FX and FXX have announced the 2015 premieres of several returning shows — season six of Archer (Thursday, January 8th on FX), season 10 of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (January 14th on FXX), sixth and final season of Justified (January 20th on FX), and season three of The Americans (January 28th on FX).
In addition, new sitcom Man Seeking Woman will debut on January 14th, following It’s Always Sunny on FXX. The current incarnation of American Horror Story will wrap up on January 21st.
Here are the details.
FX AND FXX SET JANUARY PREMIERE DATES FOR NEW AND RETURNING SERIES
Archer Returns for Its Sixth Season on Thursday, January 8, at 10 PM e/p on FX
10th Season of Landmark Comedy Series It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia Debuts on Wednesday, January 14, at 10 PM e/p on FXX, Immediately Followed by the Series Premiere of FXX’s New Comedy Series Man Seeking Woman at 10:30 PM e/p
Emmy(R) and Peabody(R) Award Winning Drama Justified to Launch Its Sixth and Final Season on Tuesday, January 20, at 10 PM e/p on FX
Third Season of Award-Winning Drama Series The Americans to Debut on Wednesday, January 28, at 10 PM e/p on FX
Jammed-Packed January Also Includes the Final Three Episodes of the Critically Acclaimed Smash Hit American Horror Story: Freak Show
LOS ANGELES, November 21, 2014 – FX and FXX will ring in 2015 this January in a big way with the season premieres of Justified, The Americans and Archer on FX, along with the season premiere of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and the series premiere of Man Seeking Woman on FXX, it was announced today by Chuck Saftler, President of Program Strategy and COO, FX Networks. Rounding out the January schedule will be the final three episodes of FX’s critically acclaimed, smash hit American Horror Story: Freak Show.
“This amazing collection of returning hits, award-winning series and a new comedy series continue to distinguish FX and FXX as the premier destinations for dramas and comedies on television,” said Saftler.
FX January Premieres and Highlights
First up is the Season 6 premiere of the hit animated comedy series Archer, airing on FX on Thursdays at 10 PM e/p, beginning January 8. Archer is FX’s #1 rated comedy series. Archer is an animated, half-hour comedy that revolves around an international spy agency and the lives of its employees. Although their work of espionage, reconnaissance missions, wiretapping and undercover surveillance is daunting and dangerous, every covert operation and global crisis is actually just another excuse for the staff to undermine, sabotage and betray each other for personal gain. The series features the voices of H. Jon Benjamin as the highly skilled and incredibly vain master spy “Sterling Archer;” Aisha Tyler as Archer’s fellow agent and ex-girlfriend, “Lana Kane;” Jessica Walter as Archer’s domineering mother and spy agency director, “Malory Archer;” Chris Parnell as the easily intimidated comptroller-turned secret agent “Cyril Figgis;” Judy Greer as Malory’s loquacious, dingbat secretary, “Cheryl;” Amber Nash as the discordant director of human resources, “Pam Poovey;” Adam Reed as the gay voice of reason, “Ray Gillette;” and Lucky Yates as the spy agency’s possibly mad scientist/ possibly clone of himself, “Krieger.”
The explosive 6th and final season of Justified will air Tuesdays at 10 PM e/p, beginning January 20. Based on Elmore Leonard’s novella “Fire in the Hole,” Justified was developed by Graham Yost and stars Timothy Olyphant as Deputy US Marshal Raylan Givens, a lawman who finds himself drawn back to his home state of Kentucky. In Justified’s final season, the long brimming conflict between Raylan and Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) will finally come to a head. The series co-stars Walton Goggins as ‘Boyd Crowder;’ Nick Searcy as ‘Chief Deputy Art Mullen;’ Jacob Pitts as ‘Deputy Marshal Tim Gutterson;’ Erica Tazel as ‘Deputy Marshal Rachel Brooks;’ Joelle Carter as ‘Ava Crowder;’ and Jere Burns as ‘Wynn Duffy.’ Yost wrote the pilot and serves as Executive Producer/Writer on the series. Executive Producers on the series include Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman, Michael Dinner, Fred Golan, Dave Andron, Don Kurt, Taylor Elmore, Timothy Olyphant, and the late Elmore Leonard. Justified is produced by Sony Pictures Television and FX Productions.
The award-winning drama series The Americans will air on Wednesdays at 10 PM e/p, beginning January 28. The Americans is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President. The arranged marriage of Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell), who have two children – 14-year-old Paige (Holly Taylor) and 11-year-old Henry (Keidrich Sellati), who know nothing about their parents’ true identity – grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War and the intimate, dangerous and darkly funny relationships they must maintain with a network of spies and informants under their control. The trickiest of Philip’s sources continues to be Martha (Alison Wright), the assistant to Special Agent Gaad (Richard Thomas). In order to ensure her continued loyalty, Philip, in the guise of FBI bureaucrat “Clark,” one of his numerous cover identities, marries her. Things were going smoothly until Martha began pressuring Clark to start a family. Their neighbor, FBI Agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), could also prove to be a renewed threat. When forced to choose between betraying his country or his KGB double-agent and paramour Nina (Annet Mahendru), Stan chose the USA. Nina has been sent back to Moscow to face charges of treason, much to the dismay of her boss Arkady (Lev Gorn), Director of the KGB Rezidentura. In addition to his rededication to his mission of uncovering the identities of the Russian spies living among them, Stan is also attempting to rebuild a relationship with his estranged wife Sandra (Susan Misner). Meanwhile, in the Jennings’ house, Philip and Elizabeth find themselves at odds over Paige’s future now that the KGB has made it clear that they want her to join the family business.
The hit mini-series American Horror Story: Freak Show returns to FX on January 7 for the first of its final three episodes, culminating in the season finale on January 21. This latest installment of the anthology series from producer Ryan Murphy has exceeded the popularity of previous installments, with the premiere telecast of Freak Show setting a record as the most-watched telecast in FX’s 20-year history. American Horror Story: Freak Show begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.
FXX January Premieres and Highlights
Season 10 of the award-winning comedy series It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia will air on FXX on Wednesdays at 10 PM e/p, beginning January 14. The Gang returns to Paddy’s Pub with Mac (Rob McElhenney), Dennis (Glenn Howerton), Charlie (Charlie Day), Dee (Kaitlin Olson) and Frank (Danny Devito). Last season, the gang broke Dee, saved the day (in their minds) and tried desperately (but failed) to win an award. This season, the gang tackles even bigger challenges like beating Wade Boggs’ cross-country flight drinking record, getting their old friend Psycho Pete back to form, competing on a game show and conquering the world of online dating. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was created by Rob McElhenney. He also serves as executive producer along with Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day, Michael Rotenberg, Nick Frenkel, Tom Lofaro, Scott Marder and David Hornsby. The show is produced by FX Productions.
FXX’s newest comedy series, Man Seeking Woman, will air on FXX on Wednesdays at 10:30 PM e/p, starting January 14. A sweet and surreal look at the life-and-death stakes of dating, Man Seeking Woman follows naïve twenty-something “Josh Greenberg” (Jay Baruchel, How to Train Your Dragon) on his unrelenting quest for love. Josh soldiers through one-night stands, painful break-ups, a blind date with a troll, time travel, sex aliens, many deaths and a Japanese penis monster named Tanaka on his fantastical journey to find love. Starring alongside Baruchel are Eric Andre (The Eric Andre Show) as “Mike,” Josh’s confident and daring best friend; Britt Lower (Unforgettable) as “Liz,” Josh’s intimidating older sister; and Maya Erskine (Betas) as “Maggie,” the ex-girlfriend Josh can never quite forget. Man Seeking Woman is based on Simon Rich’s book of short stories, The Last Girlfriend on Earth. Rich created the 10-episode scripted comedy and also serves as Executive Producer/Showrunner. Jonathan Krisel, Andrew Singer and Lorne Michaels, and Broadway Video also serve as Executive Producers. Man Seeking Woman is produced by FX Productions.
FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable channel of FX Networks, a business unit of Fox Networks Group. FX Networks is comprised of FX, FXM and FXX, its newest channel, which debuted on September 2, 2013. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 95 million homes. The diverse schedule features a growing roster of critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas series, including Sons of Anarchy, Justified, The Americans, Tyrant and The Strain; the critically-acclaimed mini-series’ American Horror Story and Fargo and the upcoming mini-series American Crime Story; acclaimed hit comedy series including the award-winning Louie, Archer, Married and upcoming The Comedians, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll and Baskets. FX is the former home of the critically-acclaimed and award winning hit drama series’ The Shield, Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me and Damages. The network’s library of acquired box-office hit movies is unmatched by any ad-supported television network. FX’s roster of acquired hit series includes Two and a Half Men, Anger Management, In Living Color and Mike & Molly.
FXX is the new basic cable entertainment network from FX Networks which launched on September 2, 2013. Geared toward a young adult audience, the schedule features original series, movies, and acquired series. The channel is anchored by the acclaimed hit comedies It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Ali G: Rezurection, You’re the Worst and the upcoming Man Seeking Woman (Jan. 2015) and The Tracy Morgan Project (TBD). FXX is also the exclusive cable home to The Simpsons, the longest-running comedy in TV history. FXX is carried in more than 75 million homes. FXX and its sister channels FX and FXM comprise FX Networks, a business unit of 21 Century Fox.
ABOUT FX PRODUCTIONS
FX Productions (FXP) produces FX’s newest acclaimed hit drama series The Strain; the comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Louie, Archer, Married and You’re the Worst; and the upcoming comedies Man Seeking Woman (Jan. 2015) and The Untitled Tracy Morgan Project (TBD). FXP co-produces the drama series Sons of Anarchy, Justified, The American and Tyrant; the mini-series Fargo, which scored 18 Emmy(R) Award nominations and won the Emmy award for Outstanding mini-series; and the upcoming comedy Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. In 2014, FXP shows combined to deliver 28 Emmy Award nominations including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Mini-series, and Outstanding Animated Program.
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