Today FX announced its official plans to launch FXX, a new cable channel geared towards comedy. Something that was first rumored at the beginning of the year.
Premiering September 2nd, FXX will take over the Fox Soccer Channel (a real blow to Americans everywhere) and be readily available to over 74 million homes. FXX will focus on attracting a younger demographic (18-36), while the original FX will focus on all the older Matlock-loving folks also known as the 18-49 demographic. Both channels will concentrate on more original programming with FX giving emphasis to more drama series.
Along with the new network announcement, FX also revealed the renewal of tenured shows like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League. The newly renewed Legit will also be making the move to FXX. Additionally Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell will enter the Late Night war as it expands to five nights a week.
No word yet on whether other FX comedies like Wilfred, Archer, Brand X, or the acclaimed Louie (which isn’t planned to return until 2014 anyway) will make the move to FXX. But unfortunately Anger Management starring Charlie Sheen isn’t disappearing into the dark TV abyss never to be seen or mentioned again because it has the 90 episode order to fill.
In other news that will excite TV nerds everywhere, will be FXX’s addition of syndicated programming including Freaks & Geeks, Arrested Development and Parks & Recreation. The network will also air syndicated episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Rescue Me, and Sport’s Night.
Just really hope they don’t get rid of those FX Movies Commercial with the guy that raps about FX Movies. “FX, FX has the Movies.”