FX’s first foray into the superhero genre has proven quite a success, as they’ve just renewed Marvel’s “Legion” for Season 2. The pick-up shouldn’t be a surprise as the program is one of the most-watched new cable dramas of the past year. Critics have praised the still-airing first season that centers on David Haller (Dan Stevens), a mutant with telekinetic and reality-bending powers who was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a boy. The series also stars Rachel Keller as mental patient Syd, Aubrey Plaza as David’s strange friend Lenny and Jean Smart as Melanie Bird, a mysterious therapist.
“The first season of ‘Legion’ was a stunning achievement,” said Eric Schrier, one of FX’s Presidents of Original Programming along with Nick Grad. “More than a new series, ‘Legion’ is a wholly original take on the super hero genre. Our thanks to Noah Hawley for taking the creative risks and shattering expectations. It’s a privilege to work again with Noah, his producing partners, the outstanding cast and our partners at Marvel Television on another season of ‘Legion.’”
“Legion” continues Wednesday night on FX with “Chapter 6,” an episode that finds David going back to where it all started. The hour is written by Nathaniel Halper and directed by Hiro Murai.
Hawley is perhaps best known for adapting the 1996 Coen Brothers film “Fargo” to television. The first season of “Fargo” became FX’s first-ever program winner at the Emmy Awards in 2014. Season 2 of the anthology was again nominated for Best Limited Series, but lost to fellow FX program “The People v. O.J. Simpson” last year. Watch the “Fargo” Season 3 teaser right here.
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