At an upfront presentation for reporters Wednesday in New York, FX Networks Chief Executive John Landgraf outlined an ambitious slate of programming for FX and its recently launched offshoot FXX, promising that 2014 would be the "biggest year ever" for the cable outlets.
Over the coming months, the number of scripted original series across the two networks would increase from 11 to 20. The expansion begins April 15 on FX with the 10-episode limited series "Fargo," based on Joel and
The "bravely original" Middle Eastern drama "Tyrant," from
"The Strain," based on novels by filmmaker
Touting 4% growth among female viewers, Landgraf said both networks are working "diligently to expand our offerings and our brand appeal to women" while also developing more premium comedies in the vein of "Louie." To that end, in June, FX will debut "You're the Worst," which centers on a pair of "toxic, self-destructive" people trying to forge a functional relationship, and "Married," which follows a husband and wife struggling with the demands of child-rearing and a flagging sex life.
In August, all 552 episodes of
After a long hiatus, the critically beloved "Louie" will return on May 5 for an expanded 14-episode season that Landgraf described as "amazing." As for the similarly acclaimed spy drama "The Americans," Landgraf said a formal third season announcement was expected soon.
Other returning shows on the network include "The Bridge" (July),
Returning to FXX are
In the old-but-also-new category is "American
The fates of "Legit" and "Chozen" have not yet been decided, though Landgraf expressed support for both.