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FX renews 'Fargo', with a new cast and story, and 'Louie'

Billy Bob Thornton in 'Fargo'


Billy Bob Thornton in 'Fargo'



Well, this isn't really a surprise, but it's welcome news nonetheless: FX announced at the 2014 Summer TCA Press Tour today that its first-year drama Fargo is returning for a second season. Fargo, which ended its first season in June, cleaned up in the Emmy nominations announced earlier this month.

Writer-producer Noah Hawley had teased that the anthology series based loosely on the 1996 Coen Brothers movie would likely be back, but since the first season was a contained story with a clear ending, it wasn't a sure thing.

So it makes sense that Fargo's second season, also 10 episodes like the first, will feature a new cast (see ya, Billy Bob!), a different time period setting and a new story. Hawley will again be the showrunner.

Here's the obligatory statement from FX CEO John Landgraf: "We could not be more proud of Fargo. Noah's audacious, bordering on hubristic riff on my favorite Coen brothers film earned 18 Emmy nominations, the most of a single program in our history. Fargo was nothing short of breathtaking and we look forward to the next installment."

Indeed, season 2 has a lot to live up to.

In other FX news, Louis CK’s comedy Louie was also renewed today. The show will be back for a fifth season that will air next spring. Great news! Less great news: FX says it's ordered a seven-episode season from CK. Aw, man. We got spoiled with this year's 14-episode run.

[Last modified: Monday, July 21, 2014 12:47pm]


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