In the 2014 TV adaptation of the 1996 movie "Fargo" by the Coen Brothers, one of the main characters, the female police officer Molly Solverson, is investigating a strange series of crimes happening in a small town in Minnesota.
While the TV show deviates from the movie in many ways, both in plot and characters, the character of Molly is clearly an adaptation of Marge Gunderson from the movie. They both are female cops, clever investigators and very friendly. Both are the ones driving the investigation.
There are some major differences though, and one of them strikes me the most:
While Marge from the movie is pregnant and in an unexciting but content marriage with her husband Norm, Molly from the TV show is Single.
Marge and Norm having exciting breakfast!
Seeing that the simple, traditional life that Marge leads in the movie is (at least in my interpretation) a major point of the movie because it contrasts the greed and discontent of Jerry Lundegaard, the car salesman who set the crimes in motion, I wonder why it was completely changed in the TV show.
What is the reason for the producers of the TV show changing Marge/Molly's background this drastically?
Did they maybe want to set a different focus/morale in the show? Was the personal life of Marge simply too boring for a long running TV show? Did they simply change it to make the character their own?