The last few weeks of "Archer" proved that even an animated character can have a dramatic cancer scare. But that won't stop Sterling Archer from getting another year of misadventures.
According to Deadline, FX announced the renewal of "Archer" during its upfront presentation in New York. In a surprising turn, the third season will be 16 episodes long, with three new episodes slated to debut this fall behind new episodes of "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia." The remaining 13 episodes of "Archer" season 3 will bow in early 2012.
FX President John Landgraf also laid out the network's current plans for the rest of this year and the beginning of 2012. Landgraf indicated that "American Horror Story" from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk ("Glee") is likely to launch this fall. The horror themed premise of the series is currently a closely guarded secret, but former "Friday Night Lights" star Connie Britton has been confirmed as the female lead. Rumor has it that each season will feature a completely different cast.
For a winter premiere, Landgraf said that "Outlaw Country" and "Powers" are both in contention to premiere in that time frame. "Outlaw County" is a crime thriller set in Nashville that explores the world of southern organized crime. Mary Steenburgen, Luke Grimes and Haley Bennett are among the cast. The pilot was directed by Michael Dinner and has already finished filming.
"Powers" is based on the critically acclaimed comic book by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Oeming that has spent several years in development at FX before recently getting a pilot order. The series follows two cops who investigate superhero related crimes, one of whom was formerly a superhero himself. Landgraf told TVLine that “We hope to begin production [on 'Powers'] somewhere between late May and early July... I don’t have anything to announce yet [regarding casting]. But we’re going to get into that process pretty actively in the next couple weeks.”
FX will also add a new comedy series to its lineup in early 2012, but the show hasn't been picked yet. However, the animated series "Townies" from "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" writers David Hornsby, Scott Marder and Rob Rosell appears to be the early favorite.