July 21, 2014 9:20am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Fargo' Renewed for Second Season at FX
FX is returning to Fargo.
Two weeks after Noah Hawley's anthology series garnered 18 Emmy nominations, FX has renewed the series for a second season, FX announced Monday during its portion of the Television Critics Association's summer press tour, which also included a renewal for comedy favorite Louie. The series will be back for a new "true crime" story of 10 episodes with an all-new cast of characters and new time period. Season two will debut no sooner than the fall of 2015.
"We could not be more proud of Fargo," said FX CEO John Landgraf. "Noah's 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."
Inspired by the Coen brothers' Academy Award-winning feature film, the FX series revisited the same "Minnesota nice" and starred Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman and newcomer Allison Tolman. Hawley (My Generation) created the series as a 10-episode closed-ended movie-like story that would reboot itself every season in a fashion similar to FX's ever-changing American Horror Story.
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His vision for the FX show — which was ordered straight-to-series — was to pick up the morning after the film's Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) goes to bed after cracking the case in the movie. The showrunner previously told THR that he envisions Fargo as a metaphor for a true crime story in which truth is stranger than fiction. Ahead of Fargo's premiere, Hawley envisioned season two as a "new story with new characters."
During its freshman run, the critical darling from MGM Television and FX Productions averaged 1.9 million total viewers over its 10-episode run. Hawley and his 26 Keys banner inked a two-year overall deal with FX Productions in April, a week after the series opened to rave reviews and 6.3 million total viewers when factoring in three days of delayed DVR viewing.
As for the future of Fargo, Hawley told THR in April that he already had a second season in mind and "could probably see my way clear in doing a third 10-hour movie, but I don't really know past that if it's worth doing or whether it's just good to move on to the next thing. It's a great new option that you have in television — to tell different stories and move around from story to story as opposed to locking into 10 seasons."
Hawley penned all 10 episodes of Fargo's freshman run. The show, which he exec produces alongside Warren Littlefield as well as Joel and Ethan Coen, was his first foray into cable.
For FX, Fargo joins a roster of original dramas that includes American Horror Story, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, The Strain, The Americans, The Bridge and Tyrant.