Noah Hawley is sticking with FX.
The network’s production arm FX productions has inked an overall deal with the veteran writer/producer, who is currently serving as showrunner on FX’s limited series Fargo, and his production company 26 Keys. The two-year pact will see Hawley stay on as showrunner should Fargo receive a second season order and develop new projects for both broadcast and cable networks.
“As is evident by the universal acclaim and extraordinary reviews pouring in for Fargo, Noah Hawley is one of the most talented writer/producers in this business,” said Schrier. “His remarkable creative achievement with Fargo is a testament to his skill and ability. We look forward to continuing our relationship with him.”
Fargo, based on the iconic 1990s film of the same name, launched on FX last week to almost universal critical acclaim and pulled in some 2.65 million viewers and a 0.8 A18-49 rating. As has been the case with a number of the network’s dramas, Fargo has also proved to be big DVR gainer with the L3 numbers growing the audience for the premiere episode to 6.3 million viewers.
“Making Fargo for FX has been the highlight of my career. A writer can search his or her whole career for a network partner who truly understands and encourages their vision,” said Hawley. “For me, the search is over. When John Landgraf announced ‘at FX, we’d rather make something great for somebody, than something good for everybody,’ I knew I’d found a home.”
The two-year overall deal with Hawley is also the latest tie up for FX Productions. The company has also recently inked deals with Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton’s production company RCG Productions; Archer Executive Producer/Showrunners Adam Reed and Matt Thompson’s production company Floyd County Productions; and Sacha Baron Cohen’s Four by Two Films.