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....
Following in the footsteps of such sexpots as Jane Seymour, Kim Basinger and Halle Berry, Hitman hottie Olga Kurylenko has been cast as the Bond girl in the upcoming, as-yet-untitled 007 flick.... Michael Chiklis will play the U.S. Secretary of Defense in Eagle Eye, the Shia LaBeouf terrorist thriller.... Skeet Ulrich will star opposite Matt Dillon in Armored, about a Brinks-truck heist.... On Monday night, the Broadcast Film Critics Association named No Country for Old Men the year's best picture, Joel and Ethan Cohen best director, and Javier Bardem best supporting actor. There Will Be Blood lead Daniel Day-Lewis won best actor, while Away from Her's Julie Christie was honored as best actress. Ben Katner