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'Fargo' TV series renewed for 2nd season; will be partially set in Luverne

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The television crime drama based on Joel and Ethan Coen's Oscar-winning crime caper "Fargo" is coming back for another season on cable's FX Network, The Hollywood Reporter says.

Following a highly-successful first season that scored 18 Emmy nominations earlier this month, the second season of "Fargo" will be set in 1979, creator Noah Hawley and producer Warren Littlefield said at a Television Critics Association panel presentation Monday night. The details came hours after FX announced it was picking up the show for a second season.

In addition to the time frame, Hawley and Littlefield said the show will take place in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Luverne, Minnesota. The show will also feature a younger version of Lou Solverson, who was played by Keith Carradine in the first season.

Hawley says no cast members from season one will return.

Lou Solverson is the father of Molly Solverson, a cop played by Emmy nominee Allison Tolman. The younger version of Molly will apparently be represented as well.

"I spoke to Allison Tolman this morning and told her that unless she can channel her 4-year-old self, we wouldn't be able to have her in season two," Hawley told the TCA. "Lou [is now] a 33-year-old man, recently back from Vietnam. We would meet Molly's mother, and we may learn what happened to her."

According to TV Line, Hawley said he hasn't considered bringing Tolman back to play Molly's mom

“It seems a little gimmicky to me and like cheating," Hawley said. "It’s something that's certainly worth thinking about."

Season two will feature Lou Solverson as a state trooper, as the show revisits the 1979 Sioux Falls incident referenced as "A Fox, a Rabbit, and a Cabbage," THR says.

Season one of the 10-episode series starred Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo, a drifter who comes to town and upends the lives of the residents; and "The Hobbit" star Martin Freeman as a hapless insurance agent. From the time the show was announced, FX said it wouldn't be based on the Coen brothers' movie plot, but a whole new “true crime” story with a new case and characters that also includes the humor, homicide and “Minnesota nice” of the 1996 original.

Season two of "Fargo" will reportedly shoot from January through May, and likely premiere in the fall of 2015.

Hawley also told the TCA that the snow will likely be absent from the second season of the show.

"I think going forward it would be fun to start in a wintry environment and change over the course of the season," Hawley said. "That region is a character in the show. That's part of the personality."

Hawley said the tone of the show will follow the sensibilities of the Coen brothers' films "Fargo," "Miller's Crossing" and "The Man Who Wasn't There." The first season was influenced by "Fargo," "No Country Old Men" and "A Serious Man," he said.

Variety says Hawley, who wrote all the episodes for season one, will delegate some of those duties for season two.

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