FX continues to be among the strongest networks for putting out content on a year to year basis. One of the ways in which FX has maintained its high quality has been through the use of limited series. From “American Crime Story” to “FEUD” to “Fargo,” the network has continued to reap the benefits of using some of the best actors working for short-run television. Just a couple of weeks ago, FX announced they would build a limited series around Bob Fosse. Now, they’ve announced three more limited series, including the return of “Fargo” for a fourth season starring Chris Rock.
Today at TCA, FX announced the three shows that will be coming to the network soon. Each of the shows has a very interesting premise and cast, making it another strong year for the network. Breakdowns of each show are listed below.
“Fargo” from Noah Hawley Returns with Chris Rock
The “Fargo” series will draw the most attention as the series has become an awards magnet. The second season of the show is regarded as one of the strongest seasons of television in recent history. With Rock at the helm, it is sure to gain attention. The new season will dive into a period setting of the 1950s. Rather than taking place in Minnesota, the season will be based out of Kansas City. In that second season, Kansas City was home to some of those involved in organized crime. The lines that are drawn are sure to be interesting. A synopsis is below.
In 1950, at the end of two great American migrations — that of Southern Europeans from countries like Italy, who came to the US at the turn of the last century and settled in northern cities like New York, Chicago — and African Americans who left the south in great numbers to escape Jim Crow and moved to those same cities — you saw a collision of outsiders, all fighting for a piece of the American dream. In Kansas City, Missouri, two criminal syndicates have struck an uneasy peace. One Italian, one African American. Together they control an alternate economy — that of exploitation, graft and drugs. This too is the history of America. To cement their peace, the heads of both families have traded their eldest sons.
Alex Garland Comes to TV with “Devs”
There are few directors or writers in film today who bring more interesting material to the big screen than Alex Garland. Garland received praised for his original film, “Ex Machina,” which earned him an Oscar nomination. “Annihilation” received strong reviews earlier this year. Now Garland has agreed to write and direct an 8 episode series for FX named “Devs.” The ensemble includes Sonya Mizuno, Nick Offerman, Jin Ha, Zach Grenier, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Cailee Spaeny, and Alison Pill. The series is due out in 2019. Read the synopsis below.
In “Devs,” a young computer engineer, Lily Chan, investigates the secretive development division of her employer, a cutting-edge tech company based in San Francisco, who she believes are behind the murder of her boyfriend.
“Shōgun” Returns to Television
In the 1980s, “Shōgun” helped to establish the limited series as a type of series that could bring large crowds to television. These shows could star bigger stars, be more ambitious, and more compact shorter narratives. The original “Shōgun” novel made its way to bookshelves in 1975. NBC adapted “Shōgun“ into a limited series in 1980. The original adaptation won Emmys, a Peabody, and Golden Globes.
Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich, Michaela Clavell, and Michael De Luca produce “Shōgun.” Tim Van Patten will direct multiple episodes in the 10 episode series. Eugene Kelly and Ronan Bennett will write the season. The cast has yet to be announced.
“Shōgun,” set in feudal Japan, charts the collision of two ambitious men from different worlds and a mysterious female samurai: John Blackthorne, a risk-taking English sailor who ends up shipwrecked in Japan, a land whose unfamiliar culture will ultimately redefine him; Lord Toranaga, a shrewd, powerful daimyo, at odds with his own dangerous, political rivals; and Lady Mariko, a woman with invaluable skills but dishonorable family ties, who must prove her value and allegiance.