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FX has been churning out a lot of original scripted series. Some have been hits while many others have not. Which will be cancelled and which will be renewed? Stay tuned!
Scripted FX shows listed: American Horror Story, The Americans, Anger Management, The Bridge, Fargo, Justified, Louie, Married, Partners, Saint George, Sons of Anarchy, The Strain, Tyrant, and You're the Worst.
Last update: Ratings for the most recent episode of The Strain added.
There's a lot of data that FX execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series but ratings are a major factor. Here's an updated listing of all of their recent/current primetime scripted shows.
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The Freaks are coming — in just seven weeks!
FX on Wednesday announced its hotly anticipated American Horror Story: Freak Show will premiere Oct. 8 at 10/9c.
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American Horror Story: Freak Show begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange »
Apparently, a little Strain-ing is good for the bottom line.
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The Strain, FX’s first original Sunday-night series, drew 12.7 million total viewers for its premiere, according to a network release.
“It is thrilling when you have a show that is a creative and commercial hit, which is a rare accomplishment in this increasingly crowded marketplace,” noted John Landgraf, »
After terrorizing the ladies of Rosewood, Pa., Brant Daugherty is ready to raise some hell in a much bigger pond. Next stop: Los Angeles!
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The Pretty Little Liars actor will guest-star on an upcoming episode of FX’s Anger Management, TVLine has learned, playing a self-absorbed Hollywood music producer named Tiffer. The episode, titled “Charlie Pledges a Sorority Sister,” will introduce Daugherty’s character as the boyfriend of Charlie’s patient Lacey.
In addition to his gig on Pretty Little Liars, Daugherty’s TV resume includes »
Lionsgate has relocated its international sales operation to London, in a sign of the growing importance of international markets to leading film companies.
As part of the move, the company has already relocated several key international executives, including Motion Picture Group evps of international sales Wendy Reeds and Crystal Bourbeau, and is in the process of hiring several additional executives for the London office as well.
The move allows the studio to better servce its numerous output partnerships. Lionsgate International recently expanded output agreements with Studiocanal and Tele Munchen Group in Germany, Roadshow Pictures in Australia, Nordisk Film in »
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Lionsgate has reported earnings of $43.3 million, or 31 cents a share, for its first quarter ending June 30 — far above Wall Street estimates of 17 cents a share.
The studio, which made the announcement after the market closed Thursday, reported revenues declined to $449.4 million from $570 million due to opening only two wide-release movies (“Draft Day” and “The Quiet Ones”) in the quarter compared with the three openings in the year-ago quarter, (which included the surprise hit “Now You See Me”).
The revenue figure was below analysts estimates of about $489 million. Adjusted Ebitda jumped 27% to $77.3 million.
“We’re pleased to report strong adjusted Ebitda, earnings and free cash flow generation in what is historically our lightest quarter of the fiscal year,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. “During the quarter we deepened our portfolio of brands and franchises, extended our global reach and formed entrepreneurial partnerships with digital and traditional platforms alike as we used »
- Dave McNary
FX is trying another 10/90 deal with the Partners TV show. If the ratings for the first season of 10 episodes hit a certain ratings threshold, the cable channel has committed to ordering a 90-episode second season. Anger Management had a similar deal and was renewed. Saint George did too but it was cancelled. How will Partners perform? Stay tuned.
On Partners, a snobby lawyer (Kelsey Grammer) and an overly ethics-driven lawyer (Martin Lawrence) become partners and end up helping each other get their lives in order. The rest of the cast includes McKaley Miller, Telma Hopkins, Danièle Watts, Rory O’Malley, and Edi Patterson.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available. »
The half-hour, starring the comedy vets as mismatched Chicago lawyers, is produced under Debmar-Mercury and Lionsgate Television’s 10/90 model that bore comedies like “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” and “Anger Management.” If the show meets certain ratings benchmarks after its initial 10 episodes, as those did, it will get the go-ahead for 90 more.
FX has stated that its analysis of ratings data doesn’t begin until L+3s come in (DVR playback within three days of a telecast), but according to same-night estimates by Nielsen, “Partners” averaged a 0.35 rating in adults 18-49 and 1.12 million viewers overall in the 9 o’clock half-hour. It then dipped at 10:30 to a 0.30 and 1.01 million. This puts it a bit behind the March premiere of George Lopez 10/90 series “Saint George, »
- Rick Kissell
In 2012, CBS premiered a new show about two odd-couple male pals. It was called Partners, and on the surface, it seemed to have everything going for it—a prime slot following How I Met Your Mother, a great pedigree courtesy of two ’90s sitcom wizards (it was created by Max Mutchnick and David Kohan of Will & Grace fame), two charismatic stars (Michael Urie and David Krumholtz). Even so, Partners failed to gain traction. Critics griped that its old-fashioned jokes were tired rather than appealingly retro; just a few weeks into the 2012-2013 TV season, it became one of the first shows to get the ax. »
- Hillary Busis
TV isn’t what it used to be. With production costs spiralling upwards, more furiously engaged fandoms and a shift towards “binge-watch” culture, there has never been a better time to be a fan of the small screen.
And as we’re on the verge of hitting the midway point of the decade there really is no better time than now to take a gander back and see what televised treats have been wowing us for the last five (ish) years. But before you get ahead of yourselves with the guessing and the surmising, this humble feature is celebrating programs that began to air from 2010 onwards, so as good as they were, save your vocal defence of the likes of Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Deadwood, The Wire and Battlestar Galactica for elsewhere.
Looking back, the 10s have been a veritable proving ground of exciting new shows. There’s been comedy (New Girl, »
- Shaun Davis
USA Network’s new bad-boy doctor drama Rush premiered to 1.7 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating — or about half of what the cabler’s previous drama debut, Graceland, did a year ago (3.3 mil/0.8) on a Thursday night, and opposite the NBA Finals.
Come 10 pm, Satisfaction‘s series premiere drew a similar 1.7 mil and a 0.5. (Demo ratings courtesy of the good folks at TV By the Numbers.)
USA’s second-most recent drama launch, Common Law (wow, remember that one?), premiered to 2.5 mil and »
FX made a deal with the studio of Saint George that, if the first season drew high enough ratings, the sitcom would be renewed for a second season of 90 episodes (similar to the Anger Management deal). Will it be renewed or be cancelled instead? Stay tuned.
On Saint George, a recently divorced successful entrepreneur (George Lopez) struggles to balance the parenting demands of his All-American Anglo ex-wife and the cultural expectations of his overbearing Mexican-American mother. The cast includes Lopez, Jenn Lyon, Olga Merediz, Kaden Gibson, David Zayas, Danny Trejo, Diana-Maria Riva, Joey Pollari, and Tobit Raphael.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available.
7/12 update: FX has cancelled this »
Following a 10 episode run with low ratings, FX has reportedly decided to cancel Saint George. There won't be a second season of the sitcom.
On Saint George, a recently divorced successful entrepreneur (George Lopez) struggles to balance the parenting demands of his All-American Anglo ex-wife and the cultural expectations of his overbearing Mexican-American mother. The cast also includes Jenn Lyon, Olga Merediz, Kaden Gibson, David Zayas, Danny Trejo, Diana-Maria Riva, Joey Pollari, and Tobit Raphael.
FX made a deal with Debmar-Mercury (part of Lionsgate) that if the first season hit a certain ratings threshold, the cable channel would be obligated to order a second season of 90 episodes (similar to the Anger Management deal).
The sitcom debuted in March to 1.21 million viewers but the ratings quickly fell in subsequent episodes. The season (now series) finale drew just 651,000 »
Joe Roth’s 14-year-old Revolution Studios has been acquired for $250 million by Fortress Investment Group, according to several sources close to the sale. Revolution was carrying roughly $175 million in debt, which was absorbed by Fortress, which borrowed approximately $150 million to make the sale, say several sources familiar with the transaction. Sun Trust was the lead lending bank.
Fortress made the announcement Thursday as part of disclosing its plans to recapitalize Revolution — which stopped film production in 2007 — and position it for growth by developing, producing and distributing new content for TV and exploiting its library of 50 films and over 200 TV episodes.
A previous report suggested the company would sell for $500 million but sources tell Variety that figure is inaccurate.
Roth and Revolution retained Evolution Media Capital at the close of 2013 to run a structured process to find a new investor as the studios’ previous credit facility was coming to an end »
- Alexandra Cheney and Dave McNary
Another surprising blowout victory by the San Antonio Spurs in Game 4 has produced the top preliminary ratings result for the 2014 NBA Finals, with ABC beating its rivals combined on Thursday. NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” remained the top original entertainment series on the night, but fell off opposite the big game, while the net’s comedy “Undateable” held up a bit better.
According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ABC’s stations averaged a 5.2 rating/17 share in adults 18-49 and 12.8 million viewers overall from 9 to 11 p.m., with these numbers expected to rise by more than 10% when the game’s full duration and West Coast viewing are included. In the 9-11 p.m. window, ABC beat its combined CBS-nbc-Fox competition in 18-49 (5.2 to 3.9) and total viewers (12.8 million vs. 11.4 million).
In Nielsen’s metered-market overnights, the NBA Finals on Thursday averaged a 10.6 household rating — ahead of Games 1 (10.4), 2 (10.2) and 3 (10.3). The broadcast peaked »
- Rick Kissell
Gannett Broadcasting and Lionsgate-owned Debmar-Mercury have formed a partnership to develop, produce, test and distribute first-run syndicated TV series built around the concept of interactivity. Through the partnership, Gannett will be able to create and test first-run syndicated programming across all genres on its stations beginning in 2015. “We will work together to design shows to take advantage of how television has changed and create a new genre of syndicated programming,” said Gannett president Dave Lougee. “With more than 40 stations across the country, we will have the ability to experiment, test and refine programs throughout the development process.” Meanwhile, Debmar-Mercury, which is behind such 10-90 sitcoms as Anger Management and syndicated talk shows like Wendy Williams, gains distribution for its shows on Gannett, which operates the largest independent TV station group of major network affiliates in the top 25 U.S. television markets. When Gannett and Debmar-Mercury agree on the concept and »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
FX has set Monday, Aug. 4 as the premiere date for the new Martin Lawrence-Kelsey Grammer comedy “Partners.” The network will air two back-to-back episodes of the show in the 9 p.m. hour for five consecutive weeks. Also beginning Aug. 4, “Anger Management” will move to Mondays and air back-to-back episodes in the 10 p.m. hour. Also read: Kelsey Grammer, Martin Lawrence Land Lawyer Comedy at FX Grammer and Lawrence play two Chicago lawyers from very different backgrounds who meet in court as each faces a personal crisis. Marcus Jackson (Lawrence) is a kindly community activist going through a divorce when he. »
- Tim Molloy
International rights are represented by Im Global. U.S. rights are handled by Wme.
The action follows a salesman who finds himself in the middle of a terror attack at arms convention.
Finance is by PalmStar Media Capital and Ebf & Associates.
Chan is also set to star in Us-Chinese action adventure “Skiptrace,” alongside Fan Bingbing and Seann William-Scott. He is also rumoured to be circling additions to the “Karate Kid” and ‘Rush Hour” franchises.
- Patrick Frater
Louie, Louie, Louie, Louie … FX's universally lauded comedy from writer, director and star Louis C.K. returned to TV Monday night after a whopping 19-month break. The fourth season opened to a premiere low in the ratings, though it pulled that number with a lead-in from the movie Horrible Bosses. The 10 p.m. Louie averaged 941,000 viewers. The previous season premiere, which saw a huge lift from the then-hyped Anger Management opening the night, brought in 1.43 million viewers. (The first two Louie seasons also opened north of 1 million viewers.) Lifts in DVR
- Michael O'Connell
Jones played the lead female role in the movie "Love's Enduring Promise" as a pioneer family's oldest child.
She currently appears in the AMC original series "Mad Men" as young suburban housewife and mother 'Betty Draper Francis'.
- Michael Stevens
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