Noah Hawley‘s magic touch will continue at FX. Not only did he create the acclaimed anthology drama ‘Fargo’, which is due to return sometime next year, but also the trippy Marvel Comics adaptation ‘Legion’. The latter’s sophomore season wraps up in two weeks, but the network wants to see more, so it has officially been picked up for a third installment.
FX’s president of original programming Eric Schrier stated:
“Legion has redefined the superhero drama and exceeded all expectations as the intensity and revelation build through the second season. We are incredibly proud of Noah Hawley’s achievement and are honored to continue the series as it pushes the boundaries of conventional television storytelling. We are also grateful for the contributions of our executive producers, John Cameron, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, and Jeph Loeb with Marvel Television, as well as our outstanding cast and crew of this groundbreaking show.”
Though it isn’t overt on the show, ‘Legion’ is based on the ‘X-Men’ series of comics. The lead character, David Haller is the son of Professor Charles Xavier in the comic books. In the show, David (played by Dan Stevens) who is diagnosed as schizophrenic and lives in a mental hospital, but soon discovers that his mental problems are the result of his mutant powers. The cast also includes Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Bill Erwin, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton, Jean Smart, Navid Negahban, Jemaine Clement and Hamish Linklater. Keller and Smart have also worked with Hawley on ‘Fargo’.
‘Legion”s ratings are decent but not spectacular, but it is beloved by critics, which is likely why FX chose to renew it. It airs at a late time, 10pm EST on Tuesday nights, which may contribute to the sluggish ratings as most people have gone to bed or switched over to the news or late night talk shows.
Are you a fan? Are you glad that ‘Legion’ will be back for another season?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter