Earn Marks and Sam Fox may be struggling, but their new TV series are not. FX has handed out second season renewals to “Atlanta” and “Better Things,” both of which will return next year with ten more episodes.
Donald Glover is executive producer and star of “Atlanta,” playing aspiring hip-hop manager Earn (who’s really just trying to support his toddler), while Pamela Adlon is executive producer and star of “Better Things,” playing working actress Sam (who’s also trying to support her three daughters).
“Atlanta” premiered to strong numbers, giving FX the most-watched basic cable primetime scripted comedy premiere in three years (among adults 18-49, after three days of “Live+3” time-shifted viewing). And the audience is growing: “Atlanta’s” third episode attracted 1.9 million viewers in Live+3, up from the previous week’s 1.6 million.
“Better Things,” meanwhile, is bringing a more balanced audience to FX (which skews more male), making it the network’s most female-driven comedy ever.
“It’s really gratifying to launch two new comedies that have received overwhelming critical acclaim right out of the gate,” said Nick Grad and Eric Schrier (original programming presidents at FX Networks and FX Productions) in a joint statement.
Adlon executive produces “Better Things” with Louis C.K., M. Blair Breard, Dave Becky and 3 Arts Entertainment. Pig Newton produces the show for FX Productions. Glover executive produces “Atlanta” with Paul Simms and Dianne McGunigle; FX Productions is the studio.