FX, home of Sons of Anarchy, Justified, and The Americans (which has already been picked up for a second season), just exploded with information about new spin-off channels, series renewals, new series and more, such as:
- FX has launched a new network, FXX, to appeal to a young adult set of viewers.
- Series renewals include Justified, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League and Legit, with the latter three moving to FXX in 2014.
- Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell expands to a 5-nights-a week.
- FX orders a 10-episode limited series of Fargo.
- FX orders comedy pilots How and Why from Charlie Kaufman, and Chozen from Grant Dekernion, Danny McBride and the team behind Eastbound & Down.
Hit the jump for all the details.
As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for FX, President & General Manager of FX Networks John Landgraf took some time to talk about their current hit series, new shows, and what they see as possibilities for their future line-up. During the interview, he spoke about the importance of establishing trust with your showrunners, having strong female leads at the center of their upcoming drama series The Americans and The Bridge, what he’s heard about casting for Season 3 of American Horror Story, the plan for the next 90 episodes of Anger Management and the tweaking they’ve done to the show, how he sees It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia having a 10-season run, and broadcaster responsibility, in regard to violence on television. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
With Texas Chainsaw 3D opening January 4th, 2013, star Alexandra Daddario came to New York Comic-Con this weekend to promote the film. Directed by John Luessenhop (Takers), the pic is a direct sequel to the 1974 original and picks up where that film left off: “a young woman has escaped the horrors of the Sawyer family and alerted authorities, leading the townspeople to descend on the Sawyer household and seemingly put an end to the family’s reign of terror. The story then jumps forward to present day where a young woman (Daddario) has inherited a Texas estate from a grandmother she didn’t know she had.” Needless to say, after she arrives, things go bad. For more on the film, here’s the trailer and all our previous coverage.
During my exclusive interview with Daddario we talked about being at NYCC, how she got cast, the gore, how the film changed from the initial conception through to the final cut (she reveals that there was an alternate ending filmed), what it was like to film in Shreveport, Louisiana, and a lot more. In addition, we also talked about White Collar (she played Kate), Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (she just filmed an episode) and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
The fall TV season is just around the corner, and FX has just announced a slew of premiere dates for its returning series. Here’s a brief look at when your favorite shows will be back:
Sons of Anarchy kicks off its fifth season with a special 90-minute episode, while Ultimate Fighter Fridays will have a two-hour premiere. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
Before the 2012 Emmy Nominations are officially announced (July 19th), I wanted to jump in and highlight some of what I believe to be some of the best underrated performances on television this year. Putting aside some of the perennial winners, the following discussion for each of the major categories is likely to mention plenty of names who won’t get Emmy mentions this year, but certainly should (and others who may get a nod, but likely won’t win). Hit the jump for the (spoiler-free!) list that is not meant to be exhaustive (after all, I do watch an unhealthy amount of TV but I’m not caught up on everything), but hopefully brings at least a few of those dark horses to light with the recognition they deserve.
FX has sent out a press release laying out their fall schedule. The network’s fall season will kick off on Tuesday, September 9th at 10pm with the 90-minute season premiere of Sons of Anarchy. On Thursday, September 15th at 10pm, the new season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia will begin. FX’s newest show, American Horror, will premiere on Wednesday, October 5th at 10pm. The following night at 10:30pm, the new season of The League begins. Finally, Archer will get a special three-week run starting on Thursday September 15th in hopes that it can expand its audience by having It’s Always Sunny as its lead-in. New episodes of Archer will air on September 15, 22, and 29th and then will return for its new season in earnest (although the word “earnest” should never be used when writing about Archer) in early 2012 with a 13-episode season.
Hit the jump for the full press release which contains more info on all five shows.
FX has announced which telelvision shows it will be bringing to Comic-Con this year. Archer, Wilfred, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Sons of Anarchy will each have their own panels at the convention. From Archer, stars H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Chris Parnell, Judy Greer, Amber Nash will appear. From Wilfred, stars Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelman and Dorian Brown will be on hand. From It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito will participate. Finally, from Sons of Anarchy, stars Charlie Hunnam, Ron Pearlman and Katey Segal are scheduled to appear.
Additionally, Archer and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia will be screening brand new episodes for the audience. Hit the jump to read the full press release, which has more details on each panel. We’ll have more Comic-Con announcements for you in the coming weeks, leading up to our full coverage from San Diego beginning July 20th.
Wrapping up filming on its 7th season, likely to debut in September on FX, about a dozen online outlets were invited to hang out on the set and chat with the cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia while they were shooting their season finale. After observing a couple of scenes being shot, which were connected to the baby storyline from Season 6, and taking a tour of the sets, which included the very recognizable Paddy’s Pub, we were treated to a delicious catered lunch and then brought into a conference room to wait for the cast.
Show creator/executive producer/star Rob McElhenney, who has put on 50 pounds for story purposes, was joined by co-stars Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito for a nearly 45-minute chat, in which they talked about the darker tone, their jaunt to the Jersey Shore, guest stars, more serialized storytelling, themes of this season, the reason for the extreme weight gain, and their hope for a Season 8. Check out excerpts that highlight some of the stand-out points of the interview, and listen to the audio for the full conversation:
Last month, we found out Comedy Central and MTV Networks were putting together The Comedy Awards, a broadcast awards event to honor the best comedy films, actors, TV series, digital content and stand-up acts. The Comedy Awards will be taped on March 26th for a premiere on Sunday, April 10th which will be simultaneous broadcast on Comedy Central, Spike TV, TV Land, VH1 and Nick At Nite. Now the nominations for the awards’ debut have finally been revealed, and they mostly hit the nail on the head. There’s love for big comedies like The Other Guys and Get Him to the Greek, but lower profile films like Cyrus and Tiny Furniture get some love too. Check out the full list of nominees after the jump.
For five seasons (plus a Christmas special), It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has been the flagship comedy on a network known for its edgy dramas. Sunny remains on brand for FX by this virtue: you certainly can’t find anything like it on the broadcast networks, you probably can’t find anything comparable on the rest of basic cable, and even the unlimited bounds of premium cable systematically fail to espouse such depravity with such consistency.
There is a theoretical saturation point, where either I or the characters get too old for their antics. Thank god it hasn’t come in season six, which continues to provide shameful joy in the four episodes FX sent over for review. More after the jump:
In terms of movie-related programming, the San Diego Comic-Con ends on Saturday. The schedule for Sunday, July 25th is now online and it’s “Kids’ Day”. That means there are a lot of Nickelodeon and Disney Channel panels as well as craft panels and screenings that are perfect for parents.
For geeks though, Sunday is all about picking up that last-minute collectible, walking the floor, or seeing some TV panels. Hall H isn’t even open on Sunday, so instead all eyes turn to the second biggest room, Ballroom 20, where the biggest panel of the day by far is the one for Glee. But that’s not all. Smallville, Supernatural and Castle all will have presentations on Sunday too. And panels featuring Sons of Anarchy and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia are pretty much guaranteed to slap Kids’ Day in the face.
You can check out the schedules for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at their corresponding link. Hit the jump for our highlights of the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con’s closing day.
Team Coco, get ready to re-raise your orange-and-white banners because The Wrap is reporting that Conan O’Brien is planning to hit the road and perform at venues across the country. It’s a clever little work-around his NBC contract that prohibited him from appearing on television again until September. And as Family Guy and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia have shown, there’s a market for television shows to hit the road and play to live audiences.
Finally, Team Coco energy hasn’t subsided as fans are anxious to see if Conan will return to late night by signing a deal with Fox (TheWrap says face-to-face meeting are expected to begin by next month). The insidious Tonight Show promos playing during the Winter Olympics aren’t helping as they’re using The Beatles’ “Get Back” to promote Jay Leno’s return. The Beatles should not be used for evil.
If you live around Los Angeles and are a fan of either Family Guy or It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, click this link immediately. That’s because this Friday night, for one night only, the two shows are doing a live reading at the Gibson Amphitheater to benefit Haiti. While I don’t know what Family Guy episode they’re doing, the cast of It’s Always Sunny is performing the The Nightman Cometh! As I said, don’t debate, buy tickets now before they’re gone! Check out the poster I was sent for the event after the jump:
Even from its pilot episode, “The Gang Gets Racist”, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has been one of the most mean-spirited and offensive shows on television. It’s also been one of the funniest, and it’s only gotten funnier, as well as more mean-spirited and offensive, over the last four seasons. Now in its fifth season, the show has become one of FX’s biggest hits and they’ve even released a special Christmas episode, A Very Sunny Christmas, which is available now on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital download.
Stars and co-creators Glenn Howerton (who plays Dennis Reynolds) and Rob McElhenney (who plays Mac) recently sat down for a conference call where they talk about the show’s success, the controversy surrounding the episode “The Great Recession” which prominently featured Dave & Busters and Coors Light, how they came to create A Very Sunny Christmas, and more. Fans of the show should definitely check it out after the jump.
Except for the incredibly awkward Dave & Busters episode a couple weeks ago, the new season of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” has been meaner and funnier than ever before. Last week’s episode was one of the best in the entire series. Now, in an odd but delightful move, basic cable channel Comedy Central will syndicate the basic cable TV series from FX. Hit the jump for more details and possibly little green ghouls.