Thursday, March 28, 2013

FX Upfront News - 'Justifed,' 'It's Always Sunny,' 'Legit' & 'The League' Renewed; FXX to Launch Sept. 2; & More!

        Thursday, March 28 - Today at FX's annual upfront presentation in New York, network president John Landgraf had much news to announce - including multiple renewals, the official launch of new channel FXX, and much more!

  • Justified - which wraps its fourth season next Tuesday (4/2) - has officially been renewed for a fifth season to debut on the network in January 2014.
  • After earlier speculation, Landgraf officially confirmed the news of converting Fox Soccer into a third FX-branded entertainment network, FXX. The network will be available in 74 million homes and will launch on September 2, 2013 targeting young adults 18-34.
  • Three of FX's flagship comedy series have been renewed to transition and help launch FXX in the fall - It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia (renewed for 10th season), The League (renewed for 5th and 6th season) and Legit (renewed for 2nd season). Additionally, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell will also take the leap to the new network and also expand to a five nights a week talk show. A fourth original comedy series is expected to join the network as well - most likely one of FX's current half-hour pilots.
  • Season 2 of The Americans will premiere in January 2014.
  • Similarly, American Horror Story: Coven will return to the network around Halloween.
  • The fourth season of Louie will debut in May 2014.
  • The pilot for Guillermo del Toro's The Strain will start production this summer. Landgraf said the prospective series will reinvent the vampire horror drama," while del Toro promises "a unique biological approach" to vampirism.
  • FX has given a 10-episode order to its first limited series - an adaptation of Joel and Ethan Coen's 1996 comedic crime drama Fargo. The Coen brothers will return as executive producers on the project written by Noah Hawley. Production will begin in the winter for a spring debut.