Cable network FX officially announced today plans to start up a new channel focused on comedy programming called FXX this fall, anchored by its longest running comedies It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League. FX has renewed Always Sunny, The League, and Legit for a tenth, sixth, and second season, respectively, with the already-announced upcoming ninth and fifth seasons of Always Sunny and The League set to debut on FXX in the fall. Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell will be airing five nights a week on FXX.
As far as FX (and not FXX) stuff goes, the network announced that the fourth season of Louie will debut in May of 2014 and that they’ve ordered a comedy pilot from Charlie Kaufman called How & Why (about a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works, but is clueless about life) and a limited 10-episode series based on the movie Fargo. FX will also be debuting FX Now, a streaming platform that will debut its original programming the morning after it airs on TV.
FX has been beefing up its comedy lineup over the last few years, currently boasting nine original comedies (Always Sunny, The League, Archer, Louie, Wilfred, Anger Management, Brand X, Totally Biased, and Legit). FXX will add four more original comedies and will gradually add drama and late night shows in the years to come. Broadcasting & Cable reported in January that FX was planning to split into FX and FXX, but today brings the first official confirmation that they’re going through with it from the network. FXX will launch September 2nd, so you can look forward to a lot of people getting confused right around then.