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.

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• 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, TVGuide.com 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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