Updated with statements from Randy Freer and John Landgraf: Coming off a solid quarterly earnings report today and less than a week before the launch of Disney+, Bob Iger had more streaming news to announce: FX is coming to Hulu with four exclusive series next year.
“Beginning in March, Hulu will become the official streaming home for FX Networks,” said the Walt Disney Company CEO on Thursday’s earning call. Praising the John Landgraf-run cabler as a “produced of high-quality and award-winning content and will become a key content driver for Hulu,” Iger also unveiled that the Cate Blanchett-led miniseries Mrs. America and three other new FX series will debut exclusively on what will be called “FX on Hulu” in 2020.
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Along with the ERA-based Blanchett project, Alex Garland’s Devs, A Teacher and the Jeff Bridges-starring The Old Man also will be on FX on Hulu now instead of FX proper. The Old Man, based on Thomas Perry’s novel about a retired CIA officer, is set to launch in the fall of 2020. Nearly all of FX’s library and programming will show up on the Disney-controlled streamer, which is intended as the landing zone for more adult fare – as opposed to the family-focused, November 12-premiering Disney+ New episodes of FX shows like American Horror Story will pop up on Hulu right after they air on the cabler, Iger stated.
“We’re excited to become the official streaming home to the award-winning current and legacy series that FX has produced over nearly two decades, as well as brand-new original series that will be exclusive to Hulu subscribers – all available through FX on Hulu,” Hulu CEO Randy Freer said today after the Disney call had ended. “FX has solidified its position as a premium brand that consumers are passionate about, and we can’t wait to bring its valuable content offering to our customers, all in one place.”
Added FX Chairman Landgraf, whose cabler brought more than 40 series to the streaming table: “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.
“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 exec noted. “We are more committed than ever to quality over quantity, with our primary focus on excellence that can cut through the clutter at a time of unprecedented consumer choice. This is a game-changing opportunity for FX, and we can’t wait to embark on this journey with Randy and his great Hulu team.”
No word about the fate of the FXNow streaming service, but it likely isn’t long for this Magic Kingdom. The FX Plus subscription service was shuttered in August, just a few months after Disney took over control of FX and other Fox properties.
Part of a $12.99-a-month bundle starting next week with Disney+ and ESPN+, Hulu often has been overlooked in recent months with the highly anticipated launch on the Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, Nat Geo and House of Mouse legacy streamer. Still, the home of the Emmy-winning The Handmaid’s Tale has around 30 million subscribers currently Stateside, a healthy base for the more grown up fan of the Disney empire.
Obviously, Disney acquired FX in the $71.3 billion of most of Fox’s assets that was finally sealed earlier this year after jumping through a number of regulatory hoops.