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Salon's guide to what to watch on Wednesday: The Coen brothers' highly entertaining crime dramedy "Fargo" airs on TMC.


Salon Staff
October 17, 2007 2:00PM (UTC)

Prime Pick

Can you believe it's been more than 12 years since Joel and Ethan Coen's crime dramedy "Fargo" (8 p.m. EDT on TMC) hit the big screen? What might surprise you even more is how entertaining this film still is the second or third time you see it. It's clear why Frances McDormand's performance as Marge Gunderson, a pregnant, small-town cop investigating a kidnapping, won her an Oscar for best actress. Ranging from hilarious to melancholy, "Fargo" blurred traditional genre boundaries and demonstrated how a comedy can be odd and unpredictable, but still feel as weighty as a straight crime drama. Arguably the Coen brothers' best film to date (it won the Oscar for best original screenplay), "Fargo" is definitely worth a second look -- or a first, if you're lucky enough to have never seen it.

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Also…

ABC's surreal dramedy "Pushing Daisies" airs at 8 p.m. EDT, and Fox's new sitcom "Back to You" (8 p.m. EDT) is still worth watching, if mostly for some wicked one-liners by Fred Willard's odd weatherman. Damian Lewis plays a quirky detective out for revenge on NBC's "Life" (10 p.m. EDT).

On the talk shows

Regis and Kelly

ABC, 9 a.m. EDT

Anthony Hopkins, Casey Affleck

The View

ABC, 11 a.m. EDT

Special on breast cancer

Ellen DeGeneres

Syndicated, check local listings

Janet Jackson, Nicolai Calabria

Oprah Winfrey

Syndicated, check local listings

Bill Cosby

Charlie Rose

PBS, check local listings

John Negroponte

Larry King

CNN, 9 p.m. EDT

Joy Behar, Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Oz

Jon Stewart

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT

Jake Gyllenhaal

Stephen Colbert

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT

Garry Kasparov

David Letterman

CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT

Rebecca Romijn, Jimmie "J.J." Walker, LeAnn Rimes

Jay Leno

NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT

Sen. Barack Obama, Keith Urban, Orny Adams

Tavis Smiley

PBS, check local listings

Vicente Fox

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT

Angie Harmon, Scott Foley, Chromeo

Conan O'Brien

NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT

Anthony Hopkins, Joe Buck, Mute Math

Craig Ferguson

CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT

Ian McKellen, Jena Malone, Avril Lavigne

Contributors: Megan Doll, Heather Havrilesky, Eryn Loeb, Amy Reiter


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