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.”