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FX spins off comedy network; 25 shows ordered
FX will launch a new comedy network early September that will strip away some of the network's best-loved (and yes, most raunchy) shows as a foundation to attract the most fickle audience (read: attention deficit) of them all — young dudes.
The new network will be called FXX and arrive Sept. 2; FX had earlier said this was gonna happen, but this morning at the network's "upfront" meet, a welter of details arrived. Shows like "Archer," "The League" and "It's Always Sunny . . ." will split off from the mother network and will then be joined by a bunch of new guy comedies, including one from "Sunny's" Charlie Kaufman. Of course this means FX will also have to ramp up drama production. It will be an insanely busy summer for FX . . . The net will have a total of 25 original series on the air later this year and into next . . .
"Louie?" Good question: It stays on the mother channel, FX, which indicates that a.) FX doesn't consider it a comedy; b.) it skews a lot older than drunken college dorm staple, "Archer." Show's back May, 2014.
Meanwhile, the new late night show, "Totally Biased with Kamau Bell" will move to FXX as a five-night-a-week late nighter . . .
Here's what John Landgraf, FX chief, told advertisers, via a news release:
“We are embarking on an incredibly ambitious ramp-up of program development and production required to sustain these networks. I’m very confident that the pilots, projects and talent we have deals with will allow us to double our already best-in-class roster of scripted original series over the next several years. Our three-network platform will enable us to achieve even greater goals and solidify our position as a leader in quality scripted original programming . . ." (The third? FXM, the movie channel . . .)
The other stuff, straight from the FX release:
— FX Networks renewal of season 5 of Justified for FX; season 10 of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia; seasons 5 and 6 of The League; season 2 of Legit; and the move of Sunny, The League and Legit to FXX
— Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell to FXX expands to a 5-night-per-week strip
— FX's order of the 10-episode limited series Fargo FX Networks comedy pilot order of How and Why from Charlie Kaufman, and Chozen from Grant Dekernion, Danny McBride and the team behind Eastbound & Down