FX has a pair of acclaimed new comedies on their hands, and it appears they would like to keep it that way. The network has ordered ten-episode second seasons of both Donald Glover’s Atlanta and Pamela Adlon’s Better Things, as announced today by Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, FX’s presidents of original programming.
Said Grad and Schrier in a statement:
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. 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.
These renewals are quite pleasant, but hardly a surprise: Atlanta’s premiere scored the strongest ratings of any basic-cable comedy in years, while Better Things drew FX’s most female-driven audience ever, ranking as the second most-watched basic-cable comedy premiere of the year among women ages 18-34, second only to … Atlanta. Go figure.
Atlanta and Better Things each return with new episodes on FX this week: episode four of Atlanta, titled “The Streisand Effect” and written by Glover, airs tonight, Sept. 20, at 10 p.m. EST; episode three of Better Things, titled “Brown” and written by Louis C.K., airs Thursday, Sept. 22 at 10 p.m. EST.