FX has renewed hit Fargo for a ten-episode second season while renewing cult comedy Louie for a seven-episode fifth season that will air next spring. Like the network has done for American Horror Story, the new season of Fargo will be set in a whole new time period and feature an all-new cast. The first season of the series starred Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton and was met with critical acclaim throughout the season – also snagging 18 Emmy nominations. Unlike AHS, however, don’t expect to see the same actors just playing different roles. “Fargo demands a different level of realism, and we felt we couldn’t introduce these actors as new characters,” FX Networks CEO John Landgraf said.
Louie will be back for a shorter fifth season after fans had to already wait almost two years for a 14-episode fourth season. Landgraf said, “Louie’s fourth season was once again groundbreaking. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking — always thought provoking. 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.”
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Worth noting from the Entertainment Weekly article that discusses the new cast for Fargo Season 2:
“The second season won’t necessarily have a major film star like Billy Bob Thornton, the executive [John Landgraf] noted, and suggested Hawley’s writing in Fargo was superior to HBO’s oft-compared True Detective. “I think True Detective is going to have to prove it’s not just a vehicle for movie stars [next season],” Landgraf said. “[True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto] is going to have to write something truly great every single year. I think Noah has already proven he can write something really great … I think we needed Billy Bob [to launch the show] but we don’t need somebody next year. Frankly, I think we can do it with unknowns — [newcomer] Allison Tolman brought as much to Fargo as Billy Bob.” ”
But is it really fair to compare those two shows? I never would have thought of comparing both….