After taking 18 nominations at the Primetime Emmy Awards, "Fargo" is given the green light for season 2. FX Networks CEO John Landgraf also announced that Louis C.K.'s comedy "Louie" would be back for a fifth season.
The new season of "Fargo" will focus an all-new cast, a different time period setting and a new "true crime" story. Noah Hawley is back to write the 10 new episodes and run the series. There is no premiere date yet but Landgraf expected the season to be ready by Fall 2015.
"We could not be more proud of 'Fargo'," said Landgraf. "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. 'Fargo' was nothing short of breathtaking and we look forward to the next installment."
When it comes to casting, Landgraf said there was no pressure in getting the big stars like season one's Billy Bob Thornton. "I think it be nice to have a movie star in the second cycle of Fargo, but I don't really think it's necessary. I think we needed Billy Bob Thornton, but I don't think we need somebody next year," he said. "Frankly, I think we can do it with unknowns."
As for "Louie", Landgraf revealed that there were only seven episodes on the book so far for a premiere next spring. " 'Louie' 's fourth season was once again groundbreaking. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking - always thought provoking," said Landgraf. "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."
Meanwhile, the network passed on comedy pilot "How & Why" from Charlie Kaufman. Starring Michael Cera, the show tells the story of a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works but is otherwise clueless about life. Per THR, producers are now shopping the comedy to other networks such as IFC.