Notes from FX's Upfront: New (Awesome-sounding!) Shows, New Networks, a Fargo Miniseries, and More

FX president John Landgraf touting the network's new strategy and development slate. 


You guys, I got up real early this morning to stream FX's first-ever Upfront* presentation, and I have to say it didn't disappoint. Network president John Landgraf and his team made some huge announcements, and many of them are very exciting! Some of them are also a bit weird/questionable, but the point is, we have a lot to talk about. I've organized my notes—and there are tons, so settle in—into bullet points below; take a gander, then let's hear what you think of FX's new strategy, shows, and more in the comments. 

* Does everybody know what an Upfront is? Apologies, I've lost track of the term's obscurity (or lack thereof). For the uninitiated, "the Upfronts" are a series of annual presentations that TV networks put on for advertisers. The major broadcast networks always host theirs in May, but many cable networks hold them throughout the spring. The basic idea, if you're a network executive, is to brag about your recent programming successes and tout all the cool stuff you have coming up, and the hope is that the advertisers you're bragging to will be impressed and want to purchase ad space "up front." From a TV fan's point of view, they essentially offer a first look at what's ahead. 


NEW NETWORKS!



We knew something like this was coming, but now it's official: FX Networks is dividing and multiplying into a "suite" of three channels—FX, FXX, and FXM. Landgraf said the move is designed to "avoid the 'all things to all people' pitfall that plagues broadcast TV," and that the networks "will share DNA and similar sensibilities for viewers interested in smart, cutting-edge programming." Here's the breakdown:

– Each of the three networks will focus on a different demographic. Original Recipe FX will target the gold-standard 18-49 group, FXX will attempt to woo a younger 18-34 audience, and FXM will aim for a broader 25-50 span.

– Original Recipe FX will remain the flagship property of the "FX Networks" umbrella, and it will continue to air programming in its existing content categories of comedy, drama, and movies. However, it's going to focus more on drama, increasing its tally from three to seven, and dabble in "limited series" and miniseries as well. 

– FXX replaces Fox Soccer and will debut on September 2. At the outset, FXX will focus on comedy; the idea is to launch with four original comedies and one late-night show, then expand to six original comedies and a late-night show, then eventually add some drama. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, and Legit—which have all been renewed for additional seasons—will all relocate to FXX, as will with Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, which will expand to five nights a week.  Those four shows plus a to-be-announced comedy will form FXX's starting lineup. 

– FXM (which technically launched about a year ago and replaced Fox Movie Channel) will carry "prestige" movies and related short-form original programming. The goal is to eventually air one original "limited series" or miniseries (I don't quite understand the difference between the two, but I'm pretty sure it has to do with episode count) each quarter. 

– The overall plan is to offer 25 original scripted series across all three channels over the next three years: "We are embarking on an incredibly ambitious ramp-up of program development and production required to sustain these networks," Landgraf said. "I'm very confident that the pilots, projects, and talent we have deals with will allow us to double our already best-in-class roster of scripted original series."

– FX's new tagline: "Fearless."



NEW SHOWS! 

The first promotional photo for The Bridge.

This is the good part: There's some seriously exciting stuff coming up! Ahem:

– We got to see the first trailer for The Bridge (which isn't yet available online; I'll post it as soon as I can find it), and it looks gritty and promising. The series, from Homeland writer Meredith Stiehm, is set to debut this July and follows two detectives on opposite sides of the U.S.-Mexico border as they work together to stop a serial killer. Diane Kruger and Demián Bichir star.

– Speaking of Homeland and people who've worked on it, Tyrant comes from Homeland producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff (who also created the Israeli series Homeland is based on), and follows an American family that gets caught up in chaotic Middle Eastern politics when the dictator of an Arab nation dies and his American son becomes the head of the country. The show is currently still development—pilot production begins this summer—but there's already a full writing staff working on scripts for the first season in anticipation of an official series order. Oh, and did I mention that Ang Lee, who just won an Oscar for Life of Pi, has signed on to direct the pilot?

– The Strain is that vampire drama from Guillermo Del Toro that Tim first told you about back in September (Lost's Carlton Cuse is also involved). The show is based on Del Toro's trilogy of novels, and the logline promises "a world of vampires unlike any ever depicted in television or film." The the set-up is basically this: A plane lands at JFK and all the passengers on it are dead. The CDC is called in, and all of a sudden there's a vampire virus wreaking havoc in New York City. "These bloodsuckers are not the romanticized version of vampires that have become such a cliche, but a terrifyingly original new vision," says the official press release. "And so begins a pretty awesome-sounding thriller," says me. According to Landgraf, "We think Guillermo's gonna give American Horror Story a run for its money." Like TyrantThe Strain is still in the development phase—pilot production begins in August—but there's already a full writing staff working on scripts for the first season in anticipation of an official series order.

– The Academy Award-winning film Fargo is being adapted for TV in FX's first "limited" (read: 10-episode) series; it will "follow an all-new 'true crime' story, with a new case and new characters." Writer Noah Hawley (Bones, the short-lived My Generation) penned the script and the Coen brothers (who wrote and directed the movie) will executive-produce. Production will begin in December for a spring 2014 debut on FXM.

– Because why stop at Fargo, here are FOUR more "limited series" events coming down the pike, all of them with big names attached: 

Mayflower is "an unflinching portrait of the Puritan settlers at Plymouth Colony and their uneasy alliance with the local Native Americans." Paul Giamatti (Sideways) is one of the executive producers.

Grand Hotel is set in an international luxury hotel in Paris that "turns into a hellish trap when it becomes the center of a terrorist attack." Sam Mendes (SkyfallAmerican Beauty) is one of the executive producers.

Mad Dogs is based on the British series of the same name and details "the reunion of four forty-something guys who head to Belize to visit their old school friend, when things take an unexpected and dark turn." TV.com favorite Shawn Ryan (Last Resort, TerriersThe Shield) is one of the executive producers.

Sutton, which is based the J.R. Moeringher novel of the same name, "begins on Christmas Eve 1969, when Willie “The Actor” Sutton—Irishman, lover, folk hero, and the most prolific bank robber in American history—stepped out of Attica Prison and boarded a plane for New York City, where he proceeded to take a reporter and photographer on a five-borough guided tour of his remarkable life and crimes." Alexander Payne (The Descendants, Sideways) is one of the executive producers. 

– Comedy pilots! Two were announced: The first is Chozen, an animated series from executive producer Danny McBride and the team behind Eastbound & Down. The show follows a white rapper who's recently out of prison, and the voice cast includes McBride, SNL's Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress, Kathryn Hahn, Michael Pena, and Nick Swardson. The second is How & Why, from executive producer Charlie Kaufman (yes, THAT Charlie Kaufman). It's "the story of a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works, but is clueless about life." 



RENEWALS AND VAGUE RETURN DATES!

Most of these are obvious/nothing new, but here they are anyway: 

Justified is officially renewed for Season 5 and will return in January 2014 (the Season 4 finale airs Tuesday).

– It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League—which haven't yet aired their upcoming seasons—are renewed for Seasons 10 and 6, respectively, meaning they'll be on the air through fall 2014. It's Always Sunny Season 9 and The League Season 5 will both premiere this fall. 

– Freshman comedy Legit is renewed for Season 2.

– Wilfred will be back this summer for Season 3.

– It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 9 and The League Season 5 will debut this fall; as I mentioned above, both shows will relocate to FXX. 

– American Horror Story will return for Season 3—subtitled Coven—in October, "just in time for Halloween."

– The Americans Season 2 will premiere in January 2014. 

– Louie will likely return for Season 4 in May 2014.



FX NOW

FX is (finally!) launching its own version of HBO GO called FXNOW! Here's how it'll work: 

– FXNOW will launch this fall as an app (presumably with support desktop, tablet, and mobile). It'll be a video-on-demand service, with new FX content becoming available the day after it airs. Users can expect access to the five most recent episodes of current shows.

– Similar to HBO GO, FXNOW will be an authentication-based service, which means it'll only be available to FX subscribers whose cable providers participate in the service. You'll have to sign in using your 

– FXNOW will include access to FXM's on-demand movie library, which the network boasts is largely unavailable on competing platforms like Netflix and Amazon Instant. 

– Fast-forwarding will be disabled on all platforms. 

– I'm still unclear on how much of FX's back catalog (i.e. The ShieldTerriers, and other not-currently-airing shows), if any, will be available. Based on the mention of "the five most recent episodes," I'm not sure I'd count on having access to older stuff. 



Phew. Got all that? Let's talk...


QUESTIONS

1. What do you think of think of FX's three-network strategy? And more importantly, what do you think of the names of the three new networks and the new tagline of "Fearless"? Please feel free to suggest edits in the comments.

2. Which of the new series sounds the most appealing to you so far? 

3. How excited are you about FX Now? How skeptical are you of the fact that it won't have a fast-forward option? How many of you are actual U.S.-based FX subscribers who will use it?

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Apr 28, 2014
What a buzz kill! Was looking forward to viewing more program series on FX, will seriously have to pass on this as the fast forward feature is disabled on this network...FX must of made some deal with these particular advertisers to show there commercials for a small phenomenal fee...I mean, who decides why we have to sit through the same commercials over and over..it's like, brainwashing....FX you S***
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Mar 31, 2013
Can't wait for The Bridge!
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Mar 31, 2013
Looking forward to The Strain! I enjoyed the book series!

Interested in FXNOW but the lack of FF is disturbing. Sounds like we'll be subject to commercials which sucks!
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Mar 30, 2013
The Bridge is based on a Scandinavian series where the eponymous roadway connects Sweden and Denmark. It's very good and is available on Region 2 DVD if anyone is interested and not bothered by subtitles. Worth a look as in my opinion the original Swedish version of The Killing was far superior to the US remake.
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Mar 30, 2013
Also interesting to see that although FX is part of the most basic packages of DirecTV, Dish, Comcast, etc, Fox Soccer and Fox Movie Channel are hit or miss. DirecTV offers them in the top 3 of 5 tiers, Comcast only in the top 1 of 3, and of the 4 tiers Dish offers, Fox Soccer appears in 2 & 4, but not 3, while FMC is only in the top #4 tier. Wonder if these will change?
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Mar 30, 2013
Are they going to call FXX, "F double ex" or "F ex ex"? They are both a little strange to say. At least FXM rolls off the tongue. FXX kinda sounds like "F ex sex" when you say it quickly... course, maybe that's what they're going for with the younger demo..
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Mar 30, 2013
The Strain made me think of the movie Daybreakers. That's at least gonna make me check it out.
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Mar 31, 2013
Nothing like the Daybreakers but it is good in its own right!
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Mar 30, 2013
Wait... how is 25-50 broader than 18-49?
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Mar 30, 2013
The networking strategy seems flawed to me and I think it will ultimately fail, especially as the age categories overlap each other. Tyrant will be just another biased anti-Arab, anti-Muslim propaganda with the same false information on the region, so I'll pass that. I am curious about the Bridge though and Fargo; so I am crossing my fingers and hoping it will cut the grain.
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Mar 29, 2013
1. I personally don't see how easily they can pull off the 3 network thing. I don't really get the naming either. I'm okay with it all as long as it doesn't negatively Justified or "Sunny". Also I'm am always for more bare butts of TV.
2. If I had to choose just 1 most appealing I'd say How & Why. Not only is it a Kaufman something but a Kaufman comedy? Win. plus I like smart people who say smart things, it makes me feel smart.
3. I get all of my FX from, uhm ...people who are kind enough to share with those who don't have access? so yeah ...pretty lame if the don't allow fast forwarding. especially if it's not perfectly executed. even hulu and netflix have problems CBS.com is example of worst case scenario.

anyway ...I look forward to trying everything but Shozen.
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Mar 29, 2013
Oh, and something else. The whole ""These bloodsuckers are not the romanticized version of vampires that have become such a cliche, but a terrifyingly original new vision" press release is just a copycat of Stephen King's intro in the first Volume of American Vampire TPB
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Mar 29, 2013
Eventually, more new about The Strain!!! Can't wait to see whom they'll cast for Mr.Quinlan!!!
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Mar 29, 2013
More FX looks good.
I am reading the first book of The Strain series right now and it is pretty good.
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Mar 29, 2013
Oh, boy, if you liked the first one...(although near the end of The Strain you'll see it goes a little bit Buffy/Angel/Supernatural. This is a crucial point, if you don't mind deriving from the "vampire virus" more realistic thriller to something more supernatural and action/adeventure)
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Mar 29, 2013
They are missing the mark with FX NOW. They should be trying to convert people who do not have cable (an ever growing number) and torrent the new episodes illegally. What use is putting this app out if the only people who can use it already have access to the content?

The idea should be to get new eyes on the advertising! I wish the networks would get smart and release shows online a week ahead of the tv broadcast. Then they could charge a premium for the advertising online and actually get accurate viewership numbers! This is an impatient culture now. Why wait a day or two for the tv show to be released online when you can torrent it 5 minutes after it airs? Personally, I think the tv studios should be releasing episodes via bit torrent with a few ads built in if they want to take a stand against the video pirate industry.

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Mar 29, 2013
I'm sure it's less about being "everything to everyone" and more "there's three ad revenue streams now!" What happens when Justified runs at the same time as Archer? Not a problem with a DVR, but what if not? You may lose viewers on both ends there. Will they all be included on all cable/satellite services? If I have FX, does that mean I can watch FXX with FXNow?

I'm sure it'll all come together soon but I do see some unfortunate issues arising. Like more "reality TV" to fill gaps. I'd rather one channel that has good stuff ALL the time than water it down to make 3 new networks.
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Mar 29, 2013
"Fargo"? Seriously? I hope it won't be as everlovin' boring as the movie was. I couldn't believe everyone was making such a to-do about that movie.
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Mar 29, 2013
some people -myself included- thoroughly enjoy smartly written dialogue, well developed and interesting characters and an immersive plot. and some people are tragically simple-minded =(
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Mar 29, 2013
At first glance, I saw an extra X on FXX and thought they were launching a porn channel.
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Mar 29, 2013
Love FX now. The Americans & Justified are the best TV shows I've ever seen and I've been at this almost 71 years.
What looks best? Easy - anything with Coen brothers name on it - Fargo.Give them the Emmy and get it over with.
FX will get most of my attention. See no problem with 3 network idea.When I think about it a little - FX can get a little crowded.
There is so much good TV available these days I can't fit it all in. Even keeping the DVD humming.
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Mar 31, 2013
love those reactions keep it up keep watch tv":D!
sounds nice 71 years damn hope i can say that long time from now.
I just love good tv/series that have a buget,and the low buget series even more if they can pull it off like fringe buffy/angel xfiles,etc

wish you all the health and fun to watch more tv paintcan!!keep it up
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Mar 29, 2013
American Horror Story <3

I'll check out the other ones too for maybe 2-3 episodes and then I'll decide whether I keep watching or shouldn't have watched in the first place ^^
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Mar 29, 2013
Most of the new shows sound great but only time will show if they are going to be successful.
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Mar 29, 2013
As nobody has mentioned it before: The Bridge isn't an original American idea but is (/must be) an adaptation of a Danish-Swedish series from 2011 that also was called the Bridge (or in the original languages Bron/Broen):

When a body is found on the bridge between Denmark and Sweden, right on the border, Danish inspector Martin Rohde and Swedish Saga Norén have share jurisdiction and work together to find the killer.

It was really great and I hope the writers made an excellent American version for you. If not, try to find the original one and watch it.
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Mar 29, 2013
Whats with all the complaints? If this was NBC or something, sure be worried. But this is FX, they would have a hit channel just rerunning their old shows (Shield, Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me, etcetcetc). This keeps their good shows, and allows timeslots for many others without having to cancel something good just to bring on something new.

I don't know about anyone else but I have never woken up and thought to myself 'theres just too much good stuff on tv, I hope nobody tries to add more' or 'man that's an amazing show but I really refuse to watch this network because that logo is a font I dont like'
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Mar 29, 2013
See FX I stuck up for you.... now bring back Lights Out on one of these channels.
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Mar 29, 2013
The Strain and The Bridge sounds interesting.
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Mar 29, 2013
Interested in 'The Bridge' and 'The Strain', but will be very happy with season 2 of 'The Americans' (very happy indeed).
Just realized why do all the ones that sound interesting/I love start with "The" ?
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Mar 29, 2013
I don't know it it will succeed or fail catastrophically but the huge increase in high quality shows sounds great.
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Mar 29, 2013
Wondering if and when Comcast will even have the new channels.They still don't have 'cloo' with the USA networks.The only shows on FX we care about and watch are 'SOA' and 'Justified'. My age group probably watches TV more than any other age group but no ratings co's care about us.If they pile their new channel line up's on same time slot's that are already clogged with shows such as Sunday's--Monday's and Tuesday's for us Drama,Crime,Mystery buffs then it does not matter at all.Comcast only allows 2 shows to DVR at same time.
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Mar 29, 2013
FXX is a high end Ferrari supercar. Why not FXtra or something catchy?. Then again, I hate this whole thing to begin with.

25 hours of scripted programming over all these networks when they could fill one with all original stuff? Oh wait, we can't have all things to all people, so we'll specialize. That worked out well for Cartoon Network, SyFy, A&E, Bravo, AMC, and whoever else who initially tried to specialize in their own way, but added counter-programming with scripted dramas, comedy, live-action stuff on CN, reality, and wrestling, and...

Dumb.
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Mar 29, 2013
I should add they could do comedies on one night, dramas on another, maybe have those minis on Sundays, etc.

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Mar 29, 2013
Which channel will "Archer" be on?
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Mar 29, 2013
They haven't said anything about moving either Archer or Louie, so for now we're assuming both shows will remain on FX Proper.
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Mar 29, 2013
pfff fargo ... who care ...
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Mar 29, 2013
1. Its kinda dumb, I'd rather that FX stays one channel instead of making things confusing and splitting into three. The channels all seem like they have different themes but there's still room for confusion. What if for example there's a miniseries you want to watch for example thats on one of the FX networks. You'd expect it to be on FXM so you'd go there, but then it turns out that despite the fact that its a movie and miniseries channel its on a different FX channel. So then you have to check the other two channels to see which one its airing on and its super frustrating. Thats something that would definitely happen to me.

2. The Strain sounds most interesting

3. I'd be interested in using it but it sounds like you'd have to pay for it. Plus the fast-forward option is ridiculous, I can't imagine what benefit they'd get out of that. What if you don't have time to watch a whole episode and you want to come back later and start watching again where you left off? It'd be a pain to watch the parts you already saw all over again.
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Mar 29, 2013
It may not matter. Eventually they will need to fill the leftover air time with repeats, so they may try airing one network show on another. NBC does this with USA, SyFy, and Lifetime, all of which they own, or co-own.

I have Comcast On Demand which has a Resume button you can choose if you need to pick up where you left off, so I would think FOX would do, or have, the same thing. You do have to do so within a time limit though.
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Mar 29, 2013
I think I'll be watching... oh, I dunno... ALL of those dramas?! Maybe not the comedies. The Bridge sounds like the most interesting, but The Strain, Fargo, and Mad Dogs aren't far behind. Then maybe Tyrant and Grand Hotel.

As for the new networks, uh, bleh. I thought maybe the logos would change my mind about the names, but nah, I hate them too.
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Mar 29, 2013
They should call it crapfronts
are the networks really want to put the best crap they can ? do they really have nothing to do than to waste thier money on new crappy shows and cancel good ones ???
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Mar 29, 2013
Dude, what are you smoking. They renewed Justified!
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Mar 29, 2013
1. FX classic of course is a solid name. As for FXX, with the logo, I think it works well enough, though I might have preferred Comedy FX or something like that. FXM bothers me, and I'm not sure why. I would prefer something like FXL with some play on the XL representing the Roman Numeral for 40 or something. I don't know, but FXM doesn't feel well to me for some reason. I like "Fearless". I think it works well. Assuming that they go for it. If you put that out there and then deliver something like NCIS, you're shooting yourself in the foot. But it sounds like with "The Strain" et al that they know what they're doing.
2. "The Strain" and "The Bridge" sound like the best new ones to me. FX has long since earned my respect from the days of "The Shield", and "The Americans" is quickly becoming one of the top shows that I have to watch at the very first chance I get (read: My favourite show, as I can often not watch any of them live due to work hours). As for the "limited series" or miniseries, I've long since thought that TV writers should get into more of these. On the face of it, they're a win-win idea. You can blast the campaigns with the big name writers/actors you've got in it, and you can get bigger because they're such short runs. You can steer far clear of any sort of "procedural" aspect given that you're only on a short run. If it tanks completely, or has a big hit out of the gate but the viewership steadily declines, you don't lose much because it's such a short run, and, more importantly, neither writers/actors nor viewers will feel "slighted" that the show didn't get "picked up". I don't get why more people aren't doing them.
3. I gotta be honest, I'm not sure how much I will and won't use it (I am USA-based and would well fall within the qualifications of FX subscriber). The no fast forward option does confuse me and seems like an unnecessary precaution. That said, it could be cool. But I usually use my phone/et al for catching up on older shows while I'm working out, so I don't know how much I would really use this considering it seems to be focused on the new shows. But that's just me.
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Mar 29, 2013
Still no word on Archer? How is this happening to us?!?

The Bridge sounds interesting, although conceptually more a mini-series or movie than a regular series. Hopefully it's more than just endlessly shooting scenes in the California desert in exchange for the Mexican desert.

Tyrant could be interesting, soapy, or overwrought, but at least it sounds compelling so far.

I know a lot of folks loved Blade II, but for my money Guillermo Del Toro's focus there on his new vampires brought that film to its knees, and The Strain would have to break away from that sort of vision to keep my attention. I'm probably not going to go with it though no matter what, kinda sick of "new interpretation monster" shows.

Fargo with none of the Fargo except the setting? How odd.

As long as Paul Giamatti isn't starring in Mayflower, I'll rest easily. Great actor, but I can't get past his personal style for period pieces (sorry "John Adams").

Sutton could be interesting.

Chozen literally just shot itself in the foot with "white rapper recently out of prison" coupled with "Danny McBride producing", and then it's ANIMATED! Animated fare is so easily dismissed even when it's ok, hard to invest in that.

How & Why, I'm in, goddamnit that sounds promising with very little there, but just the right notes.
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Mar 29, 2013
Archer was renewed like a month ago
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Mar 29, 2013
But where's it going? That renewal I think was for the summer/fall season, possibly before the split, does it have a future afterwards? I don't want to see it get screwed by these shenanigans.
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Mar 29, 2013
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Mar 29, 2013
That FXX logo has to go, that is awful on a plate. Also, Exxon is going to be pissed.

The idea that FX is keeping comedy content dooms FXX to die a horrible slow cable death. Using functioning but lesser-performing signature FX comedies to hook the new network isn't going to pass muster, none of the 3 they chose are big enough draws to make it work, they chose the series that were easiest to classify as "disposable", it really needed to be all or nothing with comedy here and they chose poorly. Nobody wants to be TBS-lite... until now, I guess.

FXM at least speaks for itself, that was my guess all along. Sounds like they're crossing Fox Movie Channel with AMC's newer business model, they hope. I don't have Fox Movie Channel though and I don't know anybody who does.

FXNow, cute idea but won't it have to be ad-riddled since those shows are ad-supported where HBO's aren't? Fast Forwarding is kind of vital to how I view these things, sometimes I catch half and then want to see the other half online, I can't expect to sit through the same 30 minutes plus more ads just to see the end.

I think this 3-network strategy is going out on a limb, that they should have built up another year's worth of new titles before trying to go out in more than one direction. I hate the name 'FXX' for a network (and it wasn't so great for a Ferrari). FXC could have been better I guess, but the focus there is really FXKD - key demo, and that's a little too close to Randall Munroe's online comic strip.
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Mar 29, 2013
You guys should watch the original Mad Dogs, it's pretty damn good...
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Mar 29, 2013
JEN, why isn't The Bridge in the poll? That's the first one I'd vote for.
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Mar 29, 2013
ahhhh sorry! Will add.
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Mar 29, 2013
P.S. I know the results will be skewed. But late is better than never?
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Mar 29, 2013
Thanks cap'n! I doubt it'll be a problem, not only is it early in the process but, you know, it's not like FX is going to cancel the loser. ;-)
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Mar 29, 2013
The Strain series of books is great. If Del Toro stays involved the tv series should be up there with GOT and TWD. Can't wait!
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Mar 29, 2013
All of the dramas sound interesting.

Mad Dogs is an excellent British show and why remake it? Just get the rights to air the original (I think it's still on but it takes forever between seasons). The money saved by not remaking it could go towards bringing Terriers back.

Seriously Mad Dogs is excellent as is so I don't know why they need to remake it? Kind of like if they remade Sherlock which is already outstanding. No, Mad Dogs isn't the same as Sherlock but they are both excellent as they are.

Regardless, I'm interested in all the dramas and love The League and Archer for FX comedies.

I hope they aren't expanding the network to fast.

I don't think The Strain is comparable to AHS unless each season is like a new series. It sounds more comparable to TWD with vampires (but hopefully paced more like AHS rather than TWD pacing).

Despite these concerns/criticisms, FX is one of my favorite channels and I still trust them despite how The Terriers was handled.

Justified and Archer are two of my favorites and everything about the above shows (mentioned in the article) sounds interesting. I hope it works out for all of us (great shows that make the network more successful). I hope they don't forget about their existing shows~don't slash their budgets to pay for the new shows~~in fact, Olyphant and Goggins both deserve raises;-D

hmm, Homeland opened a lot of doors for people who worked on it--great for them but I hope it doesn't affect Homeland itself

Yea FX!!
at least they did go super cheesy with the names like Sci-Fi becoming ScyFy or whatever it is called--lol

watch the original Mad Dogs! just google it or torrent it....awesome show
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Mar 29, 2013
It depends on how they remake it. The American versions of Being Human and The Office did well because they took the original ideas and went off on different tangents with good ideas and good writing, while still keeping certain elements that are successful in the originals.

Life on Mars and The Inbetweeners are examples of poor US remakes of successful UK shows - they just lacked the same charm as the originals for whatever reason.

But because FX seem to have some very talented writers on their projects right now, i wouldn't be too worried
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Mar 29, 2013
good point and at least it has Shawn Ryan involved.

It may be good if they go off on different tangents (show some creativity rather then doing a "remake"). Still the original is great.

I watched the BBC version of Being Human a while back and liked it a lot...never watched the US version but may check it out.
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Mar 29, 2013
meant to say "at they did NOT go super cheesy..."
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Mar 29, 2013
Cops, terrorists and crime. No sci fi shows? No fantasy shows? Well at least there are a couple of historical dramas out there that I may be a interested on.
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Mar 29, 2013
Imagine sci fi programming with FX quality scripts - a mash up between Justified and Star Wars
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Mar 29, 2013
So now that FX has all this extra airtime to fill, hows about they bring back Terriers already!?!
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Mar 29, 2013
Terriers!!!!!!! I'm on board with that idea
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Mar 29, 2013
They've been running teaser trailers for The Bridge but this is the first glimpse I've had of the premise. I'm a Demian Bichir fan so I will check it out. I hope they go bilingual with the project rather than slack and go all English. I know Fox is cultivating a bilingual channel, so perhaps FX will also court the Latino community.

If they need 3 networks to launch all the awesome projects they have in development, then go for it, but keep quality, not quantity as the paramount criteria. If this means they don't cancel promising series like Terriers and Light Out to make room for new series I am all for it.
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Mar 29, 2013
I agree about most of this, but Terriers (which i love) got cancelled due to poor ratings, it may have had a chance if it debuted on one of these new channels because the expectations would probably be lower (like 10 episodes a year on FXM).
I do like the ideas of mini series and limited runs - if they got the property rights to a few decent book series (i'd like to see they're take on the Odd Thomas series, but as its being made into a film i cant see it happening). This is the type of programming that has worked well on British TV for years - adapting a book over 2-3 hour long episodes - Sharpe,Cracker,Prime Suspect for example.
This can also work for limited series, which i would consider 10-12 episode runs, because it is working now - GOT, Justified, The Walking Dead, Spartacus spring to mind straight away. Or for limited series original programming - Breaking Bad, Doctor Who, Mad Men.
It kind of depends on their interpretation of a limited series - a one shot series or an annual event

For some the most worrying thing will be the lack of fast forward on FXNOW - does this mean there will be no ad skipping?

I like the idea of the new channels because it will give a lot more quality programming (if they keep their standards up) and hopefully give new series more chance to get at least a couple of series in.
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Mar 29, 2013
Well, I hope they're not being overly ambitious. To be honest, I'm mostly worried that FXM, which has already reduced its commercial-free programming from 24 hours a day down to 12 (and then only from 3:00AM to 3:00PM EST), will eliminate commercial-free movies altogether, not to mention editing them for content, which is another new wrinkle in the channel's semi-recent makeover.

Most of the new series announced sound interesting. (And thanks for renewing Legit, among the other comedies that I was less worried about.) Hopefully, they'll continue the tradition of excellence that I've come to expect from them. Having access to the back catalog of terrific past series would also be nice, and they may well need something to fill the additional time available to them now.

And about vampires? Kudos to them for realizing that romanticized vampires (using my own words, not just theirs) definitely aren't for everybody. A pox on the recent glut of twenty-something-looking, buff, sparkly-skinned blood-suckers, with their appeal aimed squarely at teenaged girls. Give us some gore and genuine horror and maybe I'll come back to the genre.

Best of luck to this great network, uh, networkS!
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Mar 29, 2013
FX is taking over! A bundle of my fave drama's are on FX so I'm happy they are developing more. The Strain sounds awesome.
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Mar 28, 2013
The Strain sounds awesome! Like an urban The Walking Dead only with vampires instead.
The Bridge could be good, but I do not like Homeland so...
Fargo sounds promising as well.
The rest not so much.
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Mar 29, 2013
TWD with vampires is what I also thought!
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Mar 29, 2013
You'll both wrong. [mini spoiler based on personal opinion]

it starts that way but once you go into The Fall and later The Night Eternal is more like Supernatural/Angel/Buffy kind of thing. Biblical figures, Elders, hunters etc. Actually it kind of reminded me of Carnivale and Lost.
There is a whole mythology behind the vampires, the roles in human history, how they started. Also, there is a specific set of rules around the "
"vampire virus" that are crucial to the plot

[/end of spoiler]
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Mar 29, 2013
that sounds even more interesting!
Thanks
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Mar 28, 2013
This all sounds great. I am particularly looking forward to FXnow. FX shows are one the shows I tend to catch during the original airing because they don't appear on demand until the following week, after that weeks' episode has already aired. So it would be nice to be able to just go into an app and catch them when I so desire. Now only if CBS and Person of Interest can get onboard with that.
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Mar 28, 2013
So, basically, FX will be the top ranking network in Network Power Ranking two times in a row, right? All of that sounds amazing, I was on the fence about the network split, but it seems like they have their stuff figured out.

As for new series... Everything sounds like it's worth checking out, but... That vampire show... That sounds so amazing I need to see it now.
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Mar 28, 2013
I think the new network names are going to be confusing very quickly... I can already picture a struggle to remember where a show lives without having a handy word association, e.g. FX Quirky, FX Bad Ass and FX Stuff for the Emmys.
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Mar 29, 2013
Though as I think about that more, it's a bit reminiscent of the Big Ten's "Leaders" and "Legends," which is absolutely no help to anyone whatsoever.
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