The Television Critics Association hosted FX Networks at the TCA Summer 2018 Press Tour on Friday to spotlight both new and returning programs. Talent from Mayans M.C., You're the Worst, American Horror Story, Mr Inbetween, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Pose took the stage at The Beverly Hilton to discuss what's ahead in the upcoming seasons, or in Pose's case, a look back at a series adored by both critics and audiences around the world.
Below is a comprehensive roundup of the 11 most noteworthy updates and quotes that came out of FX's TCA press day:
1. Jessica Lange is returning to American Horror Story
"[Lange] will be back as Constance in an episode that I'm going to direct," Sarah Paulson revealed, adding that it will be the sixth episode of AHS: Apocalypse. Lange played Constance, the Harmon family's neighbor and Tate's (Evan Peters) mother in Murder House.
American Horror Story: Apocalypse premieres Wednesday, Sept. 12 on FX.
2. Chris Rock will headline the next installment of Fargo
The legendary comedian will star in the next installment of the award-winning limited series, Fargo, which will begin production in 2019. In 1950, at the end of two great American migrations — that of Southern Europeans from countries like Italy, who came to the US at the turn of the last century and settled in northern cities like New York, Chicago — and African Americans who left the south in great numbers to escape Jim Crow and moved to those same cities — you saw a collision of outsiders, all fighting for a piece of the American dream. In Kansas City, Missouri, two criminal syndicates have struck an uneasy peace. One Italian, one African American. Together they control an alternate economy — that of exploitation, graft and drugs. This too is the history of America. To cement their peace, the heads of both families have traded their eldest sons.
3. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia's new season will have heart
During Always Sunny's 13th season, there will be a storyline that will focus on sincerity and character development, which may seem like an outside the box concept for a series that is usually driven by selfish characters that are absolutely terribly to each other.
In an upcoming episode, for example, Frank (Danny Devito) will learn to be more accepting of Mac’s (Rob McElhenney) sexuality. Mac came out as gay in season 12, and McElhenney says the fan response to his character's journey was one of the reasons the show will explore more heartfelt character moments.
"They told me how moved they were and how they felt represented on a show that they loved, thousands and thousands and thousands of people,” McElhenney said. “I didn’t think we were that kind of show and it turns out we are.”
Added star Charlie Day: “Our characters rarely learn, but it was nice to try something, for lack of a better term, heartfelt.”
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia airs Wednesdays at 10pm on FXX.
5. FX Orders Limited Series Shōgun
FX has ordered Shōgun, a 10-episode limited series period drama based on Shōgun, the best-selling novel by James Clavell.
Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich of DNA TV (Ex Machina, 28 Days Later, Trainspotting), Michael De Luca (Moneyball, The Social Network), and Michaela Clavell will serve as Executive Producers along with Tim Van Patten (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, The Pacific), who will direct multiple episodes of the series, Eugene Kelly (Westworld, Leftovers, Boardwalk Empire), and Ronan Bennett (Public Enemies, Top Boy), who will write the series. Rachel Bennette (NW, Bel Ami) is also onboard as Supervising Producer. Tom Winchester from DNA TV will serve as a producer on the series. Georgina Pope (Mr. Holmes, Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter) will serve as Co-Producer and Eriko Miyagawa (Silence) as Associate Producer.
“The story of Shōgun has captivated audiences since James Clavell first released his epic novel more than 40 years ago,” FX Networks CEO John Landgraf said. “The themes of an outsider encountering a new culture are as relevant today as then."
6. Mayans M.C. will be different and distinct from Sons of Anarchy
Though Mayans M.C., the new drama series from producers Kurt Sutter, Elgin James and Norberto Barba, is a follow-up to Sons of Anarchy, it will have its own stories, its own style and its own unique characters.
"We wanted our antihero to not be of the world. Unlike [Sons of Anarchy's] Jax (Charlie Hunnam), EZ (JD Pardo) is not the prince. He's not supposed to be there," Sutter said. "EZ [was] this golden boy, off-the-charts smart, an athlete. "He was an anomaly because of his intelligence and his talent, and he was destined for a different life before it got snatched away."
Mayans M.C. airs Tuesday nights at 10p on FX.
7. You're the Worst's final season will have an ode to 1990s romantic comedies
Creator Stephen Falk revealed that the fifth season premiere episode of the FXX series will feature an homage to rom coms of the '90s.
“[You're the Worst] was always a big gooey love letter to the tension between cynicism and belief in romance," he said. "I wanted to break form and have fun. I worked hard to find a way to do it and it’s one of my favorite episodes."
8. FX Picks Up New Limited Series Devs
Sonoya Mizuno and Nick Offerman will star in Devs, a new series from award-winning writer/director Alex Garland. Devs is about a young computer engineer, Lily Chan, who is investigating the secretive development division of the tech company where she works, believing them to be behind her boyfriend's murder. The new limited series is set to premiere on FX in 2019.
9. Pose goes back to work
The Pose writing team is set to begin work next month on building the second season of the hit dance musical. Season two, which will return in 2019, will take place in 1989 and will culminate in March 1990. Creator Ryan Murphy praised the energy surrounding the Pose creative team, revealing that tackling the HIV/AIDS crisis on the show led to a "very emotional writers room."
“[There were] always a lot of laughs and a lot of tears and a lot of that made it into the show," he said. "That tone of facing hardship and persevering is the theme of the show.”
10. Mr Inbetween's first trailer debuts
Fans finally got a preview of the half-hour drama Mr Inbetween with the first official trailer (below) debuting at TCAs. The series, from Scott Ryan and Nash Edgerton, will premiere Sept. 25 on FX.
11. FX Wins Big at TCA Awards
At the 34th Annual TCA Awards, FX was the top winner for the third year in a row. The Americans earned the coveted Program of the Year award as well as the award for Outstanding Achievement In Drama.
The Americans star Keri Russell took home the win for Individual Achievement In Drama and Outstanding Achievement In Movies And Miniseries went to The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.