Thursday, May 16, 2024

FX Eyes Two-Season Renewal for 'Shogun'

FX is preparing more installments of its original scripted series Shogun, with a writers' room set to map out two additional seasons this summer. FX and its streaming partner Hulu are working with the estate of Shogun author James Clavell on the new material.

While the renewal is not official, today's announcement was expected as star-producer Hiroyuki Sanada has already closed a deal to return for future installments. Co-showrunners Justin Marks and Rachel Kondo will return to helm the creative direction. It's currently unclear if the new seasons will stay within the current Shogun universe or adapt other novels in Clavell's Asian Saga.

The 10-episode first installment spent six years in development and production at FX across multiple continents. It ultimately became the most expensive series to date for the network. It debuted under FX's streaming banner on Hulu in February 2024 to critical acclaim and solid viewership numbers.

In addition to Sanada, the first season also starred Cosmo Jarvis, Anna Sawai, Tadanobu Asano, Takehiro Hira, Tommy Bastow and Fumi Nikaido.

As a result of this news, FX has formally submitted the series for consideration in the drama categories at the Primetime Emmy Awards. It was previously envisioned as a limited series. It would have garnered multiple nominations in those fields. Now, it's expected to shake up many of the drama races instead.