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.
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.
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.