Whereas AMC seems content to screw up its major shows with a series of mishaps and problems with its creators, FX looks like it has its head in the right place. It announced this weekend that three of its flagship comedy series will all be coming back for another season, and in the case of one of their longest-running shows, that also means its creators are going to get paid.
Wilfred, the channel's surprise hit, is officially on the hook for a second season after this premiere year ends, whereas Louie continues to bring the ratings for the network and unsurprisingly has earned a third year. One can only hope that Louie himself doesn't break down under the continued demands of being the writer-director-editor-star of a hit show, or, if he does, he at least has the courtesy to film his meltdown.
What's perhaps more surprising is that It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia was also renewed, but for two seasons, with an option for a third, which would make it the longest-running comedy on basic cable in either situation. Deadline has a lot more information on this renewal, and says that FX gives a lot of credit to Always Sunny for pioneering a cheap production model that has let them expand outward to shows that may never have aired on network television. After making a pilot for a few hundred bucks, the creative team behind the show are reaping the whirlwind now; the company that the three stars co-own has been signed up to a development deal worth in the range of $40-$50 million. Guess that dive bar is about to get a little fancier.