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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- If you're looking for "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and "The League" when they return for new seasons on Sept. 4, then you'll have to look a lot further up the dial than usual. That's because instead of returning to FX, they'll return to its new sister channel, FXX, which takes over what used to be the Fox Soccer Channel beginning at 7 a.m. Monday.
According to FX Networks, the parent company of the two channels, the spinoff is all about demographics, with FXX gearing towards a slightly younger one (ages 18-34 as opposed to 18-49). Programming-wise, the division is roughly comedies to FXX and dramas to FX, although some comedies -- "Louie," "Archer," "Wilfred" and "Anger Management" -- will remain on FX (for now, anyway).
So what will be on FXX?
In terms of original programming, the starters are "It's Always Sunny" and "The League" at 10 and 10:30 p.m. Wednesdays and "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell" at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday (new episodes Monday through Thursday and a best of the week compilation on Sundays). All three premiere Wednesday.
Then, early next year, "Legit" will return there for season two, and the animated comedy "Chozen" will launch. From the producers of "Archer" and "Eastbound & Down," "Chozen" is about a gay, white rapper (voiced by Bobby Moynihan of "SNL") fresh out of prison. Nick Grad, FX Networks' president of original programming, said when the show's pick-up was announced, "'Chozen' is an outrageous comedy, but it's also a very smart examination of the rap culture."
There will also be some movies (comedies and a few action blockbusters judging from the schedule so far) as well as reruns of "How I Met Your Mother," "Freaks and Geeks," "Arrested Development," "Sports Night," "Mad About You," "Sin City" and "The Hughleys." The channel launches with a 17-hour marathon of "Parks and Recreation," aptly named the "Treat Yo' Self Marathon."
This change means you might need to shell out some extra dough if you really want to see those shows. For Suddenlink customers, it will be an extra $7 a month, according to the agent I spoke to. That's because, in its current incarnation as Fox Soccer, the channel (507) is situated in the Sports & Information Package. That tier of channels includes 15 sports networks (including some high-definition duplicates), Discovery Fit & Health and the TV Guide Network.
The agent said that by Jan. 1, Suddenlink plans to move it to the Family Package, which is the 300s channels (including OWN, BBC America, Soapnet, TeenNick and WE). If you don't already subscribe to that, it's also an additional $7 per month.
DISH and DirecTV subscribers will get FXX, as well. It's channel 390 on DISH and 619 on DirecTV, though I'm not sure what packages, if any, those belong to.
If you don't want to pay the extra money each month, you might be able to catch the FXX originals on Video On Demand. For instance, though I only have the SL200 (expanded basic) package through Suddenlink, I can still watch Discovery Fit & Health and several channels in the 300s on their VOD channels if I feel so inclined. Of course, those offer a much more limited selection than the actual channel, usually only including a few shows each.
FX is also working on its own VOD service, FXNOW, which it plans to roll out by the end of the year. According to Chuck Saftler, one of FX Networks' presidents, at a press event in June, it will be offered on a variety of platforms and include episodes from original series the day after they air, as well as a library of 40 to 60 movies. You'll most likely already have to be a subscriber to get it, though.
Series premieres: "Alaskan Steel Men," 10 p.m. Friday, Discovery (emergency response welders); "My Big Fat Revenge," 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oxygen (formerly plus-size women confront their old bullies); "We're the Fugawis," 10 p.m. Tuesday, History (an upstate New York motorcycle club); "Cold Justice," 10 p.m. Tuesday, TNT (female investigators work cold cases); "Digfellas," 8 p.m. Wednesday, Travel Channel (relic hunters).
Season premieres: "Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?" 8 p.m. Saturday, ID; "Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition," 9 p.m. Tuesday, Lifetime; "On Death Row," 9 p.m. Tuesday, ID; "Luther," 10 p.m. Tuesday, BBC America; "Brickleberry," 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Comedy Central; "Ghost Mine," 10 p.m. Wednesday, Syfy (season one recap special at 9 p.m.); "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," 10 p.m., "The League," 10:30 p.m., and "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell," 11 p.m. Wednesday, FXX.
New timeslot: "Mistresses" moves to 9 p.m. Monday, ABC.
Returning: "Tosh.0," 10 p.m. Tuesday, Comedy Central.
Series finales: "Do No Harm," 9 p.m. Saturday, NBC (two hours); "Summer Camp," 11:05 p.m. Monday, USA; "Futurama," 10 p.m. Wednesday, Comedy Central.
Season finales: "Motive," 8 p.m. Thursday, ABC (two hours); "Hollywood Game Night," 10 p.m. Thursday, NBC; "Sanya's Glam & Gold," 10 p.m. Thursday, WE; "Rock My RV with Bret Michaels," 10 p.m. Sunday, Travel Channel; "Extreme Weight Loss," 8 p.m. Tuesday, ABC; "I'm Having Their Baby," 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oxygen; "Hot in Cleveland," 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, TV Land.
Midseason finales: "Melissa & Joey," 8 p.m., and "Baby Daddy," 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, ABC Family.
Specials: "Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited," 8 p.m. Saturday, BBC America (the eighth Doctor); "TV's Funniest of the Funny: A Paley Center for Media Special," 9 p.m. Sunday, NBC (sitcom icons talk about their favorite TV comedy moments of the past 60 years); "MDA Show of Strength Telethon," 9 p.m. Sunday, ABC (with Luke Bryan, the Backstreet Boys, Matthew Morrison and more); "Tamra's OC Wedding," 8 p.m. Monday, Bravo ("Real Housewives" special); "Comedy Central Roast of James Franco," 10 p.m. Monday, Comedy Central (hosted by Seth Rogen); "Hugh Laurie: Live on the Queen Mary," 10 p.m. Monday, PBS.
Film specials: "Side by Side: The Science, Art and Impact of Digital Cinema," 9 p.m. Friday, PBS (documentary on the merits of traditional celluloid vs. digital film featuring numerous top directors); "Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe," 7:30 p.m. Monday, TCM (short documentary about the director living up to a bet he made with Errol Morris); "An Edison Album," 8 p.m. Monday, TCM (short films by Thomas Edison from 1893-1912); "Lumiere's First Picture Shows," 9:30 p.m. Monday, TCM (short films by the Lumiere brothers from 1895-1897).
Of note: Kaley Cuoco ("The Big Bang Theory") is a guest judge on "Project Runway," 9 p.m. today, Lifetime; Jon Stewart returns to "The Daily Show," 11 p.m. Tuesday, Comedy Central; the women of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" reunite on "Hot in Cleveland," 10 p.m. Wednesday, TV Land.
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