FX viewers eager for new seasons of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "The League" and "Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell" will have to find their new home.
FX on Monday launched its spinoff channel, FXX, to target younger viewers with its emphasis on comedies. The network kicked off with a 34-episode "Parks and Recreation" marathon, and will mix acquired series such as "How I Met Your Mother," "Arrested Development," "Freaks and Geeks," "Mad About You," "The Hughleys" and "Sports Night" with original series.
"Sunny" and "The League" debut Wednesday before Bell's late-night talker, which goes from weekly to five nights a week. "Legit" begins a new season on the network in January along with the new animated series "Chozen." FX has not said if "Louie," "Wilfred," "Anger Management" and "Archer" will make their way to the new network in the future.
All major service providers will carry FXX, putting it in 72 million homes, according to FX. (To find the channel, go to GetFXX.com.) Here's what to expect from the FXX series premiering Wednesday.
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia
9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, FXX
"Sunny" begins its ninth season without changing much of anything we love about it. It's still silly, random, offensive and hilarious. And the gang from Paddy's Pub is just as rude, crude and obnoxious as ever. Their cruelty is on big display in the premiere, "The Gang Broke Dee," in which Sweet Dee (Kaitlin Olson) falls to an all-time low thanks to the guys. The show takes on gun control in "Gun Fever Too: Still Hot," while its lack of Emmy nominations inspires "The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award." When Frank (Danny DeVito) notices other bars are winning awards, he wants to get one for Paddy's. Dennis (Glenn Howerton), Mac (Rob McElhenney) and Dee then visit a rival bar to form a plan that brings disastrous results. But nothing tops the two songs performed by Charlie (Charlie Day).
9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, FXX
"The League" has lost some of its edge as it begins its fifth season. The first two episodes find Dre (Paul Scheer) planning his "Top Gun"-themed wedding in L.A. His friends follow him out west to stage their fantasy football league's opening draft with a former champ (Adam Brody) who tells them he has AIDS. I began to twitch at this reveal, waiting for a joke I really shouldn't laugh at. It never came. More than once, creators Jeff Schaffer and Jackie Marcus Schaffer set up potentially hot topic punch lines only to drop the joke before it has a chance to make us really uncomfortable. Plenty of jokes do land, however, and the cool guest stars should keep fans entertained. It's just not as rude as I remember.
Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell
10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, FXX
The smart, observant and funny comic W. Kamau Bell transitions from a weekly show to airing Monday through Thursday with a "Best of" show Sunday. Bell still will present current events with his very subjective point of view, hitting on topics such as politics, race, religion, pop culture and sex. The show will feature Bell's commentary, live guest interviews, comedy sketches, man-on-the-street interviews and taped segments.
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