You are a TV executive, and given a very important question: With ratings in mind, which show should you invest in for the 2013-14 television season? Is it: a) a J.J. Abrams-produced mystery about all of Earth’s cats mysteriously disappearing? b) a spin-off of The Voice called The Belch, in which celebrity judges anonymously rank burps for cash money? c) a spin-off of Gallery Girls called Gallery Dudes? or d) a reboot of a 16-year old black comedy about murders in a tiny Midwestern town?
Did you mark your answer yet? Surprise! It’s d). FX is developing a television series based off of Fargo, the 1996 Coen Brothers classic about a sheriff trying to solve a murder case. What’s more, it’s officially sanctioned! As Deadline reports:
Joel and Ethan Coen are bringing one of their signature movies to television. FX has closed a deal to develop Fargo, an hourlong project loosely based on the Coen brothers’ 1996 comedic crime drama. The Coens will serve as executive producers on the project, which will be written/executive produced by The Unusuals and My Generation creator Noah Hawley. Warren Littlefield also will executive the project, which will be co-produced by MGM Television and FX Prods.
The involvement of the Coens can’t be a bad thing, as their dark sensibility is what made the Fargo world go ’round. FX has also put out a few good shows as of late, such as Louie and Wilfred. On the other hand… really? An hour-long drama built around a movie that resolved all there was to resolve, and probably wouldn’t feature any of its original characters? Why not call it something else if you’re just trying to make a mystery that takes place in a cold town? Something like, Cold Town Mysteries. I don’t know, man. I guess we’ll see, as with all things.