This Week in TV:
FX acquires the commercial television premiere rights to several of this fall’s biggest movies, including Thor: The Dark World; Comedy Central pulls the plug on The Jeselnik Offensive after season 2; Aisha Tyler joins a sex drama from producer Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story) called Open at HBO; FXX axes Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell; and Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki sells a sitcom pilot titled Here’s Your Damn Family to FOX.
After acquiring the commercial television premiere rights to several of this summer’s biggest theatrical releases earlier this year, FX added to its impressive movie library this week by securing the rights to a slew of fall hits, including Thor: The Dark World.
To go along with last weekend’s No. 1 movie at the box office, FX acquired critically-acclaimed hits Gravity, Captain Phillips and Prisoners, as well as prank comedy Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa and animated sequel Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. The network’s newest acquisitions are set to premiere in 2015, along with previously secured titles including Man of Steel, Iron Man 3, The Wolverine, Star Trek Into Darkness, Pacific Rim and more.
With the recent additions to its ever-expanding film library (the largest of any TV service), FX now has eight of the year’s top 10 box-office hits and more than half of the top 30. With the broadcast premiere rights to so many of moviegoers’ favorite titles from 2013, FX and its sister FXX are becoming destinations for more than acclaimed dramas (like Sons of Anarchy) and comedies (like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia).
Look for Thor: The Dark World, Gravity and more of the fall season’s biggest movies on FX Networks in 2015.
Source: FX Networks
Controversial comic Anthony Jeselnik has announced that his Comedy Central show The Jeselnik Offensive has been canceled following its second season.
Apparently, Jeselnik was aware of the network’s plans to axe the show for some time, but chose to reveal the news during a performance at the New York Comedy Festival last weekend. He also added that he doesn’t have anything else in the works with Comedy Central.
Considering Comedy Central was fully supportive of Jeselnik’s signature brand of boundary-pushing (some would say abrasive) humor, the main reason behind the show’s cancellation was surely its poor ratings, which had been steadily declining over the series’ 18-episode run. Of course, the show’s low viewership numbers could be attributed to its polarizing host, who is far from the most well-liked comedian in today’s stand-up scene.
Unfortunately, The Jeselnik Offensive won’t be returning for season 3, but check out season 2 when it comes to DVD.
Source: The Laugh Button
This week, comedienne/actress/TV host Aisha Tyler scored a new gig in a HBO drama pilot from Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) titled Open.
In what’s described as a sex-and-relationships drama, Tyler will guest star as Monica, a happily married nurse with a modern outlook on matrimony. She joins a cast that includes Scott Speedman (Last Resort), Wes Bentley (American Beauty) and Anna Torv (Fringe).
While Tyler is known mostly for her comedic performances (Archer) and as the current host of the Whose Line is it Anyway? reboot, she has plenty of experience with drama, which includes guest spots on shows such as 24 and Hawaii Five-O, and a stint as a series regular on Ghost Whisperer.
We’ll pass along more details on Open once they come in.
Source: TV Line
Just two-and-a-half months since making the move over to FXX, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell has been canceled after its second season.
While the topical commentary show was never able to gain a large following on FXX, it experienced stronger ratings on Wednesday nights when it followed It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League. However, it now appears that the network may have been asking too much of the little show, especially when it expanded the program from a weekly to a nightly broadcast when it jumped to FXX.
The final episode of Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell aired last Thursday (Nov. 14), marking the new network branch’s first series cancellation.
After starring on sitcoms for two decades (most recently on CBS’ The Big Bang Theory), Johnny Galecki sold his own multi-camera show called Here’s Your Damn Family to FOX this week.
Galecki is co-producing the pilot – which received a cast-contingent order – with friend and comedy writer Ricky Blitt (The Winner). Together, the two developed the show, which follows ”a stunted, set-in-his-ways thirtysomething man living with his mom who finds his perfectly organized world upended when his mother/roommate gets married, and her new husband plus his three teenage children move in.”
While it’s unclear if Galecki is interested in starring in his own show, it’s unlikely he’ll take on a larger role, considering The Big Bang Theory is still going strong over at CBS. However, the project will only move forward once the cast is approved, and it’s apparent that FOX likes Galecki – at least for this idea.
We’ll update you on Here’s Your Damn Family as the project develops.