FX hasn’t had a great track record sending its fledgling comedies off to its new sister network, FXX. That’s why it’s a bit nerve-wracking to see that FX’s too-good-for-its-own-good new series “You’re the Worst,” which charmed a dedicated and vocal fanbase by the end of its freshman run, is being sent off to a different network for Season 2.
FXX launched in September 2013 as a channel targeted specifically at men ages 18-35. It brought over established FX comedies “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “The League,” as well as cult favorite “Wilfred,” criminally underrated dark comedy “Legit” and late night talk show “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.”
Both “Sunny” and “The League,” which were going into their ninth and sixth seasons respectively, had their audiences follow them as the shows jumped networks. “Wilfred,” “Legit” and “Totally Biased” were not so lucky.
When it was announced “Wilfred” would air its fourth season on FXX, it was revealed that season would also be its last. “Legit” and “Totally Biased” were moved to FXX after they completed their first seasons on FX, and were canceled not long after when they produced terrible ratings. Like “You’re The Worst,” “Legit” had just been hitting its stride by the end of Season 1, but tanked despite critical support when the audience didn’t follow it away from FX.
While “You’re The Worst’s” renewal is cheer-worthy, it’s also pretty foreboding that FX is keeping “Married” on its home network and shipping “You’re The Worst” off to FXX. Thus far FXX has been the network where newer FX comedies are sent to die, and “You’re The Worst” is too good for that.
But there is hope. The “Every Simpsons Ever” marathon, which appropriately aired every episode of “The Simpsons,” drew a lot of eyes to FXX. The network is also premiering its first original shows in 2015: “Man Seeking Woman,” starring Jay Baruchel, and, health permitting, a show from Tracy Morgan and the “Always Sunny” team. Between those and the appeal of “It’s Always Sunny,” “The League” and syndicated shows like “Parks and Recreation,” “How I Met Your Mother” and “Mad About You,” FXX could have built the audience it needs by 2015 for shows to flourish.
Whatever happens, Powers That Be at FX and FXX, don’t let “You’re The Worst” go the way of “Legit,” “Wilfred” and “Totally Biased.” Promote the heck out of it, and give it the attention it deserves despite it no longer being on the flagship network. A show that earned a daily Renewal Watch from some of the most respected TV critics around merits much more than just two seasons.