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FX Announces American Horror Story 3-Season Renewal, Atlanta Return, and More

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FX’s day at the Television Critics Association winter press tour was loaded with news of premiere dates and renewals; although not every anticipated show is coming as soon as its fans would like (or as FX had promised). FX Networks and FX Productions chairman shared the following details on hits like Atlanta and American Horror Story — as well as new shows like Devs — with entertainment journalists on Thursday morning.

Plus, news of a hot new adaptation for another prestige network in today’s edition of TV Talk.


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AHS GETS A FITTING RENEWAL …

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Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk‘s hit anthology series American Horror Story has been renewed through season 13, FX announced. The announcement keeps the Emmy-winning campy fright fest on the network for (at least) three more seasons following the previously-ordered season 10 set to air later this year.

“Somehow it just feels really poetic to me that American Horror Story will have 13 seasons,” Landgraf chuckled.

Still, he said that Murphy hasn’t revealed any details on what the themes for these new seasons will be.

“It’s like an annual ritual for him,” Landgraf said of Murphy, adding that “he loves the act of imagination and creating something new, starting from the ground up with a concept, production design, casting, makeup hair costume. Every year, he probably has a bucket of possibilities. But every year, he kind of figures out what he’s obsessed with this year, what he thinks is relevant. Sometimes it’s classic. Sometimes it’s more responding to the moment. And then, he surprises me by telling me what it’s going to be.”


IMPEACHMENT DELAY

RYAN MURPHY AMERICAN CRIME STORY IMPEACHMENT

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Despite the good news about AHS, Landgraf said that there will be some lag time with another project from Murphy (pictured) and his producing partners. American Crime Story: Impeachment, the latest chapter in the Emmy-winning anthology series based on true events, was supposed to premiere on September 27.

Landgraf said that this is now infeasible for the drama, which tells the story of the Bill Clinton impeachment trial with Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky and Clive Owen as the embattled president — not because of the backlash the network faced over its intention to premiere right before the 2020 election, but because Murphy is currently filming a movie, and production won’t start on Impeachment until March.

“The factor determining that [hold up] is Ryan’s availability,” Landgraf said. “The fact that we won’t be done by September is determined by his availability.”


Premiere Dates Bonanza

If it sweetens the blow, FX did announce premiere dates for many of its new and returning shows.

Perhaps filling the ACS void is Mrs. America, a new limited series starting April 15 in which a star-studded cast depicts the women’s rights movement of the last century. Cate Blanchett stars as Phyllis Schlafly, Rose Byrne is Gloria Steinem, and Uzo Aduba appears as Shirley Chisholm.

New comedies Breeders and Dave premiere March 2 and March 4, respectively, while tech thriller Devs starts March 5 (more on that below). All four episodes of new docu-series The Most Dangerous Animal of All premiere March 6.

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The fourth and final season of Pamela Adlon’s lauded dramedy Better Things starts March 5, as does the second season of weekly comedy showcase Cake. The second season of vampire mockumentary series What We Do in the Shadows starts April 15. The fourth installment of anthology series Fargo starts April 19, and season 11 of Archer starts May 6.


ATLANTA SEASONS 3 AND 4 EXPECTED IN 2021

DONALD GLOVER IN ATLANTA ON FX

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The new season of FX dramedy Atlanta is long delayed because creator Donald Glover has been busy with other projects. Landgraf said that, instead of one long season, the next 16 episodes of Atlanta will be broken up into two seasons. One is intended to premiere in early 2021 while the other will hit later that year.

“They’re going to shoot them all in sequence,” Landgraf said, while teasing that “a good chunk of it shoots outside the United States.”


PARASITE SERIES HEADS TO HBO

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In other TV news, Parasite writer-director Bong Joon Ho has partnered with Adam McKay on a television adaptation of his Korean-language awards hit for HBO, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“It is unclear if the limited series will be some sort of follow-up to the movie or an English-language remake,” THR reported.


NO MORE DEVS IN DEVELOPMENT

Creator Alex Garland’s eagerly anticipated technology-centered thriller stars Sonoya Mizuno as a computer programmer investigating her boyfriend’s mysterious disappearance. To complicate matters, they both work for a computing company run by Nick Offerman’s well-whiskered and powerful Forest. But don’t get too obsessed with the series. Landgraf said that, while he’d be “dancing an Irish jig” for more of Devs, right now the plan is for it to be an actual limited series of eight episodes.


A Y BY ANY OTHER NAME?

Y -- CR: Macall Polay/FX

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FX’s adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s comic-book series Y: The Last Man has gone through plenty of behind-the-scenes drama. Eliza Clark took over as showrunner from Michael Green and Aïda Mashaka Croal last year and Landgraf says he’s seen five to six episodes.

Even though the title Y doesn’t make for good online searching, FX plans to keep it.

“It’s informally called Y, but we haven’t gone through the process of figuring out … marketing it,” Landgraf said.


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Meghan Markle Turns 39, Receives Shocking Birthday Message From Kate Middleton!

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Well, if you’re stuck at work right now, and you’re growing antsy with the vague feeling that today should be a national holiday, we have some information that may help to explain your frustration:


It’s Meghan Markle’s 39th birthday!


Okay, so that might not be a good enough excuse to punch out early and hoist a few wheatgrass shots in honor of the Duchess of SoCal, but it’s a pretty big deal, nonetheless.


After all, Meghan is capping off one of the most eventful years of what has thus far been a very, very productive life.


This was, as you’ll recall, the year that Meghan and Prince Harry stepped down from their roles as senior members of the royal family.

Meg and Harry Exit


They made history with that bold stroke — and then they made it again by pulling up stakes and relocating 5,400 miles to the west.


Yes, when Meghan and Harry moved to America with their infant son in tow, public opinion was sharply divided.


Many praised the Duke and Duchess for doing what they had to do in order to protect their son from the encroachments of the British tabloid press and the sky-high expectations of the royal family.

Meghan In Red


Others, however — mostly royal traditionalists in the UK — felt that Meghan and her man were betraying and humiliating the Queen.


For a long time, it looked as though the Queen felt that way, as well.


Rumors of bad blood within the royal family have been circulating for months, and the situation has only worsened in recent weeks thanks to the publication of a pair of new tell-alls.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as Royals


The fact that neither party appeared to be interested in putting those rumors to rest seemed to confirm that Harry and Meghan were not on the greatest of terms with the rest of the royals.


But today something subtly remarkable happened.


First, the the official royal family Twitter account tweeted a birthday greeting to Meghan:

Meg B-Day 2


“Wishing The Duchess of Sussex a very happy birthday!” read the tweet, which was accompanied by balloon and birthday cake emojis.


For obvious reasons — not the least of which is that she’s 94 years old — the Queen doesn’t do any tweeting of her own, but the account is known to represent her, and so, it’s safe to say that QE2 approved that message.


Moments later, royal-watchers were caught off guard by what might be an even more surprising birthday shout-out:

Meg B-Day 1


“Wishing a very happy birthday to The Duchess of Sussex today!” tweeted Prince William and Kate Middleton’s official account, closely echoing the sentiment expressed by the Queen.


(They even used the same emojis!)


We probably don’t need to tell you that rumors of a bitter feud between Meghan and Kate have been circulating for years, and have been corroborated by some very credible insiders.

Middleton and Markle


Some have even claimed that the situation has gotten worse since the Sussexes moved overseas, as Kate feels that she’s been burdened with additional work and responsibilities in the absence of her fellow duchess.


But apparently, the animosity was greatly exaggerated — or at the very least, Kate was able to set it aside for a day.


Honestly, the latter explanation seems more likely, but hopefully Meg won’t waste too much time dwelling on that today.


We’d like to add out voice to the chorus of millions wishing the Duchess of Sussex a very, very happy birthday. Here’s hoping next year is a little less eventful!

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Ben Gibbard Covers “Centerfield” For Seattle Mariners Opening Day Ceremony: Watch

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It feels like forever ago that we were getting new Ben Gibbard covers every single week as part of his lockdown livestream series. He stopped doing those back in May, but he revived the practice to support his local team the Seattle Mariners for their Opening Day virtual ceremony, which took place last week, though his performance was just uploaded online today. (The team has been playing games all week.) He set up his acoustic guitar on an empty T-Mobile Park field to perform a cover of John Fogerty’s baseball standard “Centerfield,” updating some of the lyrics to reflect Gibbard’s own Mariners fandom.

Gibbard, along with the rest of Death Cab For Cutie, is contributing an ’00s cover to our fundraising compilation. Wonder what they will do! Just kidding, I already know.

Watch below.

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Ellen DeGeneres Canceled After ‘Toxic’ Work Environment Is Exposed

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While Leman denies that “any kind of sexual impropriety” took place, many people are taking aim at Ellen DeGeneres including actor Brad Garrett who said, “it comes from the top ⁦@TheEllenShow.” While some staffers claim sexual misconduct, others accused Ellen DeGeneres herself of treating employees horribly.

The “Everybody Loves Raymond” star backed up those claims by tweeting, “Know more than one who were treated horribly by her.⁩ Common knowledge.” Lea Thompson backed up Garrett’s claims. Ellen DeGeneres announced that Warner Brothers has launched an internal investigation into the allegations when she issued an apology via email to her show employees. As rumors swirl that she’s anxious to pull the plug on production altogether, fans are already canceling her on Twitter.

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