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Why There's No Marge In FX's 'Fargo' Series, and What Made Billy Bob Thornton Believe That Television Is Now 'Where It's At'

Why There's No Marge In FX's 'Fargo' Series, and What Made Billy Bob Thornton Believe That Television Is Now 'Where It's At'

Ever since the Joel and Ethan Coen's film "Fargo" premiered in 1996, people have been trying to turn it into a television series. Bruce Paltrow and Robert Palm pitched an adaptation of the Minnesota crime story to NBC in 1997, but VP of entertainment Warren Littlefield ended up passing on it, calling it "a network television version of an iconic and brilliant film -- my fear was we would disappoint the audience." CBS ended up making a pilot for the project, directed by Kathy Bates and starring a pre-"Sopranos" Edie Falco as Marge Gunderson, that didn't get picked up to series. FX's upcoming "Fargo" series, which will premiere on Tuesday, April 15th at 10pm, is different. Firstly, the Coen brothers are actually on board as executive producers, and secondly, the 10-episode season won't tell the same story as the film, instead trying to capture the feel and setting with new

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