FX is known as the home of groundbreaking dramas such as “The Shield” and “Damages.” But is it now the go-to channel for comedy, too?
The network debuted the animated series “Archer” last Thursday, a premiere that was FX’s most-watched comedy launch in adults ages 18 to 34. “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” grew 61 percent in adults ages 18 to 49 in its fifth season; freshman series “The League” just received a second season pickup; “Louie,” created by and starring Louis C.K., premieres in April; and “Two and a Half Men,” the No. 1 comedy in broadcast syndication, begins its cable run on FX in September.
John Landgraf, president and general manager of FX Networks, told journalists gathered at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif. on Sunday that innovative comedies, even if they don’t perform to stellar ratings, have a place at his company.
“What FX is trying to do is find really funny shows, figure out how to make them inexpensively, and then stick with them if we really believe in them creatively and let the audience find them over time,” Landgraf said. “I just think that it’s a different process now than it was 10 years ago in the television business.”