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First look at 'Fargo' with Martin Freeman

Posted: 09 Jan 2014 07:40 PM PST

Check out some images from the new TV series.

In an exclusive premiere, Yahoo! TV has unveiled a handful of stills from the new FX series, a spin-off on the Coen brothers' 1996 film.

One of the images revealed by Yahoo! TV shows Martin Freeman, the actor best known for his portrayal of Bilbo Baggins in the Hobbit trilogy. The British actor will play the show's protagonist, Lester Nygaard, a role loosely based on the character played by William H. Macy in the original movie.


Allison Tolman in a scene from Fargo.

In the TV version, this henpecked insurance salesman will meet a mysterious stranger who brings him nothing but trouble.

Freeman will be joined by Billy Bob Thornton, Colin Hanks, Kate Walsh, Oliver Platt and Bob Odenkirk in the series, which is produced by the directors of the movie version, Joel and Ethan Coen. Screenwriter Noah Hawley (Bones) will pen the series, aiming to preserve the dark humor and distinctive Midwestern atmosphere of the film while creating an entirely new plot.

FX plans to air the first 10 episodes of Fargo, filmed in Canada, from this spring. — AFP Relaxnews

Banshee, place of interest

Posted: 09 Jan 2014 07:50 PM PST

Series creator Greg Yaitanes provides teasers for second season.

THE Cinemax original series Banshee is all set to roll out its second season on Jan 17 at 11pm on Astro Ch 412. The Star met with executive producer and creator Greg Yaitanes in Los Angeles to get more than a few morsels on what is coming up in the action-packed series.

Yaitanes teases that the episodes never quite go in the direction that the audience thinks the storyline might be headed.

The series has garnered fans not only for its more-than-abundant fight scenes, but also how it has been exploring storytelling in various media. There is a comic book called Banshee: Origins that looks at the background of the main characters before one was captured by the police and sent to prison for 15 years, while the other ended up living the life of a good wife and mother in the town of Banshee.

Like its first season, Banshee continues to tell a mini-story in its title sequence, which gives access to more clues on its official site: Welcome to Banshee. (For season two, the site also features Origins' short videos to accompany each episode in season two, which has a more direct relevance to an episode.)

As for the title sequence, Yaitanes shares that he wanted one that would change every week. "I wanted a title sequence to be social, I want it to change every week, and I want it to tell a story.

"Each character's card tells the story of the character and the photographs change every week and there are bits of animation (that change). The numbers on the dial were significant last year as they actually unlock content to some of the meaning behind the photographs. This year especially, none of the number you see anywhere, like on the phone, are insignificant; 62 is one of the numbers this year, and one of the characters picks up the phone and the time on the phone is 62 minutes before midnight. This year, the number in the title sequence is significant throughout the season.

"Fans took to Twitter to find out the significance of the number and for us, it is important that everything means something. We have put in clues no matter how deep you want to go, we've put something there for the fans."

'Boardwalk Empire' to end

Posted: 09 Jan 2014 07:15 PM PST

The HBO drama will end its run after five seasons.

US Prohibition-era television drama Boardwalk Empire will conclude after its fifth season, which is slated to air later this year, HBO said on Thursday.

Boardwalk Empire, a mob crime drama, stars Steve Buscemi as crooked Atlantic City, New Jersey, treasurer Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, based on Enoch L. Johnson, a corrupt and powerful political boss of the 1920s Prohibition era.

The fifth season is scheduled to premiere in the fall. The drama was created by The Sopranos writer and executive producer Terence Winter. Oscar-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese won an Emmy for his direction of the series' big-budget pilot that premiered in September 2010.

The series has won 17 Emmy awards since its debut, including Bobby Cannavale as best supporting actor in a drama series for his role as gangster Gyp Rosetti. — Reuters


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