Fall TV Preview

FX Officially Renews Archer, Announces 2012 Programming Plans

It’s official, Archer fans! At FX’s Upfront party in New York Tuesday night, network president John Landgraf announced the third-season renewal of the animated comedy.

Archer received a 16-episode order, with three episodes slated to run behind It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia this fall with the remainder airing in early 2012.

Additionally, Landgraf detailed FX’s plans to expand its current five-comedy portfolio, launching a sixth half-hour show in early 2012, with Townies looking like the strongest candidate. The animated series was created by three It’s Always Sunny writers (David Hornsby, Scott Marder, Rob Rosell) and centers on two misguided 15-year old best friends with no parental supervision, left to raise themselves through the most awkward years of their lives.

While the cable network recently suffered setbacks on the drama side of TV with Terriers and Light Out, Landgraf discussed plans to launch a new series in the fall, “likely” the Ryan Murphy-Brad Falchuk-helmed American Horror Story starring Connie Britton.

Another new drama series will premiere in the winter, with pilots Outlaw Country and Powers in the running. (The Nashville-set Outlaw Country was delivered some time ago, while Powers, based on the comics, is yet to go into production.)

And in other awesome FX news, the network backed TVLine’s earlier claims, picking up Justified for a third season Tuesday afternoon.

What say you, Archer fans? Happy to hear there’s more on the way?