In a whirlwind of pickups, FX announced today it has ordered a 10-episode series based on Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1996 film Fargo, and renewed the acclaimed drama Justified and the comedies It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League and Legit.
The latter three come with as asterisk, though, as they’ll move to FXX, a network for young-adult viewers launching in September from Cartoon Networks. The League and It’s Always Sunny each received two-season orders.
Adapted by Noah Hawley and executive produced by the Coen brothers, Fargo will follow a new “true crime” story, with new characters, “all entrenched in the trademark humor, murder and ‘Minnesota nice’ that has made the film an enduring classic.” It will be FX’s first limited series.
Justified, which concludes its fourth season next week, is a celebrated crime drama that stars Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens, a no-nonsense U.S. marshal introduced in the Elmore Leonard novel Pronto; the short story “Fire in the Hole” served as the basis for the series. Justified returns for its fifth season in January.
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