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.