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FX President and General Manager John Landgraf addressed a room full of reporters at the TCA panel in Los Angeles on Saturday morning to shed some light on the status of the network’s stellar line-up. The FX head-honcho spilled details on new pilots and some favorite FX hits like American Horror Story, Anger Management and Louie. Check out all the updates below!
Anger Management: Martin Sheen is going to therapy! Yup, Charlie Sheen's real-life daddy will be joining the freshman show as (drumroll please!) his dad! Truly a stretch on that one. Although there was no news on whether Anger Management will be picked up for the back 90, Landgraff hints that it’s “very likely.” Considering Martin Sheen has been added to the cast as a series regular, I’m gonna say this one is probably in the bag.
American Horror Story: Get excited, thrill-seekers! The mega-hit “mini-series” is set to return in October and Landgraf spilled some more details about the new setting. The second season will take place in the '60s in a New England sanitarium run by the Catholic Church. Anyone else picturing creepy nuns? And to clarify, there will be absolutely no continuity from Season 1 — that is, none of the characters will be the same. Landgraf reveals, “"I know that [show creator] Ryan [Murphy] doesn't want to give away that many details, but I can tell you that it's unbelievably scary."
BrandX with Russell Brand: FX has ordered more of the late-night half-hour comedy — seven episodes, to be exact. BrandX will return in October after all new episodes of The League. Brand says that the additional new episodes will features some new changes: "The show will look a little more like a conventional late night show. I think we will have guest every week." Landgraf boasts, "Russell Brand is an extraordinary comedic talent —nventive, ambitious and fearless — and we are thrilled to continue our association with him, as well as his partners Troy Miller and Nik Linnen."
The Bridge: FX has found its newest drama series in The Bridge, from Meredith Stiehm (Homeland) and Elwood Reid (Hawaii Five-O). Adapted from the Scandinavian series Bron, The Bridge centers on two detectives from the United States and Mexico who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the border after a dead body is found on the bridge connecting El Paso and Juarez. “We really loved the Scandinavian drama, and Meredith’s and Elwood’s script adaption is very compelling and true to its progenitor,” said Landgraf.
Bronx Warrants: FX’s new half-hour comedy pilot centers around errant warrant detectives in the Bronx assigned to arrest individuals with outstanding warrants. With bonuses paid out for each “body” they bring in, the detectives are out to get to get rich rather than dole out justice. Godfrey (Louie), Josh Segarra (Homeland) and Shirley Rumierk (White Collar) have been cast as the three leads with Emmy-nominated director Scott Ellis (30 Rock) directing. The show will begin production mid-August in New York.
Louie: The hilarious hit has been renewed for a fourth season! Louis C.K. has snagged 14 additional episodes. “There are not enough superlatives in the English language to bestow on Louie or the work Louis C.K. is doing,” said Landgraf. “With this series, he has changed the form and is doing truly groundbreaking, landmark work that is inspiring a whole new generation of artist. Simply put, he is making one of the best shows anywhere on television.” The third season will conclude on Thursday, September 27 with a special one-hour finale.
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Kurt Sutter is a wild card, but he makes it work. A lot of people in show business know they need to walk a thin line with what they say—celebrities are often called on late night talk shows to apologize for comments they don't remember making. But Sutter is happily vocal, and rarely expletive-free, regarding any opinion he might have (including AMC's removal of Frank Darabont as The Walking Dead showrunner). But like I said, he makes it work. And that's because Sutter is responsible for Sons of Anarchy: a series so good, he can get away with saying almost anything. And I'm not the only one who thinks so; Sons of Anarchy has been picked up for a fifth season by FX.
It's not a simple financial move. The network truly appreciates Sutter and his brilliant series. Said FX President John Landgraf, "Everyone at FX is very grateful to [executive producer] Kurt Sutter, his many writing, directing and producing collaborators and his masterful cast for making such a compelling and beautifully crafted show." Few who have seen Sutter's (simplistically put) motorcycle gang series can disagree. It is rife with interesting story, high-stakes, and worthwhile characters. Enough good stuff to keep everyone coming back each week and each season.
Sons of Anarchy airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on the FX network. The fourth season finale will air on Nov. 29.
Hollywood star Minnie Driver and British comedian Eddie Izzard will play the husband and wife lead roles in a new U.S. drama called Lowlife.
The show - produced by the creators of surgical drama Nip/Tuck, sees Oscar-nominee Driver and Izzard as Dahlia and Wayne, a couple of travelling con-artists on a splurge through America.
FX Networks president John Landgraf says, "It's a very complicated marriage, and both characters are really strong, so we needed two actors who are perfectly matched up and can hold their own."
Production is due to start in early March.
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