With temperatures dropping into the negatives across the U.S. today, it seems appropriate to get a bit of casting news for TV’s most snow-friendly show.
FX announced today the rest of its cast for “Fargo” Season 2. Ted Danson (“Cheers,” “Bored to Death”), Patrick Wilson (“Angels in America,” “A Gifted Man”) and Jean Smart (“Harry’s Law,” “Samantha Who”) are all set to join the previously announced stars Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons in the second season of Noah Hawley’s anthology series.
Wilson is set to take over the role of Lou Solverson — previously played by Keith Carradine — in the ’70s set period story. Wilson’s Solverson is a Navy veteran four years back from Vietnam, now living a clean-cut life in Minnesota as a state patrolman. Danson will play’s Lou’s father-in-law Hank Larsson, the Sheriff of Rock County, Minnesota. Smart, meanwhile, may have the juiciest role of the bunch. She’s set to play Floyd Gerhardt, the matriarch of the Gerhardt crime family.
While the core lineup is looking plenty enticing, the guest stars aren’t so bad either. Nick Offerman, Brad Garrett, Kieran Culkin, Bokeem Woodbine, Jeffrey Donovan and Angus Sampson are all set to appear in “Fargo” Season 2, with production set to begin January 19 in Calgary.
Also of note: the announcement comes mere hours before HBO takes the stage in Pasadena for its 2015 Winter TCA panel. Though obviously unconfirmed, it seems highly unlikely FX accidentally timed its “Fargo” release to coincide with (and possibly overwhelm) any big news coming from HBO. The two have been at competitive odds since HBO won the rights to “True Detective.” “Fargo” was FX’s response to HBO’s freshman sensation, and the two companies/shows are set to have it out this Sunday at the Golden Globes.