or


[10/20/09 - 12:49 PM]
Comedy Central(R) and Twentieth Television Reach Agreement for Syndication Basic Cable Rights to FX Comedy Series "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" Beginning in Summer 2010
Following the limited summer 2010 window, the series with settle into its long-term, multi-year run in January 2011.

[via press release from Comedy Central]

COMEDY CENTRAL� AND TWENTIETH TELEVISION REACH AGREEMENT FOR SYNDICATION BASIC CABLE RIGHTS TO FX COMEDY SERIES "IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA" BEGINNING IN SUMMER 2010

The Half-Hour Series Stars Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Olson And Danny DeVito

Currently In Its Fifth Season On FX Show's Ratings Up +55% Among Adults 18-49 And +51% Among Adults 18-34

COMEDY CENTRAL has reached a deal with Twentieth Television for the exclusive basic cable syndication rights to the critically-acclaimed FX comedy series "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," in a multi-year deal that will see the series start its run on COMEDY CENTRAL beginning in summer 2010, it was announced today by Steve MacDonald, EVP, General Sales Manager, Basic Cable of Twentieth Television, John Landgraf, President & General Manager, FX Networks, and David Bernath, senior vice president, programming, COMEDY CENTRAL. Following the limited summer 2010 window, the series with settle into its long-term, multi-year run in January 2011.

In regards to the announcement, Bernath stated, "With an outstanding cast, superlative writing and stories that you have to see to believe, 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' is one of the most outrageous comedies on television. The Gang from Paddy's Pub will feel right at home when they hit our schedule next summer."

First-run seasons of "Sunny" will continue to air on FX. In addition to its current fifth season that runs through November 5, the network has ordered seasons six and seven which will air in 2010 and 2011 respectively. FX Productions will have produced 84 episodes though season seven.

MacDonald added, "Crossing a series from one hugely successful cable brand to another speaks volumes to the show's loyal viewers and skyrocketing ratings. Greg Meidel, President of Twentieth Television and I are thrilled that COMEDY CENTRAL will place 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' beside the network's strong slate of cutting-edge programming; further elevating this hilarious series and introducing a unique cast of characters to new audiences."

Landgraf added, "'Sunny's' trajectory from home brewed pilot to pop culture phenomenon has been one of the most gratifying successes in FX's history. This is also a watershed moment in television � the first time a comedy has syndicated from a basic cable network to another basic cable network. We have enormous respect for COMEDY CENTRAL's outstanding brand within both the comedy business and basic cable. We trust that they will enjoy and benefit from this remarkable show."

Crude, controversial, outlandish, and downright hilarious, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" premiered on FX on August 4, 2005. The half-hour series, starring Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito, is currently in its 5th season and features the cast as self-centered owners of Paddy's Irish Pub in Philadelphia who will do just about anything, no matter how reprehensible, in an attempt to better their own situation. Serious issues such as racism, abortion, underage drinking, molestation, gun control, cancer and death somehow weave their way into the cockeyed universe of "The Gang." The characters are experts on every subject but actually possess expertise in nothing at all. They often use revisionist history to bolster their self-worth, which contrasts sharply with the true reality of their lives.

Initially shot by McElhenney, Howerton and Day on a hand-held digital camera and edited on a home computer for $200 � most of which went to pay for pizza and the cost of gasoline to drive to location shoots � FX picked up the show and re-shot the pilot (for a price significantly higher than that of the original $200). "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" was created by McElhenney and is executive produced by McElhenney, Day and Howerton. Michael Rotenberg and Nick Frenkel are also executive producers. The series is produced by FX Productions and distributed by Twentieth Television.

The critically acclaimed "Sunny" has shown ratings growth in each of its four seasons, rising from cult favorite to hit status. Through five weeks of season five, the series has posted significant gains of +62% among Men 18-34, +55% among Adults 18-49, +51% among Adults 18-34 and +40% in total viewers versus its fourth season. For 2009-to-date among all scripted basic cable series, "Sunny" ranks #3 in delivery of Adults 18-34 and Men 18-34.

About Twentieth Television

A leader in the U.S. program production and distribution arena, Twentieth Television provides a wide array of first-run, network and off-network programming, as well as feature film packages, to the syndication and cable marketplaces. First-run programs distributed by Twentieth Television include "WWE Friday Night SmackDown", the game show "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?", and the court shows "Divorce Court" & "Judge Alex." Off-net shows distributed by Twentieth include "Family Guy," "24," "COPS," "The Simpsons," "Boston Legal," "My Name is Earl," "The Unit," "Bones" and the 2010 launch of and "How I Met Your Mother."

About FX and FX Productions

FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable network from the Fox Networks Group. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 95 million homes. The diverse schedule includes a growing roster of critically acclaimed and award-winning original series; an established film library with box-office hits from 20th Century Fox and other studios; and an impressive roster of acquired hit series. For more information about FX, visit our web site at www.FXnetworks.com

FX Productions was formed in 2005 and produces or co-produces Emmy many of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit series for FX. Dramas co-produced by FX Productions include the Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner "Damages," the breakout hit "Sons of Anarchy," and upcoming series "Lawman" and "Lights Out." Comedies produced by FX Productions include "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," and upcoming series "The League," "Archer" and "Louie."

About COMEDY CENTRAL

COMEDY CENTRAL, the only all-comedy network, currently is seen in more than 95 million homes nationwide. COMEDY CENTRAL is owned by, and is a registered trademark of, Comedy Partners, a wholly-owned division of Viacom Inc.'s (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) MTV Networks. COMEDY CENTRAL's Internet address is www.comedycentral.com.

MTV Networks, a division of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world's leading creators of entertainment content, with brands that engage and connect diverse audiences across television, online, mobile, games, virtual worlds and consumer products. The company's portfolio spans more than 150 television channels and 400 digital media properties worldwide, and includes MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Harmonix, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., TeenNick, AddictingGames, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, SPIKE, TV Land, Atom, GameTrailers and Xfire.





  [october 2009]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA (FXX)









[04/27/15 - 02:06 PM]
The Reign of "Thrones" Continues as Premiere Episode Outpaces Previous Season
HBO further spins the numbers for Sunday, April 12.

[04/27/15 - 02:00 PM]
FOX Sports 1 Offers Extended Coverage from Las Vegas for Mayweather-Pacquiao Superfight
FOX Sports 1 is on hand at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Broadcast Center throughout fight week, providing extended preview coverage for original studio programs.

[04/27/15 - 01:50 PM]
The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy(R) Awards on Pop Become the Network's Most-Watched Live Event in Eight Years
POP spins the numbers for Sunday, April 26.

[04/27/15 - 01:10 PM]
Oxygen Media's "The Prancing Elites Project" Dances Into Viewers' Hearts with Highest-Rated Series Premiere Among All Key Demos Since Network Rebrand
Oxygen further spins the numbers for Wednesday, April 22.

[04/27/15 - 12:02 PM]
"Dateline NBC" Sunday Up 33% in Adults 25-54 and Up 38% in Total Viewers
NBC spins the numbers for Sunday, April 26.

[04/27/15 - 11:30 AM]
Jonathan Stern and Keith Quinn Announce First Slate of Projects for FOX's Multi-Platform Programming
Highlights include "Filthy Sexy Teen$," a half-hour comedy previously set up at Adult Swim.

[04/27/15 - 11:24 AM]
"The Big Bang Theory" and "Criminal Minds" Are the Week's Top Two Programs in 7-Day DVR Lift Among Both Viewers and Adults 18-49
CBS further spins the numbers for the week of April 6-12.

[04/27/15 - 11:00 AM]
FX Networks Orders Road Comedy Pilot from Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm Starring Jenny Slate and Ari Graynor
The pilot is an honest comedy exploring the adult female friendship of two creative partners as they embark on a cross-country road trip.

[04/27/15 - 10:55 AM]
Live + 3 Day Ratings: ABC's "Fresh Off the Boat" Grows for the 2nd Week in a Row to a 6-Week High in Adults 18-49
ABC further spins the numbers for Tuesday, April 21.

[04/27/15 - 10:44 AM]
The Season Finale of "Scorpion" Posts Monday's Largest Live Plus 3-Day Lift in Viewers, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54
CBS further spins the numbers for Monday, April 20.

[04/27/15 - 10:26 AM]
Live + 7 Day Ratings: TV Playback Boosts ABC's Competitive Rankings
ABC further spins the numbers for the week of April 6-12.

[04/27/15 - 10:08 AM]
Season Five of the Emmy-Award Winning Showtime(R) Drama "Homeland" to Begin Production in Berlin, Germany This Summer
Season five will pick-up two years after Carrie Mathison's (Claire Danes) ill-fated tenure as Islamabad station chief.

[04/27/15 - 10:05 AM]
New Season of Cinemax Series "Strike Back" to Debut July 31
Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton star in the action series, which follows a stealth counterterrorism unit as it spans the globe to stop potential threats, often behind enemy lines.

[04/27/15 - 10:05 AM]
Bravo Media Expands Scripted Development Slate with Three New Projects
Additionally, Bravo's first half-hour scripted comedy series, "Odd Mom Out," will premiere with back-to-back episodes on Monday, June 8 at 10:00/9:00c.

[04/27/15 - 10:02 AM]
"Subway Series" on ESPN "Sunday Night Baseball" Delivers Double-Digit Ratings Increase
ESPN spins the numbers for Sunday, April 26.