March 28th, 2013
05:30 PM ET
FX's viewers should prepare to see triple.
On Thursday, FX Networks announced that it'll soon consist of three channels: FX, FXM and now FXX, which will be geared toward a younger crowd.
Scheduled to launch on September 2, FXX will be "built on a foundation" of original comedy shows, movies and acquired programs. As it's not strictly a comedy channel, FXX will also grow to host original dramas, all of which will be geared toward viewers ages 18 to 34.
"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," which has been picked up for a 10th season, and "The League," which has been renewed through its sixth season, will move over to FXX in the fall.
Those comedies will join the late night program, "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell," as well as acquired shows like "Freaks & Geeks," "Arrested Development," "Rescue Me," "Sports Night" and "How I Met Your Mother."
The flagship channel FX will continue to host comedies, but will increase its number of dramas and start incorporating limited edition series and miniseries into its programming fold, targeting a slightly broader audience of 18 to 49. (FXM, the place to catch up on movies, is shaping its content for the 25-54 demographic.)
The network's slate will boast "Sons of Anarchy" "The Americans," "American Horror Story," "Louie," "Archer" and "Wilfred," which is returning to FX this summer. Drama "Justified" is sticking around as well, as it's been renewed for its fifth season.
In addition to two new comedy pilots, one of which is an animated comedy about a white rapper from "Eastbound & Down's" Danny McBride, FX also announced a new drama series called "The Bridge" and a limited edition series based on the movie "Fargo."
Adapted by Noah Hawley and executive produced by Warren Littlefield and the Coen brothers, "Fargo" the TV show will center on a new story.
"The series will follow a new case and new characters, all entrenched in the trademark humor, murder and 'Minnesota nice' that has made the film an enduring classic," according to FX.
“For years, people have tried to adapt this Academy Award®-winning gem into a TV series with no success,” said John Landgraf, FX Networks' president and general manager. “I have always loved Fargo and I was skeptical about this as a series, but Noah Hawley’s script made me a believer.”
"Fargo" is scheduled to bow in the spring of 2014, while "The Bridge," a drama about two detectives, one American and one Mexican, who are trying to catch a killer working both sides of the border, will launch in July. The series stars Oscar nominee Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger.
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