FX Networks has announced that The Weekly will premiere in the US in June 2019.
The date was announced on a panel for The Weekly – The New York Times’s first major foray into TV news – during the FX segment of the 2019 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on February 4.
The series is produced by The New York Times and Left/Right, and marks FX’s first entry in the weekly news genre. The network has committed to a minimum of 30 half-hour episodes. Red Arrow Studios International is distributing the series worldwide.
The panel featured Left/Right Co-founder and Co-president Ken Druckerman, who is an executive producer of the show, alongside Sam Dolnick, an assistant managing editor who will oversee The Weekly on behalf of The Times’s newsroom, Singeli Agnew, a supervising producer for The New York Times, and New York Times journalists Caitlin Dickerson, Sabrina Tavernise and Brian M. Rosenthal.
FX has the first-run North American rights to The Weekly, in partnership with Hulu, which will be the exclusive SVOD streaming home to new episodes of the series the day after air. In addition to the FX linear telecast and Hulu, episodes will also be available on FX’s VOD services, FXNOW (with commercials) and FX+ (commercial-free) to authenticated subscribers.
The Weekly is a narrative documentary news program that includes one or two of The Times’s biggest and most important visual stories each week. Viewers will be with those stories and the reporters as the show brings them to life. Much as The Daily podcast has taken a narrative approach to news, The Weekly will find the stories behind the headlines that would otherwise be left on the cutting room floor.
Left/Right, cofounded by Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver, are the award-winning producers of acclaimed docuseries including This American Life and The Circus for Showtime, as well as multiple episodes of Frontline for PBS.