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September 25, 2010 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Most popular prime-time shows aren't run by a producer and star who has to finish shooting by 6 p.m. to rush to a night job waiting tables. Then again, most shows aren't like "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. " The irreverent comedy — created by Rob McElhenney, 33, who six years ago was making ends meet by working at a restaurant — revolves around a clutch of morally challenged misfits who own a dingy bar in South Philadelphia. McElhenney and two buddies write and star in the series, which this month began its sixth season on the FX cable channel.
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April 23, 2014 | By Joe Flint
FX Networks has brewed up a big deal with MillerCoors. The cable unit of 21st Century Fox has struck a three-year deal with MillerCoors that will make the brewer the official beer sponsor for the FX, FXX and FXM networks. The agreement is non-exclusive, meaning FX Networks will still be able to sell commercial time to other beer makers. However, MillerCoors will have exclusivity on any product-placement in FX Networks' programs and a first-look deal for future shows. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV MillerCoors already has a visible presence on FX Networks.
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August 1, 2012 | By Matthew Cooper
Click here to download TV listings for the week of July 29 - Aug. 4 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SERIES Auction Kings: A buggy from the 1800s and a piece of movie memorabilia from 1963's "Cleopatra" are among the objects featured in this new installment (9 p.m. Discovery). Trip Flip: Two people get a surprise vacation to Edinburgh, Scotland, in this new episode (9 p.m. Travel). Burn Notice: Michael and Fiona (Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar)
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April 22, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
In person, Welsh actor Matthew Rhys is charmingly evasive. Rather than offering long-winded answers about himself, Rhys is just as likely to respond to a question with another question, a tendency which makes it easier to understand how he effortlessly slips into so many disparate identities on FX's Cold War drama "The Americans. " Each week, Rhys plays a Soviet spy posing as a suburban American dad named "Philip Jennings. " In the line of duty, he assumes numerous other personas, relying on an impressive array of wigs, facial hair and eyewear to maintain his cover.
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June 10, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"The Americans" and its channel, FX, led the pack in the Television Critics Assn. awards nominations, announced Monday morning. The first season of the Cold War spy drama starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys grabbed four nominations, including a nomination for individual achievement in drama for Rhys and nods for outstanding new program, outstanding achievement in drama and program of the year. "The Americans" premiered to good reviews in January and has been renewed for a second season, however it did not generate an audience the size of FX's hit "American Horror Story.
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March 6, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of March 3 - 9, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES "Whitney" Whitney's (Whitney Cummings) half sister (Natasha Leggero) visits to discuss a life-altering decision in this new episode. 8 p.m. NBC "American Idol" The next 10 male semifinalists perform. 8 p.m. Fox RECAP: 'American Idol': Top 10 women wow "The Neighbors" Marty (Lenny Venito)
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April 16, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before losing the jet lag. The Skinny: I've watched the first four episodes of FX's "Fargo" and can recommend it. Now I want to see the movie again. Seems like Tuesday was light on hard news but we scraped together a Fix for you nonetheless. Today's stories include the latest on L.A. film production and NBC's efforts to build a digital programming space. Also, Oliver North gets to put his experience to work for FX's Cold War drama "The Americans. " Daily Dose: The Washington Post said Comcast's acquisition of Time Warner Cable should be approved by regulators.
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April 16, 2014 | by Greg Braxton
The Russians are coming ... again. "The Americans," FX's drama about Russian KGB  spies masquerading as a suburban American married  couple, has been renewed for a third season of 13 episodes. The series, which stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich, is currently in its second season. PHOTOS: WGA's top 101 shows of all time "The Americans" was created by and is executive produced by Joe Weisberg, a former CIA agent who went on to become an author and screenwriter.
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April 15, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The Coen brothers' 1996 comedy-noir masterpiece "Fargo" wasn't so much a movie as it was a cultural event - you remember where you were when you first saw it. That endless yet claustrophobic snow scape, the anxious narcissism of William H. Macy's scheming car salesman, the glory of Frances McDormand's pregnant police chief Marge. It blew out the wall between hilarity and horror to prove that both dwell in the same landscape. It showed that senseless violence was simply one more item on the spectrum of human behavior, alongside love and honor and courage.
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April 11, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
Since his star-making turn nearly two decades ago as the mentally challenged Karl Childers in "Sling Blade," Billy Bob Thornton has been known for what may best be described as playing expressive eccentrics. There was a bad Santa, an astronaut farmer and a taciturn barber so lacking in human connection that the movie about him was titled "The Man Who Wasn't There. " In FX's highly touted new series "Fargo," Thornton adds to that oddball gallery when he plays a drifter named Lorne Malvo.
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April 10, 2014 | By Mary McNamara
“Fargo”: For those who remember that miracle of watching the Coen brothers' deeply dark and hilarious 1996 masterpiece unfurl across the big screen, FX's bold, brave experiment in cinematic crossover takes some getting used to, but it's well worth the effort.   Written by Noah Hawley (with the Coens' blessing), this “Fargo” is at once eerily similar and completely different than the film that inspired it. Yes, we are once again traveling down a narrow strip of highway that bifurcates the snowy plains of Minnesota into a tiny town where the local accent is a running joke and the introduction of violence is about to turn everything inside out. As in the film, there is a hit man, played with dark brilliance by Billy Bob Thornton, a whining milquetoast (Martin Freeman)
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April 4, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
The sun will come out tomorrow and then some for Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton and Rob McElhenney. As part of a new three-year overall deal between FX Productions and the trio's RCG Productions, the threesome's offbeat comedy "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" is being renewed for two more seasons on FXX, and their new comedy starring "SNL"/"30 Rock" alum Tracy Morgan received a straight to series order. The additional two seasons of "It's Always Sunny" will take the comedy to its 12th season, with each cycle consisting of 12 episodes.
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March 31, 2014 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of March 30 - April 5, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SERIES NCIS Special Agent Pride (Scott Bakula) and Gibbs (Mark Harmon) follow leads after evidence suggests the Privileged Killer has a copycat in the conclusion of the hit series' two-part story. 8 p.m. CBS The Story of the Jews With Simon Schama The five-part documentary series concludes with three installments: "A Leap of Faith" at 8 p.m. KOCE; "Over the Rainbow" at 9 and "Return" at 10, on KOCE.
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March 19, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Could this be a mah-velous comedic union? FX announced it has given a series order to the Billy Crystal-fronted half-hour titled "The Comedians. " The single-camera comedy, produced by Fox Television Studios, features the 66-year-old multi-hyphenate as an established comic vet who gets paired with a younger, edgier newcomer, played by Broadway and TV actor Josh Gad, for a late-night sketch show--giving an insiders look at the late-night scene in the process. The network greenlighted the pilot last May. Production on the 13-episode first season will begin this year, with a roll-out on FX slated for 2015.
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