FX is renewing two of their critically-acclaimed shows for another season: The heavily Emmy-nominated Fargo and impressively popular Louie.
For Fargo‘s second season, Writer-producer Noah Hawley will once again act as showrunner. Reportedly, the second season will also revolve around a new batch of characters, and if you saw the first season, you know why a continuing story arc for many of these characters just wouldn’t be possible. Though the series involved a cast of very well-known stars such as Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman, much of the show’s standout moments came from police-officer Molly Solverson (Emmy-nominee Allison Tolman) and quirky Coen-esque supporting characters like Oliver Platt, Bob Odenkirk, and Keegan-Michael Key & Jordan Peele (yes, that “Key and Peele”).
John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks said of the show:
“We could not be more proud of Fargo…Noah’s [Hawley] audacious, bordering on hubristic riff on my favorite Coen brothers film earned 18 Emmy nominations—the most for a single program in our history. Fargo was nothing short of breathtaking and we look forward to the next installment.”
Landgraf went on to talk about the comparisons of Fargo and True Detective, which are both anthology shows with one-off story arcs. What happened in the first season of True Detective will have nothing to do with the second and the same goes for Fargo‘s sophomore season. The CEO also dropped what sounds a little like Fightin’ Words by claiming Hawley’s writing on Fargo was superior to True Detective creator’s Nic Pizzolatto: “I think True Detective is going to have to prove it’s not just a vehicle for movie stars [next season].”
The series relied on a star like Billy Bob Thornton to bring attention and publicity to the first season. That worked brilliantly as Thorton ended up playing one of the best roles of his career, and Lorne Malvo was easily one of the most watchable villains of recent television. The second season has some big shoes to fill but it sounds like FX is confident in its showrunner.
It’s also good news for fans of Louie C.K. as his critically-acclaimed comedy-series Louie was also renewed for another season. The fifth season is scheduled to consist of seven episodes and set to premiere on FX in the spring of 2015.
“Louie’s fourth season was once again groundbreaking. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking — always thought provoking,” Stated Landgraf. “The show went to narrative and cinematic places no comedy has gone before and we look forward to seeing what Louis comes up with next.”
Both series are some of the best on television and FX has shaped an impressive roster which also includes series like: Sons Of Anarchy, The Bridge, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Archer, and The Strain (verdict is still out on this one as far as popularity or critical reception but it’s not looking too good).
We’ll have to wait till next year to see what either show will hold for both fans, critics, and the genuinely curious. Will you be watching?