FX head talks ‘The Americans’ renewal, ‘Louie’ season 4, ‘Fargo’ series

What's next -The FX upfront took place in New York this weekend, and that of course lead to all sorts of discussion about some of the network’s best shows. Let’s start by saying this: There’s still no better cable network for content creators. They allow them freedom, they have no problem extending episodes (see “Sons of Anarchy“), and they also give you chances to find an audience if your ratings are low.

One such example? Despite not being a huge hit, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf still sees “The Americans” returning for a third season. It hasn’t been renewed yet, but it almost surely will be at some point very soon.

As for other highlights:

1. Yes, it’s Landgraf’s job to hype up his shows, but he was extremely praise-worthy of the upcoming fourth season of “Louie,,” which is coming back after Louis C.K. took time off to come up with new material.

2. He also claimed that the upcoming “Fargo” series was one of the strongest things to ever be put on the network, though he also added that there is no way that a season 2 would continue the same stories. Think of this possibly along the lines of “True Detective,” but all set in one city.

3. Most everything else was business as usual, but “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” season 10 will not air until early next year … a change from when it used to air in the fall. It has been renewed up to the end of season 12. “The Comedians” starring Billy Crystal and the untitled Tracy Morgan project will also air next year.

All in all, there’s a lot to be stoked about with FX, and most of them are original ideas that are not afraid to push a few buttons … or at least as many as you can on basic cable.

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