FX Renews Two Series

FargoTVIntertitleAt the FX Television Critics Association presentation, the network renewed two series, drama Fargo and veteran comedy, Louie. Fargo, based on the 1996 film, starred Billy Bob Thornton and averaged 1.89 million viewers in its first season.  The critically acclaimed drama also nabbed 18 Emmy nominations.  For its second season, FX says the show will be all new: the characters, cast, time period, and crime story.  Ten (10) episodes have been ordered.

Louie-titleIn addition to the renewal of Fargo, acclaimed comedy Louie will return for its fifth season in spring 2015.  The fourth season, consisting of 14 episodes, averaged a weak 610,000 viewers.  If not for the critical acclaim (and supposedly cheap production cost), I assume Louie would have ended by now.  The upcoming fifth season will consist of only seven (7) episodes, its lowest total yet.

TCA Awards 2014 Winners

Breaking_Bad_title_cardThe Television Critics Association Awards winners were announced tonight, with Breaking Bad taking home the biggest award (Program of the Year), and Emmy snub The Good Wife scoring a win in the Outstanding Achievement in Drama.

The winners are in bold.

Program of the Year
Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
Orange is the New Black
True Detective

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
The Big Bang Theory
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
The Mindy Project

Outstanding Achievement in Drama
The Americans
Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
The Good Wife

Individual Achievement in Comedy
Louis C.K., Louie
Mindy Kaling, The Mindy Project
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Individual Achievement in Drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Outstanding New Program
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Orange is the New Black
Sleepy Hollow
True Detective

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries, and Specials
American Horror Story: Coven
The Returned
True Detective

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming
The Amazing Race
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Shark Tank
The Voice

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information
CBS Sunday Morning
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
60 Minutes

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming
Adventure Time
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
The Fosters
Sesame Street
Switched at Birth

Career Achievement Award
Mark Burnett
James Burrows
Valerie Harper
Jay Leno
William Shatner

Heritage Award
Saturday Night Live
South Park
Star Trek
Twin Peaks

Did any of the winners surprise you?  Sound off in the comments below!