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LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) FX has made a Sophie's choice with its two comedy series, opting to bring one back for a second season and canceling the other.
"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" received the pickup, getting a 13-episode order for its second season after seven episodes this summer. The show is the first original comedy series to earn a second season on the cable network -- which, it should be noted, hasn't tried comedy that much in the past.

The controversial "Starved," meanwhile, won't extend its run past this season. The series, which was created by and starred Eric Schaeffer, drew protests from eating-disorder groups upon its debut -- Schaeffer played an anorexic/compulsive overeater and member of an eating-disorder support group -- but the reason for its cancellation came down to numbers.


FX was happy with both shows creatively, but "It's Always Sunny" fared somewhat better with audiences, averaging 1.14 million viewers during its run, which included a midstream switch from Thursday to Tuesday nights. "Starved" brought in just over a million viewers per week. Neither show got a huge marketing push, as FX was also launching its Iraq war drama "Over There" around the same time.
"It's Always Sunny" stars Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton and Kaitlin Olson as four friends who own a bar in the title city. McElhenney created the show, and he Day and Howerton all serve as writers and executive producers.

FX is developing a handful of other comedy projects as potential companions for "It's Always Sunny."
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