With its high-profile, off-network series acquisitions struggling in the
ratings, FX is considering airing more movies during primetime.
Sources said the general-entertainment network is aggressively pursuing movie
packages from several studios that could be slated for primetime, beginning as
early as September.
It's unclear when the movies would be scheduled, but documents obtained by
Multichannel News showed a mock network schedule that has movie product
scheduled in the 8 p.m. time slot Tuesdays and Wednesdays -- periods currently
occupied by M*A*S*H and The Practice.
The network recently replaced its 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday lineup with
FX officials denied that any more major time shifts lie ahead for such
high-profile programs as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ally McBeal
and The Practice in favor of theatricals.
Network executives, in fact, said the off-net shows have helped the network
to significantly increase its December ratings.
However, sources said the ratings success of its Friday and Sunday primetime
movies prompted the consideration of an enhanced movie lineup in the