Its official folks and probably no great surprise either, but the smash hit psycho-crime drama “Fargo” will be back for a second season. However, this time there will be an all new cast, all new crime and a whole new time period. Aw, geez. No Molly, Gus and no new baby? No Sam Hess boys, Dumb and Dumber? Oh well. Any thoughts on who should be cast in season two?
The show's creator Noah Hawley did dole out a few teasers: This time around, the locales are Sioux Falls, Laverne, Minnesota and of course, Fargo. The year is 1979 and the main story line will center around a younger Lou Solverson (Molly's dad) who was played by actor Keith Carradine in season one. Lou has just returned home from Vietnam only to face a war in the streets. Fans will also be introduced to his wife (Molly's mom). Could it be Allison Tolson will get a chance to return playing her mother? Time will tell.
News of a sophomore season come just two weeks after the series picked up an impressive 18 Emmy nominations which includes nods for: Best movie or miniseries, Best Actor (Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman), Best Supporting Actor (Colin Hanks) and Best Supporting Actress (Alison Tolson). Hawley, who admitted to having a number in his head but never expected that many nominations, said he is humbled by it all.
FX CEO John Landgraf said, “We could not be more proud of “Fargo.”” He went on to say, “Noah’s audacious, bordering on hubristic riff on my favorite Coen brothers film earned 18 Emmy nominations – the most for a single program in our history. “Fargo” was nothing short of breathtaking and we look forward to the next installment.”
Landgraf stated that although he believes bringing on the caliber of someone like Billy Bob Thornton certainly attracted a legion of viewers for season one, he’s not sure if its necessary for season two. Hawley will remain at the helm of the show which is expected to debut no sooner than the fall of 2015 with 10 episodes.
The FX series was inspired by the Coen brothers’ 1996 Academy Award-winning film of the same name and starring Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi and William H. Macy. During its freshman run, the primetime favorite quickly collected a cult following, averaging 6.3 million total viewers when factoring in DVR viewership.
Filming for season two will run from January to May of next year. Get ready to crank up ye old wood-chipper, yeah.