If there's a basic cable channel that it's tough to beat creatively, it's FX. The network features some of the best shows on television -- Louie, Justified, Archer, Sons of Anarchy -- and it's only growing. The network has an expanding slate of upcoming series (a limited-run series based on the film Fargo, and an adaptation of Guillermo del Toro's novel The Strain, to name a couple). It's so much new programming, in fact, that FX is starting a new channel.
FXX will debut on September 2, and will be a younger-skewing, more comedy-focused network.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League will be moving to that network when it debuts this fall, and will be followed by the second season of comedy series Legit. The network's one reality show, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, will move to the network, and will expand to air five nights a week.
No work yet on whether other comedy shows, like Louie and Archer, will make the move to FXX or stay on the original FX channel.
Original content isn't all that will air on FXX, obviously. Syndicated reruns of plenty of shows will also air on the new network, including Parks and Recreation, Freaks & Geeks, Arrested Development, Sports Night, and How I Met Your Mother. Reruns of FX's original drama, Rescue Me, will also air on the network, but as more dramatic fare, it should stand out just a little bit.
It looks like FXX is being added to free up more room on the network for new original programming. I can't see anyone complaining: if their new shows look anything like their existing ones, then FXX is going to be a real treat for all of us.