FX has some announcements to make as part of today’s Television Critics Association presentation. First and foremost, the horror thriller The Strain has been renewed, assuring fans they’ll get to see a third season of the creepy series that’s creatively rebounded in its second season. Executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, Carlton Cuse, and Chuck Hogan, the show is adapted from del Toro and Hogan’s trilogy of novels and tells the story of a vampire outbreak in New York City. It was always intended as a close-ended story, with five seasons being the maximum limit as expressed by del Toro and Lost veteran Cuse, who serves as showrunner. So this brings them one step closer to that endgame. Season 3 will debut next summer.
Additionally, the network has ordered two new comedy pilots to series. Better Things stars Louie alum Pamela Adlon who co-creates and executive produces the series with Louis C.K. The series revolves around a working single mother of three trying to earn a living, navigate her daughters’ lives, have fun with a friend or two, and just maybe squeeze in some private time once in a while. It sounds very much like a companion series to Louie, which shouldn’t be a surprise given the behind-the-scenes talent involved. The 10-episode first season will debut in 2016.
Also, FXX has ordered to series the animated show Cassius and Clay, from Archer creator Adam Reed and Modern Family producer and former Community writer Megan Ganz. The show takes place in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic American South and revolves around a pair of female bandits, voiced by Kaitlin Olson and Lake Bell. The voice cast also includes Susan Sarandon, Jeffrey Tambor, JB Smoove, Kevin Michael Richardson, Stephen Root, Katy Mixon, and Robert Patrick.
Cassius and Clay’s 10-episode first season will debut on FXX in 2016, but it’ll be joined on the network by the seventh season of the terrific animated series Archer, which moves from FX to FXX. It joins It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, You’re the Worst, Man Seeking Woman, and Animation Domination on FX’s younger-skewing, more comedy-centric network, leaving the more dramatic fare for FX proper.
FX has also set the premiere dates for American Horror Story: Hotel, season two of Fargo, and Kurt Sutter’s new series The Bastard Executioner. Check the dates out here.