Martin Freeman to Star in ‘Breeders’ Comedy Series for FX

Martin Freeman in Fargo
Martin Freeman stars in ‘Fargo’ season 12 (Photo © FX Networks)

Martin Freeman returns to FX after leading the cast of network’s Fargo to star in the comedy series, Breeders. FX just gave the series a 10 episode season one order and announced Freeman and Daisy Haggard (Episodes, Black Mirror) are set to star.

Freeman earned Emmy, Golden Globe, and Critics’ Choice award nominations for his performance in the first season of FX’s critically acclaimed drama, Fargo.

Breeders was created by Oscar nominee/Emmy Award winner Simon Blackwell (In the Loop, Veep), BAFTA and Emmy winner Martin Freeman (Sherlock), and Emmy winner Chris Addison (Veep). Blackwell will be the showrunner and executive produce with Addison, Freeman, Richard Allen-Turner, Rob Aslett, David Martin, Jon Thoday, and Michael Wiggs.

The series is produced by FX Productions, Avalon Television and Sky Original Productions.

“Martin Freeman is an incredibly versatile artist who is perfectly paired with the wonderfully talented Daisy Haggard in Breeders,” said Nick Grad, Co-President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. “We enjoyed working with Martin on the first installment of Fargo and are delighted that he is executive producing along with Simon Blackwell and Chris Addison. We also appreciate the chance to partner with Avalon Television and Sky Original Productions to bring this new comedy series to audiences worldwide.”

FX is targeting a 2020 premiere date for Breeders.

“I’m delighted to be making Breeders with a team that can make me laugh whilst we look at some of the less-discussed truths and challenges of being a parent,” said actor/executive producer Martin Freeman. “I really love this project and am delighted to be working with FX and Sky.”

“I am very excited about making Breeders, to the point of being told to go to bed and stop showing off,” added Simon Blackwell.

“It’s a treat to be cooking up stuff with my old comrade Simon Blackwell and the peerless Martin Freeman,” said Chris Addison. “We’re very excited that FX and Sky have agreed to finance what is effectively us working through some of our own issues in the form of ten half-hour sitcom episodes. Usually you have to pay for your own therapy.”

The Breeders Plot:

Breeders exposes the parental-paradox that it is possible, in the very same moment, to love your child to the horizon of the universe, while being apoplectically angry enough to want to send them there. Martin Freeman stars as a caring father discovering he’s not quite the man he thought he was.”