Snowfall lands on FX

The rise of the crack cocaine epidemic in 1981 Los Angeles is the subject of a new drama pilot ordered by US cable channel FX.

FX

FX

Snowfall follows three characters on a violent collision course: Franklin Saint, a young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo Zapata, a Mexican wrestler turned gangster in search of his American dream; and Logan Miller, a prominent family’s “black sheep” desperate to escape his father’s shadow.

The pilot is produced by FX Productions.

John Singleton directs from a script he wrote with Eric Amadio. Both executive produce with Dave Andron, Michael London of Groundswell Productions, and Trevor Engelson of Underground.

Production will begin this summer.

Stars check in to American Horror Story: Hotel

American Horror Story veterans Sarah Paulson and Kathy Bates will return to the FX series for its fifth installment.

Sarah Paulson in American Horror Story: Freak Show

Sarah Paulson in American Horror Story: Freak Show

They join the cast for American Horror Story: Hotel that already boasts Lady Gaga, Matt Bomer, Cheyenne Jackson, Wes Bentley and Chloë Sevigny.

Paulson has appeared in all four previous American Horror Story seasons, including Freak Show, Coven, Asylum, and Murder House. Bates has starred in two – Freak Show, and Coven.

Production of the 13-episode Hotel will begin in Los Angeles later this summer, and will air on FX in October.

The American Horror Story franchise was created by Ryan Murphy and is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television.

Paulson has also joined the cast of Murphy’s next anthology series for FX, American Crime Story: The People V OJ Simpson, as prosecutor Marcia Clark.

FX spies fourth season of The Americans

Cold War spy drama The Americans has been ordered for a fourth season on US cable channel FX.

The Americans

The Americans

The series explores the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington DC shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President.

It stars Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell, and Noah Emmerich.

Creator Joe Weisberg executive produces with Joel Fields, Graham Yost, and Daniel Sackheim, with Amblin Television’s Justin Falvey, and Darryl Frank. It is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.

Season three is due to conclude on April 22, with the 13-episode season four due to air in 2016.

FX pockets Shiny Penny

US cable network FX has signed a first-look production deal with Django Unchained and Erin Brokovich producer Stacey Sher.

FX

FX

Sher’s production label Shiny Penny has agreed a two-year deal, which covers all projects developed for FX Networks.

She is currently producing AMC’s upcomig martial arts drama Badlands.

Shiny Penny includes executive vice president Coco Francini, and new creative director Emily Levitan.

FX checks into American Horror Story: Hotel

Matt Bomer will star in the fifth installment of FX’s anthology series American Horror Story.

American Horror Story: Hotel

American Horror Story: Hotel

Titled American Horror Story: Hotel, the cast will also include Lady Gaga and Cheyenne Jackson.

Plot details haven’t been released yet, but the 13-episode Hotel will begin production later this summer.

It will air on FX in October.

The series, created by Ryan Murphy, is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television.

Foxtel’s FX adds Kingdom

Mixed martial arts (MMA) drama Kingdom is heading down under.

Kingdom

Kingdom

Foxtel has picked up the series for its FX network, with its launch scheduled for April 7.

Against the backdrop of the sport, Kingdom follows the owner of a MMA gym and the characters who train there.

Created and executive produced by Byron Balasco, the cast includes Frank Grillo, Kiele Sanchez, Matt Lauria, Jonathan Tucker, Nick Jonas, and Joanna Going.

It is commissioned by DirecTV in the US for its Audience Network.

The Affair conquers Golden Globes

The Affair took home two awards when the Golden Globes were handed out at a star-studded ceremony.

The Showtime series was named best drama, while Ruth Wilson also won the best actress in a drama prize.

The Affair

The Affair

Elsewhere, FX’s Fargo was named best miniseries or TV movie; House of Cards star Kevin Spacey won in the best actor in a drama category; and Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo) took home the statuette for best actor in a limited series.

Maggie Gyllenhaal picked up the best actress in a limited series award for BBC America’s The Honorable Woman; Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt was best supporting actress; and The Normal Heart’s Matt Bomer was best supporting actor.

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey

 

Hulu bags FX series

Hulu has landed rights to series such as Tyrant and The Strain as part of a deal for exclusive subscription VoD rights to new and upcoming FX and FXX dramas.

The first seasons of FX and FXX titles will become available exclusively on Hulu with a Plus subscription in advance of their second season premieres. Hulu also gains exclusive subscription streaming rights to subsequent seasons of those shows.

Future FX Networks’ series that will be exclusive to Hulu in the SVoD window include the period drama series Taboo, starring Tom Hardy from executive producer Ridley Scott.

Hulu will also gain exclusive subscription streaming rights to Fox’s upcoming event series Wayward Pines, from executive producer and director M Night Shyamalan. The series stars Matt Dillon, Terrence Howard and Melissa Leo.

In addition, Hulu has also licensed prior seasons of FX Networks’ dramas Sons Of Anarchy and American Horror Story.

The deal was completed with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution.

Hulu takes Fargo rights

US VoD platform Hulu has picked up exclusive rights to Fargo.

Fargo

Fargo

Subscribers to Hulu will be able to see all episodes of season one from 2015, following a deal with MGM International Television Distribution.

Fargo, which airs on FX, is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions.

In a further deal with MGM, Hulu has also landed rights to History’s original scripted series Vikings.

Season one and two of the show are now available, with season three launching in February.

The extended partnership between Hulu and MGM builds on a previous deal that gave the VoD player access to more than 1,500 episodes of series including the Stargate franchise (Stargate Universe, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate: SG-1), and Flipper, Green Acres, and The Addams Family.