Emmy-nominated Noah Hawley on Crafting the 'Fargo' Universe
Writer-producer Noah Hawley, recently Emmy-nominated for both writing and directing in season two of Fargo, tells us how he gets so much writing done, why he doesn’t ever want to work in broadcast TV again, and what he knows so far about Fargo season three.
Noah Hawley has written novels, screenplays and many television scripts. Today, he’s best known for creating the award-winning series Fargo on FX. The black comedy stands out in an overcrowded TV market--one that Hawley thinks will eventually have to shrink. He shares his thoughts on “Peak TV” and why he doesn’t mind sometimes having to defend his work to network executives.
There were some snubs, though. Orange is the New Black was shut out of Best Drama and the acting categories. And for the first time in 16 years, there’s no Comedy Central show nominated in the Variety Talk Show category. Somewhat awkwardly for CBS, James Corden’s show was nominated, but Stephen Colbert’s was not.
Among those just nominated for Emmy this year is our guest today, writer-producer Noah Hawley, creator of the FX limited series Fargo.
This is the second nomination for the show in as many seasons--in 2014, Fargo won for Outstanding Miniseries. Hawley is nominated for writing, as he was in the previous season, and this time, also for directing.
Fargo takes its tone from the 1996 Coen brothers movie--it takes place in the same bleak, frigid midwestern setting and shares the same dark humor. The narrative is not linear: season 2 , set in 1979, was a prequel to season 1.
The ensemble cast from the most recent season included Emmy nominees Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Jean Smart and breakout Bokeem Woodbine.
Hawley has been writing for television for more than a decade--he got his start on the Fox crime procedural Bones and created the series The Unusuals and My Generation for ABC. These days he makes his TV home at FX. In addition to overseeing the forthcoming 3rd season of Fargo, he’s also executive producing Legion, based on the Marvel comic book character of the same name.
But Hawley doesn’t just stick to TV. Earlier this summer he released his fifth novel--a mystery-thriller called Before the Fall. He’ll also be writing the film adaptation of the book for Sony.