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FX's 'Damages' rescued by DirectTV [Update]

July 19, 2010 |  4:50 pm

Glen21[1] Saved by the satellite provider?

DirecTV is quickly becoming TV’s saving grace, rescuing yet another series from a premature death. 

The satellite provider is teaming up with “Damages” producer Sony Pictures Television to bring back the Glenn Close legal drama with an order for 20 new episodes--two seasons consisting of 10 episodes--to be produced early next year; they will air on DirecTV’s 101 network.

The deal comes after months of negotiations. Producing the struggling show was reportedly too expensive for FX.

“We’re excited to partner with Sony Pictures Television as we breathe new life into this outstanding drama,” Patty Ishimoto, general manager of The 101 Network and vice president of entertainment for DirecTV, said in a statement.  “It’s a win for our customers because only they will be able to see these new episodes and another great step forward for DirecTV as we continue to build our growing portfolio of exclusive, award-winning programming.”

The partnership is unlike DirecTV’s current deal for "Friday Night Lights," in which the episodes first air on DirecTV and then are broadcast on NBC. New episodes of “Damages” will air only on DirecTV. The satellite operator has also acquired the rights to the show’s first three seasons, which appeared on FX.

[Update 4:26 p.m.: In a statement, John Langraf, president and general manager of FX Networks, who also heads FX Productions, had this to say: “FX was very proud to have developed one of the best scripted series on television, but in order to have a future, the show needed DIRECTV and we are thrilled they stepped in.... Sony Pictures Television is a great production partner and we at FX Productions are excited for these next two seasons.”]

--Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Glenn Close as stars as Patty Hewes. Credit: FX

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