August 06, 2011 9:13am PT by Lesley Goldberg
FX Renews Comedies 'Wilfred,' 'Louie,' 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'
FX has renewed Wilfred, Louie and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Network topper John Landgraf on Saturday announced the pickups at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Beverly Hills. Landgraff touted the series' ratings success -- and growth -- of the trio of comedies in making the announcement
Wilfred, starring Elijah Wood and Jason Gann and based on the Australian format, has been picked up for a second season of 13 episodes.
Louie starring stand-up coming Louis C.K., with its 13-episode order, will head into its third season.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, from Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day, will become basic cable's longest-running comedy. Landgraf on Saturday picked up the comedy for two additional seasons, with an option for what would become the show's 10th season.
In making the two-season renewal, Landgraf touted Philadelphia as the cornerstone of FX's production brand, before announcing a three-year overall deal with McElhenney, Day and Howerton's production company RCG.
"It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia not only became a hit, but the cornerstone of FX’s successful comedy brand and we’re thrilled to be able to extend our partnership with Rob, Charlie and Glenn,” Landgraf said.
"The exclusive television overall production deal with RCG marks the first overall television deal for FX Productions and it's a huge step forward for the studio," he added. "The opportunity for them and FXP to develop shows for FX and other networks is very exciting."
In addition to the renewals, FX announced that Landgraf has renewed his contract with the cable network for three years.
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