FX Renews The League, Legit, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia; All Three Shows Will Move to Its New Sister Network, FXX


FX held its first-ever formal Upfront presentation in New York this morning, and boy was it a doozy. In addition to a Season 5 renewal for Justified, network president John Landgraf announced a trio of comedy pickups:

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which will debut its ninth season this fall, has been renewed for Season 10, guaranteeing that the show will be on the air through 2014. 

The League, which will debut its fifth season this fall, has been renewed for Season 6... guaranteeing that the show will also be on the air through 2014. 

And Legit, which is currently winding down its first season, has been renewed for Season 2. 

All three shows will move to FXX, FX's new comedy-centric network, which Landgraf said will debut on September 2 and target the 18-34 demographic. The plan is to launch FXX with four original comedies and one late-night show; the starting lineup will include the three series listed above, a TBD half-hour comedy from FX's current development slate, and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, which will also move to FXX and expand to five nights per week. 


Which of these renewals are you most excited about? How does the FXX network sound to you so far?


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What channel will FXX be on cause I have DISH... Will you have to pay for that channel?
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Legit, Legit, Legit. Did I tell you I'm excited the Legit has been renewed.
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I love Legit and It's Always Sunny so I'm happy about this news. I'm not sure if Brand X is gonna make it or not tho :/
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Sounds like I'll just keep watching FX. :)
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I was happy about Legit getting another season until I read the stuff about it moving to FXX (which sounds like a TV station in a porn parody). Legit is one of only three shows I watch on FX. What's more likely: that I'm going to follow Legit over to a new station or stick to stations I'm already familiar with? I wasn't aware cable stations had so many viewers they could afford to skim them off to other channels.
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really you're not going to watch a show you like because its moving networks? i dont understand
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More like I'm not too likely to go looking for a show on a network I've never even heard of before.
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are you talking about yourself? Or a person who watches Legit (or any one these shows) and doesn't know that FX is splitting into FXX?Because I agree a random person wont be looking for their shows on the new network. You though, since you've commented on this article now know when and where your show is going to be, so why not watch the new network?
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There are times I might want to watch Have Gun, Will Travel. I know it's on Encore Westerns, but I don't know off the top of my head which among my hundreds of channels it's on. I've only recently figured out what channel FX is on (from watching Justified and Archer regularly), and I've grown comfortable not bothering to change the channel from Archer to watch Legit. I'm not interested in hunting Legit down to watch it.
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This is the show I care the least about Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. I mean not at all. This show should never been aired, if I want to watch crap like this I'd watch Jon Stewart or the biggest idiot of all, Bill Maher.
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I have no idea why Bell has a show. Talk about nonexistent. The show might as well be hosted by a ghost. At least Brand has notoriety from Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

FX has a bad habit of creating pointless, forgetable talk shows. Who remembers Orlando Jones' show?
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Justified and Archer! Tried to watch Sunny, but ewww. Legit's kinda ewww too.
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If FXX is taking all of these shows, if FX going away? There's barely anything else worth watching on FX.
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Archer
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Yea~~THE LEAGUE!
Archer better be renewed!!
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Archer was renewed a couple months ago
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excellent!
Thank you;-)
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Another channel? More sitcoms? Why not just add more original shows on FX instead to better it?
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So, why the hell am I not seeing "Archer" in this list, FX(X) execu-dopes? That better be a goddamned oversight on your part that will be shortly corrected, 3 shows does not a new network make.

At least I can be happy that It's Always Sunny got another pickup, although putting it on this new station is risky (but what risk is there really in a show that could easily have hung up its coat at any time in the last 7 years and have been considered great?).
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Always Sunny is always funny
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I still hate the idea of FXX.

I still love its shows.
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FXX - Another reason why TV is a train wreck. Let's create another needless, stupidly branded, network, fill it with less than a handful of original programs while the rest is all repeated old programs drawing away more viewers from all other networks, let alone our own ones already in existence (FOX and FX in this case), thereby lessening viewers, and therefore ad revenue, which makes it too costly to continue doing quality scripted programs, or more original ones, so let's do cheaper reality ones instead, or buy the rights to older shows and run marathons of them because we can't fill the station with enough original programming because.... Get the picture? It's a vicious cycle not unlike a snake devouring its own tail. Despite the fact it produces jobs, among other problems, it seems to come at the expense of thinning out the talent pool and causing repetition of actors appearing on too many shows at once

There needs to be an FCC, or some other rule / standard, that you can't have a network, cable or otherwise, unless you can fill it with at least 100 hours (60%) of original programming. Maybe a limit of 9 months to 1 year could be allowed to accomplish that and you must show you can achieve it.

Movie networks and sports networks could be an exception, but must be restricted as such. I suppose AMC would need to change based on that. I would also allow a channel like MeTV that specializes in classic TV, which is what TV Land should have been. FOX could create such a channel for all FOX produced series, but they probably make more money selling the rights to other networks rather than selling ad revenue to run them on their own classic channel. However, those companies/stations who buy the rights would then be competing against FOX's own channels. So FOX makes money selling rights to their shows, but loses viewers to those shows on other networks, which in turn lessens ad revenue for their new and original shows plus their repeats on FOX networks? Does that make any sense? I could be completely wrong here and there is more to consider, but this seems to be the basic system. FOX could create a combined movie and classic program network for their productions, by the way.

The industry needs to consolidate itself and concentrate viewers and talent, not expand and thin itself out to a watered down, tasteless nothing.

Sorry for this mild rant, but this issue really bugs me.
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I dunno, The Hub actually has a great selection of programming and nearly all of it is older programming. This certainly is a huge risk for the FX network's shows, spreading itself too thin could damn both sides of that divide, drama and comedy, but the right programming - new or "pre-owned" - can work if it's directed right. Cartoon Network started with no new programming at all and now it's a juggernaut. Not every channel is Spike/Esquire Network level of awfulness.
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I like the HUB, but only watch Transformers and sometimes Dan Vs. and the R.L. Stine stuff if nothing else on Saturday. I have little problem with CN except for the live-action stuff, the fact they do not air other classics, it's always Tom and Jerry chasing Scooby Doo, and none of their new shows attract my attention. Do they still have Boomerang? Regardless, we never got it on our cable system, which is all the more reason they could put a block of their other classics at times instead of endless Johnny Test (or insert show of the day here) reruns.
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Boomerang, I had forgotten about that. Apparently it is still on, my cable has it but only as a non-HD channel and only as a package, unfortunate as those are the best cartoons (except the horribly racist ones).

The Hub has Batman: The Animated Series, which is the best Batman (and not in the way that "North Korea is Best Korea"), can't go too wrong there.
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But where will the movies go?!?!?
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Comedy - FXX; Drama - FX, right?
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But they'd have to make up a whole new song! FXX has the movies? I don't THINK so. Terrible. Also I'm copyrighting that, FXX, so talk to my lawyers.
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Apparently it's now it's going to be "FX has some movies", so I guess FXX can say the same.
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Welp, they're chugging ahead with the FXX thing. Even with three new comedies I don't think they have enough to support two channels. And good comedies are a rare fruit! You can't just pluck three off the tree and expect them to be good.

Plus, now I'm gonna have to reorganize my entire DVR :( That's really my main beef with this.
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Legit.
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The new FXX logo is ugly.
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You'd think they'd be smart enough not to steal their logo from TJ Maxx.
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Creating a second channel of FX, known as FXX? a terriffic idea

Immediately stranding your top comedies on a soccer channel that most don't even have yet? incredibly stupid

Why not give the channel a while to develop before throwing everything good on a whole new unknown channel? Lately, FX has been about 75% comedy. They should launch only new series on FXX until it becomes more available.
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Justified of course :)
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I don't really care about yet another station. With all of the "fee fights," that's just one more station to be taken from me when the satellite/cable companies finally put their foot down on increases. I will watch FXX, but the moment it gets taken from me as a bargaining chip is the moment I'm going to Hulu Plus or Netflix. I'm tired of companies screwing with my livelyhood and money.
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Good news about all. All three are great. I started watching "Legit" having no real opinion of Jim Jeffries and got hooked. His friend Steve's parents are played by Mindy Sterling and John Ratzenburger and that was reason enough to check it out. Love Cliff Clavin. DJ Qualls is also very good on this show. "The League" is simply the best because it completely removes the fake sentimentality and endless cliches of network sitcoms and is about 30-something friends that actually resemble people you may know and doesn't fall back on stereotypes. Plus great karma - Adrian Peterson appeared this season as himself, stealing Brooklyn Decker's "Gina Tribiati" from Pete and then he won the NFL MVP. Janina Gavankar is practically on every show on television now but no role she plays is as memorable as "Shiva" if for the trophy alone. The other married couple appearing together in an F/X comedy have done quite well with this show.

The question I have is where are "Archer" and "Wilfred", 2 of their best shows, going to appear both having already been renewed by FX? "Totally Biased" is great W. Kamau Bell's show is much better than Russel Brand's. I'd watch his show every night before Kimmel or Fallon because he is smarter and funnier than either.
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I wondered the same thing about Archer and Wilfre (the only ones I follow besides Sunny). I have a hard time believing FX is going to keep Brand X: it is crap no matter which side of the pond you are on.
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Agreed re Archer. I liked Brand X though, at least in its first season before it changed formats.
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So FX is going to compete with...itself? Doesn't really make sense that they did this, when they had the perfect balance between comedy and drama on it's own station. I also wonder what will happen to the original FX network that aired sitcom reruns and movies throughout the day. Will it become a completely dramatic station, or will it retain its mix? Also, shows like Louie are more of a mix between comedy and drama, which is why putting it on a "comedy station" doesn't really make sense.

Anyway, I wasn't too worried about Always Sunnys' renewal, consideral it anchors the Thursday block, nor The League or Archer (which has previously been renewed). But Legit really isn't that good, and I was a bit surprised at its renewal.
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The idea is a bit odd aint it? With just three shows. But I think FXX is to FX what TBS is to TNT. Im assuming theyre going to make FXX a basic channel as right now its premium
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I'm eagerly waiting for F-XXX.
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FX has the porn.
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Does the extra "X" stand for "X-TREME" or did the original X stand for "X-TREME"? Or do they both stand for that?
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FX originally stood for Fox Extended and centered around live, interactive shows. Now it's basically the Fox Network's upscale cable channel.
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So it's "Fox Extended Extreme"?
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Nope. Never said extreme. It's an abandoned initial like SBC was.
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Forget it; you can't recognize a joke when you see it.
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The League. One of the best comedies on TV. Can't wait.
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Damn straight. Can't wait to see what Ted does for the draft or who they cast as Ted.
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FXX? Should have called it, F-it
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Glad to hear those shows are being picked up and I'm excited about this new network. Maybe they'll give Comedy Central a run for their money. Will Archer be making the jump as well?
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I love It's Always Sunny, I think its gotten better year after year, and The League is good too, I like the improv-iness of it.

... What about Wilfred? I mean, I know its been renewed for a third season, but shouldn't that also move to FXX? Thus making it 4 shows? And then when Louie returns in early 2014, 5 shows?

In my opinion, that's still too few original shows. In my opinion, they need more early It's Always Sunny-like stuff, the entire first season of that cost less than the first episode of Louie, and it would be fairly easy to find talent, with the internet and webseries, just do like Adult Swim and buy up something nice, and make it your own.

I also would really love a FX-style sketch show, or a half hour stand-up showcase show, seeing as CC stopped doing that a while ago now.
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Better every year? Eek. I guess I'm on the opposite spectrum as you in regards to Always Sunny. The first three seasons or so were some of the funniest and smartest comedic episodes I've ever seen and I was yelling at everybody I knew to watch Always Sunny. The last four seasons or so have only provided one or two really good episodes per season for me.
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I'm mostly in the same boat, but the last 2 seasons have been having more good episodes so I'm somewhere in between now.
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I think Wilfred airs this season on FX because FXX launches in the Fall while Wilfred is airing this summer. I don't think they want to delay this season of Wilfred just for FXX.
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fios better carrry fxx
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I am super excited for more It's Always Sunny, but I think moving it to their new network is a stupid idea.
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Sounds like another channel for cable and satellite providers to fight over with Fox. Thumbs up on the renewals, thumbs down on the extra channels!
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FXX is replacing "Fox Soccer", so there won't actually be another channel out of this, there will however be a new channel worth watching.
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I already knew it's always sunny was going to be renewed so I have to say I'm most excited about Legit being renewed, I didn't know how many people were watching it was I wasn't sure if it would be picked up. I've been enjoying it so I'm glad we're due for more.
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