Just a week after FX’s Fargo won big at the Golden Globes by scooping up wins in the Best Mini-Series and Best Actor in a Mini-Series (for Billy Bob Thornton) categories, FX CEO John Landgraf has offered up more details about what fans can expect from the Coen Brothers-inspired series in its upcoming second season. In addition to supplying some plot insight, Landgraf also revealed that a certain movie star-turned-President would also be a character on Season Two.
“It’s a big sprawling, in some ways, more comedic [season], though at times, a very serious show,” Landgraf told the Television Critics Association panel on Sunday. “It’s set in the late-Seventies against the backdrop of Ronald Reagan’s first campaign for President of the United States. Reagan is a character in it.” Entertainment Weekly reports that Landgraf then added, “Reagan will be interacting with our characters.” The actor portraying Reagan has not yet been cast.
As previously reported, Patrick Wilson will star in Fargo‘s second season as Lou Solverson, playing the younger version of the role filled by Keith Carradine in the first season and the father of Season One protagonist Molly Solverson. Having recently returned from Vietnam, Lou Solverson goes back to work as a Minnesota State Patrolman to investigate a local gang and a mob syndicate. Ted Danson will play Solverson’s father-in-law, while Nick Offerman has been cast as local lawyer Karl Weathers.
While Season One of Fargo won rave reviews for its strong female lead played by Golden Globe nominee Allison Tolman, Landgraf promised the Noah Hawley-penned show would continue to have a strong feminist presence despite revolving around Wilson’s Solverson. “A lot of what it’s about is the cultural transformation that was going on at the time,” Landgraf said. “It’s about the sense that the war has come home. It’s also about feminism, so there are some really significant female characters.” The 10-episode second season Fargo will start production next week and air this fall.
In other FX news, the network also announced that the acclaimed comedy series Louie will return on April 9th. Additionally, actress Pamela Adlon, who plays Louis C.K.’s on-again, off-again lover on the series, will potentially be getting her own series on the network. Titled Better Things, Adlon and C.K. will co-write the pilot, which will be directed by C.K. The pair will also serve as executive producers on the comedy series about a single mother/actress raising three daughters.
FX also announced plans to air a Louis C.K. comedy special titled Live at the Comedy Store. The performance will first be made available to fans on Louis C.K.’s official website, Variety reports. Recently, C.K. became the first comedian in history to sell out three concerts from the same tour at New York’s Madison Square Garden. “I mean, if you keep buying the tickets, I have to keep doing the shows,” C.K. wrote in an email for fans before announcing a fourth MSG date on January 27th.