Season 2 of ‘Fargo’ Will Be a Prequel Set in 1979

We already knew (well, suspected) FX was going to order a second season of the Coen Brothers' Fargo. What we didn't know was what that second season would be like. Would they follow the lead of other popular "limited series" like True Detective and introduce an entirely new storyline and cast, or would they make like American Horror Story and keep the same actors but have them play different characters?

Well, now we know the answer. According to executive producer Noah Hawley, the second will take place in 1979. However, while there will be a completely new storyline and murder(s), Season 2 won't be completely unrelated to Season 1, because it will center around a 33-year-old Lou Solverson readjusting to life after Vietnam.

If you're a fan of the show, you know who that is. However, if you haven't checked it out yet, Lou Solverson (played by Keith Carradine in Season 1) is the diner-owning father of lead character Deputy Molly Solverson, the role for which Allison Tolman was nominated for an Emmy this year. And yes, the shift back in time means the beloved Tolman will not be back.

That will undoubtedly disappoint some viewers. However, the fact that the second season will be about Deputy Solverson's dad suggests it may provide some interesting back story for the characters of Season 1. And it also suggests that it is possible Tolman might return in a future season.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. For now, just get ready to relive 1979.


FXX to Air Every ‘Simpsons’ Episode Ever (Plus the Movie) in Epic12-Day Marathon

Last November it was announced that The Simpsons were finally coming to basic cable after the Fox Broadcasting Company sold exclusive syndication rights to fellow 21st Century Fox subsidiary FXX. That was pretty good news for fans of the longest running scripted television show of all time.

However, today the news gets even better. Starting August 21 at 10 A.M. ET, FXX will show every single episode, plus the movie, one after the other in chronological order. The whole thing will take 12 days to run, ending September 1 at 12 A.M., and it will be the longest marathon in television history.

That's not the end of the good news, though. In addition to the marathon, FXX will launch their Simpsons World app in October. In addition to letting you stream full episodes, this app will also let you search episodes by character or clip, flip back and forth between the video and the script, and, of course, share your favorite quotes on social media. (Because everyone needs to know what you are doing, saying, and thinking at all times, amiright?)

So upgrade your mobile data plans and call your cable or satellite provider and order a few more DVRs. The Simpsons are coming.


Producers of Syfy’s ’12 Monkeys’ Promise the Show Will Not Just Be a Remake of the Original 1995 Film

When I first heard that the Syfy network was making a TV adaptation of the Terry Gilliam classic 12 Monlkeys, I was skeptical to say the least.

Today I'm still skeptical, but at least I know more about it.

I know, for example, that it stars Aaron Stanford (a.k.a. Pyro from the X-Men movies) and Amanda Schull (Suits). And, more importantly, I know the shows producers are dead-set on making sure the series is not just an extended remake of the movie.

"It's a complete reimagining," co-executive producer Terry Matalas said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Monday. "We were all big fans of the original film and had a deep love and respect for the material. We didn't want to just redo what the movie does."

Of course, the show will still be about a time traveler named Cole (i.e., Bruce Willis in the movie version) sent from a post-apocalyptic future to stop the plague that annihilated the human race. The difference, it seems, will be that the TV show is really going to focus on the time travel.

The producers said they really wanted to do "a gritty time-traveling show," so they're going to put this element of the story front and center, add some special effects (think Looper), and get rid of the film's ambiguity (e.g., is he from the future, or crazy?) about the subject.

What does that mean? It means Cole won't just make one trip back in time. He'll be bouncing around from one time period to the next, including visits to World War I and the 1980s.

No word yet on whether Scott Bakula will be making any cameos.


Ben Kingsley to Star in King Tut Series on Spike TV, Because Apaprently Ben Kingsley’s Really Into Projects Set Over 2,000 Years Ago

Spike TV is making a new "event series" about ancient Egyptian ruler King Tut, cleverly called Tut, and they've signed Ben Kingsley to star as Ay, the boy king's top political advisor.

Sounds kind of cool, right? The weird thing, though, is that for Kingsley this will be the third major period piece taking place in ancient times in a span of two years, and the second project about ancient Egypt. In addition to playing King Herod in Mary, an upcoming film about the mother of Jesus Christ, Kinsley will also be seen in Exodus as Nun, father of Joshua (played by Aaron Paul).

Of course, Kingsley is also working on a bunch of other, non-ancient history projects too. So he's not really doing just those types of movies. But this does point to an interesting trend in the entertainment business—namely, a shift from re-making old movies to remaking even older stories and legends.

In any case, Tut is currently in pre-production and will be shot on location in Morocco and Canada (the Morocco of the north?) for a 2015 debut.

As for what the hell an "event series" is, that's basically just industry speak for "mini series...until we decide to renew it."


NBC Is Doing a Live ‘Peter Pan’ Musical, and Christopher Walken Is Playing Captain Hook

A live television musical is not normally something I would write about, because I assume most of the people reading this blog think television musicals are—how should I put this?—incredibly lame. But Christopher Walken as a singing and dancing Captain Hook? No matter what you normally think about television musicals, that's just too weird not to be interesting.

Anyway, you may recall that last year, NBC put on a live performance of The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood that was a gigantic success to the tune of 18.6 million viewers. So now they're putting together another live musical which will air in December. It's Peter Pan and, like I said, Christopher Walken is going to play Captain Hook.

Now, despite being a renowned weirdo—and, in all seriousness, I mean that in a good way—Walken has quite a bit of experience singing and dancing. He was in Pennies from Heaven (1981) and Hairspray (2007), and we'll soon see him in Jersey Boys (2014).

Still, it's Walken as Captain Hook. If they hire Steve Buschemi to play Mr. Smee, I would totally check it out.


HBO Wants Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, Plus a Female Lead to Be Named Later for Season 2 of ‘True Detective’

In case you're late to the party, HBO's crime drama True Detective is really effing great. Starring Woody Harrelson and the resurgent Matthew McConaughey, it premiered back in January, wrapped up in March, and just yesterday earned itself whole slew of Emmy nominations.

Here's the thing, though. True Detective is one of them "anthology" series, which means every season will have a completely new storyline, a completely new set of characters and, thus, a completely new cast. And given how much ass Harrelson and McConaughey kicked, it's not going to be easy for the second season to live up to the first.

However, word on the street (and by street I mean internet) today is that HBO is gunning for Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch for the two male leads, which is good news for fans of the series. Farrell has turned into quite a fine actor in recent years, and while Kitsch's John Carter and Battleship both sucked, he was great in Friday Night Lights.

Will Season 2 of True Detective be as good as Season 1? That remains to be seen. But if these casting rumors pan out, it probably won't suck.


The 2014 Emmy Snubs Have Been Announced

Technically the Television Academy announced the 2014 Emmy nominations today. But really, they might as well have just announced which shows and actors got snubbed, because that's pretty much all people are talking about.

Of course, the reason for all the snubs is that there are literally so many good shows on television that the Academy can't possibly nominate them all. But when it's your favorite show that got snubbed, you don't want to here that sh*t.

So what was the biggest snub this year? Well, judging by the rage on social media—which is pretty much always right—that would have to be Tatiana Maslany. People don't seem to mind too much that her show, Orphan Black, got snubbed in the drama category. However, they feel pretty strongly that she should have gotten a nod in the best drama actress category. And they probably have a point, seeing as how she played like two dozen characters.

Other snubs that pissed off the internet? In addition to Orphan Black, neither The Good Wife, Homeland, nor The Americans got nominated for best drama. Meanwhile, over in comedies, Brooklyn Nine-Nine got zilch despite winning the Golden Globe earlier this year, while critical faves like Parks & Recreation and The Mindy Project also got boned.

Oh, it's worth noting that, for the first time since 1994, The Simpsons didn't get a nomination for best animated series. And the Academy also did not feel inclined to throw late night legend David Letterman a bone in his final year behind the Late Show desk. Neither he nor his writers got a single nomination.

But okay, fine. Who did get nominated? You can find a complete, printable list right here.

The Awards will be handed out Monday, August 25. They'll probably be on TV, if your interested.