'The League' and 'Louie' join FX's comedy team

Louisck_290 FX started this summer with just one half-hour comedy in its lineup of original series. Now it has four.

The cable channel has picked up two new series, "The League" and "Louie," that will premiere over the next few months. They join another recent pickup, the animated series "Archer," and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," which begins its fifth season on Sept. 17.

"In picking up these two pilots to go with 'Sunny' and 'Archer,' we believe the time is right to establish comedy as a key component of the network's slate of original programming," says FX's president and general manager, John Landgraf.

"Louie" stars comedian Louis C.K. -- who is also executive producing, writing and directing -- as, essentially, himself, a stand-up comic and recently single father of two daughters. FX has ordered 13 episodes, which are scheduled to premiere in early 2010.

"The League" was created by the husband-and-wife team of Jeff Schaffer ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") and Jackie Marcus Schaffer ("Disturbia") and centers on the members of a fantasy football league and how its members balance their friendship and non-league lives. The cast includes Steve Rannazzisi ("Samantha Who?"), Nick Kroll ("Worst Week," "Cavemen"), Mark Duplass ("Humpday"), Katie Aselton, Paul Scheer and Jon Lajoie.

It will run for six episodes and is scheduled to premiere in November. Both "The League" and "Archer," which is tentatively set for October, will likely pair with "It's Always Sunny" on Thursday nights.

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