Though the new themes have yet to be revealed, with new installments of “American Horror Story” and “Fargo” ordered, FX CEO John Landgraf offered up a few details on the future of both anthology series.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., Landgraf also touched on Kurt Sutter’s next move, following his short-lived “Bastard Executioner.” Plus, while the debut season has yet to air, Landgraf also teased the second season of “American Crime Story,” which will follow the O.J. Simpson story, which bows Feb. 2.
“American Crime Story” Season 2
Though “People v. O.J. Simpson” has yet to debut, creator Ryan Murphy is already prepping for the second season of “American Crime Story,” which will deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Landgraf says Murphy is assembling a writing team now. The second installment will play like an “disaster movie,” said Landgraf, who expects the episodes to look at issues of “equality, class, corruption and race” and explore what happens when “the thin veneer of order and civilization in an American city is stripped off like paint.”
“Fargo” Season 3
The third cycle of “Fargo” will be the most contemporary yet for the original movie and the FX series. Season 3 will be set in 2010, in comparison to the first season, which was set in 2006, and the second, which kicked off in 1979.
Landgraf also teased one character returning. “As far as I know, there is one,” he told reporters, but did not reveal who that was. “That doesn’t mean [Noah Hawley] might not change his mind and there might not be more.”
The new installment is slated to premiere in 2017. For more details on “Fargo” Season 3, see what Noah Hawley told Variety here.
“American Horror Story” Season 6
The season will be set in the present day, and will include flashbacks. “It’s set in the present although with echoes of the past,” Landgraf said. “It’s set in two time periods … but principally in the present.”
The FX boss stayed mum on any other details or returning cast members, saying “Ryan [Murphy] will kill me if I tease anything.”
“Sons of Anarchy” Spinoff
Landgraf said Sutter is “working on an idea for a new show” for FX, and he’s starting to re-engage with the “Sons of Anarchy” spinoff that has been gestating for a while. Sutter is not expected to write or serve as showrunner on the spinoff, which would focus on the Mayans motorcycle crew and would be set in the Northern California motorcycle club scene.
Following “Bastard Executioner,” Landgraf suggested that Sutter “take time off to rest,” but Sutter told Landgraf he couldn’t stop writing. “He’ll be coming to me soon,’ the exec said.
“Louie” … Season 6?
The future of “Louie” remains unclear, as both Landgraf and Louis C.K. told reporters they have no idea if or when the comedy will return.
“I don’t know. I just don’t know. I don’t know. I think about it sometimes and I just don’t know,” C.K. said “It’s such an autobiographical thing that I could do a version of ‘Louie’ when he’s 60, if anyone gives a sh-t… By the time I want to, I might say, ‘Hey guys,’ and they’ll be like, ‘Who is this?’”
For more on the future of “Louie,” click here.
“Legion” (in development)
The first Marvel project for FX, “Legion,” which is currently in the pilot phase, is looking toward a series pickup.
Not only did Landgraf told reporters he’s seen the pilot and a few additional episodes of the potential series, but he teased the show will probably premiere this year, as it’s “quite well along.” Exec produced by “Fargo’s” Hawley, the “X-Men” inspired project Landgraf says the series would not be in line with the “X-Men” movies, as the show is set when the U.S. government becomes aware that something called Mutants exist, but the public is not.
Cynthia Littleton contributed to this report.