Holy Hot Pockets: Jim Gaffigan Joins ‘Fargo’

By October 28, 2016


It’s been a couple months since Jim Gaffigan shut down his comedy on TV Land to spend time with his family, but now he has a new gig.

gaffiganmug102816The comedian, known for his Hot Pockets and Bacon Bits viral hits, has joined the third season cast of FX’s Fargo. There, according to The Hollywood Reporter, he’ll play police deputy Donny Mashman, where he’ll likely share a number of scenes with one of the third season’s stars, Carrie Coon.

Of course, not much else is known beyond that except for reports that this season of Fargo will take place in 2010, shortly after the events depicted in the first season. However, none of the actors from the first season are scheduled to return.

Like the previous outings, Fargo has attracted some big-name talent. This time around it’s with the likes of Ewan McGregor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Coon. McGregor is probably most popular in geekdom for his work as Obi-Wan Kenobi in George Lucas’ Star Wars prequel trilogy as well as the young Ed Bloom in Tim Burton’s Big Fish.

McGregor, who will play brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy, is set to appear in a sequel next year to his 1996 sleeper hit Trainspotting as well as play Lumiere in Disney’s live-action take on Beauty and the Beast.

Winstead, who plays parolee and bridge game aficionado Nikki Swango, starred in 10 Cloverfield Lane earlier this year, as well as the short-lived CBS series BrainDead.

Coon will play the kind of police chief, Gloria Burgle, we’ve become accustomed to in the world of Fargo – set in her ways, matter-of-fact, and not too keen on how the world has progressed without her. Coon most recently starred in HBO’s The Leftovers and played Margo Dunne in 2014’s Gone Girl.

Fargo will air its third season in early 2017 on FX.

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