Louie

Three irreverent comedians, a former hobbit, and a man dressed in a dog suit walk into a bar…and viewers have this summer’s most stellar collection of specialty series north of the border – only on FX Canada.

Beginning Thursday, June 21at10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, critically-acclaimed comedyWilfred is back with Season 2. Then, onThursday, June 28 at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT, viewers get a back-to-back assault of humour with the Season 3 premiere ofLouie, followed by the exclusive Canadian series premiere ofBrand X with Russell Brand at11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT.

Fast-forward toThursday, Aug. 9 for another series premiere of the all-new late-night showTotally Biased with W. Kamau Bell at11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. Continue reading »

From the inventive imagination of American comedian Louis C.K., the Emmy®-nominated comedy series Louie is heading to FX Canada.

Louie puts a spotlight on C.K.’s everyday ordeals, his quest to find love and his pursuit of humour in life’s ordinary occurrences. Season 2 premieres Thursday, Feb. 9 at 10pm ET (7pm PT).  Louie will air each week at 10pm ET (7pm PT) on Thursdays.  

Louie is a comedy filtered through the observational humor of Louis C.K.  Shot in New York City, each of the 14, half-hour single-camera-shot episodes features a scripted story with a mix of C.K.’s stand-up comedy and all-original material created for the series. Each episode puts a spotlight on Louis’ hectic life as a successful stand-up comedian and newly single father raising his two daughters.

In the season two opener, “Pregnant,” Louie’s sister (Rusty Schwimmer, The Informant!) shows up unexpectedly, and with unexpected news. In stand-up segments, C.K. muses on divorce, raising two young girls, and the challenges of making a new adult friend.  Season 1 of Louie aired last season on Citytv.

Visit FXCanada.ca for clips, games and behind-the-scenes materials including American Horror Story “Horror House Calls” videos and the “Family Portrait” game, exclusive Sons of Anarchy videos, and interviews with the cast and crew of Wilfred.

Heading full-force into the New Year, FX Canada and OLN bring viewers a top-notch mix of new series and returning favourites in 2012.

FX Canada continues its line of premium programming with new comedies Unsupervised (January 19) and Louie (February 9), and takes centre-stage with knock out series Lights Out (February 20), reality competition The Ultimate Fighter (March 9) and the second season of Sons of Anarchy (February 7).

OLN packs the New Year with adrenaline and action. The biggest and the baddest in the repo business arrive with Bear Swamp Recovery (January 9).  Then, it’s the battle of the beards when fierce competition unlike any other takes to the screen in Whisker Wars (January 12).  

 

2012 MIDSEASON PREMIERES

Dates are subject to change. All times ET. 

 

FX Canada

 

Unsupervised (s/FX): Thursday, January 19 at 10:30pm

From the writers/producers of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia comes the brand new animated comedy Unsupervised, following optimistic best friends Gary and Joel as they navigate the harsh landscape of teenage life – without any parental guidance whatsoever. Featuring an all-star ensemble voice cast including Justin Long, Kristen Bell, Romany Malco, Fred Armisen, Kaitlin Olson and Alexa Vega, along with Rosell and Hornsby.

 

Sons of Anarchy: Season Two: Tuesday, February 7 at 9pm

This adrenalized drama with darkly comedic undertones centers around a notorious outlaw motorcycle club intent on protecting their sheltered small town against encroaching drug dealers, corporate developers and overzealous law officers. The club is equally determined to protect their ruthless and illegally thriving arms business. This season, Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and the club deal with the fallout from Donna’s death, bringing internal tensions to an all-time high while a new enemy takes root in Charming. LAN, or League of American Nationalists, is a white separatist organization headed by Ethan Zobelle (Adam Arkin, Life) with help from his lieutenant, A.J. Weston (Henry Rollins, The Devil’s Tomb). Zobelle opens a cigar shop on Main Street intent on ingratiating himself with the community and forcing SAMCRO out.

 

Louie: Season Two: Thursday, February 9 at 10pm

Loosely based on Emmy Award®-winning comedian Louis C.K.’s own life as a successful stand-up comedian and a newly single father raising two daughters in New York City comes the critically-acclaimed original comedy series Louie. Deriving from his inventive imagination, the series puts a spotlight on C.K.’s everyday ordeals, his quest to find love and his pursuit of humour.

 

Lights Out: Monday, February 20 at 10pm

Patrick “Lights” Leary (Holt McCallany, CSI Miami) is an aging former heavyweight boxing champion struggling to find his identity and support his wife and three daughters after retiring from the ring. With his wife finishing her medical residency, his financial problems leave him at a perilous crossroad – battling the urge to return to boxing or reluctantly accepting a job as a brutal and intimidating debt collector. Starring Catherine McCormack (Braveheart), Pablo Schreiber (Law & Order) and Stacy Keach (Fat City).

 

The Ultimate Fighter: Friday, March 9 at 9pm

Entering into its 15th season, this reality series focuses on promising fighters as they train with high-profile UFC coaches for what could be the biggest fight of their careers. The series unveils a new format: each 60-minute episode follows two fighters as they prepare for a fight that can advance them further in the competition. In the final 15 minutes of each episode, competitors face off in the octagon, with the winner advancing to the next round. The season culminates with the three-hour finale where only one competitor will emerge victorious and take the title of The Ultimate Fighter.

 

OLN

 

Bear Swamp Recovery: Monday, January 9 at 9:30pm

There’s big stuff happening in Jersey. The boys of Bear Swamp Recovery are large and in-charge, taking on careless vacationers and millionaire beachfront snobs… and always nabbing their vehicle in the end. Bear Swamp has never heard of a job that’s “too big“ to take on – but now, with a grown son, they’re having some growing pains. Will they be able to keep it together?

 

Whisker Wars: Thursday, January 12 at 9:30pm

Whisker Wars follows a devoted group of whisker warriors as they travel the country competing for top bearding honours in preparation for the World Championship Competition in Trondhjem, Norway. The beardsmen compete in five categories: Moustache, Partial Beard, Full Beard Groomed, Freestyle and the prestigious, Full Beard Natural. They are judged on overall appearance, style and personality. Historically, Germany has long dominated the field but now there is an upstart squad on the horizon – Beard Team USA. In an effort to solidify their standing, more than 80 local U.S. chapters are joining to form the ultimate American bearding team. Self-appointed Captain of Beard Team USA, Phil Olsen leads them in their attempt to stage an upset and bring home the World title. However, Phil’s quest quickly shifts from building the team to holding it together as his motives come into question and tensions flare between his star players.

 

Visit FXCanada.ca for clips, games and behind-the-scenes materials of including American Horror Story “Horror House Calls” videos and the “Family Portrait” game, exclusive Sons of Anarchy videos, and interviews with the cast and crew of Wilfred. Check out OLN.ca for full episodes and exciting extras from some of your favourite OLN programming, available next day, post broadcast.

Louie

Monday, December 12 at 9:30pm ET/PT (10:30MT) on Citytv

“Dogpound”

Determined not to fall into despair when his daughters spend a week with their mother, Louie attempts to embrace his freedom and be productive. When all else fails, he decides to adopt a dog from the pound, but he may have picked one that is a little long in the tooth.

Monday, December 5 at 9:30pm ET/PT (10:30MT) on Citytv

“Double Date/Mom”

Louie’s brother Robbie (Robert Kelly) has an odd request: he needs Louie’s help getting his new girlfriend to sleep with him. Meanwhile, Louie’s estranged mom makes an unannounced visit and has shocking news to share with her sons.

Louie

Monday, November 28 at 9:30pm ET/PT (10:30MT) on Citytv

“Heckler/Cop Movie”

While performing his act on stage, Louie (Louis C.K.) is heckled mercilessly by an attractive woman. When she won’t back down, Louie fires back and taunts her with no holds barred. Meanwhile, Louie’s agent has booked him on a movie, but having sworn off acting, Louie refuses to take the part until his guilt gets the better of him.

Louie

Monday, November 14 at 9:30pm ET/PT (10:30MT) on Citytv

“So Old/Playdate”

Louie meets a fellow single parent at his first PTA meeting, and they decide to set up a play-date for their kids. While the kids play, Louie and Pamela commiserate about the trials, tribulations, and even boredom of raising kids…

Monday, November 7 at 9:30pm ET/PT (10:30MT) on Citytv

“Dr.Ben/Nick”

Feeling depressed that his best years are behind him and that his overall health is in decline, Louie decides that he needs to see a doctor. He pays Dr. Ben (who happens to be an old friend) a visit, but gets only abuse; and later gets into a fight with his fellow comic and friend Nick DiPaolo over politics.

Monday, October 31 at 9:30pm ET/PT (10:30MT) on Citytv

“Poker/Divorce”

During a game of poker with his fellow comedians, Louie is educated on the gay lifestyle and the ill effects of homophobia. When Louie’s divorce is finalized, it affects him more than he anticipated; hoping to recapture his youth, he looks up an old high-school crush.

Bold programming, blockbuster movies, breakout hits – destination viewing takes on a new meaning with the debut of FX Canada.

Launching Monday, Oct. 31 at 9pm ET/PT (8CT, 7MT) with American Horror Story, the premium specialty channel will broadcast critically-acclaimed programming including FX acquired series, movies and original Canadian series. 

“Showcasing world-class content, FX Canada is an example of our continued commitment to bringing Canadians the best television has to offer,” said Scott Moore, President of Broadcasting, Rogers Media. “With award-winning series, ground-breaking hits and unique content never before seen in Canada, we’re establishing FX Canada as a leading source for out-of-the-box, engaging and entertaining programming night after night.”

Headlining the launch of FX Canada is the highly-anticipated new drama series American Horror Story from the producers of Nip/Tuck and Glee, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Drawing an unprecedented 5 million viewers during the recent U.S. premiere on October 5, this provocative psycho-sexual thriller stars Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), Dylan McDermott (The Practice), Academy Award® winner Jessica Lange (Grey Gardens), Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under), Taissa Farmiga (Higher Ground) and Denis O’Hare (True Blood). In advance of the much-buzzed premiere, Citytv will broadcast a special sneak preview of American Horror Story on Monday, Oct. 24 at 9pm ET/PT, along with cheeky comedy series Wilfred at 10pm ET/PT and The League at 10:30pm ET/PT.

Other series included in the robust FX Canada schedule include current season episodes of the hit comedy The League; the Emmy® Award nominated comedy Louie, starring Louis C.K.; the first two seasons of the Golden Globe®-winning drama Sons of Anarchy; Lights Out; and Terriers. 

 

FX Canada Programming Highlights: 

 

American Horror Story (Season 1, 13 x 60 minutes) 

**Special sneak peek on Citytv Monday, Oct. 24 at 9pm ET/PT** 

Premieres Monday, Oct. 31 at 9pm ET/PT (8CT, 7MT) *Two back-to-back episodes* 

Regular timeslot: Wednesdays at 10pm ET/PT (9CT, 8MT) 

Touted as the most terrifying new series on television this fall, American Horror Story revolves around the Harmons, a family of three who move from Boston to Los Angeles as a means to reconcile their past. They take up residence in a stately 1920s mansion that hides dark secrets within its walls. Having suffered through a miscarriage and marital infidelity, former cellist Vivien (Connie Britton), her husband Ben (Dylan McDermott), a psychiatrist, and their troubled teenage daughter, Violet (Taissa Fermiga), attempt to put the dark memories of their past behind them. While Ben begins treating a new patient, Violet struggles to fit in at school and Vivien occupies her time uncovering a bizarre mural she’s discovered underneath the wallpaper. Then, Ben meets a former resident of the house who has his own tragic tale to tell; Vivien hires an elderly housekeeper (Frances Conroy) with secrets of her own; and the family meets their kleptomaniac neighbour, Constance (Jessica Lange), and her daughter, Adelaide, who seem too well acquainted with the mysterious house and its foreboding history. 

 

Wilfred (Season 1, 13 x 30 minutes) 

**Special sneak peek on Citytv Monday, Oct. 24 at 10pm ET/PT** 

Premieres Monday, Oct. 31 at 11pm ET/PT (10CT, 9MT) 

Regular timeslot: Thursdays at 10pm ET/PT (9CT, 8MT) 

Wilfred is a half-hour, live-action comedy about Ryan (Elijah Wood, The Lord of the Rings), a young man struggling unsuccessfully to make his way in the world until he forms a unique friendship with Wilfred (Jason Gann, The Wedge), his neighbour’s canine pet. Everyone else sees Wilfred as just a dog, but Ryan sees a crude and somewhat surly, yet irrepressibly brave and honest Australian bloke in a cheap dog suit. While leading him through a series of comedic and existential adventures, Wilfred the dog shows Ryan the man how to overcome his fears and joyfully embrace the unpredictability and insanity of the world around him. Rounding out the cast are Fiona Gubelmann (Parenthood) as Jenna, Wilfred’s owner; and Dorian Brown (Roomates) as Kristen, Ryan’s uptight sister. 

 

The League (Season 3, 13 x 30 minutes) 

**Special sneak peek on Citytv Monday, Oct. 24 at 10pm ET/PT** 

Premieres Monday, Oct. 31 at 11:30pm ET/PT (10:30CT, 9:30MT) 

Regular timeslot: Thursdays at 10:30pm ET/PT (9:30CT, 8:30MT) 

The League is a half-hour comedy about male friendship, marriage, parenting, suburbia and growing up – or refusing to grow up – through a circle of friends in a fantasy football league. Fantasy football provides an outlet for a good-natured competition and camaraderie between friends and colleagues, but that’s not always the case. Deception, trickery, one-upmanship and a win-at-all-costs mentality are always prevalent and it’s no different in The League. The emotional tentacles of the game extend to personal relationships, marriages and the workplace, all fertile ground for comedy. The cast includes Mark Duplass (Greenberg) as Pete, Stephen Rannazzisi (Samantha Who?) as Kevin, Nick Kroll (I Love You, Man) as Ruxin, Paul Scheer (Bride Wars) as Andre, Canadian comedian Jon Lajoie as Taco and Katie Aselton (Cyrus) as Jenny. 

 

Sons of Anarchy (Season 1, 13 x 60 minutes) 

Premieres Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 10pm ET/PT (9CT, 8MT) 

Sons of Anarchy is an adrenalized drama with darkly comedic undertones about a notorious outlaw motorcycle club (MC) intent on protecting its sheltered small town, Charming, against encroaching drug dealers, corporate developers and overzealous law officers. The club is equally determined to protect their ruthless and illegally thriving arms business. At the core of the group is Jackson “Jax” Teller (Charlie Hunnam, Children’s Hospital) a man whose love for the brotherhood will eventually be tested by his growing apprehension for its lawlessness; Gemma Teller Morrow (Golden Globe® winner Katey Sagal, LOST), Jax’s force-of-nature mother; and Clarence Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman, 1000 Ways to Die), Jax’s stepfather and MC president. The triangle of mother, son and stepfather will ultimately reveal the dark secrets in this family’s past and how far they will go to protect their sins. Additional cast includes Kim Coates (Prison Break) as Alex “Tig” Trager, Maggie Siff (Mad Men) as Tara Knowles and Drea De Matteo (The Sopranos) as Wendy Case. 

 

Terriers (Season 1, 13 x 60 minutes) 

Premieres Monday, Nov. 7 at 10pm ET/PT (9CT, 8MT) 

Hank Dolworth (Donal Logue, Life) is a retired cop turned low-rent private investigator. His constant need to protect the people he cares about leads him to uncover a scandal that brings him more trouble than he anticipated. Britt Pollack (Micheal Raymond-James, True Blood) is a former petty thief who gave up his life of crime to be with his girlfriend, Katie (Laura Allen, Dirt). Together, they team up to launch an unlicensed private investigation business. The duo, both struggling with maturity issues, solves crimes while avoiding danger and responsibility. Comedic, edgy, original, a show about high stakes in the face of low expectations, Terriers explores what it’s like to be too small to fail in today’s America. Additional cast includes Kimberly Quinn (Two and a Half Men) as Gretchen Dolworth and Rockmond Dunbar (Sons of Anarchy) as Detective Mark Gustafson. 

 

Louie (Season 2, 13 x 30 minutes) 

Premieres Winter 2012 

Louie is filtered through the observational humour of Emmy® Award-winning comedian Louis C.K. (Parks and Recreation). Loosely based on his own life as a successful stand-up comedian and a newly single father raising two daughters in New York City, each episode of Louie puts a spotlight on his everyday ordeals, his quest to find love and his pursuit of humor. The single-camera comedy is shot entirely in New York and features a unique mix of Louis C.K.’s stand-up comedy and scripted shorts.