FX Renews LOUIS, Extends BRANDX WITH RUSSELL BRAND
FX president John Landgraf kicked off the network's executive session at the TCA Summer Press Tour with a slew of announcements, including a fourth season of LOUIS and seven additional episodes of BRANDX WITH Russell Brand.
"Louie," which received three Emmy nominations last week, will return for 13 more episodes. The show's current 13-episode run wraps with a special one-hour finale on Thursday, September 27 starting at 10:00/9:00c. As for "BrandX," look for the series to resume in October alongside the new seasons of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and "The League."
-- "Episodes three and four and five and six have exceeded the ratings threshold that's required for a back 90 renewal," Landgraf said about its recently launched Charlie Sheen comedy "Anger Management." "We won't make a decision... until all 10 episodes have aired. But the series up to now has given us every indication that it will earn [it]." He added that in the likelihood it gets the pickup, Martin Sheen will join the cast full time as Charlie's father, Martin Goodson.
-- As for "Wilfred," Landgraf indicated that "I'm very optimistic not only about a pickup for next year, which would be season three, but for a series run on FX that lasts many years beyond that. But we have some deal issues to work out before we announce anything official."
-- Scott Ellis has been tapped to direct the pilot for the Denis Leary-produced comedy pilot "Bronx Warrants," about a group of errant warrant detectives in the Bronx assigned to arrest individuals with outstanding warrants. The cast will feature "relative unknowns [but] incredibly funny people" including Robert Kelly, Josh Segarra, Shirley Rumierk and comedian Godfrey. Dean Lorey penned the script.