The Simpsons has aired on Fox for a lengthy 24 seasons, but in all that time, the network has never once struck a deal to air the famous animated comedy series in syndication on cable. All of that has now changed, thanks to a deal Fox has struck with FXX. The fledgling cable network has earned the rights to air all 530 episodes of the The Simpsons, beginning next year on cable and via Video On Demand, securing non-linear rights to the series.
FX and FXX have begun to lay out their midseason plans. For FX, that includes the returns of Justified and Archer, as well as the premiere of Chozen, an animated comedy originally slated for FXX, but has been moved to FX to join Archer on Monday night. Meanwhile, FXX will pair Ali G: Rezurection with the return of Jim Jefferies comedy Legit in February. Also set to return in February is The Americans, which will begin its second season on FX.
Sacha Baron Cohen is by now famous for theatrical films like Borat and Bruno, making it easy to forget the character that made him famous, Ali G., a hip-hop loving, foolish personality that aired on Channel 4 in the U.K. and later on HBO in the U.S. Now, FXís new sister channel FXX is sort-of rebooting Da Ali G Show.
Who would have thought that moving nights and networks would have a negative effect on the ratings? It stands to reason that the two-way trade, moving The League from FX to FXX and from Thursdays to Wednesdays, is mostly responsible for the fantasy football comedy's drop in numbers, especially since it started the fifth season off strong. And a visit from "Rafi and Dirty Randy" should help.
The main characters on Itís Always Sunny In Philadelphia are amateur critics. They interact with and enthusiastically judge every single object, human being, beer, restaurant or philosophical idea they come across. During the early seasons, watching that aggressive scheming and unrelentingly selfish behavior was a bit jarring for many viewers. Now, itís almost comforting in a way.
The League is moving to a new network this month, but the guys and gal in the series are up to the same sort of hijinks, which include plenty of off-color jokes, a destination draft, and guest appearances from some of footballís best and brightest. At itís heart, The League is still about coming together to mercilessly tease and trample upon anyone who might stand in the way of the ultimate goal of winning the Shiva trophy and being declared league winner. If thatís not the perfect excuse for a comedy, Iím not sure what is.
September is upon us, and with it comes the return of our favorite TV shows, as well as the premieres of many of the new series on deck to debut on network and cable TV. From the early starters, including Boardwalk Empire, Sons of Anarchy and The Legend of Korra, to the October arrivals, including Grimm, American Horror Story: Coven and The Walking Dead and everything in between, we have plenty to look forward to this fall!
Since the show not only resumes in about a week but is also moving nights and networks, itís probably past time to talk about the upcoming fifth season of The League. The fantasy football comedy that was formerly a staple of FXís Thursday line-up will instead be airing Wednesday nights on FXX, co-anchoring the new network with Itís Always Sunny. And most of the pre-season promos have been focusing on the move, using the seriesí never-ending list of NFL guest stars spread the word.
Just like last year, the Archer panel began with a special clip made specifically for the Con and it was hilarious. Pam's helping Sterling shoot a video for the attendees (all unattractive asthmatics according to him) which details his new plan on how to get laid in a room full of geek girls. Instead of intimidating the ladies with his Sterling Archerness, he's going as Tony Stark (mostly) nude! Guess where the core is located?
FX is gearing up for Comic Con with a number of series set to return to the convention this year. The cable network has managed to spread their panels out to cover almost each day of SDCC, Saturday excluded. Wilfred, Archer, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Sons of Anarchy will represent FX (and FXX) at Comic Con this year, with Wilfred leading off the pack late Thursday afternoon.
FXX will launch on September 2, 2013, with former FX series Itís Always Sunny in Philidelphia and The League already set to air, joined by Totally Biased and Legit. Chozen is set to make its debut in the first quarter of 2014.
The Gang takes to the moody black and white setting like a lime to a tequila shot. All three clips look superb and make me wish they would branch off into more fantastical stuff like this during the actual show itself.
Smartly, FXX is also bringing in some big names from the past to shore up their roster-- reruns of Arrested Development and Aaron Sorkin's short-lived Sports Night will also be airing on the new network, which is launching into 74 million homes on September 2. They're also planning to add six original comedies as well as original dramas to the lineup-- an ambitious roster for any new channel, but probably just a logical next step for a network that's had as many slam-dunks in recent years as FX.