Tuesday, January 14, 2014

FX Sets End Date for 'Justified'; Reveals Premiere Dates for 'Fargo,' 'Legit' & 'Ali G: Rezurection'

During his executive session at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks, announced that Justified would be ending after its sixth season.

In more news, premiere dates were set for FX's Fargo and FXX's Legit & Ali G: Rezurection.

On the decision to end Justified after season 6, Landgraf said, " It was really [creator] Graham Yost's and [star] Timothy Olyphant's decision. I would like to have more Justified. It's one of my favorite shows. I just really love it personally. I have a long standing adoration of all things Elmore Leonard. And we talked about it a year ago. And they felt that the arc of the show and what they had to say would be best served by six years, six seasons instead of seven. So regretfully I accepted their decision. We've tried to as much as we could not to make business drive creative, therefore not to extend shows beyond their lifespan or cut them short before they ought to be. I can't tell you that we've never extended a show longer than it probably should have been or cut it a little shorter than it should've been but we really try hard not to do that. So regretfully that's their decision."

Landgraf also confirmed that Fargo will premiere on Tuesday, April 15 at 10/9c. "Fargo is a closed ended story with a beginning, middle and end," he said. "And if there were subsequent seasons of Fargo, they would be sort of like American Horror Story or perhaps True Detective in that they would be entirely different self-contained stories with different casts and different characters. I haven't even heard a prospective story for a subsequent season of Fargo.

Lastly, the company revealed FXX will launch Ali G: Rezurection - featuring new wraparounds with Sacha Baron Cohen directed by The League's Jeff Schaffer - on Wednesday, February 26 alongside the new season of Legit. However, the network is still trying to determine which show will air at 10/9c. and which will go at 10:30/9:30c.