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Archer Renewed for 3 More Seasons

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The hit FX animated comedy, “Archer” has officially been renewed for three more seasons! That is quite a large renewal contract BUT the seasons will only be 8 episodes long rather than the 13 episode most seasons have gotten in the past. The news was announced by Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Presidents of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions.

“Archer” is an animated, half-hour comedy that revolves around a former spy agency turned private investigation firm and the lives of its employees. The Figgis Agency presented all new challenges for the former spies in Season 7, the most difficult of which might have been the move to Los Angeles. Every seedy surveillance of a suspected adulterer or investigation into insurance fraud was actually just another excuse for the staff to undermine, sabotage and betray each other for personal gain.

“We can’t say enough about what Adam, Matt and the entire Archer team at Floyd County have done to keep this series so insanely funny and vital through seven seasons,” said Grad. “The move to Los Angeles this past season as private detectives was just the latest twist in Archer’s legendary exploits and the next three seasons will to be just as amazing and unpredictable. We are thrilled to continue making great TV with our friends and colleagues at Floyd County.”

The series features the voices of H. Jon Benjamin as Sterling Archer, Aisha Tyler as Lana Kane, Jessica Walter as Malory Archer, Chris Parnell as Cyril Figgis; Judy Greer as Cheryl/Carol Amber Nash as Pam Poovey; Adam Reed as Ray Gillette; and Lucky Yates as Krieger.

The series was created by Adam Reed and Floyd County Productions and is executive produced by Reed and Matt Thompson. The show is produced by FX Productions.

Jon Hamm Could Play Archer in Live-Action Film

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The hit FX animated series “Archer” could be heading towards a live action film and even better JON HAMM could be playing Sterling Archer. Matt Thompson told The Daily Beast he wants Hamm to play the titular character should the animated series go to live action film.

Hamm pretty much looks JUST LIKE Archer even though the voice is all H. Jon Benjamin.

“It’s Jon Hamm,” says Thompson, firmly. “If Archer goes live-action, I do believe it will be Jon Hamm. Maybe you could do it with Jon Benjamin’s voice coming out of him? I don’t know. Adam is always like, ‘I don’t know if I want the movie to be live-action because I want it to be Jon Benjamin!’ But if it is live-action—and if it is not Jon Benjamin—it is our greatest hope that it would be Jon Hamm. I can say that with confidence.”

However, Thompson added that there probably won’t be a movie as long as the series. “Archer” just aired its Season 7 finale.

“Archer” features the voices of Benjamin as the highly-skilled and incredibly vain master spy, Sterling Archer; Aisha Tyler as Archer’s fellow agent and ex-girlfriend, Lana Kane; Jessica Walter as Archer’s domineering mother and spy agency director, Malory Archer; Chris Parnell as the easily intimidated comptroller-turned secret agent, Cyril Figgis; Judy Greer as Malory’s loquacious, dingbat secretary, Cheryl; Amber Nash as the discordant director of human resources, Pam Poovey; Adam Reed as the gay voice of reason, Ray Gillette; and Lucky Yates as the spy agency’s possibly mad scientist/ possibly clone of himself, Krieger.

Currently there are no concrete plans to get a live action film but there are talks and that is a big deal.

FX’s The Americans Renewed for Final Two Seasons

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FX has decided that their popular series, “The Americans” will conclude its extraordinary series run on FX with two more seasons. The news was announced earlier this week y Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. According to the announcement, a 13-episode fifth season will air in 2017, followed by a 10-episode sixth and final season in 2018.

Schrier said,

“Through its first four seasons, critics have lauded ‘The Americans’ as one of the best shows on television and, remarkably, a series that keeps getting better every year. All credit for that achievement goes to everyone who has worked on the show, and especially Co-Showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, Graham Yost, our brilliant stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, Allison Wright, Holly Taylor, Annet Mahendru and the ensemble cast for their incomparable performances every season. We have no doubt that this two-season order will allow Joe and Joel to tell this story to its perfect conclusion. On behalf of our producing partners at Fox 21 Television Studios and Amblin TV, we look forward to a brilliant final act of the Jennings family saga.”

Fox 21 Television Studios President Bert Salke added

“I echo the sentiments of our friends at FX in congratulating Joe, Joel and everyone at ‘The Americans’ on creating one of the most critically acclaimed, thought provoking and spectacularly acted television shows ever to be broadcast. It remains our privilege to partner with FX Productions on this series, and while we are already mourning the eventual end, we are grateful to FX for this generous two-season pickup that enables the show to go out on its own terms and gives the creators time to craft a final stretch as satisfying as the show itself.”

The series is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. during the Reagan administration. The arranged marriage of Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but as the pressures and demands of the job grow heavier, the personal toll becomes almost too exhausting to bear. Having revealed their true identities to their teenage daughter Paige (Holly Taylor), Philip and Elizabeth must keep her best interests at heart while ensuring that their cover identities, and thus their lives, remain protected. Their previous missions have already placed Philip and Elizabeth in great jeopardy. Martha (Alison Wright), a valued secretary at the FBI whom Philip married while undercover, has been an invaluable source of intel. However, when her cover is nearly blown, Philip must make increasingly difficult decisions to ensure her safety and allegiance. The Jennings’ neighbor, FBI Agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), could also prove to be a renewed threat. His KGB lover/asset Nina (Annet Mahendru), having failed to turn him against the U.S., was sent back to Moscow to face an unsure fate. With Nina gone, Stan has made an effort to become closer with his family, and has formed a bond with the Jennings’ 12-year-old son, Henry (Keidrich Sellati). He has also cultivated his relationship with KGB officer Oleg Burov (Costa Ronin), behind the back of Oleg’s boss, Director of the KGB Rezidentura Arkady Ivanovich (Lev Gorn). Stan’s newfound dedication to wiping out Directorate S has also led him to become suspicious of Martha’s uncharacteristic behavior. As he begins to investigate what’s been in front of him all this time, he might finally get closer to uncovering the “Illegals” – Philip and Elizabeth – that have eluded him for so long.

 “The Americans” has wowed critics and fans for years. It has won several awards  including Outstanding Achievement in Drama from the Television Critics Association Awards (2015), Best Drama Series from the Critics’ Choice Television Awards (2015), a 2015 Primetime Emmy Award (Margo Martindale, Guest Actress in a Drama Series) and a Peabody Award (2015). The series also received AFI Awards for TV Program of the Year in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Ewan McGregor Joins Fargo Season 3 in Two Roles

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The third season of “Fargo” just got a double dose sexy. According to a report from EW, Ewan McGregor has been cast in the upcoming season in TWO roles. According to series executive producer Noah Hawley, season 3 will take place four years after the first season, in the year 2010.

McGregor will play brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy who are officially described as:

 

“Emmit Stussy is the Parking Lot King of Minnesota. A handsome, self-made, real estate mogul and family man, Emmit sees himself as an American success story. His slightly younger brother, Ray Stussy, on the other hand is more of a cautionary tale. Balding, pot-bellied, Ray is the kind of guy who peaked in high school. Now a parole officer, Ray has a huge chip on his shoulder about the hand he’s been dealt, and he blames his brother, Emmit, for his misfortunes.”

Hawley has also revealed that another character from the first season would be returning in the third season but it has not been revealed who that may be.

“As far as I know, there is one [character returning],” FX president John Landgraf previously said at TCA. “That doesn’t mean [Hawley] might not change his mind and there might not be more.”

“Fargo” season 3 will begin production later this year and will premiere on FX in 2017.

First Look At Ridley Scott’s New Series Taboo, Starring Tom Hardy

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FX doesn’t shy away from the gratuitious or taboo in many of their popular shows and their upcoming series is really taking that to heart. “Taboo” from Ridley Scott and starring Mad Max: Fury Road star Tom Hardy is an eight episode series based on an original story by Hardy and his father, Chips Hardy. Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders)created the series, which FX picked up in November of 2014.

“Taboo” is a period drama taking place in 1813. It follows  rogue adventurer Keziah Delaney (Hardy) who has returned from Africa bearing 14 ill-gotten diamonds. Delaney, driven by a need for vengeance over the death of his father, has refused to sell his family’s business to the East India Company, putting a target on his back. Setting out to build his own trade and shipping empire, Delany finds himself in the middle of a very deadly game.

You can watch the first teaser trailer for this brutally bloody drama from 17th century England below. It looks to be intense and thrilling and as usual Hardy will be dangerously compelling.

FX Renews Fargo For Third Season

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FX has officially renewed the brilliant show, “Fargo,” for a third season. The news was announced via a press release from Eric Schrier, president of original programming for FX.

In the release, he praised the show’s performance, reception, and amazing direction.

“Year two of Fargo is an extraordinary achievement,” said Schrier. “And, given Noah Hawley’s masterful storytelling, we can’t wait to see where the third, all-new version of Fargo takes us.”

Despite being renewed, he gave us no details about whether the third season would continue on with the same characters, change storylines, or change timelines.

 

There is also no detail on when the third season will premiere.

New Trailer for Season 2 of “Fargo”

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Season 2 of FX’s television adaptation of “Fargo” is almost here and they have released a new trailer set to Dr. John’s “Right Place Wrong Time.”

Set in 1979 Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota, Lou Solverson (played here by Patrick Wilson) investigates the sticky diner murder, while also watching his back for one Watergate name drop, Ronald Reagan, passing through town on his campaign.

Season 2 features Jesse Plemons, Brad Garrett, Bruce Campbell, Kirsten Dunst, Jean Smart, Jeffrey Donovan, Patrick Wilson, Kieran Culkin, Nick Offerman, and Ted Danson.

You can watch the trailer below:

‘New Girl’s’ Max Greenfield Joins ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’

As “American Horror Story: Hotel” fills up its cast, a new face has joined the upcoming season of veterans. “New Girl” star, Max Greenfield, has officially joined the anthology series for its fifth season.

Ryan Murphy, the series showrunner, tweeted that Greenfield would appear “like you’ve never seen him” and hinted at a potentially fatal storyline, writing that he’ll be “checking in to the hotel … but not checking out.”

Greenfield joins Lady Gaga, Matt Bomer, Angela Bassett, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson,Kathy Bates, Chloe Sevigny, Wes Bentley and Cheyenne Jackson.

 The fifth season of “American Horror Story” will take place in a haunted hotel and is set to debut in October. Greenfield will also appear in the fifth season of Fox’s New Girl, which will debut in January.

Jenny Slate Lands Her Own FX Pilot

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Jenny Slate, adorable human, has officially gotten a pilot for a television series at FX. According to Deadline, details about the plot of the show are remaining under wraps but what we do know is that the series will be written by Elisabeth Holm and Gillian Robespierre, who directed Slate in Obvious Child.

Slate recently starred in the independent film Obvious Child that was critically acclaimed. She also already stars in the television series “Married” with Judy Greer, Nat Faxon and Bret Gelman as Jess, a free-spirited woman married to a much older man.

She has previously appears in recurring roles as Mona Lisa in “Parks and Recreation” and Tammy in “Bob’s Burgers.” She has her own animated series that she voices called “Marcel the Shell.”

More details for her FX pilot are to follow but if it is anything on par with “Always Sunny” or “The League” than we can expect something magical.

Fargo Season 2 Story Revealed

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The upcoming second season of “Fargo” has finally revealed some key story details courtesy of showrunner Noah Halway. According to Halway, the second season will be “a lot bigger” than the first.

EW also got their hands on a page of the script for the second season which you can see below. The script for the 1979 setting in the second season shows a few motivations for the character of Peggy Blomquist, to be played by Kirsten Dunst.

Playing opposite Dunst is “Breaking Bad’s” Jesse Plemons as her husband in the season, Ed Blomquist. The duo will find themselves caught in a war between a local crime gang and a major mob syndicate.

Halway said,

“The scope of the story-telling this season is a lot bigger, it has more of an epic feel to it. It’s not the ’70s in a Boogie Nights kind of way.”

Like the first season, season two of “Fargo” is loosely inspired by the Coen brothers’ film of the same name but with new stories and characters.

You can see the script below:

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