FXX wants to make sure you have plenty of "D'oh!" on hand this Thanksgiving.
Specs Age 34 Claim to fame Stars on FXX's You're the Worst (Wednesdays, 10 p.m.); appears in the new Netflix anthology series Easy (premieres Sept. 22) Base New York
Changing networks can be a perilous proposition for shows, as Community discovered when its move to Yahoo Screen became the TV version of entering the witness protection program.
Stephen Falk wasn't sure how to react when he got the news that his critically acclaimed but low-rated FX sitcom, You're the Worst, would move to FXX for Season 2. "When I first heard, I was a little like, is this being demoted to triple-A ball?" recalled Falk, the show's creator and executive producer.
Even having the biggest new hit in decades—all hail, Empire!—couldn't keep Fox from taking a hit as it closed this year's upfront sales. Fox's CPMs were flat to as much as 2 percent below last year, according to a source familiar with the negotiations, though CPMs were up slightly for its entire Fox Networks Group portfolio.
Analysts at MoffettNathanson are bearish on cable TV in a variety of categories (though they contend Disney, Fox and Viacom are still strong). Overall, as the upfront market kicks into gear, ad sales chiefs who are anxious to sell loyal viewers are finding themselves with less and less on the table, and with a shift in the location of those vital ratings.
Good news, nerds—and we mean really serious, committed, supreme-o nerds: The Simpsons is now available in its original 4:3 aspect ratio on FXX's Simpsons World streaming app. Revered Simpsons showrunner Al Jean announced the switchover on Twitter late Thursday:
When FX Networks CEO John Landgraf sealed the deal last November to secure exclusive cable, VOD and non-linear rights to The Simpsons for his fledgling cable network FXX, he was elated ("It's arguably one of the greatest shows ever made!")—but terrified.
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