Posted on Thursday, March 13th, 2014 by Angie Han
Briefly: Remember Louie? FX comedy, critically acclaimed, last seen in the fall of 2012? Well, it’s finally coming back. FX announced today that it has set the Louie Season 4 premiere date for 10 PM on Monday, May 5. And to reward Louis C.K.‘s patient fans, the network is even throwing in an extra episode. Season 4 will run 14 episodes long instead of the usual 13, with two episodes airing per week through June 16.
By the time Louie returns, it’ll have been off the air for about 19 months. At the time that the hiatus was announced, C.K. told press that he needed “a little breathing room” so that the show could “keep getting better.” In a statement, FX CEO John Landgraf enthused that C.K. had done just that.
“Louis said he needed extra time between seasons three and four of his show because – even though Louie was the most critically acclaimed television comedy series in America – he needed to make it even better,” he said. “Based on the first three episodes we’ve seen, remarkably, he accomplished his goal.” [TheWrap]
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Posted on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 by Angie Han
After months of record low temperatures and endless snowfall, most folks around the country are eager to get winter over with already. But FX’s Fargo may have you wanting to dive right back into the cold when it debuts this spring.
The first teaser for the 10-episode limited series, based on the Joel and Ethan Coen‘s film of the same title, has Billy Bob Thornton‘s shifty drifter character engaging in a familiar wintertime ritual. Watch it after the jump.
[Update: Key & Peele duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have just boarded in recurring roles. Details on their characters after the jump.
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Crew members on a 25th century starship are dying left and right, and eventually realize they’re actually fulfilling the actions of a 21st century TV show. That’s the plot of the award-winning novel Redshirts by John Scalzi, which is now being turned into a TV show on FX. Read More »
While some actors carry through multiple seasons, and there’s always a general tone of “batshit crazy,” American Horror Story has never been quite definable. It has used a haunted house, an asylum and witches so far, making variety a notable trait of the show. That’ll continue into the fourth season. Co-creator Ryan Murphy recently revealed the fourth season of the series would be another period piece set in the year 1950. “If you look historically what happened in the year 1950, there’s some more clues in that year,” he said.
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FX has landed some major comedic star power for a bunch of new pilots. Billy Crystal has a show called The Comedian, Tracy Morgan has a show called Death Pact, Denis Leary has a show called Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll and that’s not the half of it.
There are 12 new pilots in total and the two most exciting might be a new show created by and starring Zach Galifianakis, which will be co-produced and co-written by Louis C.K. It’s the first show in C.K.’s new deal. Then, Oscar-winning writer Charlie Kaufman‘s new show How and Why has cast John Hawkes and Michael Cera in key roles. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, January 9th, 2014 by Angie Han
As Justified enters its fifth season, fans may want to savor their time with Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant). There may not be too much of it left.
Showrunner Graham Yost has previously said that he sees his Western drama running for six seasons, and though it’s not unheard of for a show to run beyond its originally intended lifespan if it proves popular enough, it seems that in this case he has the network backing him up. At a recent event, FX president Nick Grad confirmed that a six-season run is “the plan right now.” Hit the jump to find out why.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 by Angie Han
The Coen Brothers don’t have a new film out in 2014, but their presence will be felt on the pop culture landscape all the same. Among the intriguing oddities being offered up by the TV gods this year is Fargo, an FX limited series based on the duo’s 1996 hit.
Technically speaking, the new Fargo is neither a remake nor a sequel for the first one. What it shares with the original is the cold northern setting and the “Minnesota nice” tone. At the center of this version is insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (played by the ubiquitous Martin Freeman), a sort of updated take on William H. Macy’s Jerry Lundegaard. Hit the jump to see him and some other new characters in the first stills from the show.
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FX made a wise decision this week and invested more heavily in the twisted mind of Louis CK. The comedian, now one of the most popular and influential in the world, has been racking up acclaim for the network with his show, Louie. Now FX has signed him for an overall production deal which includes a brand new show that he’ll create, executive produce, and potentially write and direct. Read More »
Next summer, the twisted mind of Guillermo del Toro will be on display weekly. The Strain, an FX series based on a trilogy of vampire books del Toro co-wrote, has just been ordered to series by the network. The first of its 13 episodes will premiere in July 2014 with Lost’s Carlton Cuse as the showrunner. Del Toro directed the pilot. Read More »