Was FX’s “Fargo” season two premiere party a success? You betcha.
Creator Noah Hawley and stars of the new chapter of the limited series like Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst descended on Arclight Hollywood for a screening of the first episode on Wednesday. There, FX president and g.m. John Landgraf lauded the show by reading the many, many complimentary reviews of the season — including the one written by Variety TV columnist Brian Lowry.
“It was a series inspired by Joel and Ethan Coen’s film ‘Fargo’ … I say ‘inspired’ because the TV show is a creation of Noah Hawley and is entirely it’s own story,” said Landgraf, adding that with season two, “Noah has once again stared down the woodchipper of fate and pulled off a miraculous feat. He’s created something entirely new and that is every bit as equal to his predecessors.”
Hawley started his speech with a reference to some of the recurring quirky dialogue heard in “Fargo’s” second season, a prequel to the first season that goes back to the 1970s with Patrick Wilson as a good cop in a small town and a grisly case involving a triple homicide at a Waffle Hut diner.
“OK then,” he joked. “I like to say is what else I can get away with? For me, there’s a fun to this business and this job and the idea that every challenge that we face is an opportunity for a creative solution to a problem. But really, the motto should be what else can we get away with because this is a team sport. A lot of my early days in this business, I was trying to get away with from the networks that I was working for where the notes you would get would be to try to get you into a more convenient box or a more familiar box … Now the ‘we’ includes my amazing cast … and my producing partners Warren Littlfield and John Cameron and the studio MGM and, of course, our fearless network.”
After the screening, the cast and crew down the street to join fellow FX personalities like “You’re the Worst” creator Stephen Falk and cast members from “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” at nightclub Le Jardin. Drinks flowed and sliders were passed and nary a waffle iron nor a revolver were seen.
“Fargo’s” second season premieres at 10 p.m. on Oct. 12 on FX.
(Pictured: Noah Hawley, Kirsten Dunst and Patrick Wilson at the “Fargo” after-party)