FX is the first television to announce its new series pickups for the 2013-14 broadcast season, approving Season 5 of critical and ratings smash Justified and ordering a TV project based on Joel and Ethan Coen’s feature film Fargo.
FX also ordered additional seasons of Sons of Anarchy, Legit, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League. Late-night offering Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell will be expanded to five nights a week.
In the U.S., Sunny, The League and Legit will move to a new channel called FXX, which is being billed as a network targeting young adults aged 18-34.
FX president John Landgraf revealed several limited-run and miniseries projects on the docket for the coming season. They include Sam Mendes’ Grand Hotel, about a terrorist plot in Paris; Alexander Payne’s Sutton, which profiles infamous bank robber Willie (The Actor) Sutton; Shawn Ryan’s Mad Dogs, which is based on the British mini of the same name; and Mayflower, produced by Paul Giamatti and Gil Netter. All four will be part of the FMC lineup.
New to FX’s summer schedule is The Bridge. Starring Diane Kruger, Ted Levine and Annabeth Gish, the drama tracks two detectives — one American and the other Mexican — as they track a serial killer committing crimes on either side of the border.
Meanwhile, the Coen brothers will executive-produce Fargo, which will be written by Noah Hawley (Bones); production on the 10-episode series kicks off this fall for a spring 2014 debut. The 1996 movie, which captured two Academy Awards, starred Frances McDormand as a Minnesota police chief tracking two kidnappers (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) hired to grab a man’s (William H. Macy) wife.
“For years, people have tried to adapt this Academy Award-winning gem into a TV series with no success,” FX president and general manager John Landgraf said Thursday. “I have always loved Fargo and I was skeptical about this as a series, but Noah Hawley’s script made me a believer. This script is so good and so true to the tone of the original movie.”
Also on tap for FX’s upcoming broadcast season is a pilot order for How and Why, a potential half-hour sitcom from Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind); it joins previously-announced animated sitcom pilot Chozen.
And finally, Landgraf revealed Season 3 of American Horror Story: Coven bows in October, Season 4 of Louie will debut in May 2014 and Wilfred returns this summer.