FX will enter the reality ring this summer.
Basic cabler, known for its signature scripted series “The Shield,” “Lucky” and the upcoming plastic surgery drama “Nip/Tuck,” has announced a two-hour Friday night block of original reality programming beginning at 10 p.m.
“Reality was never something we wanted to abandon completely,” veep of development Matt Cherniss said. “But there’s so much of it out right now, FX felt like it needed a cohesive strategy to help better define our brand.”
“Friday Night Fix” will be anchored by six different unscripted skeins set to roll for 17 weeks starting Aug. 1. First batch of shows to bow includethe following:
- The gameshow “Driveshaft,” which will see two contestants transform their clunkers into racing machines to compete for ownership of the newly made-over vehicle. Thorn Beers (“Monster Garage”) will exec produce in association with Fox TV Studios.
- A sendup of home makeover shows, “Trash to Cash With John DiResta” will take individuals with little money and use actual garbage to spruce up their homes. DiResta and Hallock & Healey (“Scare Tactics”) will co-exec produce.
- “The Hitchhiker Chronicles,” a twist on HBO’s hidden-camera skein “Taxicab Confessions,” will let viewers eavesdrop on unsuspecting hitchhikers in different parts of the country. Brass Ring Entertainment and Greystone TV will produce.
Cable net will also premiere “P.I.,” which tails private investigators as they solve crime, at a later date. “Curb Your Enthusiasm” producer Gavin Polone and Ed Barnini will exec produce.
“The night will definitely have the FX voice, which is entertaining, but at the same time a little subversive,” Cherniss said.
Two- to three-minute segments of series “Hurt Bert” and “The People’s Champions” will air throughout the block, with plans to later air full-length versions of the skeins.