The cable network has renewed freshman comedy Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll for a second season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Created by, starring and exec produced by the Rescue Me alum, the comedy will return for a second batch of 10 episodes in 2016.
Produced by FX Productions and Fox 21 Television Studios, the first season stands as basic cable’s most-watched freshman primetime scripted comedy of the year among men 18-49 and 25-54 — as well as the third-most-watched new primetime scripted comedy on basic cable with adults under 50 and total viewers when factoring in seven days of delayed viewing. The series is averaging the largest live-plus-seven lift for any first-year comedy on FX among the key adults under 50 (up 81 percent) and total viewers (up 83 percent).
“The only thing that could make me happier about this announcement is if David Bowie decided to be a guest star during season two,” Leary said. “In which case, my head would explode. Hopefully on-camera so we get a kickass viral video out of it. Not to mention awesome Live+3s. I look forward to once again creating new episodes of television with John Landgraf‘s exceptional FX team. And scoring some cool Bastard Executioner swag.”
Speaking to reporters at TCA, FX president Landgraf said he uses a formula when determining renewals and cancelations. “I and my team get one vote, you and the other experts get one vote and the audience gets one vote. Two votes gets a show picked up, but we overrule a 2:1 vote against us for a time if we believe either the audience or the experts will come around based on the quality of the show,” he said.
THR chief TV critic Tim Goodman called the rock ‘n’ roll comedy a “note-perfect look at music, aging and family.”
Starring Leary, John Corbett, Elizabeth Gillies, Elaine Hendrix and Bobby Kelly, SDRR centers on Johnny Rock (Leary), a middle-aged rock ‘n’ roller who desperately wanted to be rich and famous. Leary’s Apostle banner partner Jim Serpico executive produces the comedy. The series featured original music and occasional guest appearances by rock stars.
Meanwhile, FX has yet to announce a decision on the future of drama Tyrant and Kurt Sutter’s recently launched Sons of Anarchy follow-up The Bastard Executioner as well as sophomore comedy Married.