LEGION Preview: Trailer Released for New FX/Marvel Series

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Marvel and FX released a trailer for LEGION at Comic-Con this weekend. According to the cable channel, “LEGION follows David Haller, a troubled young man who may be more than human. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he’s confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and visions might be real.” The series stars Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Jean Smart, Katie Aselton, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder – with Bill Irwin and Aubrey Plaza.

LEGION debuts in early 2017 on FX.

FX Announces Fall Premiere Dates: AMERICAN HORROR STORY, BETTER THINGS and More

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FX has announced premiere dates for three upcoming fall shows: AMERICAN HORROR STORY, BETTER THINGS and ATLANTA.

ATLANTA, the new comedy created by and starring Donald Glover, will have its series premiere on FX on Tuesday, September 6 at 10 PM ET/PT. In ATLANTA, two cousins work through the Atlanta music scene in order to better their lives and the lives of their families. Earn Marks (Donald Glover) is a young manager trying to get his cousin’s career off the ground. Alfred Marks (Brian Tyree Henry) is a new hot rapper trying to understand the line between real life and street life. Darius (Lakeith Lee Stanfield) is Alfred’s right-hand man and visionary. Vanessa (Zazie Beetz) is Earn’s best friend and the mother of Earn’s daughter.

BETTER THINGS, the new comedy co-created by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K. and starring Adlon, gets its series premiere on FX on Thursday, September 8 at 10 PM ET/PT. BETTER THINGS centers on Sam Fox (Pamela Adlon), a single, working actor with no filter raising her three daughters, Max (Mikey Madison), Frankie (Hannah Alligood) and Duke (Olivia Edward) in Los Angeles. She’s mom, dad, referee and the cops. Sam also watches out for her mother, Phil (Celia Imrie), an English expatriate, who lives across the street. Sam is flawed and fierce with her love for her daughters, and her own mother, as well. Sometimes, heaping the love on when she feels guilty. Sam’s just trying to earn a living, navigate her daughters’ lives, have fun with a friend or two and also — just maybe — squeeze in some private time once in a while.

Finally, AMERICAN HORROR STORY returns with for its sixth installment on FX on Wednesday, September 14 at 10 PM ET/PT.

FX is Bringing THE STRAIN and ARCHER to Comic-Con

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FX will be bringing two of its shows to Comic-Con this July: THE STRAIN and ARCHER (which was just renewed for three additional seasons).

There’s no word yet on the timing or location for the panels, but here’s what we do know:

THE STRAIN: Screening and Q&A
The munchers are back! THE STRAIN, FX’s action-packed vampire thriller based on the best-selling books from Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan debuts its third season on Sunday, August 28 at 10 PM ET/PT.  THE STRAIN is a high concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather who is called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself. At SDCC, get an exclusive sneak peek of the upcoming third season, PLUS, the debut of a not-to-be-missed, Comic-Con Exclusive original video that’s sure to go viral. Join Showrunner / Executive Producer / Director / Writer Carlton Cuse, Co-Creator / Executive Producer / Writer Chuck Hogan, and stars Kevin Durand (“Vasiliy Fet”), Ruta Gedmintas (“Dutch Velders”), Richard Sammel (“Thomas Eichhorst”) and Miguel Gomez (“Augustin ‘Gus’ Elizalde”) as they discuss the challenges (and fun!) of bringing this chilling world to life.

ARCHER: Screening and Q&A
ARCHER is an animated, half-hour comedy that revolves around a former spy agency turned private investigation firm and its employees who use every seedy surveillance of a suspected adulterer or investigation into insurance fraud as another excuse to undermine, sabotage and betray each other for personal gain. Come watch an exclusive never-before-seen video and then join the voice cast of H. Jon Benjamin (“Sterling Archer”), Aisha Tyler (“Lana Kane”), Jessica Walter (“Malory Archer”), Chris Parnell (“Cyril Figgis”), Judy Greer (“Cheryl/Carol Tunt”), Amber Nash (“Pam Poovey”) and Lucky Yates (“Dr. Algernop Krieger”), plus Creator / Executive Producer / Writer Adam Reed (“Ray Gillette”), Executive Producer Matt Thompson and Co-Executive Producer Casey Willis as they discuss bringing this animated series to life.

ARCHER Renewed for Three More Seasons

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FX has renewed the comedy series ARCHER for three more seasons. ARCHER will return for an eight-episode season 8 in early 2017, followed by two additional eight-episode seasons.

“We can’t say enough about what Adam, Matt and the entire ARCHER team at Floyd County have done to keep this series so insanely funny and vital through seven seasons,” said Nick Grad, President of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions. “The move to Los Angeles this past season as private detectives was just the latest twist in Archer’s legendary exploits and the next three seasons will to be just as amazing and unpredictable. We are thrilled to continue making great TV with our friends and colleagues at Floyd County.”

FX Announces Premiere Dates for THE STRAIN and YOU’RE THE WORST

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FX and FXX have announced return dates for two of their shows: THE STRAIN and YOU’RE THE WORST.

THE STRAIN will begin its third season on FX on Sunday, August 28 at 10 PM ET/PT. “As season three begins, New York City is a battleground,” the network says. “Written off by the federal government, the people of New York City must fight for survival on their own. The question is who will win? Humans or strigoi? Our heroes win victories, but are not winning the war. Beset by personal conflicts – betrayal, disappointment, paranoia – our group is splintering… Meanwhile, the Master is close to executing an irreversible transformation of the world. Is there still hope to save the city and humanity?”

Meanwhile, YOU’RE THE WORST will return to FXX for its third season on Wednesday, August 31 at 10 PM ET/PT.

ARCHER Preview: The Competitive World of Private Schools

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Archer, Lana and Mallory are attempting to get AJ into a private school in this week’s episode. Gathering at Country Day to await an interview, Archer wonders why they can’t just send AJ to public school, but the ladies scoff at the idea.

Enter Richard, an old classmate of Archer who also happens to be on the board of the school. He’s one of Archer’s old tormentors and, along with another boy, used to bully him mercilessly (even called him “Swerling Archer” because of all the swirlies they used to give him). The suave, debonair Archer seems to disappear when Richard is around, making him vastly different from his usual persona.

But Richard has a use for Archer now and Lana insists that Archer take on whatever job Richard wants so that he can help get AJ into the school. After Richard tells Archer that he has stage 4 cancer and wants him to kill him so that his wife can collect the insurance money and he doesn’t have to suffer, Archer agrees. But the situation spins wildly out of control once the hit job begins and Archer is stuck in the middle of his former classmates.

Don’t miss an all new ARCHER tonight (April 14) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on FX.

THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON Season Finale Preview: Today’s The Day

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We’ve come to the end of THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON and the end of the trial in tonight’s episode. And we begin with OJ waiving his right to testify, but Johnnie wants to let OJ make a statement. Naturally, Marcia isn’t happy about it, especially since he won’t be subject to cross-examination. The defense rests and closing arguments begin.

The defense is worried about how it will all play out with the jury and Marcia is under extreme pressure from her boss to nail the closing. She immediately addresses the issue of Mark Fuhrman and says yes, he’s a racist, but the evidence overwhelms his prejudice. In fact, when you listen to her summarizing the physical/DNA evidence you’ll feel overwhelmed. And then Darden stands to summarize the history of domestic abuse to the jury.

Johnnie doesn’t have physical evidence on his side, so he focuses on Mark Fuhrman and race and then utters his famous phrase about the glove: “if it doesn’t fit, you must acquit”. And then the trial that lasted so many months is over.

We go into the jury room next for a preliminary vote and a deliberation about all of the crucial questions in the case. Then, a mere four hours later, the jury has reached a verdict.

Everyone is shocked and they’re waiting for the verdict with baited breath. All across the country people are standing in front of televisions at home and in public waiting for the verdict. I myself remember watching the announcement on TV back in the day. Within moments, it’s over. But that’s not the end of the episode.

What’s always been interesting about THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON is that the verdict isn’t the most important aspect of this show. I won’t spoil it for you, but if you know your history then you know how the case turned out. What the show has also focused on is the question that race plays in society, within police departments, and in the judicial system as a whole. And these are discussions still playing out today, all of these years later. Johnnie understands the importance that the race debate played in this case as he watches coverage of the verdict play out. And it’s both sad and interesting that this is still a conversation we’re having so many years later.

Don’t miss the season finale of THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON tonight (April 5) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on FX.

ARCHER: Relive the Characters’ Greatest Moments & Learn What’s to Come in the Season 7 Premiere

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Have you been pining for ARCHER? Well pine no more, because Sterling Archer and the gang are returning for their seventh season tonight!

But before we get to their new chapter, FX is taking us on a trip back through ARCHER history with videos showcasing each of the main characters’ best moments of the series (some of the videos warn some scenes may be NSFW).

Meanwhile, in the new season, Sterling Archer and his friends are officially out of the spy game (again). But instead of turning to a life of crime like they did in the “Archer: Vice” season, the gang is staying on the straight and narrow.

Sort of.

Having relocated to sunny Los Angeles after being blacklisted by the CIA, the group has created The Figgis Agency, a private investigative business (so named as Cyril is the only one among them with the necessary hours to obtain his P.I. license — a detail which bothers Archer to no end). They’re looking to put their spy skills to use serving Hollywood bigwigs. But business isn’t really booming and the group is at each other’s throats. Now that they don’t have access to all of the resources and intelligence they used to enjoy, everyone is confronted with having to work that much harder.

Then one day the beautiful Hollywood actress Veronica Dean walks into the agency with a job: she needs their help in procuring a tape that was taken from her that contains…sensitive information. And off Archer goes, happy to accomplish a task for an actress that he’s clearly enamored with. Eventually this gets the group entangled in a sticky Hollywood conspiracy that confuses everyone.

But before all of that we’re introduced to season 7 via a mystery….one that seems to play out over the first four episodes at least, and likely one that plays out throughout the 10 episode season. We won’t spoil it for you but it’s a bit shocking, and it’s accompanied by a hilarious opening bit by two police officers voiced by Keegan-Michael Key and J.K. Simmons.

ARCHER returns for its seventh season tonight (March 31) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on FX.

THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON Preview: The Smoking Gun

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The smoking gun on this week’s THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON isn’t a gun at all. It’s an audio tape. Actually, it’s a series of tapes, featuring Mark Fuhrman. If you know your OJ history, you know where this is going. If you don’t, then prepare yourself, because the “trial of the century” is about to get even more incendiary. But before we get to that, there’s an explosive confrontation between Darden and Johnnie in the courtroom, while Marcia is furious that Darden keeps falling into Johnnie’s traps.

Meanwhile, a young woman who is a wannabe screenwriter is eventually tracked down by one of the defence’s investigators because she is in possession of very inflammatory tapes of Fuhrman. Johnnie wants the tapes, but apparently the woman is more interested in selling her screenplay (based on her interviews with the LAPD) than selling the tapes. Convinced they’re “manna from heaven” and that they will acquit OJ, Johnnie and Lee head to North Carolina with a subpoena for the tapes and the need to convince a judge there to turn them over. Cue Lee, who proves that Johnnie’s flashy LA courtroom theatrics don’t always play well in other venues.

The tapes are shocking. There’s no other way to put it. Not only do they prove that Fuhrman lied about never using a particular racial slur, but there’s a wealth of other damaging information on them that speak to his character and the character of other LAPD officers. And there’s someone Marcia “didn’t see coming” who is mentioned on the tapes that could result in a mistrial. As both sides argue about whether the tapes should be played for the jury in open court and Judge Ito struggles with his personal connection to the tapes, Johnnie does what he does best: riles up the public in order to force the court to allow the tapes into evidence.

And then, in an explosive scene, Darden expresses his utter frustration that Marcia refused to listen to him about how damaging Fuhrman could be to their case, as well as his suspicions that she only ever wanted a “black face” on the team, not his voice. 

Don’t miss an all new episode of THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON tonight (March 29) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on FX.

THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON Preview: We, the Jury….

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It’s day 124 of the trial on this week’s episode of THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON and the jurors are not happy. The guards they’ve become friendly with are being rotated out and newer, stricter guards are being brought in. Basically, these people have dedicated eight months of their lives to this trial and they feel like prisoners.

Then we flashback to eight months before, when the wide-eyed jurors are happily checking in to the beautiful Intercontinental hotel and getting to know one another. But soon enough the mood turns sour when they realize they can’t go into the pool area, their reading material must be approved and their TVs have been removed. And then some of the jurors are being dismissed, which annoys the defence because they’re the jurors that they’re counting on. Soon, it’s like musical chairs with the jurors as they get dismissed one after another.

Back in the present day, both sides are reacting to the recent glove performance in court. The defence is thrilled with how everything went down, while Marcia and Chris are being chewed out by their boss. Marcia insists that they still have the DNA evidence but — this being the 1990s and DNA being relatively new — the DA insists that no one really understands the forensic evidence. But they sure as heck understand a glove not fitting.

It seems the DA was on to something because the DNA expert is testifying about the science behind DNA testing and Marcia knows she’s losing the jury, so she struggles to get the expert on point. And when he makes his point it is, indeed, damning. Especially to Robert Kardashian, who cannot comprehend how all of the evidence points only to OJ if, as his friend insists, he didn’t do it. But one of the lawyers on the defence side is determined to prove to the court — and to Robert — that the forensic evidence was tainted and cannot be trusted.

Elsewhere in the episode, OJ tries to convince his lawyers that he should take the stand in his own defence.

Don’t miss an all new episode of THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON tonight (March 22) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on FX.