It's official: FX is spinning itself off into a new channel called FXX, which will launch in September with four pre-existing FX series: "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "The League," "Legit," and "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell."
FXX will skew slightly younger and focus more on comedies; 'Legit' and 'Totally Biased' also moving
George R.R. Martin's books give the TV producers too much to deal with a lot of the time
On the one hand, Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series has given TV producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss a rich world, juicy storylines, and a seemingly inexhaustible supply of amazing characters. It's hard to believe, for instance, watching the new season — it begins on Sunday night at 9 — that Gwendoline Christie's amazonian Brienne of Tarth hasn't been around since day one, so indelible has she become. Again and again, Benioff and Weiss seem to find the perfect actor for each role, this year adding, among others, Dame Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Redwyne (sort of the Dowager Countess from “Downton Abbey” if she were a wartime consiglieri) and Ciaran Hinds as Mance Rayder (pragmatic king of the wild people who live north of the show’s fictional kingdom of Westeros).
Raylan Givens and friends will be back in 2014
FX has renewed "Justified" for a fifth season, to debut in January 2014.
The renewal was announced at FX's upfront presentations for advertisers this morning in New York.
"It remains one of the most consistently excellent shows on TV," said FX president John Landgraf.
"Justified" remains one of FX's most successful series, but the network has always taken its time with announcing renewals, particularly for older shows where the contracts become more complicated with each passing year. There was never a doubt "Justified" would be back; it was just a question of when the announcement would be.
The fourth season finale airs this Tuesday night at 10.
Also, what if they catch up to the books? Was there almost another Joffrey? And what about sexposition?
'Southland,' 'Switched at Birth' and Lorne Michaels among the other entertainment winners
FX's "Louie," HBO's "Girls," the BBC's "Doctor Who" and TNT's "Southland" were among the TV series honored this year with Peabody Awards.
The Peabody Awards, now in their 72nd year, are designed "to recognize the most outstanding achievements in electronic media, including radio, television and cable." The eligibility period covers a calendar year, so "Girls" was being honored for its first season, while "Louie" for its third, both of which aired in 2012. There are also some institutional winners, honored for years worth of work, that this year included "Doctor Who" (celebrating its 50th anniversary), "Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels," and Michael Apted's "Up" documentary series.
Other entertainment winners this year included ABC Family's "Switched at Birth," the HBO movie "Game Change," and the Comedy Central special "D.L. Hughley: The Endangered List." The full list of winners is here.
Though I wasn't a fan of "Game Change," overall, it's an impressive list that covers some of the best, most distinctive programming on television that hadn't yet won a Peabody. (Given the sort of shows that tend to win, it's surprising that "Louie" didn't get one a year ago after its brilliant second season, even if last year's group already included "Game of Thrones," "Homeland," "Parks and Recreation" and "Tremé.") It's nice to see "Southland," which doesn't really get any awards love, be recognized, though I doubt it will do much good; two years ago, the Peabodys honored another TNT show on the verge of cancellation, "Men of a Certain Age."
With Drew Thompson in custody, everybody's out to find Ellen May
A death in the family sends the gang to Nick and Winston's hometown to plan a funeral
An iffy episode surprisingly builds to an emotional high point
What did everybody think of the NBC drama's return?
Dan and Alan also talk 'Happy Endings,' Jaypocalypse 2.0, 'Mr. Selfridge' and answer your mail
It's a mono-coastal installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, as Dan is back home for Passover. You tell us if you notice any appreciable difference in sound quality from us being only a few hundred miles apart rather than close to 3000
30000. It's a busy show, with talk about "Game of Thrones," "Revolution," BBC America's "Orphan Black," and a lot more. The lineup:
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