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Shōgun Renewed For Two More Seasons

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Shōgun New Seasons Announced

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FX's historical epic Shōgun has been renewed for at least two more seasons.

The 10-episode limited series, written by Justin Marks and Rachel Kondo, has enjoyed both critical and commercial success. The series enjoyed nine million global viewers within six days of its release last February.

The start date for production is unknown, but Deadline reports that writers will begin work on the series this summer.

The first season is based on James Clavell's 1975 novel of the same name, chronologically the first in his Asian Saga series. It is unclear whether the upcoming seasons will incorporate material from the other five books or develop the Shōgun plot further.

FX and announced that they are consulting with the author's estate for these additional seasons. Clavell's daughter Michaela is an executive producer on the show.

Lead actor and producer, Hiroyuki Sanada, is set to return in his role as Lord Yoshii Toranaga. He has also starred in feature films like Bullet Train (2022) and John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023).

Set in 1600 Japan at the end of the Azuchi–Momoyama period, the plot follows the feudal lord as he fights against his political opponents. They include Pilot-Major John Blackthorne (Cosmo Jarvis) who becomes shipwrecked in a fishing village, and Lady Mariko (Anna Sawai), a highborn Christian who acts as a translator.

Shōgun has become FX's most-watched show, based on global streams. It's also the company's most expensive scripted series.

This renewal changes how the show will be submitted at the Emmy Awards, entering the drama series category instead of the limited series category.

The first adaption of Shōgun was in 1980 as a television miniseries by Paramount. It won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series, the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Drama Series, and a 1981 Peabody Award.