At the top of its TCA executive session, FX‘s president John Landgraf announced that the network has renewed acclaimed comedy series Louie for a 13-episode fourth season. Additionally, it has ordered seven more episodes of Russell Brand‘s late-night show BrandX, which Landgraf said will undergo creative changes. As for comedy series Wilfred, which is up 12% this season, Landgraf said he feels “optimistic” about a renewal, noting that that a deal on that is still being hammered out.
On the development front, the network has ordered The Bridge, a drama pilot based on the Scandinavian series Bron. The original series, created by Hans Rosenfeldt, follows a police investigation following the discovery of a dead body on the bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden. In the U.S. version, written by Cold Case creator Meredith Stiehm and fellow Cold Case writer Elwood Reid, two detectives from the United States and Mexico must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the border after a dead body is found on the bridge connecting El Paso and Juarez. The project hails from Shine America, marking Elizabeth Murdoch company’s first scripted financing effort as it moves from solely producing under the Reveille banner to financing and packaging projects on an opportunistic basis. Shine will co-produce The Bridge with FX Prods. and will distribute internationally. Stiehm and Reid executive produce with Carolyn Bernstein, Lars Blomgren, and Jane Featherstone. Filming on the pilot will start in the fall.
Landgraf said he is close to making a decision on the Keri Russell period spy drama pilot The Americans, indicating that he is “happy about the pilot and optimistic” about its chances. Having on the air “two drama series and a miniseries” as Landgraf put it, referring to Sons Of Anarchy, Justified and American Horror Story, which qualified as a miniseries at the Emmys, the plan is “to launch two more drama series in the next 12 months,” Landgraf said, noting that he hopes those would be The Americans and The Bridge. “We see ourselves getting to five and maybe six drama series…and conceivably even seven dramas.” As for comedies, “we may launch over next six months conceivably two more comedies, having eight on the air now,” Landgraf said. “We’re still pretty aggressive ramping up in that area.”
Landgraf also confirmed that its series adaptation of the comic Powers is still alive. Charles H. Eglee is back re-writing the pilot script plus three more. If it likes the new scripts, the network would order a new pilot and may invite some of the cast back, including star Jason Patric, who is still interested in the material, Landgraf said. FX previously commissioned a pilot and then reshoots before passing on it. (The original pilot’s female lead Lucy Punch is unavailable as she has a new series, Fox comedy Ben & Kate.
Additionally, casting is nearly complete on FX’s comedy pilot from Denis Leary and Jim Serpico Bronx Warrants. Robert Kelly, standup comedian Godfrey, Josh Segarra and Shirley Rumierk are set to star in the project, with veteran Scott Ellis aboard to direct.
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