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NBC’s Taken casts Adam Goldberg as Series Regular

Producers for NBC’s Taken cast Adam Goldberg as a series regular. Mr Goldberg will play a hacker with dry wit who is also eccentric, highly intelligent, and a tech elitist. Fans have already seen Mr Goldberg play aspects of this role in Ridley Scott’s Deja Vu with Denzel Washington and in the shortlived ABC dramedy The Unusuals. In Deja Vu, Mr Goldberg played Denny, a Ph.D. level physicist on government research project that allowed observers to view a moment four and a half days in the past. As Denny, Mr Goldberg displayed dry wit and great intelligence. Mr Goldberg rattled off

NBC’s Taken casts Adam Goldberg as Series Regular
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Taken Season 2 Adds Adam Goldberg

Taken Season 2 Adds Adam Goldberg
Adam Goldberg has joined the cast of NBC’s Taken, marking the second addition to the action-drama’s Season 2 rejiggering.

Weeks after the series was renewed for the 2017-18 TV season, TVLine reported that Gaius Charles (who played John), Brooklyn Sudano (Asha), Monique Gabriela Curnen (Vlasik), Michael Irby (Scott), Jose Pablo Cantillo (Dave) and James Landry Hébert (Rem) would not be returning, while Clive Standen (Bryan Mills) and Jennifer Beals (Christina Hart) will.

Explaining that the half-dozen excised characters had not been defined enough, “We just took a look at what the essence of the show was and tried to focus in on that,
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‘Legion’: Creator Noah Hawley on Taking FX Series Beyond X-Men

‘Legion’: Creator Noah Hawley on Taking FX Series Beyond X-Men
TV’s first live-action X-Men series does not have many X-Men in it. In fact, FX’s “Legion” pilot boasts only one character from the Marvel comic books about so-called mutants. There is no Magneto, no Jean Grey, no Wolverine. There is definitely no Deadpool. The word “mutant” isn’t even mentioned until halfway through the episode.

If “Legion,” which premieres Feb. 8, feels like a distant cousin to the movie franchise that has grossed almost $4.4 billion worldwide for Fox since the first “X-Men” premiered in 2000, that is by design.

The designer is Noah Hawley, the writer- showrunner who pulled off the impossible by adapting the Coen Brothers’ cult-classic film “Fargo” into a critically acclaimed television series. For his next trick, Hawley will attempt the unimaginable yet again: reinventing the superhero genre with a show about an obscure character plucked from the bowels of a franchise whose recent screen iterations have prompted whispers of fan fatigue.

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Miles Teller: His best performances so far

One of my favorite young actors, Miles Teller has been gaining steam as emerging A-lister over the last couple of years. This week, Teller is getting the same treatment that fellow near A-lister Jonah Hill got from me a few days ago from yours truly, in honor of their upcoming film War Dogs. Teller is very good in the film, as he pretty much always is, and even if it probably won’t launch his star any higher, it’s another interesting role in his quickly growing oeuvre. He deserves the attention, that’s for sure, so we’ll be showering him with it a bit more today… Once again for those of you who are curious, War Dogs is dramedy about two young men who became unlikely gun runners. It’s based on the true story of David Packouz (Teller) and Efraim Diveroli (Hill), who inexplicably won a $300 million
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Why FX's 'X-Men' spin-off 'Legion' won't be tied to the movies

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Why FX's 'X-Men' spin-off 'Legion' won't be tied to the movies
Yesterday was a big day for Noah Hawley. Before the Fall, his fifth book — and his first since becoming the award-winning creator and showrunner of FX's Fargo — debuted to rave reviews(*) and a spot at the top of Amazon's bestseller list. And FX chose Hawley's publication date to officially order Legion — an X-Men spin-off of sorts (in the comics, the character is Professor X's son, but the show won't be connected to the films at all) starring Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart, and Rachel Keller — to series. (*) I raced through my copy of the book — which cuts back and forth between the story of a man who survived a plane crash and the backstories of the passengers who died — then went back and reread large chunks of it again and again. It's fantastic. Part of Hawley's day involved an appearance at Word Bookstore in Jersey City, where we talked
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‘Fargo’ Creator Noah Hawley Making Feature Directing Debut With ‘Man Alive’

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‘Fargo’ Creator Noah Hawley Making Feature Directing Debut With ‘Man Alive’
Noah Hawley is a TV vet whose credits include Bones, The Unusuals, and My Generation, but he’s probably gotten the most attention for creating and showrunning Fargo. FX was so pleased with the results that it quickly set up two more projects for him, the Kurt Vonnegut adaptation Cat’s Cradle and the X-Men-inspired Legion, in addition to a third season of […]

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Television that Home Video Forgot: Starved (2005)

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Starved

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Created by Eric Schaeffer

Produced by Daniel Hank

Aired on FX for 1 season (7 episodes) from August 4, 2005 – September 15, 2005

Cast

Eric Schaeffer as Sam

Laura Benanti as Billie Frasier

Sterling K. Brown as Adam Williams

Del Pentecost as Dan Roundtree

Show Premise

A group of four New York friends, each suffering from eating disorders, attend meetings at “Belt Tighteners”, an independent support group that uses shame based techniques to help improve their eating habits. The group centers mainly on Sam, a commodities trader who is anorexic who compulsively overeats a special brand of chocolate snack. He is in love with his bisexual friend Billie, a local singer/songwriter, who is an alcoholic as well as an anorexic bulimic. They frequent a local diner with pals Dan and Adam to discuss their food issues after their meetings. Dan is a novelist who is afraid that his weight is affecting his marriage,
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Review: 'Fargo' - 'Did You Do This? No, You Did It!': Family feuds

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Review: 'Fargo' - 'Did You Do This? No, You Did It!': Family feuds
A review of tonight's "Fargo" — which FX just renewed for a third season — coming up just as soon as you see why they called me the Breakfast King of Loyola... "This family? Deserves the ground." -Simone "Did you do this? No, you did it!!" is perhaps the series' most overtly Coen-y episode by far, with nods at various points to "The Big Lebowski" (Hank offers to cut off his toe, Mike Miligan says "Sometimes, there's a man," and we hear a version of "I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" twice), "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" ("O Death" plays), "Miller's Crossing" (Bear not only takes Simone out to the barren woods to kill her, but we hear "Danny Boy" as he prepares to do it), and even "Fargo" itself (Hank's wife died in Brainerd). For the most part, I've enjoyed these tips of the trooper's
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Person of Interest: Fargo's Josh Close to Recur During 'Best Season Ever'

Person of Interest: Fargo's Josh Close to Recur During 'Best Season Ever'
Person of Interest will feature at least one fresh face during its upcoming season.

VideosPerson of Interest Season 5 Sneak Peek Finds the Team Trading Faces

Josh Close, who played brother to Martin Freeman’s Lester Nygaard during Season 1 of FX’s Fargo, will recur on Season 5 the CBS drama, co-showrunner Greg Plageman told TVLine on Saturday night at a party celebrating the series’ 100th episode.

Plageman offered no details on Close’s role, other than to say he plays a “very interesting” character — in what is poised to be the series’ strongest season to date, in the opinion of
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Television that Home Video Forgot: My Generation (2010)

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My Generation

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Created by Peter Magnusson and Martin Persson. Developed for Us television by Noah Hawley.

Produced by ABC Studios, Stockholm-Copenhagen Productions, 26 Keys Productions

Aired on ABC for 1 season (8 episodes, 6 unaired) from September 23, 2010 – September 30, 2010

Cast

Michael Stahl-David as Steven Foster “The Overachiever”

Daniella Alonso as Brenda Serrano “The Brain”

Mehcad Brooks as Rolly Marks “The Jock”

Kelli Garner as Dawn Barbuso “The Punk”

Jaime King as Jacqueline Vachs “The Beauty Queen”

Julian Morris as Anders Holt “The Rich Kid”

Keir O’Donnell as Kenneth Finley “The Nerd”

Sebastian Sozi as the Falcon “The Rock Star”

Anne Son as Caroline Chung “The Wallflower”

Show Premise

The show is essentially a fake docudrama TV series that purportedly began in the year 2000, wherein the documentary crew followed a group of nine graduating students from a high school in Austin, Texas and interviewed them about their current lives, interests, career goals, and aspirations after they graduate.
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‘Fargo’ Showrunner Noah Hawley on Season 2 and Thinking Like a Coen Brother

‘Fargo’ Showrunner Noah Hawley on Season 2 and Thinking Like a Coen Brother
When Noah Hawley’s Emmy-winning FX limited series “Fargo” returns for a second season in October, nearly everything fans fell in love with in season one will be gone.

Say goodbye to Billy Bob Thornton’s malevolent Malvo, Martin Freeman’s bumbling Lester — even the snow-capped landscapes have melted away (it wasn’t planned, but weather conditions in the show’s Calgary locations were more moderate the second time around).

The revamp is one of the boldest experiments yet in the fast-growing anthology series genre pioneered by “American Horror Story” — and most recently bungled by HBO’s “True Detective.”

Or as Hawley jokingly calls it, his second “dumb idea.”

“The first dumb idea was to do it at all — to take ‘Fargo,’ this beloved classic, and turn it into a television show,” he says in a conference room on the Fox lot in early August, where he’s working on
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FX’s ‘Fargo’ gets a full trailer for its upcoming second season

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Among one of the more notable entries in the 2013-2014 television season was the FX series Fargo. Having previously garnered acclaim for shows such as The Shield, Louie, and Justified, the new series on the channel, brought onboard by The Unusuals creator Noah Hawley, also received critical praise during its first season. Interest in the series increased, however, when it was revealed that the second season would change the time period and focus on a nearly new set of characters, as well as a new mystery.

The new season is poised to be set in 1979, with the first season’s cast replaced by Patrick Wilson, Ted Danson, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Nick Offerman, Brad Garrett, and Bruce Campbell. The season will be set in Sioux Falls, North Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota, and will make its premiere in October. Ahead of the second season’s release, a full trailer has now been released,
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Spotlight on the Stars: Miles Teller

For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at an up and comer who’s just joining the A-list, but one who does so with the potential to go to some extraordinary places. I’m talking of course about Miles Teller, someone who really could turn out to be the best actor of his generation. A mix of John Cusack and Vince Vaughn (plus his own unique flavor), Teller is going places, plain and simple. He’s only got about 20 credits to his name, but in his short time on the big screen he’s already established himself as someone worthy of the A-list. Teller got his start pretty quickly when, after only a few appearances in shorts and a guest spot on the TV show The Unusuals, he was cast in a main supporting part opposite Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole. An Oscar player all season long,
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Original Soundtrack for FX's Critically Acclaimed Series Fargo Set for Release July 1st

[Press Release] Sony Music is proud to announce the release on July 1 of the soundtrack for Fargo, the 10-part critically acclaimed television series for FX produced by MGM Television and FX Productions, featuring music composed by Jeff Russo. Jeff Russo is a songwriter, composer, guitarist, vocalist and producer. He came to prominence as founding member, lead guitarist and co-songwriter of the American rock band Tonic, recipients of two Grammy® nominations, with whom he still plays. Recently, he has had a prolific career composing scores for feature films, TV programs and commercials, including the ABC dramas The Unusuals and My Generation, The Discovery Network's FreeFall, the USA network series Necessary Roughness, the CBS network mini-series Hostages, and most recently the Starz...
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‘Fargo’ Composer Jeff Russo Finds Strength In the Silence

‘Fargo’ Composer Jeff Russo Finds Strength In the Silence
In FX’s limited series “Fargo,” a chance encounter causes an innocent man’s life to spiral out of control with deadly consequences. It’s trademark Hitchcock territory if it wasn’t inspired by the Coen Brothers’ 1996 theatrical feature, which makes this a particularly malevolent landscape ruled by Murphy’s Law: anything that can go wrong will go wrong. (The series’ principal villain is named Malvo, after all.)

Like its predecessors, this re-imagined “Fargo” is rivetingly cinematic, from its nuanced performances to the meticulously crafted production values. Of particular note is Jeff Russo’s spare yet strikingly detailed score.

Perhaps the music’s most compelling characteristic is its contradictory qualities; it evokes a kind of Grimm’s fairy-tale dichotomy, where Minnesota’s winter wonderland quickly turns into a nightmarish landscape. In a strange way, the series’ underscore can be both soothing and unnerving at the same time.

When show creator Noah Hawley,
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Fargo: how to make great TV from a great film

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The spate of TV shows currently being adapted from films could learn a great deal from FX’s Fargo

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Twelve Monkeys. Scream. From Dusk Till Dawn. Fargo. Us networks are steadily transforming the TV listings into the ‘New Releases’ shelf of a 1996 Blockbuster. We can either stamp our feet with ‘why aren’t there any new ideas?’ rage whenever a new film-to-tv adaptation is greenlit, or we can do what we’ve always done with new shows: sift through the pile to see what actually works.

Fargo, nearing the halfway point in its Us and UK broadcasts, works.

Messing with a much-loved, much-respected film like Fargo was a risk. Screw up a TV version of Jingle All The Way and who’ll care, but screw up Fargo? You’d be the devil himself. NBC’s Warren Littlefield, now producing the FX series, passed on a Fargo TV pitch in
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Interview: 'Fargo' co-star Adam Goldberg on Asl challenges and Calgary cold

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Interview: 'Fargo' co-star Adam Goldberg on Asl challenges and Calgary cold
In March, I was on the Calgary set of FX's "Fargo" and I got to talk to most of the show's main stars, including Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Keith Carradine, and Colin Hanks and Joey King. I also chatted with producers Noah Hawley and Warren Littlefield and, before the premiere, I interviewed Billy Bob Thornton as well. The characters on the reimagined take on the Coen Brothers' Oscar winner are compelling and that gives everybody involved plenty to discuss, so I hope to keep checking off members of the eclectic cast plenty to talk about. Up next? Adam Goldberg, who was introduced in the second episode as a fiery hitman whose name has never been given. Official FX literature says that Goldberg is Mr. Numbers, while Russell Harvard's character is Mr. Wrench. Apparently, we aren't going to learn anything more than that. Mr. Numbers and Mr. Wrench are
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Review: 'Fargo' - 'The Rooster Prince'

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Review: 'Fargo' - 'The Rooster Prince'
A review of tonight's "Fargo" coming up just as soon as I find a human foot in a toaster oven... Episode 1 of this strange new Coen-adjacent adventure kept things relatively simple. We got to know the perpetually bullied Lester, got to appreciate Lorne Malvo's role as a homicidal bringer of chaos, got to appreciation the relationship between chief Vern and deputy Molly, then saw how the murder of Sam Hess triggered all sorts of problems and additional violence. It's not the 1996 movie in microcosm, but it's a small enough story that one might wonder how Noah Hawley intends to get 10 episodes out of it. With "The Rooster Prince," Hawley makes very clear that he's got many weeks of material here, as he introduces several major new characters and plot threads. Sam Hess's murder is the inciting incident, but there's an awful lot more going on here. Because the murders of
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Fargo Recap: Series Premiere “The Crocodile’s Dilemma”

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Neither part of the term "original adaptation" fully applies to FX's new limited series Fargo, even if it's branded as such.It evokes a sense of the original Ethan and Joel Coen film without using the same characters, yet it's full of callbacks. There are currently many series on air that tie in with movies: NBC's Hannibal (a prequel of sorts to Silence of the Lambs), A&E's Bates Motel (a prequel to Psycho), and even NBC's comedy About a Boy (like Fargo, it is "inspired" by the world of the movie). What they have in common is that each series is at its best when its the farthest away from its source material. Once it becomes its own interpretation of the world it's using as a base, it gets stronger. With Fargo, it may take a few episodes for that to develop, but once it does, there's great potential.
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FX’s ‘Fargo’ is as good as the Coens’ masterpiece

Before I sat down with the first four episodes of FX’s limited series, Fargo, premiering April 15 at 10Pm, I reacquainted myself with the 1996 Coen Brothers’ crime classic. It’s been over a decade since I last saw the film and like a winter squall blustering through, my memories of it had become buried deep in snow. However, after this viewing, I had this insatiable desire to soak in this world for a longer duration.

It wasn’t just any small town that had been rocked by bloody murders and criminal activity, it was this specific ivory landscape that stretched as far as the eyes could see. Its citizens were as foreign and distant as Hawaii or Alaska as were their special brand of talk and affection. Fargo felt like the Coens picked up a snow globe unlike any other and then gifted it to everyone who had seen the film.
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