Running past their scheduled slots has become a hallmark of FX shows. Five of the 13 episodes in “Sons of Anarchy’s” most recent season ran 90 minutes (with commercials), and “The Americans” regularly overflowed its allotted hour; “Louie” gets 64 minutes a week for two half-hour episodes. Even freshman series “Fargo” has been pushing the temporal envelope, as it does with tonight’s episode “The Heap.” (The episode is, as we say in the biz, “a big one,” so watch live if you’re on the East Coast and stay clear of social media if you’re not.)
Rather than simply remind reviewers not to post their recaps 11 p.m. Eastern time, the network’s publicity department opted to do so as an arm of the Bemidji Police Department, thus:
In all likelihood, a town like Bemidji, home to “Fargo’s” intrepid detective Molly Solverson (Alison Tollman) is too small to have a dedicated Spoiler Police Department, but if they did, you can bet they’d write their emails in Comic Sans and sign off with a JPEG from “Hill Street Blues,” which even in 2006 was a pretty dated reference. As the Coen brothers’ H.I. McDonough might have said, it’s the little things that matter.