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FX Renews Three of Their Comedies

FX President John Landgraf had numerous
announcements regarding the network’s comedy lineup today. Speaking
during the FX panel at the Television Critics Association summer
press tour, it was good news across the board for three of their
series. He informed press that sophomore comedy Louie was
renewed for a third season, as well as ensuring newcomer Wilfred
would be returning next year. In addition to bringing back their
shorter-lived shows, the decision to sign It’s Always Sunny in
Philadelphia
on for another two
seasons makes it the longest-running, live-action comedy in the
history of basic cable with nine seasons.

Landgraf
was likely more keen on renewing
Louie
after star, Louis C.K., picked up an acting nomination from the Emmy
Awards for his role in the first season, as well as one for his
writing on the episode “Poker/Divorce.” While it has failed to
garner much of an audience the depressingly funny and deeply
introspective series has been praised amongst critics.

Wilfred
got on the FX exec’s good side when its pilot episode became the
highest rated comedy for the network. Despite the numbers falling
somewhat since then, the dark and demented comedy has continued to be
a top performer on FX.

The
seventh season of It’s Always Sunny is set to premiere this
September, with new promos already airing. Fans are excited to see a
bulked up Rob McElhenney, who reportedly gained fifty pounds for his
role, just because he thought it would be funny. No doubt his wife
and fellow costar, Kaitlin Olson, was thrilled with that decision.

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