At FX's upfront meeting Tuesday, executives outlined their programming plans for the next year. In addition to the expected Archer and Justified renewals, a bevvy of new shows are in the pilot stage and may be picked up soon - among them Powers, American Horror Story and a new animated comedy from the It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia team called Townies.
Townies follows two teen-aged friends left to fend for themselves without any parental supervision as they grow up (sound familiar, Beavis and Butt-Head fans?). The project is being written by David Hornsby, Scott Marder and Rob Rosell, all veteran scribes for FX's breakout comedy It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia.
The show is currently in the pilot stage, and will get its first run next summer - if FX picks it up. Like the other projects mentioned at the event, it's not a sure thing - though Townies is currently the best bet to fill FX's planned sixth comedy slot.
Townies would be FX's second original animated series, and if it catches on as well as Archer has, Adult Swim could find themselves in hot water ratings-wise. With shows like Louie, Wilfred and It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia moving in on the same demographics (not to mention Adult Swim's generally sub-par live-action shows), there could soon be a major shift in the viewing habits of the teens-and-twenties crowd.
There's a new drama slot for Fall as well - and the favorite is American Horror Story. The pilot comes from Nip/Tuck and Glee creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. While details are scarce, we do know that Connie Britton (of Friday Night Lights and the 2010 reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street) is set to star.
There's also a drama slot open for the Winter, and currently two shows are duking it out for a spot on the schedule. The first is Powers, an adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis' celebrated deconstructive comic book series. FX ordered a pilot back in February. The second, Outlaw Country, takes place in Tennessee and follows the world of backwoods organized crime.
Speaking of Dixie mafias, Justified was renewed for its third season. The show is currently in the middle of its second, and the next will start in early 2012. Justified has steadily climbed the ratings ladder and remained an extremely compelling drama.
Animated spy comedy Archer was renewed with a bonus: for the second time in a row FX ordered an additional three episodes, for a new total of 16. The first three episodes of Season 3 will air after It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia this Fall with the remaining 13 airing in their normal slots next year.
Source: TV Line