FX has ordered a 10-episode second season of Denis Leary’s FX comedy Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll for premiere in 2016, with stars Leary, Elizabeth Gillies, John Corbett, Elaine Hendrix, Robert Kelly and John Ales slated to return. This is the second FX summer series to get a renewal, joining drama The Strain. Still no word on Tyrant, which had been expected to get a third season following a creatively improved Season 2, and comedy Married. Like other basic cable networks, FX has been hit hard in the Live+Same Day ratings this summer, so it is not surprising that the net is taking extra time to study delayed and multi-platform viewing dataa before making pickup decisions.
Based on L+7, the first season of Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll ranks as basic cable’s most-watched freshman primetime scripted comedy of 2015 in both M18-49 and M25-54, and the third most-watched new primetime scripted comedy series on basic cable among Adults 18-49 and Total Viewers, according to FX. In addition, the first season of Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll delivered the largest Live+7 lift ever for any first year comedy series on FX in both Adults 18-49 (+81%) and Total Viewers (+83%), the network says.
Created, written by and starring Leary, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll centers on Johnny Rock, played by Leary. The lead singer of NYC’s legendary early-’90s band The Heathens, Rock is trying to get the both his band and his life back together. Leary also exec produces along with long with Jim Serpico. Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll is produced by FX Productions and Fox 21 Television Studios.
“We are thrilled with Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll and it proved to one of the highest-rated new comedies on cable this year,” Eric Schrier, Co-President of Original Programming, FX Network and FX Prods said.
Added Leary, “The only thing that could make me happier about this announcement is if David Bowie decided to be a guest star during Season Two. In which case, my head would explode. Hopefully on-camera so we get a kickass viral video out of it. Not to mention awesome Live+3s. I look forward to once again creating new episodes of television with John Landgraf’s exceptional FX team. And scoring some cool Bastard Executioner swag.”
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