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The cable network’s studio arm, FX Productions, has inked Hawley and his 26 Keys banner to a two-year overall deal.
Under the pact, Hawley will continue on with Fargo and develop new projects for cable and broadcast networks.
“As is evident by the universal acclaim and extraordinary reviews pouring in for Fargo, Noah Hawley is one of the most talented writer-producers in this business,” said FX original programming president and FXP topper Eric Schrier. “His remarkable creative achievement with Fargo is a testament to his skill and ability. We look forward to continuing our relationship with him.”
Fargo launched last week to rave reviews and an impressive debut. When factoring in live-plus-3 DVR returns, Fargo collected 6.3 million total viewers.
“Making Fargo for FX has been the highlight of my career,” Hawley said in a statement Tuesday announcing the news. “A writer can search his or her whole career for a network partner who truly understands and encourages their vision. For me, the search is over. When John Landgraf announced ‘At FX, we’d rather make something great for somebody, than something good for everybody,’ I knew I’d found a home.”
At FX Productions, Hawley joins the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia gang RCG as well as Adam Reed and Matt Thompson‘s Floyd County TV (Archer, Chozen); Louis C.K. and M. Blair Breard‘s Pig Newton (Louie, the untitled Zach Galifianakis project); Wilfred‘s Randall Einhorn; Paul Giamatti and Dan Carey‘s Touchy Feely Films; and Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson’s Color Force, among others.
Hawley, repped by CAA and McKuin Frankel, previously created broadcast series My Generation. Fargo is his first cable venture. The Billy Bob Thornton starrer will tell a closed-ended 10-episode story and compete in the miniseries category at the Emmys.
Hawley told THR this month that season two of the series, if FX opts to renew it, would be a “new story with new characters.” “The sky’s the limit as far as the history of true crime in Minnesota,” he said.
“I have a second one in mind and I’ll sit down with FX and MGM sometime in May,” he said. “I’m excited to do another one. I 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.”
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