FX Boss Talks Ronald Reagan's Fargo Season 2 Role, The Americans' Future, Bridge Regrets and More

Fargo Season 2

FX is giving Fargo fans a hint of what to expect for the second installment, premiering this fall.

The next edition — starring Patrick Wilson (Girls) as a younger version of Lou Solverson, who was played by Keith Carradine in Season 1 — is “a big, sprawling — in some ways more comedic, although at times very serious — show,” FX Networks CEO John Landgraf said Sunday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.

Taking place in the late 1970s, the new season is set against “the cultural transformation that was going on at that time,” as well as Ronald Reagan’s first campaign for President of the United States, he continued, adding that “Reagan is a character” that will have to be cast.

“He’s a presidential candidate on his first campaign who makes a swing through Fargo,” Landgraf told TVLine following the panel. “Some of the characters have some interactions with him. And some of his movies are also a part of the show.”

Additionally, feminism plays a big role in Season 2, which features “really significant female characters.”

Other highlights from executive session:

* American Horror Story will return in October, as usual, for its fifth installment, while creator Ryan Murphy’s new anthology series American Crime Story will make its debut in early 2016.

* Landgraf had “a lot of regrets” about not renewing The Bridge for Season 3, but the drama had a “relentlessly downward trajectory” in terms of ratings.

* How long will The Americans run considering its own less-than-stellar live ratings? “I think it’ll be at least five [seasons],” Landgraf replied. “Some of that will be dependent on how good it remains. … I sure would like to see the Emmys step up and take notice [of the series]. That would be really helpful for the longevity of the show.”

* FX is giving Louis C.K. “as much flexibility as we can” with regards to producing more seasons of Louie, given the multihyphenate’s busy schedule. “He’s got a very dynamic professional and creative life now,” Landgraf explained. “He wants to keep making the show, but he’s trying to fit the intense process into all those other things.”

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8 Comments
  1. SUSO says:

    Was it just me or was he basically threatening the Emmy voting body? Nominate “The Americans” or we cancel it!

    • Alexa says:

      Oh God I hope not. FX can’t be accused of not pushing hard to make sure the Emmys take notice of their shows, The Americans probably most of all. I hope they are more successful this year, but the Emmys are wholly at fault for continually overlooking the smartest show on TV.

  2. Tran says:

    Still disappointed on the cancellation of The Bridge and not happy about Tyrant getting renewed.

    • Stinky Feet Lover says:

      Not happy a show got renewed? That is pretty dumb. If you have no interest in a show, then who cares. Stop worrying about something you dislike and focus on things you like!

      • Tran says:

        What are you whining and complaining about? Stop acting like a hypocrite and don’t make me throw a temper tantrum at you. DEAL WITH IT!!

  3. Heathers says:

    Still pissed that The Bridge was cancelled! And as for Tyrant being renewed, you should be happy for them Trannie! All of those people get to hold onto a job for awhile longer! Remember, it is not just the cast and director who are out of work, but the entire crew, when a show is cancelled!

  4. James says:

    As a show intended for pay TV has anyone mentioned how The Bridge was received outside of the USA, the show had a production style more commonly seen in Europe.