FX has an impressive slate of shows set to premiere and continue in the second quarter of 2017. The network is coming off an extraordinary, awards-winning run that included The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and Atlanta, from creator, writer, and star Donald Glover. The former took home Emmy gold, while the other garnered two Golden Globes just last week. Obviously, with that kind of momentum, the network is clearly looking to run full steam ahead into the New Year.
So far, FX (as well as its sister channel FXX) have found success in shows like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Man Seeking Woman, while Tom Hardy’s dark period drama Taboo seemed to have made a splash earlier in the week. The network will also bring fellow Emmy winner Baskets back for a second season, and in February will premiere the Noah Hawley-created installment of the X-Men universe Legion, making for an impressive start to 2017. But how does the network plan to fill out the rest of the year?
Well, during the TCA Winter Press Tour 2017, FX gave everyone a better look at what’s coming up in the next few months. During the opening remarks to attending journalists, the network announced premiere dates (and a few significant changes) for the star-studded FEUD: Bette and Joan, the return of The Americans for season 5, and the return of Archer for season 8. The latter two series come with the aforementioned changes, as The Americans moves to Tuesday nights, and Archer will make the jump to the comedy-focused lineup of FXX.
FX released more details for each show, which you can read below:
FEUD: Bette and Joan, the first installment of the new limited series from Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning Executive Producer Ryan Murphy, will premiere on Sunday, March 5 at 10 PM ET/PT on FX. FEUD: Bette and Joan, the first installment of the new FX anthology series from Ryan Murphy, tells the story of the legendary rivalry between Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) during their collaboration on the Academy Award®-nominated thriller What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, and well after the cameras stopped rolling. The series explores how the two women endured ageism, sexism, and misogyny while struggling to hang on to success and fame in the twilight of their careers.
The Americans will return for its fifth season on a new night, moving to Tuesdays starting on March 7 at 10 PM ET/PT. The Peabody-winning, Emmy-nominated series from Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields has been named an AFI TV Program of the Year for each of its first four seasons. The series also received the Television Critics Association (TCA) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Drama in each of the past two years and continues to be one of the most critically-acclaimed series on television.
Archer moves to FXX for its eighth season on Wednesdays, starting April 5 at 10 PM ET/PT. Archer is an animated, half-hour comedy that revolves around the hardboiled private eye Sterling Archer and his quest to find his partner’s killer in 1947 Los Angeles. The case proves to be more difficult than expected after Archer quickly gets mixed up in a deadly game of tug of war between Los Angeles’ most powerful crime bosses. Every clue leads Archer further away from his goal and deeper into a mystery involving kidnapping, prostitution and drug addiction. The series features the voices of H. Jon Benjamin, Jessica Walter, Aisha Tyler, Judy Greer, Chris Parnell, Amber Nash, Adam Reed and Lucky Yates.
The FX Networks spring lineup is a solid mix of new and returning shows. The Americans has always been a critical darling, and with this being the penultimate season, it’s likely to remain on most critics’ year-end lists. The shift to FXX for Archer makes sense, as the fledgling network primarily known for being the home of The Simpsons reruns and highly rated marathons makes the perfect home for the animated spy comedy, as it, too, can see the end on the horizon. Meanwhile, FEUD has all the makings of a hit, as it welcomes Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange, Stanley Tucci, Alfred Molina and many other performers of the growing Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk television family to tell the tale of the feud between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.
While it’s lighter on new programs that the start of the year was, FX’s upcoming spring schedule looks to continue the network’s hit streak as of late.