2:00 pm - 01/17/2013

FX to Split Into Two Networks: FX and FXX

Fox Networks is planning to split its successful FX channel into two networks as part of a larger effort to enlarge its cable footprint.

A new network, tentatively called FXX, would target younger viewers -- millennials -- with a skew towards comedy, according to media executives who have been briefed on the plans.

The network would program some of the original comedy series that now appear on FX, such as The League and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It would also be stocked with appropriate theatrical movies from a stockpile FX has been building in deals with nearly all of the major studios over the past few years.

The plans call for a launch in September with about 75 million subscribers. Many of those subscribers would come from the Fox Soccer channel, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

After the split, FX would continue to air the edgy dramas such as Sons of Anarchy and Justified that attract young adults and baby boomers. FX Networks, headed by John Landgraf, will also continue to produce the movie channel FXM.

A Fox spokesman declined to comment on details, saying only that the company is always examining its programming options.

By giving the entertainment networks different focuses, they might avoid cannibalizing each other's viewership and competing for programming. Splitting a network portfolio along drama/comedy lines has long been done by Turner Broadcasting, with TNT, which features drama, and its "very funny" TBS. AMC Networks is following a similar strategy by having IFC focus on quirky comedies while its develops dramas for Sundance Channel.

Cable has been a major profit driver for News Corp., which is in the process of dividing itself into two public companies controlled by Rupert Murdoch. One company, the new News Corp., will mainly own the company's publishing assets. The other, Fox Group, would be in the TV and movie business, headed by Chase Carey, a big believer in the power of both cable and sports.

Fox is also in the process of creating a national sports cable network that would compete with ESPN, which commands high ratings and higher subscriber fees thanks to its licenses to carry professional football, baseball and basketball, as well as college football.

The network, expected to be called Fox Sports 1, will be built on what is now the racing driven channel Speed. There is also talk that the company's Fuel channel, now gaining muscle from its UFC programming, could become Fox Sports 2.

Of course, all of the changes are subject to agreements with distributors, which can opt to drop channels if the deviate from the way they are defined in their carriage agreements.

Executives from cable distributors such as Time Warner Cable and Dish Network have talked about dropping channels rather than adding them as the cost of programming rises. That could make achieving carriage more difficult for new networks or mean that less lucrative deals are coming down the pike.


I wonder if this will help boost the ratings for FX's shows...
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brenden 17th-Jan-2013 07:30 pm (UTC)

satellite__eyes 17th-Jan-2013 07:33 pm (UTC)
redaodai 17th-Jan-2013 07:35 pm (UTC)
I want sexy time with Sterling Archer please.
tipsily_be 17th-Jan-2013 07:36 pm (UTC)
Get in line after Pam!
tipsily_be 17th-Jan-2013 07:35 pm (UTC)
miriamele 17th-Jan-2013 07:36 pm (UTC)

We've been waiting for far too long.
ectypes 17th-Jan-2013 07:36 pm (UTC)
fucking love bob's burgers. i recommend it to everyone... don't watch archer though so i probably wont tune in
phallus 17th-Jan-2013 07:37 pm (UTC)
Why does this remind me of Bob's Burgers?
mikachanyo 17th-Jan-2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
lol this cross over. fantastic.
huntertp3 17th-Jan-2013 07:45 pm (UTC)
I'm so excited for the crossover. I wonder who's playing Linda?
diamond_dust06 17th-Jan-2013 07:45 pm (UTC)
manaconda 17th-Jan-2013 07:48 pm (UTC)
omg ty for the reminder. i'm a terrible fan and can't remember anything
loving_w 17th-Jan-2013 07:58 pm (UTC)
yousaidlog 17th-Jan-2013 08:09 pm (UTC)
cordyceps 17th-Jan-2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
i have literally been counting down the days
xpirate_queenx 17th-Jan-2013 08:41 pm (UTC)

kstew 17th-Jan-2013 08:51 pm (UTC)
i am so fucking ready omg
naveedchick 17th-Jan-2013 10:00 pm (UTC)
Me too
jaimelannister 17th-Jan-2013 10:29 pm (UTC)
solookup 18th-Jan-2013 01:01 am (UTC)
marmar627 18th-Jan-2013 01:41 am (UTC)
superdogbiter 17th-Jan-2013 07:32 pm (UTC)
followed by the third spin off channel fxxx
a porn channel with spoofs of their shows
like it's always anal in philidelphia
mrscantelope 17th-Jan-2013 07:32 pm (UTC)
Came in to say this, but you did it better.
superdogbiter 17th-Jan-2013 07:36 pm (UTC)
sadisticsidhe 17th-Jan-2013 07:49 pm (UTC)
Me too. I'm glad ONTD doesn't let me down.
classic_mold137 17th-Jan-2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
This is what I was going to say.
pastelstar 17th-Jan-2013 09:26 pm (UTC)
LOL mte but you've thought this through
procedurals 17th-Jan-2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
this is a glorious idea
baby_mina 17th-Jan-2013 10:39 pm (UTC)
Only here for the fxxx jokes, lol.
pipsdixiechick 17th-Jan-2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
Or R-rated Archer, where they show everything naked (or where Lana doesn't have pasties in the space ep).
fabouluz 17th-Jan-2013 07:34 pm (UTC)
They couldn't have come up with a better name?
marywebgirl 17th-Jan-2013 07:36 pm (UTC)
What kills me is someone with an MBA is paid a six figure salary to come up with this.
actxappalledx 17th-Jan-2013 07:36 pm (UTC)
mte, fxx? juat?
superdogbiter 17th-Jan-2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
they went to Garfield the cats school of naming things
chilli_cheese 17th-Jan-2013 07:39 pm (UTC)
Right? kinda sounds like it could be an x-rated channel.
But probably to keep branding and not alienate people who wouldn't know about the change.
backupblood 17th-Jan-2013 07:51 pm (UTC)
ikr; I can think of 6 right off my head
ectypes 17th-Jan-2013 07:35 pm (UTC)
just started it's always sunny today. on season 1 and lovin it. it's taken me too long to get on board.
im_chris_hansen 17th-Jan-2013 08:07 pm (UTC)
welcome to the club :-)
strwbrri_shrtck 17th-Jan-2013 08:10 pm (UTC)

I actually know a guy irl that looks and sounds just like Charlie, it's bizarre.
wasteyourlife 17th-Jan-2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
It gets so much better with Danny Devito. Honestly, I can't stand episodes without him.
angelrose493 18th-Jan-2013 06:06 am (UTC)
ia. frank/charlie 5eva. i drew the turtles for him, he could keep them.
procedurals 17th-Jan-2013 09:39 pm (UTC)
i'm mid-season 5 and it has made my 2013 so much brighter.
grande_latte 17th-Jan-2013 07:37 pm (UTC)
they didn't even try with the name
chilli_cheese 17th-Jan-2013 07:37 pm (UTC)
I am on board if this is a comedy-centric channel.
I need more Archer-esque cartoons too. No @ Unsupervised dullness.
chopmeup 17th-Jan-2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
Oh man I just started watching Sons of Anarchy yesterday and I fucking love it. Does it bring FX good ratings or has it dropped off kinda?
brokenseas 17th-Jan-2013 07:51 pm (UTC)
No it's a high performer for them, I think. In any case, I think they already have an agreement with FX until the show hits seven seasons, which is how long Sutter (the showrunner) wants it on.
jessieka 17th-Jan-2013 07:53 pm (UTC)
No it got some of its highest ratings this season. Even thought IMO the quality dropped from previous seasons.
misscrystal 17th-Jan-2013 08:59 pm (UTC)
Seasons 3 and 4 were pretty bad. I almost didn't bother watching season 5, but I'm glad I did because it was seriously awesome.
senorita__ 17th-Jan-2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
my boyfriend and i started watching recently too on netflix and we're about finished the fourth season (which is as much as netflix has atm) and i fucking love it. imo it stays great throughout, definitely dramatic and each ending left me wanting more tbh
crazyfirecrotch 17th-Jan-2013 07:38 pm (UTC)

listen fx execs. you need to comission new writers for the just renewed it's always sunny. it's evident rob & co have ran out of ideas and recycled storylines and didn't even hide that fact. there are a lot of starving dude/bro writers male lena dunhams in hwood who would be a breath of fresh air. i am shocked everyone on here wants frank dead.
mydogfred 17th-Jan-2013 07:41 pm (UTC)
frank has been awful since season 4. actually season 3.
ani_di_franco 17th-Jan-2013 07:42 pm (UTC)
I love Frank

But it's all about Dee for me.

diamond_dust06 17th-Jan-2013 07:47 pm (UTC)
I want a buddy comedy movie with Kristin Wiig and Kaitlin Olsen.
hope_remains 17th-Jan-2013 07:45 pm (UTC)
I don't agree with this at all. I thought this past season had some incredibly good episodes. If anything I think that the humor is getting more and more subtle as the seasons go on and that's what makes it so great.

And just because a couple of the episodes were self-referential doesn't mean they've run out of ideas. After like 7/8 seasons, it's pretty normal to reference past episodes for the hardcore fans.
harleenfrances 17th-Jan-2013 07:54 pm (UTC)
the season with fat mac was awful but i really liked this past one. the maureen ponderosa wedding massacre was one of the best eps of the series imo.
awkwardmumbles 17th-Jan-2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
i haven't seen the last few episodes, but the gamer one was hilarious
wasteyourlife 17th-Jan-2013 08:19 pm (UTC)
oh what, didn't know people hated Frank here. I would want Dennis long dead before Frank.
marmar627 18th-Jan-2013 02:49 am (UTC)
ia, except I'm sick of Frank
phallus 17th-Jan-2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
FX shows are the best!
milkchokolate 17th-Jan-2013 07:41 pm (UTC)
this seems unnecessary
theratwhispers 17th-Jan-2013 07:41 pm (UTC)
Sounds like another version of The CW.
evett 17th-Jan-2013 07:44 pm (UTC)
fx doesn't even have that many shows that they need another network but ok.
harleenfrances 17th-Jan-2013 07:52 pm (UTC)
ik all they show are reruns of two and half men and random movies. they almost never replay their own damn shows.
marmar627 18th-Jan-2013 02:50 am (UTC)
Seriously. But, hey, TBS exists, right?
lkool98 17th-Jan-2013 07:48 pm (UTC)
bellyroomfan 17th-Jan-2013 07:49 pm (UTC)
i am not digging this season of justified. i know we are only 2 episodes in but idk, the pacing is weird and all of the characters seem like they are doing things that are out of character imo.
harleenfrances 17th-Jan-2013 07:49 pm (UTC)
i love the league. i watched the kroll show and was laughing my ass of at the wheels ontario skit. "gotta boo-nce"
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