This morning during the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, California, FX president John Landgraf discussed the future of two of the cable network's high profile comedies, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia and Anger Management, and also took the opportunity to fire off a shot at AMC for its habit of interfering with showrunners.
Referring to It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia as one of FX's "four cornerstones" - the others being The Shield, Rescue Me, and Nip/Tuck - Landgraf noted that it was the only one still on the air and predicted that the recently announced ninth season would not be its last. "There is a high likelihood for a 10th season," stated Landgraf. "Whether it goes beyond that depends on whether the people who created the show want to go and whether the audience still wants to watch. But there will definitely be one more year, probably two."
When FX renewed Charlie Sheen's Anger Management for a whopping 90 episodes this past summer, TV Rage's own Sam McPherson pointed out that the show would be airing until 2021 if the network chose to follow a 10-episodes-per-season formula. Instead, the network will broadcast a continuous run of new episodes every Thursday, aside from holidays and sports preemptions. Beginning with the Season 2 premiere on January 17, Anger Management "will stay on the air with no interruption for two years, basically 45 episodes a year," Landgraf clarified.
Asked about the high turnover rate among showrunners at AMC, Landgraf expressed pride in FX's positive track record with the creators of its original series. "We've never fired a showrunner," boasted the network president. "These shows are very personal; you can't 'plug and play.' The author needs to complete the journey … What would The Shield have been had [series creator] Shawn Ryan not written the final season?"
Are you listening, AMC?