TV News Wrap Up: FX to Air ‘Thor 2′ in 2015, ‘The Jeselnik Offensive’ Canceled & More

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:25 am,

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.

Thor 2 The Dark World Star Chris Hemsworth TV News Wrap Up: FX to Air Thor 2 in 2015, The Jeselnik Offensive Canceled & More

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.

Jeselnik Offensive Cancelled TV News Wrap Up: FX to Air Thor 2 in 2015, The Jeselnik Offensive Canceled & More

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.

aisha tyler joins HBO show TV News Wrap Up: FX to Air Thor 2 in 2015, The Jeselnik Offensive Canceled & More

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.

Totally Biased Cancelled TV News Wrap Up: FX to Air Thor 2 in 2015, The Jeselnik Offensive Canceled & More

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.

Source: Defamer

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.

Johnny Galecki Sells Pilot to Fox TV News Wrap Up: FX to Air Thor 2 in 2015, The Jeselnik Offensive Canceled & More

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.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I’m bummed about The Jeselnik Offensive being cancelled. Controversial, yes, but the dude is hysterical and his sense of humor is so dark it’s hilarious. Hope he releases another album soon. I can’t get enough of him!

    As for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.. that show sucked. Too racial and too liberal. He just wasn’t interesting. I could totally see FX trying to get Jeselnik.

    • Im the complete opposite while I have no problem with most of jesselniks jokes none of them are funny and their cheap puns about people being killed by sharks etc. Thats why toshs show has lasted because his while offensive(albeit not nearly as much) are actually funny and sometimes unique.

      And i felt kamaus show was very good did it watch every week no but whenever it was on yes.

  2. With all these movies, my tv will forever be on FX lol.

    • Haha, yeah, that’s why i love Sky Movies Premiere over here. Movies air 2 months before Netflix and Lovefilm get their hands on them and this Christmas, we get IM3.

      • *12 months, not 2. Sorry.

  3. A comedy show with a season that goes on for 18 episodes?

    Wow, no wonder it got cancelled. Could’ve got 3 seasons out of that many episodes and wouldn’t burn people out as much as having it all in one big 18 week block.

  4. damm Jeselnik was actually funny

    Aisha Tyler is all over the place, good for her

    i hope FX Canada shows all those movies but The League is getting stale

  5. Now if Comedy Central would only cancel Inside Amy Schumer.