FX has announced renewals of three shows, and one of the renewals will make basic cable history, reports EW.com’s Inside TV blog.
"It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia" will return for two additional seasons, the show’s eighth and ninth, the story says. That will make "Sunny" the longest-running comedy series in basic cable history, the piece reports.
"Wilfred," the show about a man who sees a dog as a human in a dog outfit, has been renewed for a second season. "Louie" received a renewal for its third season.
The story reports: “FX President John Landgraf pointed out that ‘Sunny’ helped pioneer a low-cost / high-creative-freedom business model that it’s used for its other comedies as well.”
“They literally had no experience writing, no experience directing,” Landgraf said, talking about the team behind “Sunny.” “They literally made a pilot for $200 they shot in their back yard. They were so young and so willing to learn and we didn’t bring in showrunners over them. It was a good partnership. It started out so bare bones — [creator-actor] Rob McElhenney was a waiter and didn’t quit his job until season two.”