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Fargo Returns This Spring

Well, look who’s coming back!

It’s been almost three years since the last episode of Season Three was broadcast.

The show is still called Fargo, but the new series takes place in Kansas City, Missouri, in the 1950s. (Fargo has never cared much about following a  linear timeline. The first season was set in 2006, the second in 1979, and the third in 2010.)

Here’s what FX has revealed so far:

“In 1950, at the end of two great American migrations — that of Southern Europeans from countries like Italy, who came to the US at the turn of the last century and settled in northern cities like New York, Chicago — and African Americans who left the south in great numbers to escape Jim Crow and moved to those same cities — you saw a collision of outsiders, all fighting for a piece of the American dream. In Kansas City, Missouri, two criminal syndicates have struck an uneasy peace. One Italian, one African American. Together they control an alternate economy — that of exploitation, graft and drugs. This too is the history of America. To cement their peace, the heads of both families have traded their eldest sons.”

Chris Rock, in his first lead dramatic role on a television series, plays Loy Cannon, the head of an African-American crime family. Timothy Olyphant co-stars, which should give Judge Gen in The Good Place all kinds of shivers.

Fargo has been nominated for more than 200 television awards, and its Tomatometer rating has never fallen below 93%.

The fourth season will premiere on 19 April 2020.

Life without Game of Thrones

I suspect I’m not the only person who became increasingly restless, agitated, and fidgety as it got closer and closer to nine o’clock Sunday night.

For the past 10 weeks, I’ve gone through a little ritual every Sunday evening:  Pouring a glass of white wine, filling a bowl with cherries, or a plate with Wheat Thins and bleu cheese or pâté, dimming the lights, shutting down the distractions.

Getting ready for Game of Thrones.

Look, much as I love UnREAL and Fargo, Better Call Saul and Mr Robot, nothing else currently on television comes close to the epic, jaw-droppingly awesome scope and intensity of Game of Thrones.  It’s going to be a long nine-and-a-half-month wait for Season 7.

Many of the comments about the final episode mentioned the superb use of music during the final episode of Series 6.

“A Lannister always pays his debts.”  Here’s an audio-only capture of the orchestration that played while Cersei Corleone Lannister collected hers.

Childhood’s End on SyFy Tonight

Almost missed this, but no doubt there will be numerous re-runs.

Starting tonight, the SyFy channel is having a “Special 3 Night Event” based on Arthur C. Clarke’s classic 1953 science fiction novel, Childhood’s End.

Here’s a brief look at the first episode:

And immediately after Childhood’s End, it’s the season finale of Fargo on FX. Peak television indeed.

Fargo — Series 2 Trailer

The TV series Fargo was one of the happiest surprises on television last year.  Even those rare people who didn’t think the original movie was the Best Thing Ever—and I”m one of them—got caught up sly writing and in the first-rate performances of all three lead characters.  It wasn’t great television—the plot was incoherent and illogical, no matter how willing you were to suspend disbelief—but it was a hugely enjoyable way to spend Tuesday evenings in the Spring of 2014.

FX will screen another series of Fargo starting in October 2015.  This one is a prequel, set in 1979, and it looks as loopy and lovable as the first series.  The cast includes Ted Danson, Jean Smart, Kirsten Dunst, Kieran Culkin, and Jesse Plemons (“Todd” from Breaking Bad, where fans referred to him as “Meth Damon.”)