Fargo is the latest in quite the TV renaissance - remakes and reboots which are actually good.
You've got the likes of Hannibal out there, being dark and gritty and awesome, as well as Bates Motel which has been zany enough to keep my gripped week to week.
Fargo was another project which seemed like a terrible idea when we first heard about it but the reality was not only a welcome surprise but also one of the better new shows of the year, earning a deserved 18 Emmy nominations - the most that FX has ever earned for a single series.
The main thing these three properties share is that they're willing to more or less ignore their origins, with each creating their own stories and identity, often far from the version we've come to expect. That's especially true of Fargo, which features none of the characters from the Coen Brothers crime farce, instead bringing us something that had more of a feel of the original.
And the second season is set to be even more estranged. Creator and writer Noah Hawley has revealed that the story will be set in 1979 in Sioux Falls (a place that's been mentioned a lot) and it will deal with some folks we've met before, though they'll be recast with younger faces.
So Keith Carradine's Lou Solverson will be the main character - a young man just back from Vietnam, trying to get back into the world. "That time period is interesting — post-Vietnam, post-Watergate … the best of America versus worst,” Hawley said. “That sense, I think, that this war had come home with people, and the violence and brutality of it.Lou Salverson went to Vietnam and came home, but now he’s come back and it’s here — it’s domestic." It's all about maintaining a consistent tone, regardless of the time and place. And we're looking forward to dicovering more about these characters.
Casting news will have to wait as we're still at the early stages. Don't expect Fargo season 2 until at least the latter half of 2015.