FX is batting a thousand this year with pilots now that the cabler has given 13-episode pickups to dramas “Terriers” and “Lights Out.”
With these greenlights, FX has given series orders to all six of the pilots it produced this year for 2010 debuts.
“Terriers” stars Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James as an ex-cop and his best friend who start a private detective business. The dramedy, produced by the Fox 21 shingle, reunites FX with “The Shield” creator Shawn Ryan, who exec produces along with series creator Ted Griffin (“Ocean’s Eleven”). Craig Brewer (“Hustle and Flow”) helmed the pilot.
“Lights Out” revolves around a former heavyweight boxing champ, played by Holt McCallany, who struggles to reconnect with his wife and three daughters after retiring from the ring. Series from Fox Television Studios and FX Prods. is exec produced by Warren Leight and was created by feature scribe Justin Zackham, who is an exec producer along with Phillip Noyce and Ross Fineman. Clark Johnson directed the pilot.
“Terriers” is tentatively slated to bow next summer, while “Lights Out” is targeted to bow late next year.
FX hit the gas on series development this year in anticipation of the swan song of its signature drama “The Shield” and the planned departures in 2011 of “Rescue Me” and “Nip/Tuck.”
“It’s not often that networks get a chance to get out in front of change,” said John Landgraf, FX Networks prexy and general manager.
“We made six pilots, and they’re all really, really good. We’re excited that we’re bringing a new generation of shows to the air,” he said.
The momentum in development comes as the cabler is cooking with motorcycle gang drama “Sons of Anarchy,” which has posted strong growth in its sophomore season to date, and series-high ratings for outre comedy “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” now in its fifth season.
In addition to “Terriers” and “Lights Out,” Western-themed drama “Lawman,” starring Timothy Olyphant, is on deck for a March debut. And FX has three comedies in the hopper: the animated “Archer” plus “The League,” revolving around guys in a fantasy football league, and “Louie,” a domestic vehicle starring Louis C.K. (Daily Variety, Aug. 20).