At the FX upfront programming presentation Thursday, network chief John Landgraf officially announced plans to launch a new, younger-skewing network called FXX in September.
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The new network joins FX and FXM (formerly the Fox Movie Channel) in Fox Cable Networks' suite of channels and will officially launch on Sept. 2. The channel, which Landgraf says will target adults 18-to-34 who love "outrageous characters" and "big laughs," will be bolstered by existing FX comedies It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League and Legit, all of which will now air on the new channel. (In making the announcement, Landgraf officially ordered a second season of Legit, a 10th season of Always Sunny, and a fifth and sixth season of The League).
Also moving to FXX is....
Oscar-winning director Ang Lee will make his television directorial debut with the FX pilot Tyrant, the network announced Wednesday. It will be Lee's first project since Life of Pi, for which he won the Best Director Academy Award last month.
Skeet Ulrich is heading back to CBS.
The former Jericho star has signed on for the lead role in Anatomy of Violence, the drama pilot from the team behind the Emmy-winning drama Homeland.
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Ulrich, 43, will star as Dr. Raines, a unshaven and disheveled maverick...
The fall TV season is taking shape. Networks have ordered dozens of new pilots starring familiar faces like Lost's Josh Holloway, Andy Samberg, The Office's Ellie Kemper and Malin Akerman (Watchmen), and from proven producers like J.J. Abrams, Arrow's Greg Berlanti, David Shore (House) and Joss Whedon.
To keep track of who's doing what, read our complete list of all the series projects in contention — there are nearly 100! — and check back for updates on their status. Here are the CBS pilots: (Click here for ABC, CW, Fox and NBC.)
CBS has ordered a new comedy pilot from producer David E. Kelley that will star Robin Williams, as well as two new hourlong drama pilots, one from the creators of Homeland, TVGuide.com has learned.