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There’s Something Funny Going on at FX

Earlier this month, FX chief John Landgraf said he was determined to add more laughs to the network’s lineup. He wasn’t kidding.

FX has handed out series orders to half-hour projects, "Louie" and "The League," with at least one scheduled to premiere as soon as this fall, according to published reports in Daily Variety and the Hollywood Reporter.

"Louie," the follow-up to the actor’s critically despised HBO series "Life with Louie," will have the standup comic as a single dad. "The League" is an ensemble about guys who bond over fantasy football.

The shows join the recently-ordered "Archer," which came out of this month’s TV Critics Assn. with positive buzz, with some critics already putting it in the same class as FX’s beloved "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia."

"Archer" will almost certainly premiere this fall. Landgraf told Variety that "League" will also get a run in the autumn.

FX has ordered six episodes of "Archer" and, according to the trades, six of "League" and 13 of "Louie."

While FX’s last stab at comedy, "Testees," struck out, Landgraf said earlier this month that the network now feels comfortable with its brand of comedy, which is aimed at younger audiences.

"We really feel like we are ready," he said. "We feel like we know how to do it. We
know how to get that audience…. So I think you are going to see the channel become much more active than it has been ever in the past in comedy. I’m extremely optimistic."

He also promised to be patient with the new comedies, if the network continues to believe in them creatively.

"Even if we put a show on the air and, in the first season, it doesn’t rock the world in terms of ratings, if it’s really good, we will pick it up," Landgraf vowed. "We will stay with it because that’s how we got to where we got on ‘Sunny’."