FX‘s drama pipeline is busier than ever with four pilots in addition to the newly picked up cold war spy drama The Americans which premieres on Jan. 30. It will be joined by one more new drama series later this year. FX President John Landgraf hopes that would be The Bridge after seeing encouraging early footage from the pilot, which was just shot. The US-Mexico border drama starring Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger is one of three drama pilots FX has ordered since July, along with vampire drama The Strain, from Guillermo del Toro and Lost‘s Carlton Cuse, and Middle East drama Tyrant, from Homeland executive producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff and Six Feet Under alum Craig Wright. The last two were greenlighted to pilot off a pitch, something FX had not done before. Landgraf envisions The Strain and Tyrant as potential series for 2014. In anticipation of potential series orders, the network has ordered backup scripts from the projects, including putting small writing staffs together.
FX also is ramping up its comedy slate. With a key piece of its existing portfolio, Louie, on hiatus this year, FX is aiming at adding three new comedy series in 2013. Animation remains to be a priority, with the network looking to find a companion for Archer. The latest hopeful is recently ordered pilot Chosen, produced by Danny McBride. It comes after freshman toon Unsupervised didn’t quite click, becoming the only series broadcast on FX last year not to get a renewal.