FX is staying in business with former Rescue Me star Denis Leary.
The cable network has renewed Leary’s comedy series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, from FX Productions and Fox 21 Television Studios, for a ten episode second season, which is set to air in 2016.
Created by and starring Denis Leary, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll tells the story of Johnny Rock, a rock star from the 1990s who is trying to get his band, The Heathens, back together. John Corbett (Parenthood), Elizabeth Gillies (Victorious), Elaine Hendrix (Fetching) and Bobby Kelly (Louie) also star. Leary and Jim Serpico serve as executive producers.
A favourite of FX execs, the comedy series, which wrapped its first season last week, has been a solid ratings performer. Per L7’s, SDRR 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.
“We are thrilled with Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll and it proved to one of the highest-rated new comedies on cable this year”, said Eric Schrier, President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. “We thank Denis and the rest of the cast, along with Jim Serpico and Tom Sellitti, for a terrific first season and look forward to indulging in more Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll in season two.”
“The only thing that could make me happier about this announcement is if David Bowie decided to be a guest star during Season Two”, added Leary. “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.”