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FX Networks Orders Donald Glover Series to Pilot

FX has officially ordered the pilot for series, “Atlanta” from actor and writer Donald Glover. He is most known for starring on “Community,” writing for “30 Rock,” and as rapper Childish Gambino.

“Atlanta” will revolve around two cousins on their way up through the Atlanta rap scene whose opposing views on art versus commerce, success and race will make their quest anything but easy. Glover will play “Earnest ‘Earn’ Marks,” a college drop-out who reconnects with his long-buried ambition and sets out to seize the life he imagined for himself when his estranged cousin becomes a sudden star.

Glover will also serve as Executive Producer for the series alongside Paul Simms and Dianne McGunigle of Schiff Company. The pilot will be produced by FX Productions.

The news was announced by the Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions, Nick Grad and Eric Schrier

“Donald Glover is a uniquely talented actor and performer who brings real-life experience to this subject matter,” said Grad. “Not only is Donald a very gifted actor, he has achieved tremendous success and acclaim as the musical artist Childish Gambino. He, along with Paul Simms, has a very honest, sometimes serious, and funny perspective on life, the world of rap music and the city of Atlanta.”

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FX Sets Premiere Dates For Archer, Always Sunny, and More

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FX and FXX have officially set the season premiere dates for several of their most popular shows including “Archer,” “Justified,” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” along with several more.

“Archer” will return for a sixth season starting Thursday, January 8, at 10 PM e/p on FX. “Justified” will head into its sixth and final season on Tuesday, January 20, at 10 PM e/p on FX. Season 3 of “The Americans” is set to debut on Wednesday, January 28, at 10 PM e/p on FX.

“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and the terrible gang of Paddy’s Pub comes back on Wednesday, January 14, at 10 PM e/p on FXX. That same night will be the series premiere of FXX’s new comedy series “Man Seeking Woman,” starring This Is The End‘s Jay Baruchel, at 10:30 PM e/p.

“Man Seeking Woman” follows Josh (Baruchel) on his unrelenting quest for love. Josh soldiers through one-night stands, painful break-ups, a blind date with a troll, time travel, sex aliens, many deaths and a Japanese penis monster named Tanaka on his fantastical journey to find love. Starring alongside Baruchel are Eric Andre (The Eric Andre Show) as “Mike,” Josh’s confident and daring best friend; Britt Lower (Unforgettable) as “Liz,” Josh’s intimidating older sister; and Maya Erskine (Betas) as “Maggie,” the ex-girlfriend Josh can never quite forget. Man Seeking Woman is based on Simon Rich’s book of short stories, The Last Girlfriend on Earth.

Chuck Saftler, President of Program Strategy and COO, FX Networks, said,

“This amazing collection of returning hits, award-winning series and a new comedy series continue to distinguish FX and FXX as the premier destinations for dramas and comedies on television.”

FX Cancels The Bridge

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FX has officially announced today that they will “not be moving forward with a third season of The Bridge.” The press statement was quick and sweet without anymore information as to why they will not be renewing the series.

“The Bridge” starred Diane Kruger and Demián Bichir as cops on opposite sides of the El Paso/Juárez boarder. Season two did end with some loose ends which seems will not get tied up for viewers.

It is likely the cancellation is due to low ratings in the second season which dipped when compared to the first season.

FX Orders American Horror Story Season 5

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One episode into the fourth season and FX has already renewed “American Horror Story” for a fifth season. According to Deadline, the renewal was in part due to the record-breaking debut of American Horror Story: Freak Show” which brought in about 10 million viewers.

Season four of AHS takes place in Jupiter, Florida.  The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike.This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.

We get the return of AHS alums, Jessica Lange as Elsa Mars, Kathy Bates as Effil Darling, Angela Bassett as Desiree Dupree, Sarah Paulson as Siamese twins Bette and Dot Tattler, Evan Peters as Jimmy Darling, and Emma Roberts as Maggie.

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Dante Di Loreto, Tim Minear, Jennifer Salt, James Wong and Brad Buecker are Executive Producers.

They have not revealed what the fifth season of AHS will be.

FX Greenlights Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story

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“American Horror Story” creator Ryan Murphy is bringing us another anthology series (with a lazy name) courtesy of FX. The network has greenlit a 10-episode order for the true-crime  anthology according to Variety.

Season one of ACS will follow the case and trial of Orenthal James Simpson who, in 1994, was accused on murdering his ex-wife and Ron Goldman. To this day it is largely believed that the jury made a mistake and OJ is quite guilty of the crime.

“The O.J. case was as tragic as it was fascinating – it seemed like everyone had a stake in the outcome. It was really the beginning of the modern tabloid age,” Murphy said.

Murphy and his longtime production partner Brad Palchuk will produce the series. Writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski adapting Jeffrey Toobin’s OJ book, The Run of His Life: The People v. OJ Simpson.

FX Networks CEO John Landgraf said,

“Time and time again, Ryan Murphy has transformed the medium of television by redefining genres and formats as he did with Nip/TuckGlee and the American Horror Story franchise, and we expect the same of American Crime Story.”

 

Much like his acclaimed series, “American Horror Story,” ACS will feature a different true crime tale every season. It will also change cast members and/or change cast members roles in each season.

Murphy is expected to direct at least the first episode of the series.

According to FX, production will begin early next year.

First Official Trailer – AHS: Freak Show

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After several teasers and mini trailers, we finally have a real full length trailer for the upcoming season four of “American Horror Story: Freak Show.”

Season 4 of the anthology series is set in Florida, circa 1952. It follows a travelling circus known as a “troupe of curiosities” that arrives at the same time that a dark entity emerges, threatening the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. From the official description: “This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amid the dying world of the American carny experience.”

Season four stars:

  • Jessica Lange stars as Elsa Mars, a German expatriate managing one of the last remaining freak shows in the country. 
  • Emma Roberts as Maggie
  • Sarah Paulson as conjoined twins Bette and Dot Tattler
  • Kathy Bates as the bearded lady Effil Darling
  • Michael Chiklis as strong man Wendell Del Toredo
  • Angela Bassett as the three-breasted Desiree Dupree
  • Evan Peters as Jimmy Darling.

Frances Conroy, Gabourey Sidibe, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock as well as the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge have also signed on as cast members for season 4 while Patti LaBelle will appear in a four-episode arc and Matt Bomerset will appear in guest role.

Show creator Ryan Murphy will direct the pilot, marking the first time he’s helmed an episode since the series debut.

You can watch the new trailer below. “AHS: Freak Show” debuts Oct. 8 on FX.

FX Orders Zach Galifianakis and Louis C.K. Comedy

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FX has officially ordered the series “Baskets” from comedians Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel. The series will star Galifianakis.

The pilot episode was written by Galifianakis, Louis C.K., and Krisel who will also serve as showrunner on the series. The show is described as follows:

So what is Baskets? Well, in a world constrained by corporate interests and the homogenization of society, one man in Bakersfield, California dares to follow his dream of becoming a professional clown. But after an unsuccessful enrollment at a prestigious clowning school in Paris, the only job he can find is with the local rodeo. Baskets follows Chip Baskets’ (Zach Galifianakis) pursuit of his dream, against all odds, to be a respected clown.

Eric Schrier, the President of Original Programing for FX Networks and FX Productions, said,

“Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel have created an absolutely brilliant show. To say Zach’s portrayal of the lead character Chip Baskets is hilarious/unique/riveting/fascinating would be an understatement. We can’t wait for the world to meet him.”

“Baskets” has been ordered for 10 episodes for the first season. production will begin early next year and it is planned to premiere sometime in 2016.

Season Two of Fargo Returns to 1979

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FX officially announced that they renewed “Fargo” for a second season but with some surprises.

It was reported that season two would feature a brand new cast! And according to a report from TheWrap, the season will take place in 1979 following a younger version of Lou Solverson, the character played by Keith Carradine in the first season, as he returns from the Vietnam War.

Executive Produce Noah Hawley said,

“It gets hard to look past the actors. I like the idea that the character comes first and the actors are able to disappear into the role… That time period is really interesting in American history; post-Vietnam, post-Watergate, just before Ronald Reagan became President.”

Hawley revealed that the first season of “Fargo” was influenced by the films No Country for Old Men, A Serious Man, as well as the original film, Fargo. He explained that season two will be looking to Miller’s Crossing and The Man Who Wasn’t There in addition to Fargo for influence.

“Fargo” is written by Hawley. Hawley, Warren Littlefield, Joel & Ethan Coen and Geyer Kosinski serve as executive producers. “Fargo” is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions.

FX Picks Up Louie for a Fifth Season

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FX has officially renewed “Louie” for a fifth season! The next season will feature seven episodes and will premiere in Spring 2015. The show comes from Creator/Executive Producer/Writer/Star/Director/Editor Louis C.K.

“Louie” is a comedy filtered through the observational humor of Louis C.K.. Each episode puts a spotlight on Louis’ hectic life as a successful stand-up comedian and newly single father raising his two daughters. The single-camera comedy is a mix of Louis C.K.’s stand-up comedy and scripted stories. Louis C.K., M. Blair Breard and Dave Becky are Executive Producers. The series is produced by FX Productions.

FX Networks & FX Productions CEO, John Landgraf, said,

“Louie’s fourth season was once again groundbreaking. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking – always thought provoking,” said Landgraf. “The show went to narrative and cinematic places no comedy has gone before and we look forward to seeing what Louis comes up with next.”

Wes Bentley Joins “American Horror Story: Freak Show”

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This can only be good news! Wes Bentley has been confirmed as the next actor joining the cast of “American Horror Story: Freak Show.”

According to a report from Variety, Bentley will play a character called Eddie, a tormentor from Kathy Bates’ character’s past who is seeking revenge, and appear in the Halloween two-part episode.

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” will see the return of AHS veterans Bates, Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy and Angela Bassett. Micheal Chiklis has also joined the cast as Bates ex-husband and Bassett’s current husband – this will be good.  The fourth season is set in the 50’s centered around the last freak show in America.

Bentley is most known from his role as Seneca Crane in The Hunger Games and his role in the critically acclaimed film American Beauty.