‘Fargo’ Season 2 and ‘Louie’ Season 5: FX Renews Both Series for 2015
The FX network is among the last TV heavy-hitters to bring its series to the ongoing TCA press tour panels, and already brings both good news and bad. For one, FX's 'Fargo' miniseries will officially return for a second season in 2015, while Louis C.K.'s Emmy-winning 'Louie' has also been confirmed for a fifth season. So, what's the bad news?
Well, it seems that in spite of 'Fargo''s Emmy-nominated (and breakout) cast, season 2 of the Coen brothers-inspired drama will in fact focus on an all-new "true crime story" with a different cast of characters, and an all-new time period to boot. And even if critical darling Allison Tolman doesn't end up among the new cast, writer-producer Noah Hawley will at least return to showrun the series in season 2, which has been projected for fall 2015 at the earliest.
Said FX boss John Landgraf of the renewal's cast turnover:
It’s kind of heartbreaking from my standpoint, given how much I loved the actors. Fargo demands, I think, a [certain] level of realism, no matter how unhinged and funny it is at times. I don’t think we felt we could reintroduce those actors as new characters. We had to create a new situation.
And where it seems FX had been willing to accommodate comedian Louis C.K.'s interest in delaying 'Louie' season 4 a year for sake of the material, the fifth season will come at something of an inverse cost. The misanthropic comedian will indeed return for new 'Louie' episodes in spring 2015, though season 5 will contain only 7 (at most 8) episodes, down from the usual 13 (in the case of this past season, 14).
Well, what say you? Are you happy to have FX's 'Fargo' back, albeit with a brand-new cast and story? Will 'Louie' season 5 reach the same creative heights with only 7 or 8 episodes? Tell us what you want to see from either series' FX return in 2015!