FX’s ‘Fargo’ is now the Emmy frontrunner for Best Miniseries

With prestigious source material and strong reviews — scoring 87 on MetaCritic — “Fargo” would have been a contender at the Emmys under any circumstance, but the stars are aligning for the FX series in more ways than one.

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First, given the increase in longform programming, the TV academy decided once again to split movies and miniseries into separate categories after three years of having them compete together. This means “Fargo” won’t have to contend with high profile telefilms like HBO’s “The Normal Heart” or Lifetime’s “The Trip to Bountiful.”

Second, HBO decided that its acclaimed anthology series “True Detective” will compete as a drama series instead of a miniseries, where it might have been tough to beat.

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Now it appears that “Fargo” is also a bona-fide hit, drawing more than four million viewers for its premiere, including 1.79 million in the key demo (18-49), and those numbers are bound to increase when time-shifted viewing is taken into account.

Does that mean “Fargo” is unbeatable for Best Miniseries? Consider our editors: this time one month ago we collectively ranked it fourth, but now are unanimous in declaring it the frontrunner.

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Our editors back up their predictions with heaps of praise:

Tom O’Neil: The first episode is a white-knuckle ride that you will never, if you survive, shake. The next few episodes are socko, too. “Fargo” looks like it will blast through the Emmys like an unstoppable juggernaut.

Marcus Dixon: Unlike HBO’s bland, tepid “True Detective” (which is a miniseries no matter how they try to sell it to the Emmys), “Fargo” is an eye-popping thrill ride from start to finish. Full of colorful characters — particularly those played by Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, and Allison Tolman — memorable dialogue and so much blood you’d think you were watching “The Walking Dead,” “Fargo” is sure to snag a bunch of Emmy noms. But nominations alone simply won’t do; FX’s new anthology series deserves to WIN.

Chris Beachum: I was highly skeptical that FX would be able to pull off a televised “Fargo,” but they have far exceeded my expectations. It is my favorite new project of the past 12 months.

Rob Licuria: Let’s give FX a huge round of applause – what they have here with Fargo is a sure thing. I was skeptical at first because I love the film so much; but this just blew socks off. A definite frontrunner in the Miniseries race, for sure.

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