With all the stories about HBO and Netflix going to war over who can come up with the strongest lineup of shows- and AMC and Showtime in the running too- another contender, FX, has unveiled a new programming slate that must put them in the discussion too. And that’s without a new Louie season airing until 2014.
FX this week actually made three big announcements, according to multiple media reports: They confirmed the launch of a separate network, FXX, for comedy, they renewed several established series and also announced some new ones. Here’s what they announced:
- The new comedy-based channel, FXX, will launch in September. It’s programming will include the established series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and the League, which have been renewed for tenth and fifth seasons, respectively. Additionally, the late-night talk show Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell will move to FXX and expand from weekly to nightly.
- FXX will also air a sizable syndication re-run lineup, including such critical favorites as Parks and Recreation, Sports Night, Arrested Development and Freaks and Geeks.
- Back on regular FX, the network’s best show, Justified, has been renewed for a fifth season, to air starting next January. FX’s other most popular drama, Sons of Anarchy, was already in production and returns in the fall for its sixth season.
- FX will add another sure-to-be high-profile series: a “limited series” version of the Coen Brothers’ 1996 film “Fargo.” The ten-episode series, focused on new characters but set in the same setting as the film, and the Coens are on board as executive producers. A 2014 debut is expected. Other such limited series are in development as well, from the likes of Sam Mendes and Shawn Ryan.
- Other new shows include How and Why, a pilot executive-produced by “Being John Malkovich” screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, and Chozen, an animated project from the Eastbound and Down creative team.