TV Critic’s Corner

‘Fargo’ returning, with Chris Rock in starring role

Chris Rock
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Chris Rock

First the good news, and then the good news. The fourth season of “Fargo” is definitely on, and Chris Rock is going to star in it.

The FX anthology series created by Noah Hawley has been a bright spot on TV since 2014, with three distinct, cinematic, indelibly acted, well-written seasons. We’ve seen great performances so far from Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, David Thewlis, Jean Smart, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, and many more. For Rock, the role will be his first regular TV work since “Everybody Hates Chris.”

According to FX, the upcoming storyline is set in 1950, at the end of two American migrations — “of Southern Europeans from countries like Italy, who came to the U.S. at the turn of the last century and settled in Northern cities like New York and Chicago — and African-Americans who left the South in great numbers to escape Jim Crow and moved to those same cities.” The result: “You saw a collision of outsiders, all fighting for a piece of the American dream,” with the Italian mob and the black mob in Kansas City straining to keep the peace.


There’s no premiere date yet, but the season will go into production sometime early next year. I love this kind of loose time frame, where the writers of a show aren’t obliged to make new seasons every single year. Hawley and company are able to move forward when, and only when, they have a storyline they really like.

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