FX to Add a Six-Pack of Original Series


New York— John Landgraf wants to maintain FX’s high batting average.

Having scored with The Shield, Nip/Tuck and Rescue Me, FX’s newly appointed president and general manager is taking a big swing with a half-dozen new original series entries to bow over the next year.

Together, with new seasons of the aforementioned shows, FX will be offering original series year-round.

“We’re not only looking for the successors to The Shield, Rescue Me and Nip/Tuck, but want to continue to make the network a must-buy for advertisers, a must-have for affiliates and a must-see for viewers,” Landgraf said at a press briefing last Wednesday.

Landgraf oversees FX and Fox Movie Channel, replacing Peter Liguori, who left to join Fox Broadcasting Co. in March. He’s confident FX’s new series lineup will connect: “I’m not saying all six will be successful, but I think most will be good.”

June 15 will mark the debut of six-installment documentary skein 30 Days from Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), where people from different walks of life step into each other’s reality for a month.

On July 22, FX bows Over There, the first scripted TV show to deal with a current war. FX ordered 13 installments of the ensemble show from Steven Bochco and Chris Gerolmo. It follows a U.S. Army unit on its first tour of duty, in Iraq and back home.

Come August, FX will take another shot at comedy (after gambling show Lucky crapped out) with Starved, about four Brooklyn friends who battle eating disorders; and It’s Always Funny In Philadelphia, featuring four friends who own and operate a bar in the City of Brotherly Love. FX ordered seven episodes of each.

Next January, FX will introduce Thief, starring Homicide: Life on the Street’s Andre Braugher. Each installment will show developments over the course of one day surrounding a robbery at a national institution. Six episodes have been ordered to date.

FX officials said the network will add a sixth series sometime during the 2005-06 season.