FX has announced its renewal decisions on the dark comedy/drama series "Fargo" and the sitcom "Louie." Writing on Deadline.com, Nellie Andreeva reports that the news was good for both shows, with "Fargo" getting a second season and "Louie" getting a fifth.
"It was a risky proposition, but Noah Hawley’s take on the Coen brothers’ classic ['Fargo'] was deemed a critical success, landing 18 Emmy nominations, and it drew a sizable total audience when time-shifted viewing and encores are factored in," Andreeva writes. "Not surprisingly, FX is ordering a second 10-episode installment, with Hawley back as writer/executive producer for MGM TV and FX Prods."
She adds: "The new chapter of the 'Fargo' story will feature an all-new cast of characters, a new time period and a new 'true crime' story, FX said."
Said FX Networks 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 for a single program in our history.”
Louis C.K.'s "Louie," from FX Productions, has also received its share of acclaim, including being nominated currently for five Emmys.
Said Landgraf: “'Louie’s' fourth season was once again groundbreaking. 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.”
Andreeva adds: "It was a long wait for Season 4 of Louis C.K.’s comedy series 'Louie' but Season 5 is expected to arrive in time, albeit in an abbreviated form. FX has renewed 'Louie' for a fifth season, which will consist of seven episodes — half the size of Season 4 — to premiere in Spring 2015."