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'Night Court' alum cast as Lindsay's mom on 'Chicago P.D.'

26 August 2014 5:59 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

We’re about to find out if Chicago P.D.’s Lindsay has mommy issues.

Night Court and Hearts Afire alum Markie Post has been tapped to play Erin Lindsay’s mom, Bunny, for a multi-episode arc on the NBC drama, EW has confirmed. A bartender in a dive bar, Bunny has been estranged from her daughter, but looks to reconnect now that she’s in a new relationship.

Post will first appear in the season 2 premiere, airing Sept. 24 at 10 p.m. on NBC. »

- Natalie Abrams

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John Ritter's Son Tyler Talks About His Late Father and His New Comedy

17 July 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

You might know Parenthood's Jason Ritter as the late John Ritter's actor son, but he's not the only one. After guest-starring in a handful of TV shows, Jason's younger brother, Tyler, scored the lead in The McCarthys, one of CBS's Fall comedies. The series's cast and producers appeared during the Summer TCA, and Ritter took the opportunity to discuss how his brother and father influenced his career. "I was very impressionable as a young kid," he said. "I grew up around the set of Hearts Afire, and I got to see my father enjoy himself at his work, and any young child who sees that starts taking notes subconsciously. I got to see my brother [Jason] on The Class, just loving every second of it, all the while getting to make a couple hundred people laugh every week. I don't actively try to emulate their work; I think we »

- Maggie Pehanick

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Billy Bob Thornton Hopes Emmy Nod Will Help Him Get a Job

10 July 2014 10:19 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Since his early days on the '90s sitcom “Hearts Afire,” Billy Bob Thornton largely stayed away from television — a career path that worked for him, given his three Oscar nominations and his win for writing “Sling Blade.” But the 58-year-old actor, writer and director came back to TV with a vengeance for the miniseries “Fargo,” in which his portrayal of of the implacable killer Lorne Malvo landed him one of the show's 17 Emmy nominations. Also read: Emmy Nominees: The Complete List How significant are awards to you? Well, I think they're very significant. For actors, it begets work. And since. »

- Steve Pond

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'Fargo's' Billy Bob Thornton on What TV Can Teach the Film Industry

15 April 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton returns to the small screen with FX's Fargo, an anthology series inspired by the "Minnesota nice" that helped the Coen brothers earn an Oscar nomination for the film starring William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi. In the 10-episode drama from showrunner Noah Hawley, Thornton plays Lorne Malvo -- the big bad opposite Martin Freeman's bumbling car salesman Gus Grimly  -- in his first series regular role since he co-starred in Hearts Afire. Here, The Hollywood Reporter talks with Thornton about returning to TV, what the film industry can learn from the risks that broadcast

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Billy Bob Thornton talks 'Fargo,' 'Entourage,' and why he'll never direct again

15 April 2014 8:37 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

Billy Bob Thornton has played some devilish characters, but never one as frightening and fascinating as Fargo’s Lorne Malvo. Malvo is a mysterious grim reaper of sorts who lives by a strict code of malevolence — one that has a way of rubbing off on the innocent souls around him. In the premiere of FX’s new series, which airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. Et, a chance encounter with pathetic pushover Lester Nygaard (Sherlock’s Martin Freeman) leads to some very bad things in the small town of Bemidji, Minn.

The two actors — whom you may remember co-starred in Love Actually, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Interview: 'Fargo' star Billy Bob Thornton discusses going dark for FX

14 April 2014 9:10 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

On the Calgary set of FX's "Fargo" last month, most of the cast was there either shooting or dropping by on an off-day to chat with a group reporters. Billy Bob Thornton couldn't make it, but sent his regrets and expressed the desire to talk to all of the assembled scribes pre-premiere. That's the sort of thing you hear a lot in-the-moment, but doesn't normally come to pass. Things slip through the cracks and nobody's really to blame. People get busy. Billy Bob Thornton followed through.  After a series of crossed wires and adjusted schedules, the Oscar-winning "Slingblade" scribe checked in last Sunday morning, delayed only because he got caught-up watching early baseball, which immediately gives us something in common. "You can imagine what I think about your team," Thornton drawls. He's famously a Cardinals fan. I'm not-especially-famously a Red Sox fan. "You guys just creamed us twice," Thornton admits, »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Billy Bob Thorton on FX's 'Fargo' and 'a Haircut Gone Wrong'

14 April 2014 5:36 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

New York (AP) - After failed attempts and broken dreams, by golly, someone went and put "Fargo" on series TV.

The 10-episode season premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. Edt on FX. And it mesmerizes. As a furtherance of the 1996 crime classic by Joel and Ethan Coen that starred Frances McDormand, William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi, the TV adaptation is a wonder.

Like that movie, the series is set in rural, snow-glazed Minnesota, but 20 years later (in 2006), and is stocked with new characters, deadly mischief and a bounty of stars including Allison Tolman as a bright-eyed deputy and Martin Freeman as a nebbishy insurance salesman (distant echoes of the roles played by McDormand and Macy in the film). Also on hand are Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Oliver Platt, Kate Walsh, Keith Carradine, Adam Goldberg, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, and more.

At the core of its deliciously deranged narrative is Lorne Malvo, »

- The Associated Press

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Briefs: A Family Friendly “Walking Dead,” “The Giver” Gives Us An All-Star Cast, And The Gop Picks A Winner

19 March 2014 2:28 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »


Birthday shoutouts go to Garrett Clayton (above), who is 23, the faboo Glenn Close is 67, and Ricky Wilson would have been 61.

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Here’s the trailer for FX’s Fargo, which premieres April 15th, and features Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Adam Goldberg, Colin Hanks and many others. I believe this is Billy’s first TV series since Hearts Afire

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