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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 16, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Crime does pay, apparently, as the first episode of FX's new series "Fargo" premiered Tuesday to strong ratings. The first installment of a 10-episode limited series inspired by Joel and Ethan Coen's Oscar-winning 1996 film of the same name drew 4.15 million viewers over three telecasts on Tuesday night. It delivered 1.79 million viewers in the key demographic of adults 18-49. John Landgraf, chief executive of FX Networks and FX Productions, said in a statement that he was "incredibly proud" of the show's reception.
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February 2, 2006
Depictions of torture -- An article in the Sunday Calendar section about torture in movies and television quoted John Landgraf, president of FX Networks, as saying that he felt that Ryan Murphy, creator of its drama "Nip/Tuck" and the writer-director of the third-season finale, which featured two simultaneous scenes of torture, "definitely has his point of view, and I thought that episode was some of the best work he did this year." Landgraf says he actually said that Murphy "believed the sequence represented some of the best work he did this season."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
TV's popular curmudgeon is baaaaaack. "Louie," centered on the self-loathing semi-alter ego of comedian Louis C.K., will at long last return to FX with new episodes in May. After a 19-month hiatus, the cable comedy will return to the small screen with a 14-episode fourth season that kicks off Monday, May 5 -- but will he have returned from China, where he baptized his new self at the end of Season 3? And wait -- there's a special roll out after all that waiting. FX will air two all-new episodes back to back in the 10 p.m. hour for what will result in a seven-week run that culminates on June 16. You can thank the multi-hyphenate headliner for a slightly bigger serving of crank.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2008 | Maria Elena Fernandez
It was a bittersweet morning on Tuesday for John Landgraf, president of FX Networks, who kicked off FX's press tour session by announcing end dates for several of the network's signature series. As previously announced, "The Shield," the series that turned FX into a must-see network for original dramas, will begin its last season on Sept. 2. Landgraf spent a few minutes bragging about how "The Shield," the first basic cable show to win a major Emmy, altered the TV landscape and gave HBO a run for its money.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
FX is bringing back "Fargo. " Not the movie, but a new miniseries. A revamped version of the Coen Brothers' 1996 black comedy starring Oscar winner Frances McDormand as a pregnant police chief investigating a murder case will premiere in spring on the cable network which will star another Oscar winner, Billy Bob Thornton. John Landgraf, chief executive officer of FX Networks, announced the project as a highlight of the network's upcoming slate, which will include a ramping up of original scripted comedies that will air on FX and its satellite networks, FXX and FXM. VIDEO: Summer 2013 TV preview The new "Fargo" will be a 10-part miniseries.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
An aging fighter is chasing one more shot at greatness. His brother, once a promising fighter in his own right, is a liar and thief who can't be trusted. His family and his girl are at odds over what's best for him. No, this isn't the story line for "The Fighter," the critically acclaimed David O. Russell feature film starring Mark Wahlberg as real-life boxer Micky Ward. It's the plot of "Lights Out," a new FX drama starring Holt McCallany as Patrick "Lights Out" Leary, a former heavyweight champion still haunted by the controversial decision that cost him his title five years ago. Comparisons to "The Fighter" are inevitable, but in many ways "Lights Out" has more in common with "The Sopranos.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
2013: When Billy met FX? The cable network announced Wednesday it has ordered the comedy pilot "The Comedians," starring longtime actor / comedian Billy Crystal. The half-hour single camera comedy, which will be produced by Fox Television Studios, will feature Crystal as an established veteran comedian paired with a younger, edgier comedian for a late-night sketch show. Youngsters: It's like "Conan" meets "Nashville. " Eh, not really. The comedy is based on a Swedish format of the same name.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
FX is heading to Tel Aviv with the new drama “Tyrant” from “Homeland” producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, giving the buzzy drama it fought to snag a series order. Production on the drama is set to begin in Israel in March, with a rollout slated for the summer. “Tyrant” is billed as “the story of an unassuming American family drawn into the working of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.” At the center of the series is Bassam “Barry” Al Fayeed, the younger son of the dictator of a war-torn nation.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Crime does pay, apparently, as the first episode of FX's new series "Fargo" premiered Tuesday to strong ratings. The first installment of a 10-episode limited series inspired by Joel and Ethan Coen's Oscar-winning 1996 film of the same name drew 4.15 million viewers over three telecasts on Tuesday night. It delivered 1.79 million viewers in the key demographic of adults 18-49. John Landgraf, chief executive of FX Networks and FX Productions, said in a statement that he was "incredibly proud" of the show's reception.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
FX is heading to Tel Aviv with the new drama “Tyrant” from “Homeland” producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, giving the buzzy drama it fought to snag a series order. Production on the drama is set to begin in Israel in March, with a rollout slated for the summer. “Tyrant” is billed as “the story of an unassuming American family drawn into the working of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.” At the center of the series is Bassam “Barry” Al Fayeed, the younger son of the dictator of a war-torn nation.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2013 | By Joe Flint
"Under the Dome" has proven to be a big hit for CBS, and its agreement to sell digital rights of the show to Amazon -- where they are streamed on Prime Instant a few days after they have aired on the network -- has been praised as a deal ahead of its time. But John Landgraf, the chief executive of FX Networks, sharply criticized the CBS-Amazon partnership at the Hollywood Radio & Television Society annual September luncheon on Tuesday, saying it undercuts the value of the network to pay-TV distributors and represents a "bad change in policy for the larger ecosystem.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
FX is bringing back "Fargo. " Not the movie, but a new miniseries. A revamped version of the Coen Brothers' 1996 black comedy starring Oscar winner Frances McDormand as a pregnant police chief investigating a murder case will premiere in spring on the cable network which will star another Oscar winner, Billy Bob Thornton. John Landgraf, chief executive officer of FX Networks, announced the project as a highlight of the network's upcoming slate, which will include a ramping up of original scripted comedies that will air on FX and its satellite networks, FXX and FXM. VIDEO: Summer 2013 TV preview The new "Fargo" will be a 10-part miniseries.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
2013: When Billy met FX? The cable network announced Wednesday it has ordered the comedy pilot "The Comedians," starring longtime actor / comedian Billy Crystal. The half-hour single camera comedy, which will be produced by Fox Television Studios, will feature Crystal as an established veteran comedian paired with a younger, edgier comedian for a late-night sketch show. Youngsters: It's like "Conan" meets "Nashville. " Eh, not really. The comedy is based on a Swedish format of the same name.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
When John Landgraf joined FX as head of entertainment, he smugly figured he'd landed in the catbird seat. After all, the News Corp.-owned cable network had two hit dramas on the air and a hot prospect about to premiere. It quickly dawned on him that he could easily fall on his face. "I'm the schmuck who's supposed to replace 'The Shield,' 'Nip/Tuck' and 'Rescue Me,'" Landgraf recalled thinking when he was hired in January 2004. Not only was Landgraf going to have to develop FX's next set of hits, he was also going to have to find a way to make money from them.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 2011 | By Katherine Tulich, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's a sunny day in Venice as two residents out walking their dogs stroll past what looks like a local block party — only it's a set with actors, one of whom is dressed in a floppy-eared dog suit. They innocently inquire: "Is this a Disney show?" "Hardly," actor Elijah Wood says and laughs. After all, this is no ordinary dog: Wilfred is a foul-mouthed, bong-smoking, beer-drinking pooch with an Aussie accent, the titular character of FX's new half-hour comedy series, premiering Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
TV's popular curmudgeon is baaaaaack. "Louie," centered on the self-loathing semi-alter ego of comedian Louis C.K., will at long last return to FX with new episodes in May. After a 19-month hiatus, the cable comedy will return to the small screen with a 14-episode fourth season that kicks off Monday, May 5 -- but will he have returned from China, where he baptized his new self at the end of Season 3? And wait -- there's a special roll out after all that waiting. FX will air two all-new episodes back to back in the 10 p.m. hour for what will result in a seven-week run that culminates on June 16. You can thank the multi-hyphenate headliner for a slightly bigger serving of crank.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 2011 | By Katherine Tulich, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's a sunny day in Venice as two residents out walking their dogs stroll past what looks like a local block party — only it's a set with actors, one of whom is dressed in a floppy-eared dog suit. They innocently inquire: "Is this a Disney show?" "Hardly," actor Elijah Wood says and laughs. After all, this is no ordinary dog: Wilfred is a foul-mouthed, bong-smoking, beer-drinking pooch with an Aussie accent, the titular character of FX's new half-hour comedy series, premiering Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
An aging fighter is chasing one more shot at greatness. His brother, once a promising fighter in his own right, is a liar and thief who can't be trusted. His family and his girl are at odds over what's best for him. No, this isn't the story line for "The Fighter," the critically acclaimed David O. Russell feature film starring Mark Wahlberg as real-life boxer Micky Ward. It's the plot of "Lights Out," a new FX drama starring Holt McCallany as Patrick "Lights Out" Leary, a former heavyweight champion still haunted by the controversial decision that cost him his title five years ago. Comparisons to "The Fighter" are inevitable, but in many ways "Lights Out" has more in common with "The Sopranos.
BUSINESS
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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