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Published March 28 2013

TV version of 'Fargo' movie to premiere on cable channel FX next spring

It’s official – the TV version of the movie “Fargo” is coming next spring to a small screen near you.

Cable network FX recently gave a green light to the TV show based on the 1996 Oscar-winning dark comedy, according to John Solberg, FX Network’s senior vice president of public relations.

The first announcement about the show was made at the network’s annual Upfront presentation in New York on Thursday morning.

Solberg said FX has ordered a limited series of 10 hour-long episodes of the show, which will begin filming in the winter for a spring 2014 premiere.

“Everybody’s really excited about it,” Solberg said.

Minnesota natives Joel and Ethan Coen, who created the “Fargo” film, will return to be executive producers of the series. Noah Hawley, who has past writing credits for Fox’s “Bones” and other shows, adapted and wrote the new show’s script.

“Fargo,” the film, followed a pregnant Minnesota police chief (Frances McDormand) investigating two criminals (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) hired by a car salesman (William H. Macy) to kill his wife, all while spoofing our accents, winters and stereotypes.

According to Solberg, no casting or directing decisions have been made yet for the new show. Filming locations have also not been decided, he said.

Charley Johnson, president/CEO of the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the upcoming show is likely to be a good thing for the city.

“Any news is never bad news,” Johnson said. “It’s another highlight for our city on a national basis.”

Johnson hopes the new show will have some ties to the city of Fargo.

“Hopefully at least a little bit will be set here,” he said, adding that he plans on calling the Coen brothers’ New York production company to “put in a word with them.”

FX has developed a reputation for creating critically successful shows like “Sons of Anarchy” and “Justified,” and Solberg says viewers should expect the same for the new “Fargo” series.

“Our track record for awards, for critical acclaim and hit series, is pretty good,” he says. “We put television shows on that we believe in. And we’re just really excited about this show.”

“When you consider that it’s being adapted from one of the greatest films ever made, it’s a pretty impressive thing,” he adds.