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Ratings vs. Reviews: Where Do Today's Comedies Stack Up?

While it's true that Nielsen ratings are an inaccurate and outdated measure of today's television audiences, they still serve as a show's ultimate ticket to survival when — as we saw in the recent sitcom cancellation bloodbath – network brass decide which programs to axe off their lineup. Some of comedy's biggest fan favorites weren't exactly ratings blockbusters while on the air — see Arrested Development, Happy Endings, and Community – but went on to carve out niche audiences, and as television moves more and more into the internet age, online reviews, Twitter, and fan feedback can gauge a show's watchability faster than asking "Sure, but does it average a steady 5.0 season average Nielsen rating?"

With that in mind, we thought it'd [...]

Comedy Central Will Air 'Archer' Reruns Starting Next Year

There's going to be a lot more Archer on TV in 2015. Comedy Central has obtained off-network syndication rights to the FX series and will start airing reruns of it in May 2015, Deadline reports. Comedy Central previously signed a similar deal to air reruns of FX's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Archer reruns will also be airing on FX's sister channel FXX, who has exclusive rights to reairing the show after midnight while Comedy Central has rights to airing it before midnight. By this time next year, Archer will be airing on three different networks: FXX, Comedy Central, and FX, who recently ordered two more seasons [...]

'Portlandia's Jonathan Krisel Is Directing and Co-Writing Zach Galifianakis and Louis C.K.'s FX Pilot with Them

Portlandia director and co-creator Jonathan Krisel has landed a coveted new TV gig: he's directing, co-writing, and producing Zach Galifianakis and Louis C.K.'s upcoming FX pilot, THR reports. The untitled half-hour comedy pilot, which was announced in January, will star Galifianakis and will be co-created by Galifianakis, Krisel, and Louis C.K. C.K. is producing the show as part of his new multi-year deal with FX to create and produce new shows for them.

This is one of two FX pilots Krisel is directing and producing, along with Man Seeking Women, which stars Jay Baruchel and Eric Andre, is produced by Lorne Michaels, and was created by [...]

Here Are a Bunch of Promos for the New Season of 'Louie'

Louis C.K.'s Louie is returning to FX on May 5th after nearly two years off the air, and FX has been releasing short clips from season four all week. The above one has Jerry Seinfeld in it, who's returning to guest star this season, and the clips below don't have any famous comedians in them:

Louis C.K. Visits the Doctor in a New 'Louie' Sneak Peek

In case the three previous and very mysterious promos weren't enough, here's a peek at the new season of Louie, where C.K. pays his doctor a visit to complain about back pain and gets a pretty basic diagnosis.

'Always Sunny's Rob McElhenney: "I Still Can't Describe What Our Show Is About"

"Ten years later, I still can't describe what our show is about. Friends hanging out in a bar? Not really. Comedies about specific things end up being very limiting. Four episodes in, you're going, 'OK, now what?' I couldn't describe our show as a pitch."

-Always Sunny in Philadelphia creator/star Rob McElhenney writing for THR about the early days of the show for FX's 20th birthday.

How ‘Louie’ Is Mixing Up Its Story Structure This Season

Get ready to see more multi-part stories on Louie. The FX series, which returned for its fourth season premiere last night, will feature a six-part episode, a three-part episode, and a two-part episode. "This season is very different from past seasons," Louis C.K. explained in an email to fans. "The first three episodes are pretty typical of what we’ve done in the past, self-contained stories. But the next six episodes after that are all connected in one story. Then we have a three part story and a two part story. So lots of… parts stories." The new season is airing two episodes a week for the entire season.

The [...]

A Guide to Your Favorite Sitcom TV Writers on Twitter

Last month we compiled a complete guide to all the best late night and sketch show writers on Twitter, from talk shows to SNL to Comedy Central's crop of new and returning sketch series. This round we're highlighting the writing staffs of some of the finest sitcoms and animated series on television today, from both established network regulars like Community and Parks and Rec to breakthrough newcomers like Broad City, Silicon Valley, and Rick and Morty. Writing for a television show is above all a collaborative effort, so here's a zoomed-in glance at the teams hard at work to keep you hooked on all your favorite shows week [...]

'Archer's Fifth Season Went Delightfully Off Track with 'Archer: Vice'

When Archer got an early renewal for not one, but two more seasons last month, I felt conflicted. Yes, it is currently one of the best comedies on television and more episodes are deserved. But the worrier in me immediately panicked. Two more seasons? How can the show possibly keep being as good? How can the writers keep thinking up new scenarios and, more importantly, new jokes? What if this renewal is just an entry into a slow death rattle? However, now that I've had the time to reflect on the entirety of season five, I'm no longer worried.

Archer: Vice was a huge turning point for the series, [...]

Does FX's 'Fargo' Keep the Original's Darkness While Losing the Comedy?

Many words have been written this week about Tuesday’s premiere of the FX eponymous miniseries adaptation of Fargo, particularly in regards to its faithfulness to the classic and nearly universally adored Coen Brothers original. Critics seem to agree that the show, with the Coen Brothers blessing represented in the form of an Executive Producer credit, is faithful in setting and in certain character similarities to the film, but it is mostly not attempting to be an adaptation at all. Rather, it is its own set of stories that take place in the same snow-covered, “you betcha” oeuvre and the various criminals — hapless to exacting — that inhabit and pass [...]

FX and FXX Cancel 'Legit' and 'Chozen'

Sister networks FX and FXX just canceled two of their comedies. THR reports that FX has canceled Legit and that FXX has canceled Chozen. Both series have been suffering from low ratings. Chozen, a first-year animated show about a profane white rapper voiced by Bobby Moynihan, ended its one and only season in March. Legit, co-created by and starring Australian comedian Jim Jeffries as a fictionalized version of himself, concludes its second season tonight on FX.

'Louie' Returns from a Long Hiatus with Two Solid Episodes

Louie returned to FX last night after a year and a half hiatus, with two new episodes, and if you're worried the show would lose its touch during its time away, you can set those fears to rest. The premiere episodes of season four, “Back” and “Model,” while being vastly different from each other in style and tone, are both perfect examples of what makes Louie so great.

“Back” ultimately focuses on Louie’s back problems, but the episode’s name correctly states that he and his show have returned. The episode loosely winds from scene to scene, in a style much like the early seasons of Louie. Also like classic [...]

Louis C.K. Went on a Twitter Rant About His Kids' Homework

Louis C.K. took to Twitter yesterday to express his frustrations with the homework his elementary school-aged daughter is being assigned by a New York public school to prep for standardized testing. In a series of tweets, C.K. took photos of some needlessly complicated math questions and shared his disdain for standardized testing and its effect upon public education. Check out his tweets on the matter below:

Louis C.K. Ponders Life and Death in a New 'Louie' Clip

Here's a very life-and-death-themed peek at the upcoming season of Louie, where C.K. is punched, gets some neck pain, loses his ability to walk, and is dismissed by his doctor for his unexciting ailments.