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