'Damages' lives ... if you have DirecTV
The Emmy-nominated FX series will live on, but not at its original home. It's now the exclusive property of DirecTV's 101 Network.
There had been rumblings that the satellite provider would help prop up the show, which has suffered declining ratings over its second and third seasons. The deal calls for two 10-episode seasons in the summers of 2011 and 2012.
DirecTV and Sony Pictures TV, which produces the show, say stars Glenn Close and Rose Byrne -- both Emmy nominees this year -- will be back, but they're the only regulars mentioned in the joint press release. (It does say that "other principal cast members" will also return.)
Unlike the DirecTV-NBC partnership on "Friday Night Lights," "Damages" won't get a second broadcast window on FX or anywhere else, which means its potential audience is going to shrink. DirecTV has about 19 million subscribers; FX reaches 90 million-plus homes.
FX is wishing the show well in its new home: "FX was very proud to have developed one of the best scripted series on television, but in order to have a future, the show needed DirecTV and we are thrilled they stepped in," FX president and general manager John Landgraf says. "Sony Pictures Television is a great production partner and we at FX Productions are excited for these next two seasons."
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