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FX Boss Drops Hints About Fargo Season 3, Marvel Drama Legion

Plus: Will we ever get more Louie?

Adam Bryant

You'll have to wait until 2017 to see the third season of Fargo, but now there's a few tidbits to hold you over.

The third season will be set in 2010, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions John Landgraf said Saturday at the Television Critics Association winter previews. "It will be not quite contemporary, but quite recent, the most recent timeframe of any installment of Fargo, including the movie.

Aw jeez! Fargo Season 3 won't air until 2017

Additionally, Landgraf said that, at least for now, creator Noah Hawley intends to have one character in Season 3 that viewers met in a previous season. "That doesn't mean he might not change his mind and there will be more than one, but I can't tell you which one it is."
One thing you probably shouldn't expect, however, is any sort of explanation for the UFO subplot from Season 2, which Landgraf compared to the Season 1 plot that involved fish being rained from the sky. "I think one of Noah's points of view about what Fargo is, going all the way back to the original movie that the Coen brothers created, is that random acts of God or unexplained or extraordinary phenomenon [represent] our smallness in the face of the universe," Landgraf said. "It's part of what Fargo is all about."
Even though Hawley is working on Season 3, his next project for FX will be the X-Men-based TV series Legion, which Landgraf says he hopes to have on the air sometime in 2016. The series, which tells the story of mutant David Haller, the schizophrenic son of Professor X, is born out of the X-Men universe, but the show will not adhere to the continuity of the films.
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"The current X-Men films take place in a universe in which everybody on planet Earth is aware of the existence of mutants," Landgraf said. "The series Legion takes place in a parallel universe, if you will, in which the U.S. government is in the early days of being aware that something called mutants exist but the public is not. I wouldn't foresee characters moving back and forth because they really are parallel universes."
Other notes from Landgraf's executive session:
Archer sets Season 7 premiere date: Back into the Danger Zone! The FX animated comedy will premiere its seventh season on March 31, "Adam Reed has an exciting and quite unexpected new story for the coming season," Landgraf said. Archer, which follows the misadventures of international spy Sterling Archer, features the voices of H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter, Judy Greer and Chris Parnell.
Louis C.K. is taking another extended hiatus from Louie

There's still no timeline for moreLouie: Landgraf says the future of Louis C.K.'s critically adored comedy is an open question. Although Landgraf says he talks with C.K. about another season regularly, the comedian is also currently executive-producing four other shows -- including Zach Galifianakis' clown comedy Baskets, which premieres this month -- as part of his overall deal with FX. While Landgraf acknowledged it's possible the show may not return, he is keen on bringing the show back if and when C.K. is ready.
"He might call me up next week or next year and say, 'I want to do a final season,'" Landgraf said. "To tell you the truth we also had a conversation about, "Maybe this is a show you'll do periodically for the rest of your life. ... Maybe it's one of those odd television shows that has 15 seasons over 40 years. ... He certainly hasn't promised me further seasons. Given that I have no commitment from him, I have to say [it being over is] a possibility. But we still talk about making more seasons with regularity."