FX Launches New Network and a Huge Slate of New Programming; Renews JUSTIFIED, THE LEAGUE, and More; Orders FARGO to Series

     March 28, 2013


FX, home of Sons of AnarchyJustified, 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 PhiladelphiaThe 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 DekernionDanny McBride and the team behind Eastbound & Down.

Hit the jump for all the details.

justified-peace-of-mindFirst of all, FX is becoming a triumvirate, with the launch of FXX (which disappointingly is not an edgy all-female channel) which will be aimed at “young adult viewers,” ages 18-34 and will include more comedy programming and movies.  FXM continues to go for a slightly more mature audience with programming geared towards the 25-54 age bracket.  The original FX will continue to run the gambit, with programming styled towards the 18-49 group that will start to include more miniseries and limited series.

Here’s what that actually means: Justified will remain on FX, while It’s Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaThe League and Legit will all move to FXX.  Additionally, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell will now becoming regular late night show, airing five nights a week this fall on FXX.

As for new series, Fargo will air as a 10-episode limited series.  Yes, that Fargo — and this adaptation will be penned by novelist/writer Noah Hawley and executive produced by Warren Littlefield and the Coen brothers.  The Fargo series will follow a cast of new characters and a new case, but retaining that Minnesota charm.

fargo-tv-showTwo comedy pilots are also on the horizon: one from Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind scribe Charlie Kaufman, How And Why (who is book smart but not street smart), and another called Chozen, from the team behind Eastbound & Down (including, yes, Danny McBride), which will be an animated series about a white rapper recently released from prison looking for redemption.

FX is not stopping there, though — it has four other limited series including Mayflower (“an unflinching portrait of the Puritan settles at Plymouth Colony and their uneasy alliance with the local Native Americans), Grand Hotel (“an international luxury hotel in Paris that turns into a hellish trap when it becomes the center of a terrorist attack”), Mad Dogs (Based on a British series where things take a dark turn when four forty-something friends visit Belize) and finally Sutton (based on the novel about a prolific Irish bank robber).

In terms of regular drama series, it’s developing The Bridge, about two detectives (one from the U.S., one from Mexico), who must work together to hunt down a killer; Tyrant, from the team who brought us Homeland (with a pilot directed by Ang Lee); and Guillermo del Toro‘s The Strain, about vampires that are actually scary.

Additionally, FX will also develop their own app that will act like HBOGo, allowing cable subscribers to watch their content anywhere.  There will be plenty of content to watch — in addition to more drama series, all of the old favorites are back as well: Sons of AnarchyAmerican Horror StoryLouieArcherWilfred and The Americans.