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FX (TV channel)

American cable television network

This article is about the American television channel launched in For related channels of this name in other countries, see FX (international).

FX is an American pay television channel owned by FX Networks, LLC, a subsidiary of the Disney General Entertainment unit of The Walt Disney Company. It is based at the Fox Studios lot in Century City, California. FX originally launched on June 1, [3] The network's original programming aspires to the standards of premium cable channels in regard to mature themes and content, high-quality writing, directing and acting. Sister channels FXM and FXX were launched in and , respectively. FX also carries reruns of theatrical films and terrestrial-network sitcoms. Advertising-free content was available through the FX+ premium subscription service until it was shut down on August 21,

As of September , FX is available to approximately million television households (% of households with cable) in the United States.[4] In addition to the flagship U.S. network, the "FX" name is licensed to a number of related pay television channels in various countries around the world.


– Early years

FX, originally stylized as "fX", launched on June 1, Broadcasting from a large "apartment" in Manhattan's Flatiron District, fX was one of the first forays into large-scale interactive television. The channel centered on original programming, which was broadcast live every day from the "fX Apartment," and rebroadcasts of classic television shows from the s, s and s, such as Batman, Wonder Woman, Eight Is Enough, Nanny and the Professor and The Green Hornet.[3] fX had two taglines during this period: "TV Made Fresh Daily" and "The World's First Living Television Network".[5] The "f" in the channel's name and logo was rendered in lower-case to portray a type of relaxed friendliness; the stylized "X" represented the channel's roots: the crossing searchlights of the 20th Century Fox logo.

The live shows were each mostly focused on one broad topic. Shows included Personal fX (collectibles and antiques), The Pet Department (pets), Under Scrutiny with Jane Wallace (news) and Sound fX (music). The channel's flagship show, Breakfast Time, hosted by Laurie Hibberd and Tom Bergeron, was formatted like an informal magazine show and was an Americanized version of Great Britain's The Big Breakfast. Breakfast Time and Personal fX would regularly feature the channel's "roving reporters" – which included Suzanne Whang, John Burke and Phil Keoghan – visiting unique places around the United States live via satellite. Other notable fX personalities included Karyn Bryant and Orlando Jones, who were panelists on Sound fX.

The channel prided itself on its interactivity with viewers. fX, in , was an early adopter of the internet, embracing e-mail and the World Wide Web as methods of feedback. Most of the shows would feature instant responses to e-mailed questions, and one show, Backchat (hosted by Jeff Probst), was exclusively devoted to responding to viewer mail, whether sent through e-mail or traditional postal mail. Select viewers were allowed to spend a day at the "apartment" and take part in all of the channel's shows. Inside the channel's syndicated programming blocks, channel hosts would frequently appear during commercial breaks to read news headlines, respond to e-mails from viewers about the episode that was airing, or to promote upcoming programming.

The first incarnation of fX was not available on Time Warner Cable, one of the major cable systems in New York City, where its programming originated. TWC would not carry the channel until September [6]

The live shows gradually disappeared one by one until only Personal fX remained. Breakfast Time was moved to the Fox network and renamed Fox After Breakfast in mid It underwent several format changes, but never found a substantial audience and was canceled less than a year later. By the time that all live programming (with the exception of Personal fX) was dropped, the channel focused entirely on its classic television shows until its relaunch in mid Personal fX remained on the refocused FX until May 1, FX vacated the "apartment" in the summer of and the channel's operations were streamlined with the other Fox-owned subscription channels.

– "Fox Gone Cable"

In early , fX was relaunched as "FX: Fox Gone Cable",[7] refocusing the channel's target audience towards men aged 18 to During the first few years after its relaunch, FX was known for little else than airing reruns of such Fox shows as The X-Files and Married with Children, as well as 20th Century Fox-produced shows such as M*A*S*H and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The channel also added Major League Baseball games to its lineup at that time (at one point sharing rights with then-sister network Fox Family), and eventually expanded its sports programming to include NASCAR races in

In the summer of , FX debuted three original series: Bobcat's Big Ass Show, Instant Comedy with the Groundlings and Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular. All three series were cancelled the following year. Soon after its relaunch, the "Fox Gone Cable" tagline was dropped. By , new original TV shows were added with the debut of shows such as Son of the Beach (a Baywatch parody that starred Timothy Stack and was executive produced by Howard Stern) and The X Show (a male-oriented late night panel talk show).[8] The channel also acquired the pay-TV syndication rights to reruns of series such as Ally McBeal, NYPD Blue and The Practice for then-record high prices then unseen in the pay-TV industry despite all three 20th Century Fox Television series being under common ownership; when these shows expensively fumbled in primetime, FX predominantly ran movies in its more high-profile time periods, though with the move of premiere film rights from free-to-air broadcast networks to basic cable channels, FX unexpectedly would end up a benefactor of this change.

– Emergence in original programming

Beginning in , the channel emerged as a major force in original pay-TV programming, gaining both acclaim and notoriety for edgy dramas. That year, FX debuted the police drama The Shield, which became a breakout hit. This trend continued the following year with Nip/Tuck, a drama about two plastic surgeons, and the Denis Leary-helmed Rescue Me, about the lives of a crew of firemen from the New York City Fire Department post-9/ Both shows were lauded by critics, and achieved equal success with viewers. Rescue Me was one of the few television series to be given an order for an additional season prior to the broadcast of its most recent season: in June FX renewed the show for an episode sixth season, although the fifth season had not premiered at the time.[9]

Unlike many broadcast networks, FX has chosen to take risks with its programming and push the envelope of what can be shown on television; as a result, most (though not all) of the channel's original series are rated TV-MA, often for strong profanity, sexual content, and/or violence. Family organizations such as the Parents Television Council and American Family Association, have asked advertisers to boycott these shows due to their graphic content.[10][11] Despite this, FX's original programming output, outside of a few shows, has been critically acclaimed for their strong storylines and characters.

Capitalizing on the success of the hit documentary Super Size Me, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock launched a new series, 30 Days, which debuted on FX in June The series place its subjects in situations uncomfortable to them for 30 days, such as making millionaires work for minimum wage, and having Christians live in a Muslim community.

In the summer of , FX debuted two new comedy series, Starved, about the daily lives of four friends with eating disorders who live in New York City; and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, about the usually very politically incorrect comic misadventures of four people who own a bar in the titular city. Both of these shows feature frank sexual dialogue and strong language, and were pitched as "The Dark Side of Comedy." Starved was derided by groups that sought to publicize eating disorders and was cancelled after its first season due to low ratings. Conversely, Sunny quickly became a critical darling, consistently achieved high viewership, and was picked up for a second season within days of its first-season finale. Fox aired an edited version of Sunny for a three-episode run in the summer of , in an effort to further promote the series.

In , FX debuted two new series, the reality seriesBlack. White. and the drama Thief; neither series was picked up for a second season. During , FX introduced three new dramas: Dirt, starring Courteney Cox; The Riches, starring Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver; and Damages, starring Glenn Close, Ted Danson and Rose Byrne. All three performed well in the ratings and were renewed for second seasons. By , FX was available in million homes in the U.S.

– Subsequent times

FX logo used from to

In , the channel launched a new branding campaign built around the theme "There Is No Box." It alluded to the phrase "thinking outside the box" and referred to how the channel's programming goes beyond "the box" concept. In addition, this was a pun related to the channel's creating original shows to compete against premium channels such as HBO. The channel's logo was updated on December 18, , retaining only the FX wordmark while removing the klieg light logo box that had been placed to its left since the rebrand. The new branding included an advertising campaign featuring a post-game ad for the channel during Fox's coverage of Super Bowl XLII.[12] The promo used the James Morrison song "You Give Me Something".[13]

During , competition with other pay-TV channels increased. This was evident in the second season ratings for series Dirt and The Riches, whose ratings decreased significantly from their freshman seasons. During some weeks, viewership for both shows barely exceeded 1 million. Both shows were cancelled in ; acquired shows Dharma and Greg, Buffy the Vampire Slayer,Married with Children and Fear Factor were also removed from the schedule.[citation needed]

On September 3, , FX debuted Sons of Anarchy, a drama series created by Kurt Sutter (who previously served as executive producer of The Shield) about a fictional outlaw motorcycle club devoted to protecting their sheltered California town from corporate developers and drug dealers; its September premiere coincided with that of The Shield's final season. Sons of Anarchy became a critical and commercial success, having aired for seven seasons as of [update]. In , the series attracted an average of million viewers per week, making it FX's highest rated series to date.[14] Other new shows that premiered in included the Kenny Hotz comedy Testees, which debuted in October and was cancelled after its first season.[citation needed] In August , FX relaunched its website, adding streaming of full episodes of its original shows. In , reruns of the former American Broadcasting Company sitcom Spin City were removed from the schedule (though it was restored early the following year).

In July , FX ordered three new comedy pilots: Archer, an animated series featuring a spy agency, which premiered on January 14, ;[15]The League, with a group of friends who are part of a fantasy football league;[16] and Louie, a sitcom starring stand-up comedian and writer Louis C.K., which "blend[s] stand-up material with [] 'extended vignettes' depicting moments from [the comedian's] offstage experiences."[17] The following year, FX debuted Wilfred, a comedy series starring Elijah Wood. It is based on the Australian series Wilfred.[18]

In March , the channel debuted Justified, a drama series created by Graham Yost based on Elmore Leonard's short story "Fire in the Hole" (which was the series' original working title). It starred Timothy Olyphant as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens – a tough, soft-spoken lawman with a rough side – and chronicles his cases and personal life, including unfinished business with an ex-wife and his aging father.[19] FX also picked up the crime comedy-drama Terriers, created by Ted Griffin, for its fall lineup; in , the channel debuted the boxing drama Lights Out, about retired boxing champion Patrick "Lights" Leary who is considering a comeback, despite the serious risks it entails. Despite the critical acclaim that Terriers and Lights Out received, the two series were cancelled after their first seasons due to low viewership; For Terriers specifically, FX Networks president and General Manager John Landgraf would later admit in a interview with critic Alan Sepinwall that "I cannot think of a more painful moment of my career than the one when I defined Terriers as a failure by canceling it."[20]

On October 1, , parent company News Corporation (which spun off FX and the company's other U.S.-based entertainment properties to 21st Century Fox in July ) pulled its channels from Dish Network due to a carriage dispute over retransmission consent revenue. FX returned to the satellite provider's channel lineup on October 29, , after Dish Network and News Corporation signed a long-term carriage agreement. On November 1, , following a similar dispute, FX and its sister channels were restored by New York City-based cable provider Cablevision through a separate carriage agreement.[citation needed]

On October 14, , FX announced it picked up the rights to develop a series based on Scar Tissue and Lords of the Sunset Strip, the autobiographies of the Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis and his father, Blackie Dammett. HBO had picked up the series, which was to be titled Spider & Son, a few years before but never completed the project. Entourage writer/producers Marc Abrams and Mike Benson were tapped as its showrunners and Kiedis was to be involved as a co-producer.[21] Dammett said in that the show has been "mothballed," and he hopes interest will resume on the project once the Red Hot Chili Peppers wrapped up their world tour that year. As of there has been no mention from FX, Kiedis or Dammett on the status of the series.[22] On January 30, , FX premiered the s-set Cold War drama The Americans.

On March 28, , FX president John Landgraf announced their upcoming launch of a new channel, FXX. Landgraf described the channel as "slightly more comedy focused" and aimed at younger audiences compared with FX's programming and viewers aged 25–54, respectively. The channel was launched alongside the new tagline, "Fearless", that was implemented during across the channels of FX Networks. These announcements were part of FX Networks' plans to further distinguish itself from the "sameness" of free-to-air television and its "endless imitators" on subscription TV.[23]

In June , the year-old actress Olivia de Havilland filed a lawsuit against FX Networks and producer Ryan Murphy for inaccurately portraying her and using her likeness without permission. On March 26, , a California appeals court threw out the lawsuit on First Amendment grounds.[24]

–present: Disney subsidiary

On March 20, , The Walt Disney Companyacquired21st Century Fox.[25] Consequently, FX Networks was integrated into the newly renamed Walt Disney Television unit.[26] In a September interview with Variety of the Disney-Fox deal, Landgraf said, "I think this is a necessary step. I have curiosity and a bit of anxiety about how it will work, but I'm really excited about it.[27]

On April 8, , FX Networks had acquired off-network rights to Family Guy, starting with its sixteenth season and Bob's Burgers, starting with its ninth season. Family Guy began airing on FXX on April 16, , while Bob's Burgers made its debut on September 24, FXX shares the rights to Family Guy with sister network Freeform. WarnerMedia's Adult Swim and TBS held the rights to older seasons of both shows; WarnerMedia's rights to Family Guy expired on September 18, , at which point reruns are exclusive to FX Networks and Freeform, with the rights to Bob's Burgers similarly coming under FX Networks' full control in [28]

On May 14, , Comcast relinquished its control in Hulu to Disney effective immediately. As a result, the streaming service became a division of Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International with Comcast effectively becoming a silent partner.[29] In November , it was announced that FX will produce series for Hulu under the "FX on Hulu" brand. Four series previously in development for the linear FX channel will now premiere on Hulu, including Devs, Mrs. America, A Teacher and The Old Man.[30] Furthermore, episodes aired on the linear FX cable network will be available on Hulu the next day. "FX on Hulu" launched on March 2, [31]

On June 11, , Hulu and FX picked up show rights to Lionsgate films released in and [32]


Main article: List of programs broadcast by FX

FX's most popular original shows include Justified, Damages, Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Sons of Anarchy, The Shield, The Strain, Archer, American Horror Story, Anger Management, The Americans, Better Things, Louie, You're the Worst, Fargo, American Crime Story, Legion, and Atlanta.

The channel also broadcasts theatrically released feature films from sister companies Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel Studios, and 20th Century Fox as well as other film studios such as Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate Films, Relativity Media, Village Roadshow Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, and DreamWorks Animation which take up much of FX's primetime and the majority of its weekend schedules. It airs repeats of network television sitcoms (such as Two and a Half Men and How I Met Your Mother). From the late s to the mids, the acquired shows which FX broadcast consisted largely of series originally broadcast on Fox between the late s and the s (such as That '70s Show, Married with Children, and In Living Color).

Title Years Network Notes
Breakfast TimeFX
Personal fX
The Pet Department
Under Scrutiny with Jane Wallace
Sound fX
A Year in the Movies
Home FX
No Relation
Baseball, Minnesota
The Super Collectors
Bobcat's Big Ass Show co-production with Stone Stanley Productions
Instant Comedy with The Groundlings
Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacularco-production with Buggs and Rudy Discount Corporation
The X Showco-production with Mindless Entertainment
Fast Food Films
The Dick & Paula Celebrity Special
Fox Movie Channel Hour of StarsFX Movie Channel
The Hitchhiker Chronicles FX
30 Daysco-production with Actual Reality Pictures, Borderline TV, Reveille Productions, and Warrior Poets
The Daily HabitFUEL TV/Fox Sports 2
Starved FX co-production with Five Minutes Before the Miracle Productions and Carsey-Werner Productions
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia–present FX/FXXco-produced with RCG Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment
DamagesFX/Audienceco-production with KZK Productions, Sony Pictures Television, and Gotham Music Placement
DirtFX co-production with Coquette Productions, Matthew Carnahan Circus Products, and Touchstone Television/ABC Studios
Archer–present FX/FXX co-production with Floyd County Productions and Radical Axis
The Leagueco-production with Chicken Sticks
JustifiedFX co-production with Sony Pictures Television, Rooney McP Productions, Timberman-Beverly Productions, and Nemo Films
Louieco-production with 3 Arts Entertainment and Pig Newton, Inc.
WilfredFX/FXX co-production with Zook, Inc., Prospect Park, Renegade Australia, and SBS Australia
Unsupervised FX co-production with Floyd County Productions, RCG Productions, and The Professional Writing Company
Brand X with Russell Brand
Totally Biased with W. Kamau BellFX/FXX co-production with CR Enterprises
Legitco-production with Regular Guy Films and Nugget Productions
The AmericansFX co-production with Nemo Films, DreamWorks Television/Amblin Television, and Fox Television Studios/Fox 21 Television Studios
The Bridgeco-production with Shorewood, Inc., Elwood Reid, Inc., Filmlance, and Shine America
Chozen co-production with Floyd County Productions and Rough House Pictures
Ali G RezurectionFXX
Fargo–present FX co-production with Nomadic Pictures, 26 Keys Productions, The Littlefield Company, Mike Zoss Productions (–15), and MGM Television
The Strainco-production with Double Dare You, Carlton Cuse Productions (–15) and Cuse Entertainment (–17)
Marriedco-production with Principato-Young Entertainment and Night Eater Productions
You're the WorstFX/FXX co-production with Hooptie Entertainment
Man Seeking WomanFXX co-production with Broadway Video and Allagash Industries
Wayward PinesFoxco-production with Olive Entertainment, Blinding Edge Pictures, De Line Pictures, Storyland and 20th Century Fox Television
One MississippiAmazon Prime Videoco-production with Zero Dollars and Zero Sense Productions, Good Egg Productions, Inc., Pig Newton, Inc., 3 Arts Entertainment, and Amazon Studios
BasketsFX co-production with Billios, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, 3 Arts Entertainment (seasons 1–2), and Pig Newton, Inc. (seasons 1–2)
Atlanta–present co-production with RBA, Incorporated, and MGMT. Entertainment
Better Things–present co-production with Slam Book, Inc., 3 Arts Entertainment (seasons 1–2), and Pig Newton, Inc. (seasons 1–2)
Legionco-production with Marvel Television
Trust co-production with Cloud Eight Films, Decibel Films and Snicket Films
Poseco-production with Brad Falchuk Teley-vision, Ryan Murphy Productions and Fox 21 Television Studios
Mayans M.C.–present co-production with Sutter Ink and Fox 21 Television Studios
Mr InbetweenFX/Fox Showcaseco-production with Create NSW, Screen Australia, Jungle Entertainment, and Blue-Tongue Films
The Cool KidsFox Co-production with RCG Productions, Enrico Pallazzo, Nest Egg Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment
Miracle Workers–present TBSco-production with Broadway Video, Allagash Industries and Studio T
What We Do in the Shadows–present FX co-production with Defender Films
Fosse/Verdon co-production with Broadway Productions and Fox 21 Television Studios
Perpetual Grace, LTDEpixco-production with Escape Artists, Chi-Town Pictures and Elephant Pictures for MGM Television
Cake–present FXX co-production with SLAQR
A Christmas Carol FX/BBC Oneco-production with Scott Free Productions, Hardy Son & Baker, and BBC
Breeders–present FX/Sky Oneco-production with Avalon Television and Sky Original Productions
Dave–present FXX co-production with Dirty Burd, Matthew , SB Projects, Temple Hill Productions, Hart Beat Productions, and Chicken Sticks
Devs FX on Huluco-production with DNA TV and Scott Rudin Productions
Mrs. Americaco-production with Shiny Penny Productions, Dirty Films, Gowanus Projections, and Federal Engineering
A Wilderness of ErrorFX co-production with Truth Media, Rachel Horovitz Prods, Blumhouse Television and Universal Content Productions
A TeacherFX on Hulu co-production with Aggregate Films
Black NarcissusFX/BBC One co-production with DNA TV
Reservation Dogs–present FX on Hulu co-production with Piki Films and Film Rites
Y: The Last Man co-production with Color Force
The Premise

Sports programming

After obtaining the spring broadcast rights to NASCAR, Fox Sports announced that FX would serve as its pay-TV partner for the inaugural season of race telecasts. As a result, FX covered several races in the series then known as the Busch Series and Winston Cup (including the All-Star Race), as well as select qualifying and final practice sessions. Having FX carry the race telecasts was intended to promote the channel and encourage NASCAR fans to contact their subscription providers to add FX to their lineup. In , Peter Liguori, who was then president of FX, praised NASCAR for its growth; the channel increased penetration from million to million households nationwide.[33] FX lost the broadcast rights to NASCAR after the season, as sister channel Speed Channel became the new pay-TV partner for NASCAR on Fox.

In , FX obtained partial pay-TV rights to Major League Baseball games; the channel initially aired game telecasts on Monday nights, before moving them to Saturday nights in In , FX began sharing the Major League Baseball pay-TV rights with then-sister network Fox Family Channel (taking rights to the league's Thursday evening games from Fox Sports Net), with games being scheduled on an alternating basis with FX. Starting with the season, FX also obtained rights to games from the MLB Division Series, the only playoff round to which Fox did not hold television rights. Among the games televised on FX was Cal Ripken, Jr.'s final home game with the Baltimore Orioles in September

On April 27, , FX began airing soccer games from the UEFA Champions League as part of the league's overall television deal with Fox Sports. In the fall of , FX began broadcasting Big 12, Conference USA and Paccollege football games on Saturdays (mainly primetime games, with some daytime games mixed in), as part of Fox Sports' broadcasting contracts with the three conferences.[34] In January , FX began broadcasting content from the Ultimate Fighting Championship.[35]

With the August launches of national sports networks Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2, FX no longer serves as a regular pay-TV outlet for Fox Sports. However, UFC preliminary fights aired on FX due to FS1 showing college basketball. Also on March 5, , FX aired a Bundesliga match between that league's top two teams Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund to provide wider distribution of the fixture, as Fox, FS1, and FS2 all had sporting commitments of their own at the time of the match and the match was to air on the little-distributed Fox Soccer Plus (which does not have carriage on numerous TV providers). Because this was Fox's first year of coverage of Germany's top soccer league and Bayern and Borussia are the two most successful Bundesliga teams (and have an intense rivalry known as Der Klassiker), Fox wanted to give the game wider distribution, and so the game was moved to FX in a last-minute decision. In June , FX continued its broadcast of sports with the airing of three games from the Copa América Centenario in order to gain a wider viewing audience for the selected teams.[36]

With Disney's purchase of 21st Century Fox and its entertainment networks, FX will likely carry only entertainment programming in the future with it being under the same corporate umbrella as ESPN and its multiple networks and streaming venues.

FX Networks

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FX Networks, LLC, also referred to as FX Networks and FX Productions, is a company consisting of a network of cable channels plus a production company and a subsidiary of the Disney General Entertainment Content segment of The Walt Disney Company.

Fox Broadcasting started up its fX unit by November [37] under president Anne Sweeney[38] Chuck Saftler was hired in November Coming from KTLA TV station, Mark Sonnenberg was recruited as first head of programming.[37]

On June 1, , the fX cable channel premiered.[37] Early the next month, Fox Broadcasting chair Lucie Salhany and fX was then transferred in a reorganization soon thereafter under Fox Television chair and CEO Chase Carey.[38]

In mid-July , a movie sister channel was announced under the working name of The Fox Movie Studio, also under Sweeney under the title of president of fX and Fox Movie Studio, to start airing in the fall.[38] FX Networks launched the Fox Movie Studio on October 31, , as fXM: Movies from Fox.[39] fXM: Movies from Fox on March 1, , was renamed Fox Movie Channel.[40]

Sweeney left for Disney in February She was replaced by Sonnenberg, who remained until Peter Liguori was appointed to replace him.[37]

The FX channel for UK and Ireland launched in January then rebranded as FX as it moved in the Sky EPG in April [41] The channel was rebranded as Fox on 11 January [42]

John Landgraf joined as president of entertainment in then promoted in to president and general manager of FX Networks. In that span, FX's original series increased to 11 from two, which was a factor in starting an in-house production company.[43]

In August , FX Productions was formed to take stakes in FX programming.[44] FX acquired a number of non-Fox films for the channels. Landgraf was elevated to CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions in June while taking charge of FXNow digital video-on-demand platform.[43]FXX launched on September 2, , replacing Fox Soccer.[45] Also that month, Fox Movie Channel changed its name back to FXM.[43]

Expanding from the FX-BBC co-production of Taboo, in October FX agreed to give the BBC UK rights to all future and select current FX original scripted shows.[46]

On December 14, The Walt Disney Company announced that it would acquire 21st Century Fox, including FX Networks, LLC.[26] The acquisition was completed on March 20, , thus making FX Networks a subsidiary of Walt Disney Television.[47]

In , Comcast launched FX+; the service was shut down on August 20, ,[48] with four shows shifting premieres to Hulu.[49] FX programming was moved to Hulu as "FX on Hulu" on March 2, , with a limited number of shows.[50]

FX Movie Channel

Main article: FX Movie Channel

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FX Movie Channel (or FXM) launched on October 31, , as FXM: Movies from Fox (prior to its launch, the channel was originally named "Fox Movie Studio")[38] Originally launched as a spinoff of FX, the channel focused on feature films from the 20th Century Fox film library from the s to the s along with a few other film studios.[39] FXM became a separately branded channel on March 1, , when it was renamed Fox Movie Channel.[40]

On January 1, , Fox Movie Channel's programming was divided into two hour blocks: its main programming schedule, from &#;a.m. to &#;p.m. Eastern Time, was a commercial-free block retaining the older movies from the 20th Century Fox library. Another block, called FX Movie Channel, the other 12 hours consisted of an expanded slate of more recent feature films from Fox and some of the other film studios.[51]

On March 27, , Fox Entertainment Group announced that Fox Movie Channel would be fully rebranded under the FXM name and format.[52] FX Movie Channel became the primary brand for the channel in September ;[43] the classic film block retained the Fox Movie Channel name until June 9, , when the block (which retains a commercial-free format) was renamed FXM Retro.


Main article: FXX

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Aimed at young men in the age range, FXX is a pay television channel that launched on September 2, , replacing the sports-oriented Fox Soccer;[45][53] FXX is a general entertainment channel that primarily focuses on comedies (whereas FX focuses primarily on drama series and films, although FX and FXX do not maintain the same genre-exclusive format as TBS and TNT as FX continues to carry sitcoms and comedic films, while FXX carries a limited selection of dramatic series and films); its programming includes original and acquired comedy series, some feature films and drama series.

With the launch of the channel, first-run episodes of some of FX's original comedy series (such as It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell) were shifted over to FXX. At its launch, most providers that have agreements to carry FXX have placed the channel in extra-cost sports packages (despite being a general entertainment service) as an artifact of carriage deals with the previous holder of FXX's channel space, Fox Soccer; this has been resolved over time, with FX and FXX being located next to each other on some channel lineups.


FXNOW is a website for desktop computers, as well as an application for smartphones and tablet computers, along with Windows It allows subscribers of participating pay television providers (such as Time Warner Cable and Comcast Xfinity) numerous viewing options:

  • individual episodes of FX and FXX's original series (which are made available the morning after their original airdate[54]),
  • acquired series (most notably, the episode catalog of the first 25 seasons of The Simpsons, which was added on August 21, , as part of FXX's acquisition of subscription syndication rights to the series, but has since been moved over to the Disney+ streaming service), and feature films (with an initial library of film titles, which increased to more than titles beginning in ),[55][56]
  • Additional content includes behind-the-scenes features on computers and mobile devices via their TV Everywhere login provided by their subscription provider.
  • The ability to watch Fox programming along was introduced in , along with FX/FXX programming being added to the FOXNOW app, this feature was removed in March , due to Disney acquiring FX Networks.

Launched in January , the service is also available through iOS, Android, Samsung and Windows 8 (later Windows 10) devices, Xbox One and Xbox , and the Roku streaming player.[57][58] Although the service is available for free to subscribers of participating subscription TV providers, shows available for streaming on FXNOW feature commercial interruption.[56]


In September , Fox officially launched FX+, a streaming service featuring all FX and FXX original series from The Shield to the present day ad-free. Initially, the service was made available in the United States exclusively for Xfinity subscribers in the fall of Xfinity, Armstrong and Cox subscribers have access to FX+ direct through their set-top boxes via those providers' video on demand platforms, in addition to the streaming options. In July , it was announced on the service's website that it would cease being available on August 21, , as a result of The Walt Disney Company's near-full acquisition of Hulu and move of FX content to that service; its ad-free model would otherwise be effectively duplicative with Hulu's commercial-free plan.[48]

FX on Hulu

Main article: FX on Hulu

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FX on Hulu, a dedicated streaming hub for FX Networks, launched on March 2, In addition to the vast majority of FX's original programming and next-day streaming of current FX series, FX would produce new original series specifically for Hulu.[50] Hulu is majority-owned by Disney, the parent company of FX.

In November , four shows were moved from Hulu: Devs, Mrs. America, A Teacher and The Old Man.[49] As part of the "first phase" from March 2–7, , FX on Hulu rolled out with 40 current and library shows with four original shows premiering on FX before being made available on Hulu the next day. Phase two began on April 15 with Mrs. America premiering along with two other originals shows and a documentary series.[50]

FX Entertainment

FX Entertainment is the division of FX Networks that oversees original programming under the FX brand, including FX Productions. It was formed in May as part of FX Networks' executive restructuring following acquisition by Disney.[59] On June 10, , Disney announced that both FX Entertainment and Disney Television Studios would share the same casting division.[60]

FX Productions

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FX Productions (FXP) is FX Networks' in-house production company. The studio currently produces series for FX, FXX, and FX on Hulu, as well as TBS (Miracle Workers). In the past, they have also made series for Amazon Prime Video (One Mississippi) and Fox (The Cool Kids).

FX Productions was formed in August to take stakes in FX programming. Eric Schrier add senior vice president of FX Productions to the post of senior vice president of original programming in charge of current series and alternative programming.[44]

In July , Fox Networks Group and DNA Films formed DNA TV Limited joint venture. Fox Networks Group would have first global first rights with co-financing options to the joint venture's shows. DNA TV would be managed by DNA Films management with Eric Schrier, president of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions handling Fox's joint venture interest.[61]

Paul Simms signed an overall television production deal with FXP in October [62]

In November , it was announced that a number of new series originally ordered for FX produced by FX Productions before the Disney merger would be carried over to Hulu as part of the move of FX's streaming presence for most of the network's library not already under contract with another streaming provider. The series will remain under the purview of FX Productions, and be marketed under a new Hulu sub-brand, "FX on Hulu". It is planned by the end of that a third of Hulu's original series input will be produced by FX Productions.[63] More recently, Debra Moore Munoz has struck a deal with FX Productions.[64]


Main article: FX (international)

Since , FX has overseen operations of FX-branded television networks around the world. As the network was launched in new markets, the FX brand has been used in several countries. FX has established channels in various markets worldwide including Latin America, Canada, Australia, India, Europe, and Southeast Asia.

Network slogans

  • "fX: The World's First Living Television Network" (primary; –)
  • "fX: TV Made Fresh Daily" (secondary; –)
  • "fX: TV with You in Mind" (–)
  • "FX: Fox Gone Cable" (–)
  • "FX: Please Watch Responsibly" (–)
  • "Are You Xperienced?" (–)
  • "There Is No Box" (–)
  • "FX Has The Movies" (alternate slogan, –present)
  • "Fearless" (–present)

High definition

FX began broadcasting a pHD channel in , which is available on the majority of pay television providers. The SD channel, as was standard with all of Fox's broadcast and pay-TV networks (and also its new Disney siblings, which also all operate in p), is now merely downscaled from the HD feed at the provider headend level rather than having a devoted SD feed.

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