FX has renewed their hit anthology series Fargo, from Noah Hawley, FX Productions and MGM Television, for a third season, TVWise has learned. Ten episodes have been ordered for the show’s third season, which is set to premiere in 2016.
Developed for television by Noah Hawley, Fargo is a mini-series franchise based on the feature film of the same name by Joel & Ethan Coen. The series, which is in the middle of airing its ten episode second season, is produced by FX Productions and MGM Television. The executive producers are Noah Hawley, Warren Littlefield, Joel & Ethan Coen, and John Cameron.
“Year two of Fargo is an extraordinary achievement and, given Noah Hawley’s masterful storytelling, we can’t wait to see where the third, all-new version of Fargo takes us”, said Eric Schrier, President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. “Our thanks to Noah, Warren, Joel & Ethan, John and our partners at MGM Television for making Fargo such a memorable and rewarding journey.”
The show’s second season follows a young State Trooper (Patrick Wilson) and his Sheriff father-in-law (Ted Danson) as they investigate a grisly case involving a local crime family and a major mob syndicate, and a small town beautician (Kirsten Dunst) and her husband (Jesse Plemons) who inadvertently get caught in the middle. Jean Smart, Nick Offerman, Brad Garret, Bokeem Woodbine, Jeffrey Donovan, Angus Sampson and Kieran Culkin also star.
While ratings have slipped slightly from season one, Fargo is still pulling in a sizeable audience on FX and does well in time-shifted and on-demand. Equally important, the new season has been almost universally praised by critics; and FX execs remain high on the show itself and executive producer Noah Hawley, who is under an overall deal at FX Productions and is prepping both Marvel drama Legion and Kurt Vonnegut adaptation Cat’s Cradle for the network. The season finale of Fargo airs on December 14th.