FX made several big announcements Friday, including a key series renewal: Vampire thriller The Strain will get a third season. Plus FX ordered two new shows, and Archer is on the move.
Here’s the rundown:
— The Strain is coming back for a third season next summer, with current producers Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse on board. The vampire drama is based on a series of three books, and doing at least three season has been the goal of the producers. One question, give that the show’s performance hasn’t been all that strong, is whether next season might be the last one. More clarity possible later today from FX’s The Strain panel at TCA.
— Louis C.K.’s new comedy production Better Things received a series order. The show is basically an unofficial Louie spin-off. Better Things is co-created and stars Pamela Adlon, who plays a fictional version of herself on Louie (and is up for an Emmy nomination for the role). Her character on Better Things sounds pretty similar. She’s “a working actor with no filter 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.” FX has ordered 10 episodes. Aldon and C.K. wrote the pilot, which was directed by C.K.
— Archer is being booted off FX! After six seasons, the snarky animated favorite is shifting over to sister network FXX for its new season next year. The show is being paired with a new comedy that network ordered today called Cassius and Clay, which is from Archer executive producer Adam Reed (and has a similar animated style to Archer, as you’ll see in the first photo below). Cassius and Clay stars Kaitlin Olson as “Cassius” and Lake Bell as “Clay,” “two bandits looking to survive in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic American South.” FXX is considered the company’s comedy channel and FX is the drama channel, though since FX is higher rated and has a bigger profile, comedies still tend to at least debut on the flagship channel (like You’re the Worst, which launched on FX last year, but moves to FXX next month for season 2). Still, you can easily hear Sterling sounding off on this: “That’s how we get low ratings, Lana!”
— Tyrant: No decision yet. FX probably won’t make a verdict on the Middle East drama until after the current run concludes.