Time for Jim Gaffigan to buy one of those hats with the ear flaps, because he’s heading to Fargo. The actor and stand-up comedian will be part of the FX series’ upcoming third season, TVLine has learned.
Gaffigan will play police deputy Donny Mashman, who works with Chief Gloria Burgle (The Leftovers‘ Carrie Coon) at the Eden Valley PD.
Season 3 of Fargo (premiering in Spring 2017) focuses on a pair of lookalike brothers, both played by Ewan McGregor. The older of the two, Emmit, is a good-looking, self-assured real estate magnate known as the Parking Lot King of Minnesota. His younger sibling, Ray, is a flabby parole officer who blames Emmit for his sorry state of affairs.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (BrainDead) and Scoot McNairy (Halt and Catch Fire) will co-star.
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In August, Gaffigan announced that he and his wife, Jeannie, decided not to continue with his eponymous TV Land comedy series past Season 2. “We realize this may surprise some and we don’t make this decision lightly. It is hard to say goodbye to this highly personal passion project, which we have nurtured and poured our hearts into for over five years,” he posted on social media at the time. “However the time commitment to make the quality of show we wanted was taking us away from our most important project, our five children.”
In addition to his own series, Gaffigan’s TV credits include My Boys, Bob’s Burgers, Ed, Law & Order and Portlandia.