via press release:
FXX HAS CHOZEN, ITS FIRST ORIGINAL SERIES
Animated Comedy About a Gay White Rapper Newly Released from Prison
Features Voice Talents of Grant Dekernion, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress,
Michael Pena and Nick Swardson
LOS ANGELES – June 6, 2013 – FXX has ordered its first original series, Chozen, an animated comedy from the creative teams behind Eastbound & Down and Archer, it was announced today by Nick Grad, President, Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions.
Chozen is an animated comedy about a gay white rapper fresh out of prison with a new message and new skills, which he will use in his quest for redemption and domination. Grant Dekernion serves as writer and executive producer, and he will also be writing and rapping the songs. Danny McBride, Jody Hill and David Gordon Green from Rough House Pictures (Eastbound & Down) are Executive Producers. Adam Reed and Matt Thompson of Floyd County Productions (Archer) are Executive Producers and their company will animate the series. The series is produced by FX Productions.
“It’s great to be in business with Grant, Danny, Jody, David and Rough House and this is the perfect first series order for FXX,” said Grad. “Chozen is an outrageous and ballsy comedy, but it’s also a very smart examination of the rap culture.”
Characters will be voiced by Dekernion, Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live), Hannibal Buress (Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell), Michael Pena (Gangster Squad), Nick Swardson (Parks and Recreation), Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down), Kathryn Hahn (Anchorman), and Method Man (The Sitter).
FXX is the new basic cable entertainment network launching on September 2, 2013. Geared toward a young adult audience, the schedule will feature original series, movies, and acquired series. The channel will be anchored by the acclaimed hit comedies It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, The League, Legit, Chozen, and the critically acclaimed latenight strip, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. At launch, FXX will be carried in more than 72 million homes. FXX and its sister channels FX and FXM comprise FX Networks, a business unit of Fox Networks Group.
ABOUT FX PRODUCTIONS
FX Productions produces the critically acclaimed hit comedy series It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, The League, Louie, Archer, Wilfred, Legit, Chozen, and the late night series Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. FXP co-produces the award-winning hit drama series Sons Of Anarchy and Justified, the critically acclaimed drama The Americans and the upcoming drama series The Bridge. FXP is also producing limited series and miniseries for FX and FOX.
— FXX will cater to adults 18-34, with the flagship set at 18-49 and FXM 25-54. Projects will be developed the same way they traditionally have with casting, tone and test screenings determining which network a series ultimately will have a home on. “We don’t have a magic formula. We’re feeling it out as we go“.
— There will be some overlapping programming. All of the networks will “look quite different” on-air, there will be some overlap in the programming — notably the movies that air across all three channels. “Some movies will air on one, some on two and some on three“. There will also be some acquired programs that will live on one and others on two. “Generally speaking, original programming will have a home base on one channel“. The newly promoted CEO noted that this doesn’t mean a series couldn’t air on all three or be previewed on others.
— FXX will have a cutting-edge DIY look. “The entire on-air look is structured around the social media notion of self-documentation and the fact that that generation is a generation that has been photographing and videotaping itself, so there’s a do-it-yourself quality to the way media is created by that generation. You’ll see a blending of the DIY in the way that channel is branded, from the graphics to the on-air promos designed to feel very cutting-edge and organic and very much home to a really young viewer“.
— FX and FXX will program originals against each other — but it’s not a competition. FXX will feature Wednesday nights with It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League, while FX will be wrapping The Bridge and leading in to the launch of American Horror Story. “We believe we’ll be talking to different viewers but we don’t believe we’ll be cannibalizing ourselves“.*
— The typically candid Landgraf also told reporters that he’s prepared for the bumps along the road as viewers struggle to find where comedies Sunny, The League and Legit have moved. To that end, FX is prepping FX VOD to launch in the latter part of the year with content from all three channels.
— The upcoming George Lopez 10/90 comedy will be paired with Anger Management in January on FX. While the Charlie Sheen vehicle has performed well in its Monday sampling on FOX, Landgraf noted the ratings on FX were less then they’d like them to be. The series recently took a month-long hiatus to undergo some creative retooling as the writers contemplate changes and rejigger the series. “We’re hopeful to see the show grow a bit more and there will be some changes“.
— The limited event miniseries series Fargo will likely run on FX. “We’re going to do one limited series in our next fiscal year, which will be Fargo, and we’re going to do two the year after that; we haven’t identified or picked those up yet, and we have a lot in development. We’re debating whether to put one on FX and one on FXM or both on FXM — or both on FX. We haven’t decided yet partially, again, because we don’t know what we’re picking up and where we think is most appropriate distribution-wise“.
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And now, the Scorecard (grouped by network)…
Bunheads: Season 1 ended Feb. 25; Season 2 renewal could go either way
Baby Daddy: Season 2 premiered May 29; Renewed for Season 3
Chasing Life: Season 1 to debut in early 2014
The Fosters: Season 1 premiered June 3
Melissa & Joey: Season 3 premiered May 29; Renewed for Season 4
The Lying Game: Season 2A ended March 13; Season 2B renewal could go either way
Pretty Little Liars: Season 4 premieres June 11; Renewed for Season 5
Ravenswood: Season 1 to debut in October
The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Series finale aired June 3
Switched at Birth: Season 2B premieres June 10
Twisted: Season 1 premieres June 11
Bates Motel: Season 1 ended May 20; Season 2 to debut in 2014
The Glades: Season 4 premiered May 27
Longmire: Season 2 premiered May 27
Breaking Bad: Season 5B/Final Season premieres Aug. 11
Hell on Wheels: Season 3 premieres Aug. 3
The Killing: Season 3 premiered June 2; Season 4 renewal is too early to tell
Low Winter Sun: Season 1 premieres Aug. 11
Mad Men: Season 6 finale airs June 23; Season 7 renewal a sure thing
The Walking Dead: Season 4 premieres October 2013
Being Human: Final season premieres July 13
Copper: Season 2 premieres June 23
Doctor Who: Season 7 ended May 18; Renewed for Season 8
In The Flesh: Season 1 premieres June 6
Luther: Season 2 ended July 2011; Season 3 premieres Sept. 3
Orphan Black: Season 2 to debut in 2014
Ripper Street: Season 1 ended Feb. 24; Season 2 to debut in early 2014
The Game: Season 6 currently airing; Season 7 to debut in 2014
Let’s Stay Together: Season 3 ended May 21; Season 4 to debut in 2014
Banshee: Season 1 ended March 15; Season 2 to debut in early 2014
Strike Back: Season 2 ended Oct. 2012; Season 3 to debut in mid-to-late 2013
American Horror Story: Season 2 ended Jan. 21; Season 3 to premiere in October
The Americans: Season 1 ended May 1; Season 2 to debut in early 2014
Anger Management: The 90-episode Season 2 premiered Jan. 17
Archer: Season 4 ended April 11; Season 5 to debut in 2014
The Bridge: Season 1 premieres July 10
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 9 to debut this fall; Renewed for Season 10
Justified: Season 4 ended April 2; Season 5 to debut in early 2014
The League: Season 4 ended Dec. 20; Season 5 to debut this fall; Renewed for Season 6
Legit: Season 1 ended April 11; Season 2 to debut in 2014
Louie: Season 3 ended Sept. 2012; Season 4 to debut in Spring 2014
Sons of Anarchy: Season 5 ended Dec. 4; Season 6 to debut in fall 2013
Wilfred: Season 3 premieres June 20
The Borgias: Season 3 finale airs June 16; A shortened Season 4/wrap-up TV-movie is a safe bet
Californication: Season 6 ended April 7; Season 7 to debut in 2014
Dexter: Season 8/Final Season premieres June 30
Episodes: Season 3 to debut in early 2014
Homeland: Season 2 ended Dec. 2012; Season 3 to debut Sept. 29
House of Lies: Season 2 ended April 7; Season 3 to debut in 2014
Masters of Sex: Season 1 premieres Sept. 29
Nurse Jackie: Season 5 finale airs June 16; Season 6 renewal could go either way
Ray Donovan: Season 1 premieres June 30
Shameless: Season 3 ended April 7; Season 4 to debut in 2014
Web Therapy: Season 3 premieres July 22
Black Sails: Season 1 premieres Jan. 2014
Da Vinci’s Demons: Season 1 currently airing; Season 2 to debut in 2014
Magic City: Season 2 premieres June 14
The White Queen: Season 1 premieres Aug. 10
Rectify: Season 1 ended May 20; Season 2 to debut in 2014
Being Human: Season 3 ended April 8; Season 4 to debut in 2014
Continuum: Season 2 premieres June 7
Defiance: Season 1 currently airing; Season 2 to debut in 2014
Haven: Season 3 ended Jan. 17; Season 4 to debut in October
Lost Girl: Season 3 ended April 22; Season 4 to debut in 2014
Warehouse 13: Season 4 currently airing; Season 5/Final Season to debut in 2014
Dallas: Season 2 ended April 15; Season 3 to debut in 2014
Falling Skies: Season 3 premieres June 9
Franklin & Bash: Season 3 premieres June 19
King & Maxwell: Season 1 premieres June 10
The Last Ship: Season 1 to debut in 2014
Legends: Season 1 to debut in 2014
Lost Angels (fka L.A. Noir): Season 1 to debut in 2014
Major Crimes: Season 2 premieres June 10
Monday Mornings: Officially cancelled
Perception: Season 2 premieres June 25
Rizzoli & Isles: Season 4 premieres June 25
Southland: Officially cancelled
The Exes: Season 3 premieres June 19
Happily Divorced: Season 2B ended Feb. 13; Season 3 is a long-shot
Hot in Cleveland: Season 4B premieres June 19; Season 5 to debut in late 2013
The Soul Man: Season 2 premieres June 19
Burn Notice: Season 7/Final Season premieres June 6
Covert Affairs: Season 4 premieres July 16
Graceland: Season 1 premieres June 6
Necessary Roughness: Season 3 premieres June 12
Psych: Season 7 finale aired May 29; Renewed for Season 8
Royal Pains: Season 5 premieres June 12
Suits: Season 3 premieres July 16
White Collar: Season 4 ended March 5; Season 5 to debut in fall 2013