FX's 'Shōgun' Poised forSeason 2 Renewalas Hiroyuki Sanada Returns

FX's limited series 'Shōgun' is nearing a second season renewal with star Hiroyuki Sanada reprising his role as Lord Yoshii Toranaga. The show's success has exceeded expectations, with 9 million global views in its first six days of streaming.

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FX's 'Shōgun' Poised forSeason 2 Renewalas Hiroyuki Sanada Returns

FX's 'Shōgun' Poised forSeason 2 Renewalas Hiroyuki Sanada Returns

FX's hit limited series 'Shōgun' is on the brink of a second season renewal, with star and producer Hiroyuki Sanada closing a deal to reprise his role as Lord Yoshii Toranaga. The historical epic, based on James Clavell's 1975 novel, has been a massive success for the network, securing 9 million views globally across Hulu, Disney+, and Star+ in its first six days of streaming.

Sanada's return is crucial to the continuation of the series, as he not only plays the lead role but also served as a producer and was heavily involved in the production process. In an interview with Decider, Sanada discussed thehistorical significanceof Tokugawa Ieyasu, the Japanese warlord who inspired his character:"Toranaga's model, Ieyasu, stopped the war period and then created a peaceful era for about 260 years. That's a big thing. That's why he became a hero in..."

The potential second season of 'Shōgun' could see the series switch from the limited series category to the drama category ahead of the 2024 Emmys. This move would pit the show against heavyweight contenders like 'The Crown,' 'The Morning Show,' and 'Fallout.' The drama field for the upcoming Emmys is particularly open following the conclusion of previous winner 'Succession.'

FX CEO John Landgraf has expressed interest in making more expensive programming if 'Shōgun' connects with audiences, stating, "It depends on how successful it is and whether there's an appetite for it." The series, which is FX's most expensive to date, has exceeded expectations and never fell out of the top 3 shows in the Samba TV Weekly Wrap Report during its 10-week run.

While no permanent deals have been reached for Season 2, parties involved are working out the details. Co-creator Justin Marks has expressed openness to continuing the story, saying, "I think if we had a story, if we could find a story, we would be open to it. But I don't think that anyone ever wants to be out over their skis without a roadmap and everything."

The renewal of 'Shōgun' for asecond seasonwould mark a significant achievement for the series, which took six years to develop, including navigating the months-long writers strike. With Hiroyuki Sanada's return and the show's critical and commercial success, fans can look forward to the possibility of delving deeper into the fascinating period of peace and drama that followed Toranaga's rise to becomeShōgun.