'Loudermilk,' Abandoned Audience Network Comedy, Finds New Home at Amazon

'Loudermilk'
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Loudermilk, the Ron Livingston comedy that was left in purgatory when AT&T's Audience Network was rebranded last year as an HBO Max preview channel, has found a new home.

Amazon Studios has acquired all three seasons of the comedy from creators Peter Farrelly and Bobby Mort. Seasons one and two — which aired in 2017 and 2018 on Audience Network — will begin streaming Friday on Amazon. Season three of the series about a former music critic and recovering alcoholic turned substance abuse counselor will debut at a date to be determined. (Season three is currently airing in Canada and has yet to air in the U.S.)

Loudermilk was renewed for a third season in late 2018 and wrapped production amid Audience Network's shift to an HBO Max preview channel. Rather than import Audience Network originals — like Loudermilk, You Me Her, Condor and David E. Kelley's Mr. Mercedes — to HBO Max, the shows have remained in purgatory as producers sought new homes for them. Mr. Mercedes, for example, moved to Peacock as a library title though it remains unclear if the drama will go on for additional seasons.

"I could not be more pleased that Loudermilk is finding a second life on Prime Video," Farrelly said. "It’s a show that I’m extremely proud of and one that deserves to be seen by all. I would argue that it has the best ensemble cast on television and deserves to be in the conversation with Schitt’s Creek and Cobra Kai, shows that started on one network but found a much wider audience on another. This show is going to give you binge-watching at its best!"

Sony Pictures Television distributes the show globally. Will Sasso, Laura Mendel, Anja Savcic, Brian Regan and Mat Fraser co-star in the series. Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly share directing duties. Big Branch Productions' Bart Peters and Mark Burg also exec produce the series.

As for other Audience Network originals, there's still no word on streaming homes for Greg Poehler comedy You Me Her or drama Condor.

Audience Network launched in 1999 as Fairview, a premium channel offered to DirecTV subscribers and part of the satellite provider's subscription package. It was rebranded as The 101 Network in 2005 and became Audience Network in 2011. In 2018, when AT&T bought DirecTV, the channel was offered to the former's cable subscribers. Originals came in 2007 when DirecTV swooped in to help save Friday Night Lights from cancellation, with Audience Network having first-run rights before episodes were broadcast on NBC. The network later acquired Damages following FX's decision to cancel the drama. Former programming chief Chris Long led Audience Network into scripted originals in 2011 with Rogue, followed shortly afterward by the critical darling Kingdom.

Loudermilk becomes the latest series to jump networks to Amazon, which last year picked up long-gestating TNT drama Tell Me Your Secrets after the WarnerMedia-backed basic cable network declined to air it on linear or streaming.