Close's drama 'Damages' to debut July 24

FX is stocking up for next season, ordering second seasons of dramas “Dirt” and “The Riches.”

Cabler also announced that new Glenn Close drama “Damages” — already earning critical raves — will bow July 24 at 10 p.m. Meanwhile, network staple “Rescue Me” will move from its longtime Tuesday home to Wednesdays at 10 p.m. when it returns June 13.

The 13-episode pickups for “Dirt” and “The Riches” means FX now boasts eight original series for 2007-2008 — more than any basic cable net has ever had at once.

“In this tough environment, it’s a luxury for a network to have replacements to hit shows before those series go off the air,” said FX president-G.M. John Landgraf.

Landgraf said the net would have renewed “Dirt” and “The Riches” sooner, but had to figure out a way to spread them out from one fiscal year to another in order to afford all eight originals.

“We try to follow the principle that we won’t make a pilot that didn’t have the wherewithal to pick up to series, and we wouldn’t pick up a series if it didn’t have the wherewithal to go all the way.

Among FX’s other originals., “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” returns for a 15-episode third season in September, while “Nip/Tuck” is back for its fifth season sometime in the fall.

Also, the Morgan Spurlock doc series “30 Days” will return in late 2007, and the seventh and final season of “The Shield” airs its last 13 episodes in 2008. (The show’s sixth season wraps June 5). “Dirt” and “The Riches” will be back sometime in 2008.

“The Riches” stars Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver as grifters who assume the identity of a wealthy family in a new housing division. Fox TV Studios and FX Prods. are behind “The Riches,” which also comes from Maverick TV and exec producers Dmitry Lipkin (who created the show), Dawn Prestwich, Nicole Yorkin, Peter O’Fallon, Guy Oseary, Mark Morgan, Michael Rosenberg and Izzard.

“Dirt” features Courteney Cox as the brassy editor of a glossy celeb tabloid. ABC Studios and FX Prods. are behind the show, which was created by Matthew Carnahan. Cox, David Arquette and Joel Fields exec produce with Carnahan.

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