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.”
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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.”