So, Archer is moving to Mondays...and this got taken from FXX and put in the enviable position of following Archer. Dunno. I am gonna watch it, but it looks dangerously one note. And I get being challenging, but you have to be funny too. We shall see.Quote:
FX has released the first red-band trailer for its new animated series Chozen, and it looks like it will make a fine companion to the excellent Archer. Created by Grant Dekernion and executive produced by the same folks behind Archer and Eastbound and Down, the series revolves around a gay white rapper fresh out of prison who sets out for redemption and to claim his rightful position as the world’s top rap artist. Bobby Moynihan voices the lead character to great effect, and this trailer highlights a swell sense of humor that should connect with fans of Archer and Eastbound.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The series also features the voices of Hannibal Buress, Michael Pena, Nick Swardson, Kathryn Hahn, and Method Man. Chozen will premiere on FX January 13th.
FXX cancels Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, causing more brand confusion
OOOh...not good. Growing pains or simply not being ready to launch a new network. Spreading too thin. Just hope folks follow LEGIT when it gets stranded on FXXQuote:
The talk show was one of three series that jumped from FX to FXX when the channel launched in September, expanding from a weekly series to a nightly strip, going head-to-head (for all or half of each episode) with Jon Stewart, Conan, Colbert, Leno, Letterman and Kimmel. (On FX, it had aired at 11:30, meaning it at least avoided "The Daily Show" and the first half of "Conan.") FXX is available in 26 million fewer homes than FX, and often on obscure spots in cable channel line-ups (since it took over the space left by Fox Soccer, which was tiered with other sports channels), and the ratings for "Totally Biased" cratered. As Deadline noted late last month, a recent Monday installment of the show drew only 12,000 total viewers, and only 4,000 among adults 18-49. Even on nights when it aired after fellow FX emigres "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and "The League," it was only averaging 110,000 viewers, less than a third of the audience from the end of its FX run.
Still, this is the second bit of recent news that doesn't speak well to the idea of expanding the FX brand across multiple channels. Last week, FX announced that "Chozen," an animated comedy designated as the first wholly-original FXX series, would instead be part of the main channel, airing after "Archer." (Its spot on the FXX schedule will be filled with decade-old repeats of "Da Ali Go Show.")
The "Totally Biased" ratings were terrible, and there's a certain threshold below which cancellation is inevitable for any show on any channel. That said, the whole point of moving "Totally Biased" and turning it into a nightly show was to expand the new channel's footprint and give it a distinctive and constant voice. "Always Sunny" and "The League" have done okay with the move, but both were much more established, and also only air one night a week for a few months out of the year. If the audience didn't want to follow Bell and his cohorts to the new channel, then they didn't want to follow. But with only the modestly-rated "Legit" and those "Ali G" repeats coming up in early 2014, FXX is barely going to have any identity at all, other than a place to watch many excellent reruns of "Parks and Recreation" and "Freaks and Geeks."
I do hope they find a way to turn it around, though. Maybe they should take a page from IFC's book and see about licensing some no longer airing comedy shows. IFC regularly gets my guide-surfing attention with Arrested Development, Mr. Show, etc. They ought to look for similar. In addition to airing previous episodes of stuff they already have, as previously discussed.
THE SIMPSONS Syndication and Streaming Rights Head to FXX | Collider
as far as the channel, if they have content...folks will find it.Quote:
The longest running animated series of all time has just landed one of the biggest syndication deals ever. FX’s new comedy-centric spinoff network FXX has acquired the syndication rights for all 24 seasons of The Simpsons in a lucrative nine-figure deal, with all 530 episodes expected to be in heavy rotation starting next August. Maybe more interesting, though, is the fact that the deal also calls for The Simpsons to be available to stream on demand for the first time ever. FXX subscribers will be able to watch The Simpsons anytime courtesy of the soon-to-launch FXNOW mobile app, and Vulture points out that the size of this deal means The Simpsons won’t be coming to Netflix or Hulu anytime soon.
I have uverse and they just planted the network directly after FX. It's not hard to find (for me anyway).
Give them content, they will come.
FX Orders THE STRAIN to Series; Will Premiere July 2014 | Collider
EDIT: Crap...just saw this part
That's a shame.Quote:
The producers and FX Productions are recasting the role of “Professor Abraham Setrakian,” which was previously held by John Hurt.