Paterson Joseph, and Dominic Rowan are all set to return alongside newcomer Ben Bailey Smith when production begins next month for a 2014 broadcast. [Deadline]

... Topanga's about to get real; Danielle Fishel is writing a memoir. Yeah, that seems about enough for this brief. [THR]

... Nickelodeon has ordered 26 episodes each of two new animated series: Bad Seeds and Pig Goat Banana Cricket. I don't know about you guys, but based on the titles alone, those don't exactly scream "kid-friendly" to me. The network has also greenlit four live-action pilots: Twang, about a family that relocates from Hollywood to Tennessee; Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Don, about quadruplets (maybe Don was a surprise?); Smart Alec, about kid geniuses, obviously; and an untitled cheerleader comedy. [Variety]

... While I'm still on the kid front, Nickelodeon has also announced a Season 2 premiere date for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo will be back in action on October 12 at 11am. Tell your friends, tell your kids, set your DVRs, whatever; I'm not here to judge. [Nickelodeon via press release]

... Discovery Channel will premiere a new Evel Knievel documentary titled True Evel on October 14. It traces his life from childhood to stardom. [Deadline]

... For all four of you who are worried about the fates of Tia & Tamera and Giuliana & Bill, don't fret; both series are moving from the Style Network to E! on October 15 now that Esquire will be taking over the channel Style previously laid claim to. [TV Guide]

... In what I'm sure is absolutely shocking news to everyone, Oprah's network OWN has acquired the broadcast rights to air Lee Daniels' The Butler. [Deadline]


... Comedian and all-around awesome guy Patton Oswalt is following up appearances on Justified and Parks and Recreation with a guest-starring tole on Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine. He'll play a fire marshall who butts heads with Andy Samberg's Detective Peralta. [EW]

... Revenge has hired current Devious Maids star Ana Ortiz. She'll guest-star as Bizzy Preston, a public relations specialist hired by Conrad. This role should come as no surprise considering all the crap the Graysons have gone through in the public eye over the course of two seasons. It's about time they hired an actual professional to clean up their messes, instead of relying on Ashley. [TV Line]

... Alanna Masterson is joining the cast of The Walking Dead for Season 4. Right now we don't know much about her character, but she'll recur this season, with an option to become a series regular in the future. She'll play a new survivor who first appears midway through the season. [Deadline]

... Loretta Devine has joined USA's new series Sirens. The series follows "three Chicago EMTs whose self-righteous and self-destructive personalities make them unfit for long-term relationships and most occupations." Um, okay. Devine will play the no-nonsense church-hugging mother of one of the characters, and will appear in two episodes. [TV Guide]

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  • RipIgloo Sep 27, 2013

    I may be the only one here who cares, but what will be of G4 now? I just found out about this news of Esquire taking over Style instead of G4.
    Attack Of The Show and Xplay were canned because of the impending switch which was first supposed to be in April than moved to September.

  • Spoontown Sep 27, 2013

    Is Sirens a remake of the UK show about 3 paramedics? It was pretty good but got cancelled after 1 series.

  • JT_Kirk Sep 27, 2013

    How does a show 4 years old have 7 seasons/series? I guess the UK is as addicted to the sound of the gavel of justice twice falling as we Americans have been.

    Patton Oswalt's also been busy as the narrator on The Goldbergs, and making 38 people vomit on Adult Swim's "The Heart, She Holler" season 2. Hopefully they'll make him an effective character for once, instead of a sad little loser like everything else.

  • current Sep 27, 2013

    Fargo only works well with some sort of mood enhancers. Let's hope Martin Freeman proves to be that for the series.
    Patton Oswalt, he of gifted made-up-looking-eyelashes, can only briefly improve Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I wanted to like the show but can't sustain on fonder memories of its ebony and ivory leads.
    At least Law & Order UK is more realistic than its US genitor - I've never wanted to see cop killers more.

  • vicbjones Sep 27, 2013

    Law & Order UK is entering season 8. What does that translate to in number of episodes so far, 42?

  • linkthehero82 Sep 27, 2013

    45 actually.

  • ben45tpy Sep 27, 2013

    I'm not expecting Fargo to be any good and I doubt Freeman will help. The movie was so good and uncopyable. I will check it out and let it prove me wrong.

  • wudntulik2know Sep 27, 2013

    It won't.

  • ludoTV Sep 27, 2013

    I didn't know Patton Oswalt at all but he was incredible this season on Justified... He was the 'perfect' assistant to Rayland

  • Loooooooooooost Sep 27, 2013

    I'm definitely reading that memoir.

  • sleepy-sonic Sep 27, 2013

    If Martin Freeman is involved I may have to try Fargo.

  • KevinG87 Sep 27, 2013

    I have always liked Martin Freeman, but I'm not interested in Fargo... does this mean Sherlock will end after this season? it's just FX so I'm sure he'd have time to do both but still.

    I was actually wondering about Tia & Tamera, sure the show's not that great or anything and like most reality shows it seems like a bunch of the scenarios are scripted, but I watch it just because I was a fan of Sister Sister.. anyway, I was wondering about if it'd move, seems like it has... but those will just be reruns so I won't really care until they get picked up for a 4th season.

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  • amycat289 Sep 27, 2013

    Since Sherlock only has three episodes per series, it'll be easy to film. No reason why he can't do both. It'll probably be another 2 years before series 4 starts filming anyway.(Also, I remember Benedict Cumberbatch saying that they both signed a contract for series four)

  • Gully_Foyle Sep 27, 2013

    Easy to film? So how easy do you think it is to make a 2 hour movie?
    If you use Hollywood films as a comparison it's hard to find movies that have significantly less than a 30 day shooting time, so even if they film all the 'episodes' back to back that's going to eat up a fair old chuck of time

  • ludoTV Sep 27, 2013

    Great point! I always roll my eyes when people complain that a Sherlock series is 'only' 3 eps long (true we all would like more) but each ep is like 2 hours so it is the equivalent of a 2 to 3 eps of an average drama. And with both freeman and cumberbacth being such popular actors now, it is a near miracle they manage to film any Sherlock at all...

  • ludoTV Sep 27, 2013

    Yep he did and right after the producer said that was news to him... I think it has been pitched to the BBC but not approved 100%. It seems Cumberbatch jumped the gun a little...

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