Landgraf: FX ‘Probably’ Won’t Continue With 10-90 Model

FX Chief Says None of Shows Were Big Ratings Drivers

John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions, told an investor conference on Wednesday that his network would likely not continue acquiring shows under the “10/90” deals that Debmar-Mercury has pioneered.

"We tried three… Charlie's show [Anger Management] has been solid, but the other two not particularly solid. And nothing has been really a juggernaut,” said Landgraf during the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference in Beverly Hills, Calif. “To tell you the truth, I look at this as probably an experiment we won't continue in the long run."

FX has premiered three sitcoms under the 10/90 model, which triggers an automatic renewal for 90 episodes if the first 10 reach a certain ratings benchmark. Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management was the first, followed by George Lopez’s Saint George and most recently the Kelsey Grammer-Martin Lawrence comedy Partners. Only Sheen’s Anger Management received the back-90 pickup.