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April 08, 2015

What to Expect on FX...and FXX

The network looks to the future.

Graham Flashner
  • The Comedians

  • Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

  • Tyrant

  • The Strain

The first quarter of 2015 brought lots to watch on FX, with returning faves It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Archer, The Americans and Justified airing their latest seasons (for Justified, sadly, it was the last).

Making its debut on FXX was Man Seeking Woman, a surreal dating comedy starring Jay Baruchel and created by Simon Rich. But there's plenty more coming in the months ahead. Here's what to watch for:

Limited Series

American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson is Ryan Murphy's 10-part limited series starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., as the embattled former NFL star, Courtney B. Vance as defense attorney Johnnie Cochran, John Travolta as attorney Robert Shapiro, David Schwimmer as attorney Robert Kardashian and Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark.

American Horror Story returns this fall for its fifth installment, AHS.Hotel, with Grammy winner Lady Gaga in her regular-series acting debut and Matt Bomer as the male lead.

Fargo returns in the fall for a 10-episode second installment, this time as a period piece set in 1979. Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Ted Danson, Patrick Wilson and Jean Smart will star, with Nick Offerman, Brad Garrett and Jeffrey Donovan recurring.

Dramatic Series

The Strain, Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse's sci-fi thriller about a mysterious viral outbreak in New York City, returns for a 13-episode second season this summer.

The most-watched new cable drama of 2014, it is also the first drama series produced entirely by FX Productions.

Tyrant, the Middle East-based political family drama, also returns for a second season this summer, from Emmy-winning executive producer Howard Gordon.

Comedy Series

The Comedians stars Billy Crystal as a comedy legend reluctantly paired with Josh Gad as an edgier up-and-coming star, in a behind-the-scenes look at a fictional late-night sketch-comedy show. The April 9 premiere on FX marks Crystal's return to series television.

Louie — with Emmy-winning star-writer-executive producer-director Louis C.K. — returns to FX April 9 for an eight-episode fifth season.

Married, which stars Nat Faxon and Judy Greer in the titular state, returns for a 13-episode second season on FX.

Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll brings Denis Leary back to FX this summer as a washed-up rock singer sparring with his lead guitarist (John Corbett) in this raucous comedy. "All the music we play is created by us," Leary assures.

The League returns to FXX this fall for its seventh and final season.

You're the Worst, with stars Aya Cash and Chris Geere, moves from FX to FXX this fall for a 13-episode second season of dark and twisted romantic comedy.

And Pilots Worth Waiting For

Baskets stars Zach Galifianakis as Chip Baskets, who dreams of becoming a professional clown. Created by Galifianakis and Louis C.K., the series will premiere in 2016 with Jonathan Krisel as showrunner.

Better Things finds Pamela Adlon (until recently of Louie) exec-producing and starring as an actress trying to raise three daughters by herself. Louis C.K. cowrote the comedy pilot for FX Networks.

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