Important note for fans
FX President and General Manager John Landgraf
By Valerie Milano
Beverly Hills, CA (Hollywood Today) 8/2/13 – “I’m really excited about the prospects for our newest channel FXX and the approaching launch of our video on demand app FXNOW.” John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions said, opening his session at the TCA.
He first recounted some of the series highlights from FX thus far this year. “For the first half of this year, the brightest spot has to be our new drama series, THE AMERICANS, which turned out to be a great story for FX. Showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields and our cast, led by Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, and Noah Emmerich, turned in excellent work every week and delivered a remarkable first season.”
He continued, “We can never sing the praises of JUSTIFIED enough. The fact that showrunner Graham Yost, with his team and with Timothy Olyphant and his cast, continually and consistently make the show better every year is a testament to their talents and honors the brilliance of Elmore Leonard.” His enthusiasm is clear for this show. It’s not shocking that JUSTIFIED was renewed for a fifth season.
“As for returning comedy series, ARCHER had another great season creatively and has grown to become the highest rated comedy series on our air, as well as becoming the No. 1 comedy on basic cable in delivery of adults 18-49 and adults 18-34. In January we launched LEGIT, which was one of the most critically acclaimed new comedies of the year. Comedian Jim Jefferies and producer director Peter O’Fallon created something very different and very funny, and we expect great things from them this year when the show moves to FXX in January. Based on the scripts we read so far, LEGIT is going to be even better in Season 2.” He concludes his recap with, “And finally, we closed out of the first half of the season with the successful launch of our critically acclaimed new drama series THE BRIDGE.”
Landgraf then sets the stage for their upcoming ambitious Fall season. “We embark on the launch of our newest channel FXX in about a month, which will join our movie channel FXM and the mother ship FX to create a three channel suite. Not only will FX continue to deliver a very powerful lineup of award winning series, it’s actually going to increase its output of original programming, despite the launch of FXX.”
He then touches on the shows, backing up his claim. “The sixth and penultimate season of SONS OF ANARCHY kicks off on September 10th, and the next incarnation of AMERICAN HORROR STORY, called AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN rolls out in October.” He goes on to say, “JUSTIFIED and ARCHER return in January. LOUIE, which just became the first basic cable comedy to receive an Emmy nomination for outstanding comedy series, returns for its fourth season in May. Our 10 part limited series FARGO, from executive producers Joel and Ethan Coen, Noah Hawley and Warren Littlefield and Geyer Kosinski, debuts this spring.”
FX also has two drama pilots in production, THE STRAIN and TYRANT. “THE STRAIN is from executive producers Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse, based on novels by Guillermo and Chuck Hogan. The cast includes the great Corey Stoll, two time Academy Award nominated actor John Hurt, as well as Kevin Durand, Mia Maestro, Richard Sammel, Lauren Lee Smith, Jonathan Hyde, and Miguel Gomez. STRAIN begins production next month in Toronto.”
“TYRANT, from Emmy Award winning executive producers Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff, and Craig Wright, tells the story of an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. David Yates, who directed the final four “Harry Potter” movies and the original BBC miniseries “State of Play,” is directing the pilot, which shoots soon in Morocco.”
Revealing more of 2013’s goals, Landgraf says, “By the end of 2013, we plan to have more than six scripted original comedies series on FX, and we plan to introduce an original drama series on the channel likely in 2015. As for comedy development, we currently have six pilots in production, the most at one time in our history. They include THE COMEDIANS, from Larry Charles, Matt Nix and Billy Crystal, in which Billy will star and which Larry will direct; DEATH PACT, starring Tracy Morgan, directed by Randall Einhorn, who directed the WILFRED pilot; the untitled Andrew Gurland pilot starring Nat Faxon and Judy Greer; THE LAST GIRLFRIEND ON EARTH, from Simon Rich, Jonathan Krisel of ‘Portlandia’ fame, and Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video; HOW AND WHY from Charlie Kaufman; and YOU’RE THE WORST from Stephen Falk of ‘Weeds’ and just coming off “Orange is the New Black.’”
A last, but important note for fans of the respective shows, Landgraf says, “As far as FXX is concerned, IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA and THE LEAGUE are both currently turning out some of the best episodes in their history and will anchor the new network. TOTALLY BIASED WITH W. KAMAU BELL will become a nightly show. And LEGIT will move to FXX in January.” So, look for these shows on FXX, rather than FX.
Whew, that’s a lot of ambition there, FX. Let’s see if they can deliver.