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'Shield,' 'Nip/Tuck,' 'Monk' highlight slate

They’ve made hits out of bad cops and sexed-up plastic surgeons.

The success of “The Shield” and this summer’s Miami-set sudser “Nip/Tuck” even managed to overshadow FX’s missteps — scrapped freshmen “Lucky,” which still nabbed an Emmy mention for comedic writing, a first for basic cable, and latenight talker “The Orlando Jones Show.”

Net also scored Golden Globe series noms for “Monk” and “Nip/Tuck,” acting noms for Michael Chiklis, Joely Richardson, Tony Shalhoub and Bitty Schramm.

But now, says FX topper Peter Liguori: “Believe me, there is pressure and angst within the rank and file of this network to jump over the bar we’ve set.”

Up next, FX will attempt to stamp reality TV with its brand.

“Todd TV,” premiering in January, lets auds determine the actions and fate of one would-be reality star. For seven weeks, Todd will relinquish the reins of his life — from his girlfriend to his job — to the whims of viewers.

Given the monster numbers generated by Spike TV’s “The Joe Schmo Show,” which situated a reality contestant into an entirely fictional “Big Brother”/”Survivor” hybrid, Liguori says he expects “Todd TV” to continue the cabler’s momentum in producing buzzworthy shows.

“All reality is barreling down to this type of moment where an individual turns his life over to a show. The fact that someone is literally gonna give up their free will to the TV audience is pretty incredible.”

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