Channel 4 has picked up the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the second season of FX’s limited series Fargo from international distributor MGM Television.
Based on the feature film of the same name, Fargo featured an all-new “true crime” story; following a new case and new characters, all entrenched in the trademark humor, murder and “Minnesota nice” that made the film an enduring classic. The 10 episode first season saw Lorne Malvo a rootless, manipulative man, forever change the life of small town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard.
The debut run of the atmospheric drama, which has earned some 18 Emmy nominations, starred Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Collin Hanks, Kate Walsh, Joey King, Josh Close, Bob Odenkirk, Oliver Platt, Allison Tolman, Glenn Howerton, Peter Breitmayer, Tom Musgrave, Russell Harvard and Adam Goldberg.
The series was written by Noah Hawley and is produced by FX Productions and MGM Television, with Hawley, Warren Littlefield, Joel & Ethan Coen and Geyer Kosinski serving as executive producers. The 10 episode first season proved to be a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, with Fargo averaging just under 2 million viewers on Channel 4.
FX announced they had ordered a second season of Fargo at the TCA Summer Press Tour last week. Season two will feature a new cast and “true crime” story, with production set to commence in early 2015. At the TCAs, executive producer Noah Hawley revealed that the new season will be set in 1979 and will follow Lou Solverson and the infamous Sioux Falls case, which was referenced several times during season one.
Speaking at the time the series was renewed, John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks & FX Productions, said: “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. Fargo was nothing short of breathtaking and we look forward to the next installment.”[jwplatform b9KNN3Zu]