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Psychoanalyzing 'It's Always Sunny's Dysfunction Through Its Bottle Episode

‘Genie in a Bottle’ is a recurring feature where each week a different bottle episode (an episode set entirely in one location, often designed to save money) from a comedy series is examined

“And this is also a great opportunity for you to see how crazy my asshole friends are.”

When you think of the saccharine, warm comforts that are supposed to emanate from classic sitcoms, the ornery malcontents that populate It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia couldn’t seem more ill-suited for the job. The sharp, mean-spirited sitcom that began as a blip on the under-formed FX network’s schedule has slowly grown into the channel’s flagship program that’s just completed their [...]

FX Announces Premiere Dates for Denis Leary's 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll' and 'Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store'

FX announced a bunch of premiere dates today, including Denis Leary's new comedy and a standup special from Louis C.K. According to The Wrap, Leary's series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll premieres on Thursday, July 16th at 10:00pm followed by the season 2 premiere of Married, while Louis C.K.'s standup special Live at the Comedy Store will make its television debut on Thursday, May 28th at 11:00pm. Check out our review of Live at the Comedy Store here.

Here's Your First Look at Season 5 of FX's 'Louie'

Louie returns to FX for its fifth season next week, and the network released two new promos featuring the first look at Louis C.K. in his hit series. The promos are pretty short, but spoiler alert: Louie's sad! Check out the second promo below, then catch Louie when it premieres on FX next Thursday at 10:30pm.

Here's the First Trailer for Billy Crystal and Josh Gad's 'The Comedians'

The trailer for FX's new series The Comedians dropped today, and it features three of the most revered elements of American comedy: ham eating, adult diapers, and horny bears. "[Crystal] comes from more of an old-school mentality of wanting the purity of comedy in the way that he experienced it growing up in the industry, and I come from more of a take-no prisoners approach in that Apatow age of scatological humor and edgy comedy," Gad explained to EW. "And when the two of those things come to a head with each other, there’s conflict." Get ready for the conflict to begin on Thursday, April 9th.

FX Orders a Pilot Created by and Starring Donald Glover

Community alum Donald Glover might be making a big return to television. Deadline reports that FX has given a pilot order to a comedy created by and starring Glover called Atlanta, which will follow "two cousins on their way up through the Atlanta rap scene whose opposing views on art versus commerce, success and race will make their quest anything but easy." In addition to serving as an executive producer on the pilot, Glover will also star as "Earnest 'Earn' Marks," a "college drop-out who reconnects with his long buried ambition and sets out to seize the life he imagined for himself when his estranged cousin becomes a [...]

Jenny Slate and Ari Graynor to Star in an FX Road Trip Comedy Pilot

Back in March it was revealed that Jenny Slate and her Obvious Child collaborators Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm were developing a pilot for FX, and today Deadline has more details on the project. The untitled pilot centers on Jenny Slate and Ari Graynor (Bad Teacher, Garfunkel and Oates, Kroll Show) as two friends named Lou and Viv who "embark on a cross-country road trip. Gutsy born and raised New Yorkers, Lou and Viv discover each other in their 30s, make a movie together, and jump into the great unknown of their next project. Lou and Viv find strength and vulnerability in each other, learning how to [...]

Inside the Job of a Showrunner with 'The Comedians' Ben Wexler

For the past decade television audiences have become increasingly aware of the showrunner, the individual responsible for the day-to-day operations of a television show. Ben Wexler has built his career working on shows like Community and Arrested Development, where the showrunners can stand out as much as the stars. Wexler is now the executive producer and co-creator of FX’s The Comedians. The show stars Billy Crystal and Josh Gad as slightly heightened versions of themselves, teamed up to create a new FX sketch show. I spoke with Wexler about creative freedoms, the many talents of his stars, and the importance of being a decisive showrunner.

Jenny Slate and Gillian Robespierre Are Developing a Pilot for FX

Jenny Slate had a fantastic 2014 thanks to her starring film debut in Obvious Child, and it looks like she finally might get her own TV show. According to Deadline, Slate's regular role on FX's Married has been downgraded to recurring status due to a pilot she's currently developing for the network with Obvious Child writers Elisabeth Holm and Gillian Robespierre, who also directed the film. No details on the pilot have been revealed yet, but with memorable roles on Kroll Show, Parks and Recreation, and Bob's Burgers now under her belt, it's about time Slate got a show of her very own.

'Louie' Premieres on April 9th; C.K. to Direct FX Series Starring Pamela Adlon

FX revealed some new projects at TCA over the weekend, including the season 5 premiere of Louie and two other projects that are part of C.K.'s development deal with the network. Louie's eight-episode fifth season will premiere on April 9th at 10:30pm after the series premiere of Billy Crystal and Josh Gad's The Comedians, while frequent C.K. collaborator Pamela Adlon will star in her own comedy series called Better Things with C.K. onboard as director. Adlon will play "Sam, a working actor trying to earn a living, navigate her three daughters' lives, having fun with a friend or two, and also — just maybe — squeezing in [...]

FX Renews 'The League' for a Seventh and Final Season

The end of FX/FXX's long-running series The League is near. Deadline reports that FX has renewed the Jeff Schaffer and Jackie Marcus Schaffer series for a 13-episode seventh season, which will also be its last. Said Jackie on the announcement: "Most players in the NFL don’t make it seven seasons, and most TV shows even less so. We want to thank FX Networks and all our Eskimo Brothers and Sisters – NFL teams would be lucky to have fans as diehard as ours."

Simon Rich Signs a Two-Year Overall Deal with FX

SNL alum and Man Seeking Woman creator Simon Rich is sticking with FX for the next two years. The Wrap reports that Rich has signed a two-year overall deal with the network less than two months after his FXX series landed a second season renewal. "They've given us more creative freedom than I ever dreamed was possible," Rich said on FX in a statement. "I'm determined to develop shows with them that are honest, original and gross. I can't wait to get started." For more on Rich's work, check out our interview with him from January.

Sean Combs Is Developing an Animated Comedy for FX

Sean Combs aka P. Diddy has a new comedy in the works at FX. Deadline reports that Combs is executive producing an animated comedy called Brightmore Elementary for the network written by King of the Hill's Chip Hall and Detroit comedian Chris Powell, also known as Comedian CP. The series will center on a group of students in a Detroit elementary school and is described as "South Park set in inner city Detroit." This makes the second Detroit-set comedy in the works this year; in January, Comedy Central ordered a pilot called Detroiters starring Sam Richardson and SNL alum Tim Robinson.

FXX Renews Simon Rich's 'Man Seeking Woman' for a Second Season

Great news for fans of SNL alum Simon Rich: FXX announced today that his new comedy starring Jay Baruchel Man Seeking Woman has been renewed for a second, 10-episode season. "Simon Rich has delivered an incredibly smart and original take on the search for love,” FX exec Nick Grad said on the news. "Critics and fans alike have embraced his unique storytelling, [EP] Jon Krisel’s stunning visuals and the brilliant performances of Jay Baruchel, Eric Andre and the rest of the cast that has made Man Seeking Woman one of the best new comedies on television." Rich added: "Working on Man Seeking Woman has been the creative highlight of [...]

Getting Back Into the Spy Game with 'Archer' Executive Producer Matt Thompson

Archer is back for a sixth season and with it comes a return to the secret agent “mission of the week” format we grew familiar with during the series' first four seasons. Season Five, Archer: Vice, was a fun detour into the seedy world of cocaine sales, but after last week's premiere, it seems that people — including the show's creators — are glad to get back to the spy games that Archer is best known for. I talked to Executive Producer Matt Thompson about how real-world terrorism affected the show's universe, this season's spectacular guest stars and the possibility of an Archer movie.

Congratulations on the Season Six Premiere. [...]