FX Renews AMERICAN HORROR STORY for 3 More Seasons; Delays Season 2 of ATLANTA to 2018

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A few months ago FX renewed AMERICAN HORROR STORY for a seventh season, but now the cable channel has renewed the show for an additional two seasons — bringing the total to at least 9 seasons.

“AMERICAN HORROR STORY launched the modern limited series revolution and — as evidenced by the most recent installment, Roanoke — it remains as vital today as when Murder House stunned audiences six years ago,” FX Networks CEO John Landgraf said in a statement. “Each new chapter is a cultural event, beloved for every new twist in imagery, style, cast and plot.

In addition, there’s a bit of bad news for ATLANTA fans — the new Golden Globe winning show won’t be returning for a second season until 2018. Star Donald Glover’s busy schedule means that new episodes will be airing next year.

FX Announces Premiere Dates for THE AMERICANS, ARCHER and FEUD

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FEUD: Bette and Joan, the first installment of the new limited series from Executive Producer Ryan Murphy, will premiere on Sunday, March 5 at 10 PM ET/PT on FX. The show is the first installment of the new FX anthology series from Ryan Murphy and “tells the story of the legendary rivalry between Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) during their collaboration on the Academy Award®-nominated thriller What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, and well after the cameras stopped rolling. The series explores how the two women endured ageism, sexism, and misogyny while struggling to hang on to success and fame in the twilight of their careers.”

In addition, THE AMERICANS will return for its fifth season on a new night, moving to Tuesdays starting on March 7 at 10 PM ET/PT.

Finally, ARCHER moves to FXX for its eighth season on Wednesdays, starting April 5 at 10 PM ET/PT. The new season of ARCHER will revolve around “the hardboiled private eye Sterling Archer and his quest to find his partner’s killer in 1947 Los Angeles. The case proves to be more difficult than expected after Archer quickly gets mixed up in a deadly game of tug of war between Los Angeles’ most powerful crime bosses. Every clue leads Archer further away from his goal and deeper into a mystery involving kidnapping, prostitution and drug addiction.”

FX Announces LEGION Premiere Date and Drops New Trailer

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FX has announced the premiere date for LEGION, the new Marvel television series based on the comic series of the same name. The show is set to premiere on February 8 at 10:00 p.m. on FX.

The show introduces us to David Haller (Dan Stevens), a young man who was was diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age. He’s been has been a patient in various psychiatric hospitals ever since. But after Haller has an encounter with a fellow psychiatric patient, he is confronted with the possibility that there may be more to him than mental illness.

Rachel Keller, Jean Smart, Aubrey Plaza, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton, and Bill Irwin also star.

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.