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FX (shorter for Fox Extended Networks) is a name carried by two cable television and satellite channels owned by News Corporation's Fox Entertainment Group.

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fX (1994-1997)

The first fX channel was launched in the United States on June 1, 1994 and billed as "The World's First Living Television Network." Broadcasting from a large "apartment" in Manhattan, fX ushered in a new era of interactive television, but did not exist long enough to see the success of the genre. The network centered around original programming, broadcast live every day from the "fX Apartment", and rebroadcasts of kitschy shows from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.

fX had two taglines: "TV Made Fresh Daily" and "The World's First Living Television Network". The "f" was lower-case to portray a type of relaxed friendliness. The "X" was upper-case and represented the network's roots: the crossing spotlights of the 20th Century Fox logo.

The network's concept was officially retired in early 1997. The clearance (number of cable systems carrying the channel) was too low to justify the large budget. Ironically, the first incarnation of fX was not even available on the local cable system in New York City, where programming originated. During the time the network launched in the mid-1990s, cable systems around the United States were upgrading their infrastructures to increase channel capacity and were not regularly adding channels until these upgrades were complete.

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The fX Apartment

The fX Apartment was located on the second floor of a 3-story building leased by FX Networks that overlooked Madison Square Park in New York City. The first floor contained sales offices, and the third floor contained production offices. The second floor was home to all programming, and was made up to look like a large apartment. The apartment had several rooms. First was a large common room that contained the living room, dining room, and kitchen areas. Other rooms included a small library, a game room (complete with arcade and pinball machines) and a fully-functioning restroom. At the rear of the apartment was a large "ballroom" that served several purposes. A third-floor balcony lined the ballroom. The network's shows would often venture into Madison Square Park for some features, especially in the summer. FX's lease on the building expired on December 31, 1998. All furnishings were auctioned and the building has since been renovated.


A spinoff network, fXM (fX Movies), was launched in 1994 and broadcast only classic movies from the 20th Century Fox catalog. It has since been renamed Fox Movie Channel.

FX (1997-Present)

fX was relaunched as FX: Fox Gone Cable in early 1997, targeting young men aged 18 to 24. The network is known for original drama series and NASCAR programming. As of 2004, the channel was available in 85 million U.S. homes.

During the first few years after its relaunch, FX was known for little else than airing reruns of such Fox shows as The X-Files and Married With Children. Soon after its relaunch, the tagline "Fox Gone Cable" was dropped.

In recent years, however, the network has emerged as a major force in original cable programming, gaining both acclaim and notoriety for daring, edgy dramas. This began in 2002 with the release of its breakout hit, The Shield, a police drama that took viewers and critics by surprise with its extreme graphic content. This trend continued the following year with Nip/Tuck, which chronicles the world of plastic surgery. The network has often been compared to HBO in the sense that they, unlike many broadcast networks, are willing to take risks with their programming and push the envelope of what can be done with television. It's important to note that while these shows draw attention due to their graphic content, they are also critically acclaimed for their strong storylines and characters.

Capitalizing on the success of the hit documentary Super Size Me, creator Morgan Spurlock launched a new series, 30 Days, on FX in June 2005. The series puts its subjects in situations uncomfortable to them for 30 days, such as making millionaires work for minimum wage, and having Christians live in a Muslim community. FX also airs selected NASCAR events from the NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series from February to June of each year as part of Fox's NASCAR television package.

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December 23, 2005 (Posted by Leah Yoakum)
> 'Nip/Tuck' Finale Carves Out Ratings Records for FX

The season finale of "Nip/Tuck," which saw the Carver finally take off his mask, brought in record numbers of viewers for FX.

An average of 5.7 million viewers watched the two-hour finale, in which it was revealed that Dr. Quentin Costa (Bruno Campos) did most of the Ca... Read More

Source: Zap2it

August 18, 2005 (Posted by Leah Yoakum)
> FX Puts Another '30 Days' on Calendar

LOS ANGELES ( FX wants filmmaker Morgan Spurlock to keep cooking up his monthlong social experiments.

The cable network has ordered a second season of the documentary series "30 Days," in which Spurlock ("Super Size Me") films subjects li... Read More

Source: Zap2it


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