The cable network has renewed his critical darling comedy You’re the Worst for a third season and signed the creator to an overall deal.
Under the multiyear pact — Falk’s first — the showrunner (Orange Is the New Black) will create and develop new projects for FX Networks and FX Productions.
Starring Aya Cash, Chris Geere, Kether Donohue and Desmin Borges, You’re the Worst will return for a third season in summer 2016.
“Stephen is one of the best new talents in comedy — as funny, thoughtful and original as You’re the Worst and we can’t wait to see what he comes up with next,” FX president of original programming Nick Grad said. “You’re the Worst, already one of the most critically acclaimed comedies on television, is also one of the most innovative, something Stephen and the cast will continue in the much-deserved third season. The daring turn this season, led by the honest and respectful portrayal of Gretchen’s depression, was a very courageous move for a comedy and another milestone for You’re the Worst.”
This season took on critical depression in an arc that earned additional praise from critics for its bold and honest portrayal. The critical response no doubt helped to earn the third season pickup as FX topper John Landgraf considers three metrics when determining a renewal: ratings, response from viewers and critical feedback.
“[Stephen Falk] is a phenomenally gifted and funny writer. Each episode produced more laughs and more appreciation for his talent,” THR chief TV critic Tim Goodman wrote in an essay explaining why he initially “was wrong” about the show.
In season two, YTW moved from flagship FX to FXX with an expanded 13-episode season. The move was designed to focus the show on FXX’s younger-skewing 18-34 demographic and lower the ratings expectations for the under-watched comedy.
YTW joins a roster of comedies at FX/FXX including Baskets, Louie, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, Atlanta, Better Things, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Man Seeking Woman, Archer and Cassius & Clay.
The renewal comes after FX canceled comedy Married, which was developed during the same pilot season as YTW with the two series airing back to back in their freshman seasons.
YTW airs Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. on FXX. The season finale airs Dec. 9.