FX boss John Landgraf is content to continue to allow the star showrunners on his network to take their time getting back to their respective shows, saying he’s not sure if there will ever be more seasons of shows like Fargo or Louie.
He discussed the fates of his shows during his executive panel at the Television Critics’ Association’s summer press tour Wednesday.
“I hope so,” he said when asked whether there would be a fourth season of Noah Hawley’s Fargo anthology series. “We haven’t heard the idea from Noah for what the fourth season would be. What we’ve enocuraged Noah to do is thinking about i and have something he’s really excited about and believes in. There’s some possibility that he won’t have hat idea for some time. There’s also possible, because Noah has been insanely fertile and productive, that we’ll hear it fairly soon. He has a really busy schedule. He’s actively working on the second season of Legion. He has a burgeoning feature film career as well.”
Ditto goes for Louis C.K.’s Louie, which has always had a sporadic release schedule and has not been on the air since 2015.
Landgraf also cautioned the comedy, loosely autobiographical starring Louis CK as a struggling comedian and single dad, will probably look and feel different if it ever does return.
“It’s possible there’s never another season of Louie, but it’s also possible there’s 4 or 5 more seasons over next 30 years,” he said. “I think he has changed a lot since he made the last season of Louie… If it ever comes back, it will be a really different show because he’s a different guy.”
One show that Landgraf is confident will make it to air is Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story: Katrina, though the executive acknowledged a “creative pivot” is what caused the delay in the show’s premiere.
“It was a difficult decision, because we were far along in one creative direction,” Landgraf said. “The bar is really high for this franchise, and we just weren’t confident we were going to get over it. And simultaneously, there was an idea for a creative pivot, which I’m going to let Ryan announce to you when he feels the time’s right to do it. I think you’ll see when he does that it’s a really, really exciting idea, and I’m now more confident about it creatively than I was before we made this pivot.”
Rather than Katrina, an American Crime Story season detailing the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace will serve as the second installment of the series that kicked off with The People v OJ Simpson.
Linda Ge | TV Editor