FX is ready for ‘Action’

Cabler buys rights to Mohr skein, could produce new episodes

“Action,” the darkly satirical comedy series that was axed from Fox early this season, will return to the Fox family this summer.

Fox cable net FX has closed a deal with Columbia TriStar Television Distribution for the exclusive TV rights to the series, which it plans to debut in mid-late June.

FX has purchased the rights to all 13 episodes of the Chris Thompson-Joel Silver-produced series, including five episodes that have never aired. If the comedy skein fares better on FX than it did on Fox, sources say there is a possibility the cabler could produce new episodes. “There are no plans for that at the moment,” said an FX spokesman.

Creative risk is good

“The acquisition of ‘Action’ further strengthens FX’s commitment to airing creative and groundbreaking programming that takes chances,” said Chuck Saftler, VP, programming, FX Networks.

“Action,” which stars Jay Mohr as a cutthroat film executive, featured cameos by Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves and other celebs. After critical acclaim, the highly promoted series was pulled from Fox’s schedule after it sank in the ratings.

This is not the first time that FX has acquired a show that Fox had spurned. In January, the cabler acquired exclusive TV rights to “Harsh Realm,” the Chris Carter-produced sci-fi series that Fox canceled in October after only three airings due to low ratings.

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