TVLine Items: Colin Hanks Joins Fargo, Fox Orders SNL Scribe Comedy Mulaney and More

Colin Hanks Cast FargoColin Hanks has boarded FX’s new limited series Fargo.

Inspired by Joel and Ethan Cohen’s 1996 cult-hit film of the same name, the Noah Hawley-penned project will feature a new true crime story, as well as new characters.

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Hanks — who joins the previously cast Martin Freeman (Sherlock) and Billy Bob Thornton (Bad Santa) — will play a lawman who is forced to choose between his personal safety and his legal duties when he encounters a killer.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• Fox has given a 16-episode series order Fall TV Series Mulaney Foxto Mulaney, a multi-camera comedy from Saturday Night Live scribe John Mulaney and his SNL bossman Lorne Michaels. Based loosely on Mulaney’s life, the project — on which NBC passed during pilot season — follows an aspiring comedian (Mulaney) living under the influence of his boss (played by Martin Short, another SNL alum), roommates and neighbors.

• As previously (and excitedly) reported, Bob Newhart is set to reprise his Emmy-winning role as Professor Proton on The Big Bang Theory this season — and now we know when. Newhart will drop by the CBS juggernaut on Thursday, Nov. 7. Bill Nye (Science Guy/recent Dancing With the Stars castoff) also appears in the half hour.

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• Erstwhile Bunhead Bailey Buntain will guest-star in an upcoming episode of Baby Daddy, reports, playing Ben’s vivacious new love interest.

• ABC is developing a talk show hosted by Oscar-winning actress/comedienne Monique (Precious), per The Hollywood Reporter. The syndicated series could bow as soon as September 2014.

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  1. Zach says:

    Colin Hanks is a really underrated actor. Loved him in The Good Guys.

  2. Sarabi says:

    Go, Mulaney, go! :)

  3. I’m not surprised that Mulaney is given a second chance this time on a different network (Fox). Guess I was totally bummed out when John Mulaney wasn’t going to be part of the new feature players on SNL this season. :-(

  4. Steven says:

    Bummed that John Mulaney isn’t going to be the new Weekend Update Anchor. Even more bummed that this is a multi camera sitcom on Fox. They don’t even have a successful comedy to launch this after. Hope it does well for him though. he’s a great talent!

  5. Aleksa says:

    Yay, excited for Mulaney’s show!

  6. Paul says:

    Mulaney is awesome. This will be great if it gets Mindy Project off the air any sooner.

  7. dude says:

    Yay another talk show!

  8. Joey says:

    Glad Colin will back on tv again in a mini series. Happy Mulaney’s show got pickup by Fox.

  9. Amanda says:

    What is Monique’s talk show replacing? What is on the ABC daytime chopping block?!

    • Tess says:

      Weird that ABC would even be considering replacing anything on its daytime roster considering recent gains for General Hospital and The Chew and The View are doing well… what’s left? Katie? I thought that was doing respectable numbers so there doesn’t seem much need to replace that… Is Rachel Ray going off? Are they reclaiming the old Oprah hour? Seems like those are the only two options left to consider…