FX will use the premiere of "The Simpsons Movie" to help launch its buzzworthy new comedy "Archer."
Announcing its midseason plans Tuesday, the cable network also revealed premiere dates for the final season of "Nip/Tuck" and season three of "Damages." And it said drama "Lawman" and comedy "Louie" would premiere in the spring.
–"Nip/Tuck" begins its final operations Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 10 p.m. The nine-episode season (and thus the series) will end on March 3.
–"Archer," which got an unheralded sneak preview on FX a few months ago, will make its official bow on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 10 p.m. (Perhaps FX is hoping the comedy fans who watch NBC Thursday from 8-10 will switch over to cable?)
FX’s premiere of "The Simpsons Movie" will lead-in to "Archer" from 8-10. Other movies slated to fill that Thursday slot include "Superbad" and "Spiderman 3."
–The Glenn Close-led "Damages" returns Jan. 25 at 10 p.m. The series will now air on Monday nights.
–"Justified," the Timothy Olyphant series formerly known as "Lawman," will debut in March, FX said. There’s no exact premiere date yet.
–Finally, Louie CK’s "Louie" is penciled in for a spring bow. FX said specifics of the bow aren’t yet locked in.
If you can’t wait for "Louie," check out this viral video the comic produced for the show. Warning: It’s quite raunchy and definitely not safe for work, small children, the Parents Television Council or anyone with even slightly delicate sensibilities.