FX has announced that comic drama Legion has been renewed for a third season, which is set to premiere in 2019.
“Legion has redefined the superhero drama and exceeded all expectations as the intensity and revelation build through the second season,” said Eric Schrier, president of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. “We are incredibly proud of Noah Hawley’s achievement and are honored to continue the series as it pushes the boundaries of conventional television storytelling. We are also grateful for the contributions of our executive producers, John Cameron, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, and Jeph Loeb with Marvel Television, as well as our outstanding cast and crew of this groundbreaking show.”
Currently, Legion is pacing 57% behind its first season ratings, averaging a 0.20 in the L+SD demo with around 450,000 total viewers. The series is stronger when non-linear numbers are taken into account, though, and has the type of positive buzz that FX tries to monetize when and where it can. Despite the sizable drops that have hit Legion, the network gave a late extension to its second season episode order, bringing the total to 11 episodes.
Based on the Marvel comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, with Noah Hawley (Fargo) developing for television, Legion follows David Haller (Dan Stevens), a man who believed himself to be schizophrenic only to discover that he actually might be the most powerful mutant the world has ever seen.
Legion airs Tuesdays at 10:00 on FX.