Some actual legitimate bona fide real news came out of this weekend's TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour sessions, courtesy of FX. The network announced renewals for a pair of its Thursday comedies, the so-real-it's-surreal intello-comedy Louie and new topical improv talk show Brand X with Russell Brand, according to Entertainment Weekly. Louie will be back for a fourth season and Brand X will be back for numero dos.
Whereas Louie is 99.99 percent guaranteed to return next summer, Brand X will be back this fall with seven new episodes. It will also undergo a series of creative changes, probably because as it is now, it's just a guy with a microphone and some other guy at a desk.
FX hasn't yet made the biggest decision of its summer. Anger Management, the multi-camera sitcom starring Charlie Sheen as a guy who is a lot like Charlie Sheen, has no word on its potential for a mammoth 90-episode pickup. The show needs to hit a magic number in the ratings for FX to move forward; last week's episode was the highest-rated in FX's comedy block, with 2.4 million viewers and a 1.0 rating in the adult demo. FX's Thursday-at-10pm comedy Wilfred also is waiting word for renewal.
FX also had something to say on its long-gestating superhero crime drama Powers, adapted from the comic book series of the same name. The project, about a detective who investigates superhero crime, is still being looked at but would likely be retooled a lot, including finding a new lead to replace Jason Patric.