- FX president John Landgraf said that, in addition to the final eight episodes of the current season of "Nip/Tuck," which will start airing in January, they've ordered another 19 episodes, which will bring the series to a total of 100, and that's all, folks. Ryan Murphy will be sticking around as showrunner through to the end; Landgraf said that the decision not to go forward with "Pretty/Handsome" (the Murphy-created transsexual drama with Joseph Fiennes) had nothing to do with this.
- "Rescue Me" won't be back until spring '09, and Michael J. Fox is confirmed to do a four-episode arc as the wheelchair-bound boyfriend of Tommy's ex.
- In addition to William Hurt and Tim Olyphant(*), "Damages" is adding Marcia Gay Harden to the cast at some point in season two, and Ted Danson -- who was here for the panel -- will be back for several episodes, though nobody wanted to say whether Frobisher is still alive or will only be appearing in flashbacks.
- "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" will be back on Sept. 18, and Landgraf has ordered at least 52 more episodes -- the 13 currently in production, plus 39 more -- to basically keep the show on his air forever.
- FX will try to use "Sunny" to launch another comedy, called "Testees," from Kenny Hotz (of "Kenny vs. Spenny" quasi-fame), about two friends in their 30s who pay the bills as guinea pigs for medical experiments. Landgraf's announcement led to one of the tours funnier moments, when a critic asked exactly how you spelled the show's name. "That's T-E-S-T-E-E-S," Landgraf said.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Few spare minutes in between the end of the "Damages" panel and the start of "Sons of Anarchy," so I'll give you the FX bullet points so far: