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'The Simpsons' Will Launch on FXX with a 12-Day Marathon

FX's sister site FXX has already announced that they've acquired rights to seasons 1-24 of The Simpsons to air this August, and according to Variety, today the network announced that they'll be kicking off the show's cable debut with a 12-day Simpsons marathon in what FX's chief executive Jon Landgraf is calling "the longest continuous marathon in the history of television." FX is also expected to debut an accompanying Simpsons app in the coming weeks that will be distinct from their FXNow mobile streaming app already in place. Execs reportedly suggested the name "Simpsons World" for the app, though the official name has not yet been confirmed [...]

FXX Orders a Show Starring Tracy Morgan and Created by the 'Always Sunny' Guys

According to Deadline, FX's sister network FXX has given a straight-to-series order to an untitled comedy series starring SNL and 30 Rock alum Tracy Morgan. The series comes from the production company of Always Sunny's Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, and Luvh Rakhe and was spawned out of a recent FX pilot order from Rob Long and Tad Safran called Death Pact. Deadline reports that there has been no formal pass on Death Pact, but news of an entirely new show starring Morgan suggests the pilot is no more. No plot details for the FXX series have been released, but the series is scheduled to premiere [...]

Why We Needed 'Totally Biased'

At first glance, Totally Biased's set comes off as pedestrian. A brick wall that's too well-manicured, graffiti manufactured solely for the sake of being graffiti. It all seems like forced shorthand for "the street," like instead of a half hour of social politics, W. Kamau Bell is about to record a twelve-minute video telling middle schoolers in the late nineties not to do drugs.

But as one gets more familiar with the show, that set stops being a caricature and instead becomes something genuine. Sure, it's still far too well-lit for its own good, but over the past year or so, Bell and his cohorts took that facsimile of coolness [...]

FXX Cancels 'Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell'

FXX has only been a cable network for a little over a month, but they've already made their first cancelation. Defamer reports that FXX has canceled Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, which is currently airing new episodes four nights a week in the middle of its second season. The show's final episode, with Jim Norton as the scheduled guest, is set to air tomorrow.

The Chris Rock-produced late night series premiered on FX last fall and was earning decent ratings on that network, but ratings have dropped since moving to sister channel FXX this past month. On some nights, Totally Biased has been the lowest-rated [...]

FX Sets Premiere Dates for 'Archer' and 'Chozen'

FX has set January premiere dates for Archer and Danny McBride's new animated sitcom Chozen. The two will air in an animation block on Monday nights at 10 PM, starting January 13. Meanwhile, at the fledgling FXX, the recently announced Ali G: Rezurection will be paired with the second season of Jim Jefferies' Legit in February.

Chozen, which was originally scheduled to air on FXX, is about a gay white rapper named Chozen who has just been released from prison. It's executive produced by Archer creator Adam Reed and Eastbound & Down producers Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, and Jody Hill, and includes voices from McBride, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress, Nick Swardson, Kathryn Hahn, and more. [...]

Talking to W. Kamau Bell About Standup, 'Totally Biased', and Diversity in Late Night

Long established on the San Francisco comedy scene, W. Kamau Bell was relatively unknown nationally when he began hosting Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell on FX in 2012. But following the internet outrage over the show’s cancellation this past November, Bell and Totally Biased received more critical attention, posthumously praising the show for its unique blend of humor and socio-political commentary.

Now, Bell is full steam ahead with his "Oh Everything!" tour, which will include doing standup at the Atlantic Ocean Comedy & Music Festival July 25-28, a comedy cruise put on by Jesse Thorn’s podcast and radio organization Maximum Fun. Before that, he’ll be in [...]

Every Episode of 'The Simpsons' Will Be Available Via Streaming This August

Back in August, it was announced that FX sister network FXX purchased syndication rights to all 530 episodes from seasons 1-24 of The Simpsons. While the deal included streaming and VOD rights, the specifics of FX's in-the-works online video service were not yet clear until this week's announcement that all 530 Simpsons episodes will be available on the FXNOW streaming service this August:

Beginning this August, fans will have access to 24 complete seasons of The Simpsons – 530 episodes and counting – via FX Networks’ new advertiser-supported “TV Everywhere” app FXNOW.

Encompassing programs from the FX, FXX and FXM suite of channels, the app’s initial rollout [...]

W. Kamau Bell Says Goodbye to 'Totally Biased'

On Wednesday, FXX canceled its late night talk show, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell in the middle of its second season. The final show was aired/taped yesterday, with guest Jim Norton returning and reflecting on one of the show's most memorable moments, his debate over rape jokes with Jezebel blogger Lindy West.

Bell wrote a great piece on his blog, called "So… That Happened," addressing the cancelation. Here are some excerpts from the post:

The show was canceled. I’m not canceled. 99.999% of stand-up comics don’t get this far. If I’m really lucky, what we did onTotally Biased will be remembered long after it stops airing. Heck, my [...]

Maria Bamford Discusses Her Parents, Mental Illness Stigma, and LA with Kamau Bell

Maria Bamford was the guest on FXX's Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell last night, and here's the full interview, in which Bamford and Bell discuss the comedy special she made with only her parents in the audience, mental illness stigma, and what living in LA is like.

FXX Will Air Every Episode of 'Da Ali G Show' as 'Ali G: Rezurection' with New Intros by Sacha Baron Cohen

Cable channel FXX announced today that they've bought the rights to Sacha Baron Cohen's comedy series Da Ali G Show, and will start airing the show under the new title Ali G: Rezurection in February 2014, with each episode featuring a new original intro from Baron Cohen (presumably in character as Ali G). This includes all 18 episodes of the show: the 6 that were made for Channel 4 in the UK in 2000 and the 12 that Baron Cohen and company produced for HBO from 2003 to 2004. The UK episodes have never aired on American TV. Baron Cohen last publicly played Ali G while accepting a [...]

FXX Renews 'It's Always Sunny' for Two Seasons

Cable network FXX is keeping It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia around for a while. FXX renewed Always Sunny for two seasons, which will keep the show on the air through 2017, THR reports. The order is for an 11th and 12th season of the show, which will be 10 episodes each. The show had already been renewed for its upcoming 10th season, which premieres in January.The renewal will make Always Sunny the longest-running live-action sitcom in cable history, and it will tie My Three Sons to become the second longest-running live-action sitcom in all of television.

FXX's parent network, FX, has also signed Always Sunny's Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, and [...]

How 'It's Always Sunny' Turned Inward to Get Even Crazier

The gang of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia just wrapped their 9th season and their first as the flagship of the new cable channel, FXX. Recently, Emily Nussbaum of the New Yorker wrote a generous and insightful piece that echoed much of the grassroots sentiment surrounding the show: It's Always Sunny has been a woefully overlooked part of the Golden Age of TV. While the stellar 9th season continued with the same hilarity and absurdity of the previous seasons, it also felt different in ways that signal, perhaps, the swan song of the gang.

'Simpsons' Reruns Sold to FXX; Will Be the Show's First Time on Cable

The Simpsons has been on the air for 24 years but has never aired reruns on cable. That's about to change as FX's new sister network FXX just purchased the syndication rights to the series, The New York Times reports. FXX, which is owned by 20th Century Fox, now has the rights to the 530 episodes that make up the show's first 24 seasons, and they're going to start airing them in August of 2014.

FXX got the rights to Simpsons reruns after an intense bidding war that also included TBS and Adult Swim. The terms of the deal were not made public, but the price of each [...]

Bill Burr Responds to 'Rolling Stone' Calling Him "The New Louis C.K."

Standup Bill Burr went on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell last night, and Bell asked him about Rolling Stone dubbing him "The New Louis C.K.," which he has a few problems with. Burr says, "I don't know why they wrote that. 'Oh, he's a balding redhead. I think they're the same thing' … I don't like how they're talking about him like he's not the king. He's the king. All I do is tell jokes. He tells jokes, puts out specials faster than I do; he's writing, acting, and directing in arguably the funniest show on TV. I just do standup in strip malls." He adds, "I don't [...]