FX Renews 'Justified' and More, Orders 'Fargo' Series, Creates New Network for Comedy
FX Renews 'Justified' and More, Orders 'Fargo' Series, Creates New Network for Comedy
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
FX announced a ton of huge news today regarding renewals for many of its shows, pick-ups for some new ones, scheduling plans and a brand new network that will serve as home to some of the network's most beloved comedies.

Here's everything you need to know about FX's plans for the future.

-Justified was renewed for season 5. The Timothy Olyphant drama ends its fourth season Tuesday, April 2 and will return in January 2014.

-FX's newest drama, The Bridge, about two detectives on either side of the U.S./Mexico border, will debut in July. It stars Oscar-nominee Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger.

-American Horror Story: Coven will premiere around Halloween like always. The fourth season of Louie won't return until May 2014.

-It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia returns for season 9 this fall, and it has also been renewed for season 10 to air in the fall of 2014.

-The League returns for season 5 this fall, and it has also been renewed for season 6 to air in the fall of 2014.

-The new Jim Jefferies comedy Legit has been renewed for season 2 and will return in early 2014.

-FOX Soccer will be transformed into a new network, FXX, starting September 2, 2013. The new channel will be devoted to comedy while the original FX is more focused on drama (it's a bit like the way TBS and TNT are split up). In fact, the new seasons of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League and Legit will all be airing on FXX.

-Also moving to FXX is the late-night talk show Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, which will go from weekly to nightly and air Monday-Thursday at 11pm starting this fall.

-FX has ordered a 10-episode limited series adaptation of the Oscar-winning Coen Brothers movie Fargo. The miniseries event is being adapted by Noah Hawley (creator of the short-lived Jeremy Renner drama The Unusuals) while Joel and Ethan Coen will serve as executive producers. It will begin production in the fall and air in spring 2014.

-FX has also ordered two comedy pilots for potential new series. How and Why is being written and directed by Oscar-winner Charlie Kaufman (writer of Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and more) and centers on a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works, but doesn't understand life. The second pilot is an animated series called Chozen about a white rapper released from prison and is being produced by Eastbound and Down's Danny McBride.

-FX has also ordered several other "limited series," which is apparently the new code word for miniseries. Mayflower will tell the story or the original settlers in Plymouth Colony. Grand Hotel is about a luxury hotel in Paris that turns deadly when it's the center of a terrorist attack. Mad Dogs, based on a British series, is about four friends in their 40s who travel to Belize to visit an old pal when things turn dark. Finally, Sutton is about a notorious bank robber released from Attica on Christmas Eve 1969 who then takes a reporter on a tour of his life and crimes.

With a new network, many renewals and a large slate of new limited series, FX is certainly growing larger for the future.

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