FX orders 10-episode second seasons for both comedies

By Dan Snierson
Updated September 20, 2016 at 08:47 PM EDT
Guy D'Almea/FX; Colleen Hayes/FX
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Atlanta and Better Things just kicked off their first seasons, but FX has already rewarded them with a second.

The network announced on Tuesday that it has renewed the two critically praised comedies, with each of them scoring a 10-episode second season order.

Atlanta, which stars Community alum Donald Glover as a scraping-by soul who’s trying to make an impression with his cousin on the Atlanta rap scene, offered up the most-watched basic cable scripted comedy premiere in three years among 18-to-49-year-olds, netting 3 million viewers, counting three days of DVR watching.. The semi-autobiographical Better Things features Pamela Adlon (Louie, Californication) as an actor/single mother raising three daughters (and counts Louis C.K. among its executive producers). The series premiere tallied 1.4 million viewers, factoring in seven days of DVR watching.

“It’s really gratifying to launch two new comedies that have received overwhelming critical acclaim right out of the gate and that are emblematic of FX’s award-winning brand,” said Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Presidents of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions, in a statement. It is clear to us that Atlanta and Better Things have struck a nerve with viewers, which is a credit to Donald Glover’s vision for Atlanta and Pamela Adlon’s vision for Better Things. They, along with their spectacular casts, writers and directors, have created exceptional shows that we are incredibly proud to produce.”

Atlanta‘s fourth episode airs tonight while Better Things‘ third episode debuts on Thursday.


Created by and starring Donald Glover, this absurdist FX comedy follows two cousins and their best friend as they try to make it in the titular city’s rap scene.
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