via press release:
FXM TO AIR NEW YEAR’S DAY MARATHON
OF FX’S EMMY® AND AFI AWARD WINNING MINISERIES FARGO
All 10 Episodes to Air in Chronological Order
First Two Episodes to Air Commercial-Free
Additional Episodes to Air with Limited Commercial Interruptions
LOS ANGELES, December 23, 2014 – FXM will kick off the New Year with a marathon of Fargo, FX’s Emmy and AFI Award winning miniseries, on January 1 beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT. The marathon will feature all 10 episodes from the critically-acclaimed limited series, in chronological order, with the first two episodes airing commercial-free and additional episodes airing with limited commercial interruptions.
An adaptation of the classic Academy Award® winning feature film of the same title by Joel & Ethan Coen, Fargo featured an all-new “true crime” story and followed a new case and new characters, all entrenched in the trademark humor, murder and “Minnesota nice” that made the film an enduring classic. Oscar® winner Billy Bob Thornton starred as “Lorne Malvo,” a rootless, manipulative man who meets and forever changes the life of small town insurance salesman “Lester Nygaard,” played by BAFTA Award® winner and Emmy-winning Martin Freeman. Colin Hanks played Duluth Police Deputy “Gus Grimly,” a single dad who was forced to choose between his own personal safety and his duty as a policeman when he came face-to-face with a killer. Allison Tolman also starred as “Molly Solverson,” an ambitious Bemidji deputy. Fargo was written by Noah Hawley. Hawley, Warren Littlefield, Joel & Ethan Coen and Geyer Kosinski served as executive producers.
Fargo received a 2014 AFI Award and garnered an astounding 18 Emmy nominations, winning three awards: Outstanding Miniseries; Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special (Colin Bucksey); and Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or Special (Rachel Tenner). Most recently, Fargo earned five Golden Globe® Award nominations for Best Performance by an Actor (Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman), Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Colin Hanks), Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Allison Tolman) and Best Miniseries or TV Movie.
Production on the next installment of the Fargo franchise will begin January 2015 in Calgary and the miniseries is slated to premiere next fall on FX. Golden Globe Award nominated Kirsten Dunst and Breaking Bad’s Jesse Plemons have signed on to star in the next chapter, set in 1979 Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota.
Emmy Award winning Executive Producers Noah Hawley (showrunner/writer), Joel & Ethan Coen, Warren Littlefield and John Cameron all return for the second installment. Fargo is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions, with MGM Television serving as lead studio and worldwide distributor of the series.
ABOUT FX NETWORKS
FX Networks, a business unit of 21st Century Fox, is comprised of the networks FX, FXX and FXM and the video on-demand app FXNOW. FX, the flagship general entertainment basic cable channel, launched in June of 1994 and is carried in more than 95 million homes. The diverse schedule features a growing roster of critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas series, including Justified, The Americans, Tyrant, The Strain and the upcoming Taboo; the critically-acclaimed miniseries American Horror Story, Fargo and the upcoming miniseries American Crime Story; acclaimed hit comedy series including the award-winning Louie, Archer, Married and upcoming The Comedians, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll and Baskets. FX’s roster of acquired hit series includes Two and a Half Men, In Living Color and Mike & Molly. FXM (formerly Fox Movie Channel) was launched in October of 1994 and is now carried in more than 51 million homes. Its schedule features classic films during the day (FXM Retro), and contemporary box office hits and acclaimed, award-winning films in the evening, as well as short-form award-winning original programming. FXX, the newest network, launched in September 2013 and is carried in more than 77 million homes. Geared towards a young adult audience, the schedule features original series, movies, and acquired series. The channel is anchored by the acclaimed hit comedies It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, You’re the Worst and the upcoming Man Seeking Woman (Jan. 2015) and The Untitled Tracy Morgan Project (TBD). FXX is also the exclusive cable home to The Simpsons, the longest-running comedy in TV history.