Hulu will become the official home of FX original content beginning in 2020, with the network providing both legacy series and new, exclusive content to the streaming service.
FX on Hulu will debut in March 2020 and will feature every season of more than 40 FX original series, including Emmy-winning series Baskets, Fosse/Verdon, Atlanta and Fargo, according to the network. The shows will join FX's Emmy-winning drama series The Shield, which is currently streaming on Hulu.
In addition, the network will develop exclusive series for Hulu, four of which are already in place. New shows set to debut next Spring include tech thriller Devs from Academy Award-nominated Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Annihilation); and Mrs. America, which tells the story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and the unexpected backlash led by conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, played by Cate Blanchett, according to FX.
Two other series debuting later in the year include A Teacher, which explores an intimate connection between a female high school teacher and an underage male student that evolves into a high stakes, emotional affair, and the drama series The Old Man, a drama starring Jeff Bridges as a retired CIA officer.
Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger, who announced the deal on Disney’s Nov. 7 earnings call said that FX will become a “key” content driver for Hulu. “This is a great way to expand the FX brand and an important step as it adds original content to compete more aggressively with new and legacy [direct-to-home] platforms," Iger said.
FX Networks and FX Productions chairman John Landgraf called the arrangement a “game-changing” opportunity for FX. “We’re thrilled to have Hulu as our streaming partner with the creation of FX on Hulu, which will be the best and most complete representation of the FX brand, finally putting us on equal footing with competitors like HBO,” he said in a statement. “This will allow us to expand FX’s original programming lineup and to reach Hulu’s growing audience of young and highly engaged subscribers, whom we believe will love these shows.”
The FX on Hulu announcement comes three months after Disney shut down the FX+ ad-free, subscription streaming service.
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