FX has picked up three of its comedy series for next season — and one of them for two more years.
Network head John Landgraf announced Saturday (Aug. 6) that “Wilfred” and “Louie” will both return in 2012. FX has also renewed “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” for two more seasons, which will take the show through its ninth season and make it the longest-running comedy in the history of ad-supported cable.
“Louie” has seen its ratings grow by more than 50 percent over its first season this year, and star/creator Louis C.K. picked up Emmy nominations in July for both acting and writing. The show’s cumulative audience (for multiple airings and with DVR numbers factored in) is 3.1 million viewers per week; 2.2 million of those people are in the 18-49 demographic.
“Wilfred,” meanwhile, has had a very strong first season, averaging 4.8 million viewers total and 3.3 million in adults 18-49.
“It’s Always Sunny” begins its seventh season in September, and the two-season pickup will take it through 2013. FX Productions, the channel’s studio arm, has also struck a three-year, exclusive development deal with RCG, the production company run by “Sunny” stars and writers Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton.
“The exclusive television overall production deal with RCG marks the first overall television deal for FX Productions, and it’s a huge step forward for the studio,” Landgraf says. “Rob, Glenn and Charlie are outstanding writer/producers and comedic geniuses. The opportunity for them and FXP to develop shows for FX and other networks is very exciting.”
“Wilfred” and “Louie” both end their seasons on Sept. 8, and “Sunny” begins its new season the following week.