FX Renews ‘Fargo’ for a Third Installment

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FX Renews ‘Fargo’ For Third Season? You Betcha.

Noah Hawley’s FX dance card is getting awfully full. Creator Noah Hawley is set to return to the critically-acclaimed and award-winning series, along with exec producers Warren Littlefield, John Cameron and Joel and Ethan Coen.The show, which is midway through its second season, hasn’t performed quite as well in the ratings as the first installment, but its near-universal critical acclaim and solid post-premiere numbers make the renewal no surprise.

In making the announcement, FX co-presidents Eric Schrier and Nick Grad cited Fargo’s “extraordinary” second season as well as Hawley’s “masterful storytelling,” adding, “We can’t wait to see where the third, all-new version of Fargo takes us.” No details were provided about Season 3’s premise, but if history is any indication it will feature an entirely new cast, while also maintaining some connective tissue from Seasons 1 and 2. FX today announced they’ve ordered another installment of Noah Fawley’s Coen brothers-adjacent anthology series, which is in the midst of a fabulous and fun second season. (You can read all my reviews here.) The first season took place in the mid-’00s, but Keith Carradine’s Lou Solverson occasionally alluded to an incident in Sioux Falls, SD in the ’70s, and season 2 has told that story, with Patrick Wilson as the younger Lou.

The prolific showrunner, currently under an overall deal with FX Productions, is now set to tackle a third season of his critically-cherished Fargo anthology. Inspired by the Coen brothers’ 1996 film of the same name, each installment centers on a different crime, though no word on what Season 3 will bring. “Fargo’s” first run, which was set in 2006 and starred Billy Bob Thornton, won three Emmy awards, including outstanding miniseries, two Golden Glove awards and a Peabody Award.

Season 1 detailed the hunt for a sociopathic hit man (Billy Bob Thornton) and nice-guy-turned-murderer (Martin Freeman) by a Minnesota detective (Allison Tolman). The series is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions, with MGM Television serving as the lead studio. “Fargo’s” second season follows a young State Trooper (Wilson) and his Sheriff father-in-law (Danson) as they investigate a grisly case involving a local crime family and a major mob syndicate, and a small town beautician (Dunst) and her husband (Plemons) who inadvertently get caught in the middle. It’s averaging a 0.82 rating in adults 18-49 (seventh among scripted cable shows this fall) and about 2.6 million total viewers, according to Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates. Season 2 is set in 1979 and stars Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Patrick Wilson, Ted Danson, Jean Smart, Nick Offerman, Brad Garrett and Kieran Culkin.

In his sophomore season review, Variety‘s Brian Lowry said, “FX’s frost-covered drama appears to have equaled its splendid predecessor, capturing the same off-kilter tone while actually enhancing the comedy quotient. But I think I like the idea that, you know, you watch the first three episodes of year one, and you thought, well, it’s actually not connected to the movie at all. Just as he and FX Networks CEO and President John Landgraf didn’t want to rush to put out a sub-par tale after a well-received first season, the same principle applied when deciding whether to go ahead with a third installment. If the first series deftly approximated the spirit of its movie namesake, this one works in a cheeky Quentin Tarantino vibe, with results as refreshing and bracing as the region’s abundant snow.”

Season 2 currently has a Metacritic score of 96/100, and its Nielsen ratings put it in the top 10 cable scripted series. “It’s rare in capitalism that you get to do a mic-drop,” Hawley said. “Where you go, ‘Well, I did this one good thing, I’m done.’ That was really cool, not having a gun to my head.” It can be tangential, and but that’s as far as I’ve really thought about it.” So it could be that the third season has a minimal connection to the characters from this season (or from season 1). In addition to the expected return of Fargo, he is also adapting Kurt Vonnegut novel Cat’s Cradle as a limited series and a TV pilot based on Marvel comic Legion. And we still don’t know how this story will end, who will survive (and who therefore might be available if they do a story set post-79), or what other tangential info there might be, but some possibilities just based on what we’ve seen so far: * Some sort of Karl Weathers spin-off.

Bokeem Woodbine’s pretty ageless, so this could be a sequel (if Mike lives) or a prequel charting his career before he became a fixer for the Kansas City mob. * The young Kitchen brothers. This would have to be a prequel, obviously, and would either require a third character (also possibly Mike Milligan) to speak a lot, or else reveal how they communicate to the world when they don’t have a loquacious interpreter. * Hanzee clearly has a history that the show’s barely scratched the surface of, though he’s so intertwined with the Gerhardts that I fear it might be a rehash.

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