At FX’s pre-upfront bash last night, every last one of the network’s shows was represented… except Damages. A bad omen? Hard to see it as anything but. However, FX prez John Landgraf assured me that the April 19th season-ender isn’t necessarily the series’ finale.
“Sony is talking to DirecTV,” he confirmed to me with what I took to be a tone of genuine optimism. “We couldn’t be happier with Damages creatively. The third season is superb. It’s a massive success from a creative standpoint.
“But,” he added, “it’s a show that has always struggled from a ratings standpoint. I think that’s because it’s so complicated. It takes an incredible amount of devotion and an incredible attention span to watch it.”
We could’ve debated whether those are really such bad things, but he quickly moved on to what was worse: Damages‘ pricetag. “It’s a fairly expensive show to produce,” he noted. “One of the reasons we’ve been able to keep it going for three years is because it’s done very well globally.”
In the end, I came away feeling like Landgraf was rooting for a fourth season almost as hard as I was. “If Sony can find the right partner, we’ll be happy,” he insisted. “There’s no question — we love it. It brings a lot of cache to our network.”
So imagine what it could do for DirecTV. What do you think? Is Patty Hewes down for the count? Shouldn’t HBO pick it up? Or Showtime? Heck, QVC, for that matter!