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FX Gives LOUIE Season Three!! WILFRED & SUNNY Renewed!!


I am – Hercules!!

“Louie,” my pick for last year’s best new sitcom, is getting a 13-episode third season, FX execs announced at a Friday Television Critics Association panel.

Talking-dog comedy “Wilfred,” which launched on FX in June, is getting a 13-episode second season.

The channel’s “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia,” which someone recently told me was funnier than “Arrested Development,” “Eastbound and Down” and the original BBC version of “The Office” combined, just got both an eighth and ninth season that will make it the longest-running sitcom on basic cable.

FX president John Landgraf had this to say about FX’s “Powers” pilot, which follows cops chasing supervillains:

“We saw possibility to do an interesting take on a cop show. Once you have ‘The Shield’ on the air, it’s really tough to top that. You’ll notice we haven’t put a cop show on the air since then.”

Has anyone told this to Tim Olyphant and Walt Goggins?

Find all of EW’s story on the matter here.

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  • Aug. 6, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST


    by Extr3m1st

    Sound intriguing and oh FIRST

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST


    by Extr3m1st

    is that show Wilfred any good?

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST


    by truenotes1

    More Sunny and Louie!!!

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    I like Wilfred a lot

    by SifoDyasJr

    I watched the first episode out of curiosity, but expecting to hate it based on the premise. Surprisingly, it pulled me in imediately.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Yay Louie!

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    The show is finally hitting its stride, and I see great things coming from season 3.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    It's always sunny...

    by mr.underwater

    Would be great if it's episodes were only ten minutes long. Granted I've only seen about 9-10 episodes spanning who knows how many seasons, but I noticed a pattern. Ten minutes of jokes are pretty fucking great, mixed in with 20 minutes of complete clunkers.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST


    by spidercoz

    funniest set of shows on tv

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    you got some bold friends herc

    by jsfithaca

    i saw one sunny epsiode, didnt laugh once. and arrested development is good shit. idk about original office and eastbound. however good for louie and wilfred, those shows are great especially louie

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST

    one out of every five or six Sunny episodes is hilarious

    by Tigger Tales

    that's a much higher hit rate than the Office circa 2007-2011

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 4:46 p.m. CST

    never saw Eastbound & Down

    by Tigger Tales

    I don't need to...... I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I would detest it.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Justified isn't a cop show...

    by seanny_d

    Granted, it's about law enforcement, but it's not about cops. I think calling Justified a "cop show" would be doing it a great disservice.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    NBC's Office

    by Hercules

    had a weak 2010, no question, but I don't think there was a clunker in the last eight or so 2011 installments

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Is Louie ever funny?

    by bah

    I hear people say how hilarious it is, but it isn't. It isn't ever dark humor. The stand-up sections are great, sure, but the show tends to be more horrifying than anything. And that's not a slight at Louie himself; I"m pretty sure that's exactly how he intends it.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 5:34 p.m. CST

    "even", not ever

    by bah

    It certainly is sometimes dark humor, so ever is wrong.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Louie. . . WTF happened?

    by Macstone

    Ok LOVED season 1 and couldn't wait for season 2. Now season 2 is here and I haven't been able to find something to laugh at since his sister farted in the first episode.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Great news on all accounts.

    by Jarek

    Big fan of "Always Sunny", and the bizarre emotional tone of season 2 of Louie has been really interesting. Plus the conversation he had with Dane Cook this week was so well written, putting that situation to bed.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 5:47 p.m. CST

    It's Always Sunny... in Bethlehem!

    by Fing Fang Foom

    Pretty cool painting of the Sunny gang I found online.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Comedy on FX: Archer

    by Alientoast

    That's all you need!

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Re: bah

    by jonathancaltman

    You see how you answered your question in the body of your comment?

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Louie already has a place in comedy heaven --

    by MooseMalloy

    -- because he directed POOTIE TANG.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 7:46 p.m. CST

    hey tigger

    by dryjism

    that's because you are gay and faggot!

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Louie is the anti-Seinfeld.

    by Mugato5150

    Seinfeld was a funny show interrupted by unfunny stand up comedy. Louie is a funny comic interrupted by an unfunny show.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 8:43 p.m. CST

    FX has some of the best comedy

    by brobdingnag

    on TV. Louie is essentially a darker more real version of Seinfeld, but where Seinfeld's standup wasn't funny at all, Louie's is.

  • It has all the neurosis and awkward situational humor that Larry David does but the joke of Louie is that instead of being a lovable, neurotic, self-absorbed scoundrel who does horrible things he's this menschy good guy with an actual conscience in a world full of scoundrels, douches and narcissist. Even his daughters are assholes. It's brilliant.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 9:05 p.m. CST


    by torontoxic

    Nailed like a prison snitch. Nice work.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Louie is consistently brilliant

    by memento108

    How there are ANY detractors at all is beyond me. And this season, it's detracting from any kind of formula it may have established and is branching off into somewhat serious territory at times. It's a great comedy but it's utterly real at times and some of you folks just don't seem to get it. And Wilfred is fucking glad it's getting a second season. It's Always Sunny speaks for itself in terms of brilliance.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 10:19 p.m. CST

    @the comedian

    by ihatefanboys

    "curb your enthusiasm" was horrible...i watched the first 2 episodes out of curiosity and because a couple of friends recommended it. I couldnt stand his shrill annoying voice and not a second of it was funny. i dont know if it ever got good but having a whole episode devoted to his "pants erection" was retarded..... wilfred humping the stuffed animal puts that whole show to shame.. Wilfred is amazingly funny....kudos for earning a second season

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 10:45 p.m. CST

    I love Sunny, but it needs to end soon

    by Cartagia

    It's been in steady decline (although not a steep decline) since the first half of season 4.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Your father is dead!

    by lederuvdapac

    Is that how you are going to say it?

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 12:21 a.m. CST

    I'm leaving you.

    by JediRob

    And then she leaves him! And takes the kids! And he has to live with that, and deal with that, forever! Don't you wanna make that show!?

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 1:39 a.m. CST


    by Tigger Tales

    i'm very happy

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 1:54 a.m. CST

    Good news all around

    by destroytokyo

    All three of those shows are deserving (too bad Terriers and Lights Out never found their audiences), but I'm especially excited about Powers. If they do Bendis and Oeming justice, this could be awesome.

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 3:33 a.m. CST

    FX Comedies

    by Urge to Kill

    I prefer The League and Archer to these shows.

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 5:56 a.m. CST

    The last episode of Louie was fucked up

    by twogunjames

    The Dane Cook thing out of left field. Cook was not funny, because, you know, he's not funny. What happened to his second daughter? Man, the new house is jarring after the show was in that cramped little apartment for so long too.

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Funniest Louie gag this seaon

    by ides

    The homeless guy getting abducted and being replaced by an almost identical looking homeless guy in the apartment-hunting episode. This season does seem to have fewer gags than last season, but it's still fantastic.

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 9:43 a.m. CST

    I wouldn't classify Louie as a comedy

    by David Cloverfield

    But goddamn it if it is not fascinating to watch. It's so rare to see a show that's a working window to a person's mind. The "don't you wanna make that show" scene in the last episode was a revelation.

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 12:20 p.m. CST


    by mcgoocain

    This show is the rudest fuckng show on TV, quite brilliant, actually. I also expected to not like it at all- a guy dressed in a dog suit? But, I LOVE it! And just started watching Louie and it is growing on me. Loved it when he just sang along to "Who Are You" by the Who with his 2 daughters cringing in the backseat of their car - which was prefaced by the 2 daughters whining "I'm bored!" over and over for almost a minute. Seems like not too many people are watching these rare gems of shows - not too many comments here, especially about Wilfred. damn it folks- watch it and you will be entertained!

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 1 p.m. CST


    by Dookiestain LaFlair

    I remember when he had a series on HBO, and his wife kept wanting him to look at her asshole, in case she was blown up in an explosion and the only part of her left to use for identification purposes was her asshole. Then after finally convincing him to look at it, he wants to bang her in the pooper and she says not a chance. I just remember this because the actress that played his wife was hot, and from time to time I think about her asshole. What mysteries does it hold ?

  • My ex roommate kept trying to get me into "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and for the most part I found it kinda dull and more miss than hit. I guess I don't have a soft spot for psychopaths. However, "Dee Dates A Retard" is one of the funniest episodes of any series period. The Nightman is the only good thing to come out of that show. Seinfeld, it will never be because for Sunny's one "Dee dates a retard" or "The Nightman Cometh" there are a dozen classic Seinfeld episodes.

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Wilfred is just not very good

    by Detective_Fingerling

    the only things I find myself laughing at are Wilfred and bear.

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    I luv sunny... are y'all smoking crack?! WILDCARD BITCHES!!!

    by Norman Colson

    the gang always crack me up... it's sometimes hit and miss but the situations they always find themselves in is hilarious. but i wasnt impressed with this past season.... Some of the episodes are good but some of them was meh, but when it's good, it's great! I liked the solving the gas crisis episode. hilarious from begining to end. Wildcard bitches!!!!

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Lethal Weapon 5

    by Audio_of_Being

    If I could recommend one episode of a comedy, it would be that episode of Always Sunny, or AD's Bringing Up Buster.

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 6:14 p.m. CST


    by Jeff

    I agree, mcgoocain -- I didn't expect to like Wilfred either. Sounded a little too one-dimensional to be truly entertaining. But... the show honestly cracks me the fuck up! Like, every 20 seconds as I'm watching. Some of the shit they do is off-the-charts stupid yet absolutely hilarious. It's a delicate balance they've somehow been able to maintain. And then some. I'm glad they've given it another season.

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST


    by Jeff

    Wilfred even gets philosophical. "Everything has to do with everything." Pretty much my view of life.

  • I assume it isn't, in fact I assume that it is exactly the same, only with a glossier look, american cast, and less swearing, given the creator/star being the driving force in both shows, and hence why I have thus far avoided Wilfred US like the plague, but is my hunch correct, or should I give it a shot? Any opinions from those who have seen both are appreciated.

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Okay, I saw acouple of funnier episodes last night

    by bah

    I still don't get how people call Louie hilarious when it is not intended to be hilarious or, often, even funny.

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 9:13 p.m. CST

    It's Always Sunny is the best comedy show around.

    by Charlie

    Love it's always sunny. Yeah I agree it's in a bit of a decline however I think that's just fatigue from how long it's been on. Where when you see a new ep you may think it's ok, not as good as the show used to be. Watch it again later mixed in with originals and it's still pretty much as good as ever. The fact they still can have lots of new, truly unique and classic stuff each season, shows it still has a lot of life left.

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 9:14 p.m. CST

    The League

    by Charlie

    That still around? Second season was really good.

  • Best dramedy on Television in the past decade. Get your cheap laughs elsewhere--that is NOT what Louie is about.

  • Aug. 8, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Landgraf, you fuck

    by Truxton Spangler

    I'd happily trade another Ryan Murphy show for Lights and Terriers. What the hell happened to you and the network? You get credit for keeping Louie around, but not much else these days. I've always been a Sunny fan, but asking them to squeeze another 26 or so episodes out of an aging cow might be too much.

  • Aug. 8, 2011, 10:07 a.m. CST


    by dunderklumpen

    is the best comedy tv show of all time. Amazingly good. Wilfred I saw once and it was horrible. I couldn't finish the episode it was so unfunny.

  • Aug. 8, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST

    I'm with you, dunderklumpen

    by schadenfreudian

    Louis has gone from being one of my favorite comedies one of my favorite shows of all time, period. Every week it's completely, brutally, and horrifyingly honest. If someone watches that show and don't laugh, they probably have some more living to do.

  • Aug. 8, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    LouiE, not Louis

    by schadenfreudian

    ...although I DO love Revenge of the Nerds, too.

  • Aug. 8, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    I had another bad night tonight, another shitty, shitty night...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Louie's first season finale, with him and his daughters, in their pajamas, eating breakfast at a diner at 4am... Fan for life, here.

  • another great show gone too soon...

  • Aug. 8, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Can't get into Sunny, but the teasers for next season are funny

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    I've been pretty consistently stopping the DVR to watch them during Louie breaks.

  • Aug. 8, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST

    What happened to his second daughter?

    by Bass Ackwards

    I heard an interview with Louis CK recently where he basically said he didn't care about consistency, he'll happily drop or add characters, recast the same actor in different roles, and things like that to basically serve the purpose of the episode. Not sure if he was just being smart, I haven't caught too much of the show myself, but was intrigued by that notion. It certainly sounds like an...interesting approach.

  • Aug. 8, 2011, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Well, whatayaknow.

    by nyj_et

    Herc, you occasionally do have good news.

  • Aug. 8, 2011, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Early Sunny is HARD to beat. Later Sunny - good, but not as good.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Aug. 9, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST

    @bass ackwards

    by bah

    Last night I watched an episode with young Louie talking to his mother. Then I watched another one where the very same actress played his date. I hope for CK's sake there was nothing Freudian about that.

  • I don't have an issue with the show. I'm just not sure why people call it the funniest show evar. It's a good show. I like that you don't know with each episode what you're going to get. But it's not hilarious. That's okay, neither is Schindler's List.

  • Aug. 9, 2011, 2:53 p.m. CST

    I hear you Bass...

    by Billyeveryteen

    First his mom is a hated, bitter old lesbian. Then in the next episode, set in the past, she's protective, empathic and reasonable. Kinda' weird, but I'm cool with that.

  • Aug. 10, 2011, 12:23 p.m. CST

    As stated above Justified is U.S. Marshalls not cops,

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    and "let the record show" that the Philly World Series defense, the wrestling episode, and kitten mittens were the cream of the previous season.

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Wilfred not so funny

    by exile103

    Agreed. I tried it for several episodes after watching some of the Australian original. I thought that one was too mean-spirited to be much of a comedy. Maybe that''s Aussie mentality for you. The U.S. version doesn't do it for me. So he's a dog, but he's also a figment of Frodo's imagination when he smokes pot, watches dvd's, and uses an opposable thumb? Plus, it was the same basic plot every episode. Zzzzzz.