As the Television Critics Association press tour continued its interminable run over the weekend, there was plenty of inside-baseball stuff about showrunners and pilots for new shows, but not much in the way of real news. The exception: FX president John Landgraf announced that three of the network’s acclaimed comedies are being renewed: “Wilfred” will get a second season, “Louie” will get a third, and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” got an order for two more seasons, guaranteeing it will stay on the air for nine years and become the longest-running cable sitcom in history.
FX president John Landgraf pointed out that Sunny helped pioneer a low-cost / high-creative-freedom business model that it’s used for its other comedies as well… Landgraf says he looked to see if the Sunny team was getting burned out, but noted this upcoming season has the group “trying different stories on Sunny that seem to be working.” [EW]
Obviously, this is great news. “Wilfred” has emerged as the strangest and possibly darkest comedy on TV, “Louie” continues to be brilliant, and “Sunny” is the landmark show that opened the door for comedy at FX. But I still won’t be happy until everyone responsible for “Archer” gets locked in to a lifetime contract and the show gets renewed for infinity.