If you enjoy laughing at things that are genuinely funny, FX has good news for you. The network used its Television Critics Association press tour presentation on Saturday to announce renewals for three of its comedies: the self-deprecating middle-aged freak-out Louie, the dog-is-man's-best-friend-but-also-his-worst-enemy Wilfred, and the Seinfeld-except-on-crack It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia will be back next year.
Wilfred and Louie each received new orders for 13-episode seasons (a second for Wilfred and a third for Louie). But FX revealed an even higher level of commitment to It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which was handed an additional TWO seasons. With the multiple-season order, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia will run for at least nine seasons—Season 7 premieres on September 15—making it the longest-running live-action comedy on basic cable... ever. Yes, longer even than The Bill Engvall Show. (I'm guessing South Park takes the crown for longest-running basic cable comedy.)
In my mind, this trio of renewals earns FX the title of "best network for comedy," on cable or otherwise. With It's Always Sunny..., Wilfred, Louie, The League, and Archer on its roster for at least another year, FX has surpassed NBC as the king of funny as far as quality is concerned.
If you watch only one network for comedy, which network would you choose? Sign me up for FX.