The New York Times first move into television news with The Weekly is heading to 21st Century Fox-owned net FX.
The Weekly will be structured as a 30-minute narrative documentary news program that includes one or two of The Times‘s most significant and visual stories each week. The show will also dig deep at the stories behind the headlines that would otherwise be left on the cutting room floor. As the show has no host, reporters from The Times will act as guides to their own reporting. Viewers will be along for the ride as reporters chase their stories and conduct interviews.
Produced by The New York Times and Left/Right Productions (This American Life, The Circus), a Red Arrow Studios company, The Weekly marks FX’s entry in the ongoing weekly news genre, committing to a minimum of 30 episodes with the series set to premiere later this year.
FX has partnered with Hulu on the series, with the streaming service acting as the exclusive SVOD home for new episodes of the series the day after they air on linear broadcast. In addition to the FX linear telecast and Hulu broadcast, episodes will also be available on FX’s VOD services, FXNow and FX+. FX has also garnered first-run North American rights to the news program.
“The New York Times is synonymous with excellence and FX is honored to be chosen as their partner on what will be the first entry for both organizations into the weekly TV news business,” said John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions, in a statement. “The Weekly will give viewers compelling stories about the courage and commitment New York Times journalists bring to seeking out and reporting the truth.”
Meredith Kopit Levien, chief operating officer of The New York Times Company, added: “Our ambition with The Weekly is to bring the authority and excellence of New York Times journalism to the largest possible television audience. Partnering with FX and Hulu together for distribution represents an entirely new and uniquely powerful way do do just that.”