Big news today for any fans of It's Always Sunny and The League, and we felt the need to pass it on in case you freak when you won't be able to find them on TV this year: FX is splitting in two parts. The regular channel will now be dedicated mostly to drama and will continue to air Justified, Sons of Anarchy, and The Americans. A new channel, FXX, will be dedicated to young male-skewing shows—including It's Always Sunny, The League, and possibly Louie. And from the (very early) looks of it, this channel might end up being must-watch TV.
FXX will be anchored by Sunny and The League, which both have been renewed for at least two more years. Legit and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell will also be on the new channel. The network execs didn't say whether Louie and Archer will be on FX or FXX, although it seems like both shows would be a natural fit on FXX.
New shows that may appear on the network include a comedy from the team behind Eastbound & Down and a show called How and Why from Charlie Kaufman.
As for new FX programs? There will be a miniseries based on the movie Fargo, as well as these four new dramas:
This series is an unflinching portrait of the Puritan settlers at Plymouth Colony and their uneasy alliance with the local Native Americans. The series will be executive produced by Gil Netter (Life of Pi, The Blind Side) and marks his first foray into television. Serving alongside Netter as Executive Producers are Dan Carey and Paul Giamatti (Sideways, John Adams).
In this series, an international luxury hotel in Paris turns into a hellish trap when it becomes the center of a terrorist attack. Written and executive produced by Richard McBrien (Merlin, Wallander), Grand Hotel will also be executive produced by Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Jarhead), Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty), and Alain & Vassili Clert (Spiral).
Based on the British series and written by Cris Cole (Mad Dogs, The Bill), this series follows the reunion of four forty-something guys who head to Belize to visit their old school friend, when things take an unexpected and dark turn. Shawn Ryan (The Shield, Terriers, The Chicago Code) will serve as Executive Producer alongside Cole.
Based on the novel “Sutton” by J.R. Moeringher, this extraordinary journey begins on Christmas Eve 1969, when Willie “The Actor” Sutton – Irishman, lover, folk hero, and the most prolific bank robber in American history – stepped out of Attica Prison and boarded a plane for New York City, where he proceeded to take a reporter and photographer on a five-borough guided tour of his remarkable life and crimes. Written and executive produced by Rob Siegel (The Wrestler, Big Fan).
As long as FXX isn't left in the cable wilderness to languish, it's cool to see a channel based on the sensibilities of The League and It's Always Sunny. If creating the new network leads to just ONE more show being put through that wouldn't normally, then this is a positive development.
One more thing: FXX will be replacing the Fox Soccer Channel, which recently lost its rights to cover the Premier League. So say your goodbyes now.