Despite All the Recent Focus on Late-Night, One Network Is Bailing Out on the Daypart Deadline
One TV network has decided to shift gears and scrap its plans for the late-night segment, with the move coming just as the daypart is in the spotlight with recent changes at NBC and an impending reinvention at CBS.
Writing on Deadline.com, Nellie Andreeva reports that FX is abandoning plans to build up its late-night programming, deciding instead to focus on putting more resources into prime time.
At the cable network’s upfront presentation last week, no mention was made of late-night. Instead, FX Networks Chief Executive John Landgraf said FX and FXX would almost double their lineup of original prime-time shows to 20 series, up from 11, in the next year.
“There is less interest in late-night, and that is in part driven by the excellence in the arena,” Landgraf said, referring to the popularity of late-night hosts such as Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart and new hosts such as NBC’s Jimmy Fallon.
Landgraf said that while FX met with E! host Chelsea Handler, the network has yet to decide on her proposal.
The decision to leave late-night programming comes after the cancellation of the cable group's two prior late-night shows, “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell,” which didn’t perform after it was switched to FX's comedy-focused sibling FXX, and “Brand X with Russell Brand," which ended a two-season run on FX a year ago and was not renewed.