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'The Americans': Noah Emmerich on Stan's 'dark and difficult' season 2 journey

You would think that as an FBI agent, Noah Emmerich’s Stan Beeman would have it a little easier than most of the characters on FX’s hit spy drama — but not so much. Last season, he became involved with Russian informant Nina Sergeevna (Annet Mahendru), who turned out to be a double agent of sorts. And as we saw from his reactions in Wednesday night’s episode, “New Car,” his personal and professional life are pretty close to disintegrating completely. “It’s sort of a painful place that we find him in,” Emmerich admits, speaking about his character’s journey so far in season 2. “He’s struggling.”

EW spoke with Emmerich about how Stan is adapting to his painful struggle, how his relationship with Nina has affected him, and what he thinks is in store for Stan as we head into the home stretch of the season.

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'Fargo' premiere ratings lukewarm

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Ah geez: While FX’s Fargo miniseries is drawing strong praise from critics (including our own) and viewers, Tuesday’s premiere ratings were a tad slushy, don’t ya know: A total of 4.2 million viewers tuned in for the first episode, with 1.8 million adults 18-49 (and that includes the drama’s first two encore telecasts).

That’s about the same as the launch of FX’s The Bridge last summer, a title that lacked the name recognition and star power of Fargo (which has a cast that includes Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton). You could also compare it to FX’s The Americans, which delivered 4.7 million viewers for its series premiere last January, and was just renewed for a third season Wednesday. READ FULL STORY

'Louie': Louis C.K. jumps in dark new teaser -- VIDEO

Louis C.K. is no stranger to dark material — in his FX show Louie, his character has found himself fearing for Parker Posey’s life as she discussed jumping off a building and trying to talk an old comedian friend out of committing suicide. But in the latest teaser for the show’s upcoming fourth season, Louie’s the one flirting with death.

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'Fargo' premiere: Martin Freeman talks THAT scene

(This story features Martin Freeman talking about Tuesday’s episode of Fargo. Spoilers below!)

Aw, jeez — we didn’t see that coming.

Yes, Martin Freeman’s mild-mannered Lester Nygaard was in the middle of one very bad day when we met him in Fargo‘s premiere. And encountering a dangerous drifter like Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) — while you’re in the hospital, thanks to your old high-school bully — would be enough to put anyone on edge. But even when Lester’s wife seethed, “You’re not a man, Lester. You’re not even half a man,” we didn’t think he’d kill her.

Freeman unleashed Lester’s frustration in a thrilling display of desperation and pent-up rage — then offered a glimpse at the insurance salesman’s potentially devious side when Lester concocted a plan to actually get away with murder.

We talked to Freeman about the scene and Lester’s motivations, as well as how a taste for sin changes this unlikely criminal. READ FULL STORY

Martin Freeman on why he normally would have turned down 'Fargo'

Martin Freeman prefers to be a bit of a drifter.

“It’s not like a life choice where I just want to live in a part forever,” the actor says of his preference for close-ended work. “That’s the joy of the job for me: In a little while, I’ll be playing somebody else with a different load of people.”

Between filming The Hobbit and Sherlock, Freeman had two stipulations for the next project he would take on: He didn’t want to do series television, and he didn’t want to travel far from his London home. Then he received the script for the FX drama Fargo, inspired by the 1996 Coen brothers film of the same name. It ticked both boxes. And yet he soon found himself filming for five months in Alberta, Canada, starring in an American TV show.

“When I was sent the script for Fargo, Joe, my American agent, said, ‘I know it’s TV, but this is 10 episodes — it’s finite,’” Freeman recalls. “The reason I’ve never gone for pilot season even as a younger actor, and wouldn’t entertain that sort of thing now, is the idea of signing a piece of paper that binds me for six or seven years. So [Fargo] was already interesting. I read the script and that was enough for me. A very good script that only lasts 10 episodes was like, ‘Great! That’s right up my street.’” READ FULL STORY

'Unfair' HBO knocked for 'True Detective' Emmy bid

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FX chief John Landgraf accused HBO, Showtime and Netflix of engaging in “unfair” Emmy submission practices by stretching the definitions of popular categories to score more award-season gold.

First Landgraf told reporters at his network’s upfront presentation to advertisers in New York on Wednesday that submitting True Detective as a drama was an “unfair” move, both because of the show’s stand-alone format and because networks are able to draw outsized A-list talent like Matthew McConaughey with the promise of single-season deals. “My own personal point of view is that a miniseries is a story that ends, a series is a story that continues,” Landgraf said. “To tell you the truth, I think it’s actually unfair for HBO to put True Detective in the drama series category because essentially you can get certain actors to do a closed-ended series — a la Billy Bob Thornton in Fargo or Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in True Detective — who you can’t get to sign on for a seven-year [regular drama series] deal.”

The Wrap reported these initial comments, then Landgraf spoke to EW by phone to elaborate. The executive called the issue a “respectful debate” with his cable rivals. “It doesn’t make sense to put actors who signed on to do one year and perform the beginning, middle, and end of a character against those who are only showing one-fifth or one-sixth of that character’s journey in a season,” he said. “Matthew McConaughey is doing work every bit as good as [FX's Americans star] Matthew Rhys, but he’ll be competing against like one-sixth of the other actor’s performance. It doesn’t strike me as particularly fair. And I can see the entire series category eventually stacked with movie actors who signed on for one series of a show.” READ FULL STORY

FXX renews 'It's Always Sunny' for two more seasons, orders Tracy Morgan comedy series

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is about to become one of the longest-running live action comedies in TV history: FX Productions just reached a three-year deal with Sunny creators Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, and Rob McElhenney and their company, RCG Productions, that includes orders for seasons 11 and 12 of the show.

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Watch the first seven minutes of FX's 'Fargo' -- VIDEO

Aw, jeez – there’s trouble in Minnesota again. And FX is giving us a sneak peek of what’s brewing.

The network’s hotly anticipated new anthology series Fargo – a dark comedy inspired by the Academy Award-winning Coen brothers film of the same name — isn’t set to premiere until April 15. Thankfully, the network has released the first seven minutes of writer Noah Hawley’s adaptation of the cult hit, which features a new story and characters.

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'American Horror Story: Freak Show': Who's in? Where is it set? New season 4 details -- EXCLUSIVE

Fans have been hoping that the new season of American Horror Story would be set at a carnival, and they’re not soooo far off. Co-creator Ryan Murphy announced via his Twitter account that season 4 will be called Freak Show. But what does that mean exactly? EW has uncovered exclusive new details about the secretive season.

Set in Jupiter, Florida, in 1950, Freak Show finds Jessica Lange playing a German ex-pat who is managing one of the last freak shows in the U.S. Her group of “unusuals”? Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, and Frances Conroy all play performers whom Lange’s character has rescued; Denis O’Hare and Emma Roberts are also in talks to return. Freak Show’s 13 episodes will track this group as they do anything to keep their business around.

Billy Crystal returning to TV in FX's 'The Comedians'

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It’s official — Billy Crystal is returning to television, and he’s bringing funnyman Josh Gad with him.

FX announced Wednesday that it has ordered 13 episodes of The Comedians, a single-camera comedy series that takes us behind the scenes of a late-night sketch show. Crystal will star as a famous comedian who is, much to his dismay, paired up with Gad (1600 Penn, Frozen, The Book of Mormon). Stephanie Weir, Matt Oberg, and Megan Ferguson will also star.

The role marks Crystal’s return to television, as it will be the comedian’s first regular appearance since starring as Jodie Dallas in the ABC comedy Soap from 1977 to 1981.

The Comedians, based on a Swedish series, will be produced by Fox Television Studios and written and executive produced by Larry Charles (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld), Matt Nix (Burn Notice), and Ben Wexler (Community, Arrested Development). It also includes both actors in behind-the-scenes roles — Gad will serve as producer, with Crystal serving as an executive producer. READ FULL STORY

FX's 'Fargo' teaser: Kate Walsh sings for her dead husband, Martin Freeman has quite the day -- VIDEO

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“Ya don’t say?” FX has released another teaser for its new limited series Fargo, inspired by the Coen Brothers’ 1996 film of the same name, and it looks just as full of ice, accents, and crime.

The preview begins with Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Sherlock) — who plays insurance salesman Lester Nygaard, looking like he has been punched in the face — Billy Bob Thornton, who plays mysterious drifter Lorne Malvo, sitting together in a hospital waiting room. “What a day,” Lester says, in that classic Midwestern drawl. Among the clip’s highlights is Private Practice alum Kate Walsh, playing former stripper and mother Gina Hess, creepily smoking and singing with pleasure about her dead husband.

Though it’s unrelated to the film and features several new characters and plots, the TV series touches on the same core themes. Its cast also includes Colin Hanks as police deputy Gus Grimly, Oliver Platt as Stavros Milos, Adam Goldberg as Mr. Numbers, and Comedy Central’s Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele as FBI partners Bill Budge and Webb Pepper, respectively. Check out the preview below: READ FULL STORY

FX's 'Louie' season 4 to premiere May 5

After a 19-month long wait, the Emmy-winning, critically-acclaimed FX comedy Louie will return in May.

From the mind of Louis C.K., creator/exec producer and star, the fourth season of Louie will premiere on Monday, May 5th at 10 p.m., with two all new back-to-back episodes at 10 and 10:30 p.m. for seven consecutive weeks through June 16th. That’s 14 brand new opportunities to fall in love with Louis and his hectic life as a comic and dad. FX had originally only ordered 13 episodes for the season, but Louis C.K delivered a special bonus 14th episode as a thank you for the wait. 

“Louis said he needed extra time between seasons three and four of his show because – even though Louie was the most critically acclaimed television comedy series in America – he needed to make it even better,” said John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions. “Based on the first three episodes we’ve seen, remarkably, he accomplished his goal.”

In 2012, Louis C.K. won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and the following year, the show made history by becomig the first comedy series on a basic cable network to receive an Emmy Award nomination in the category of Outstanding Comedy Series.

 

'Sex and the City' alum John Corbett to co-star in Denis Leary's FX rock comedy pilot

John Corbett is set to rock out with Denis Leary on the small screen.

EW has confirmed that the Sex and the City actor will co-star  alongside Leary in FX’s comedy pilot Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, which is written and produced by the Rescue Me alum.

Leary plays Johnny Rock, an aging rocker who ruined his dreams of being rich and famous as the lead singer of New York’s legendary early 1990s band The Heathens. Twenty-five years after breaking the band up on the same day their first and only record was released, Johnny, now a broke bartender, tries to get everyone back together, including Flash (Corbett), the much-acclaimed former lead guitarist of The Heathens who helped originally form the band.

Corbett returns to FX after starring in the short-lived poker comedy Lucky. His other TV credits include United States of Tara and a role as another aging rocker on NBC’s Parenthood. 

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