Fans of the FX series Louie and Fargo can breathe a sigh of relief, as both shows were picked up for an additional season on Monday. While neither show has put up huge numbers when it comes to respective TV ratings, Louie and Fargo have performed exceptionally well with critics, making their renewal more or less set in stone.
For Fargo, the renewal caps off a remarkable first season that saw the series receive 18 Emmy nominations, the most ever for a single show in FX’s history. “We could not be more proud of Fargo,” FX Chief Executive John Landgraf said. “Fargo was nothing short of breathtaking, and we look forward to the next installment.”
Inspired by the Coen brothers film of the same name, Fargo is an anthology series from showrunner Noah Hawley that takes place in the same world as the Coen brothers film but exists independently. Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, and Colin Hanks, Fargo revolves around Lorne Malvo’s (Thornton) journey through Bemidji, Minnesota, where he sets in motion a series of bizarre events that lead Deputy Molly Solverson (Tolman) and Duluth police officer Gus Grimly (Hanks) to team up in order to solve a string of murders.
But like FX’s American Horror Story, the second season of Fargo will include a completely new cast of characters, a different time period, and a new closed-ended story that’s independent of the series’ first season. Consisting of another 10 episodes, Season 2 will debut no earlier than fall 2015.
Louis C.K.’s comedy series Louie was likewise hit with some Emmy nominations of its own, receiving five Emmy nods for outstanding comedy series, lead actor, writing, directing, and casting. Having recently concluded its fourth season, the series has now been nominated for 13 Emmys in total, winning once for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series in 2012 for its second season.
A difficult series to define, Louie can be best described as a drama-comedy revolving around a fictionalized version of Louis C.K. and his experiences in New York City. The series is generally presented in extremely loose form, something FX’s Landgraf describes as “extended vignettes,” in which it might make the most sense to think of them as visualized, long-form jokes — many of which are purposely unfunny. And in recent seasons, Louis C.K. has continued to push the boundaries of what his show is meant to be, often elevating it to new new heights in the process.
“Louie’s fourth season was once again groundbreaking,” Landgraf said. “Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking – always thought-provoking. 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.”
Unlike the two-year gap between the third and fourth season of Louie, fans of the series won’t have to wait too long this time around. According to Landgraf, the new seven-episode season will be ready for a spring 2015 premiere.