FX’s comedy channel spin-off FXX has been basking in the glow of increased viewership thanks to the recent “every Simpsons ever” marathon, and it seems that once that ends after 12 days, they don’t want to lose that magic. That’s why they’ve announced their new Simpsons programming line-up, and it’s a hefty chunk of their schedule.
The Simpsons will air Mondays from 6 p.m.-midnight, Tuesdays from 8 p.m.-midnight, Thursdays from 8 p.m.-midnight, Fridays from 6 p.m.-midnight; and Sundays from 4 to 8 p.m. Doing the math, yes, that is a full 24 hours of Simpsons during the week.
While that’s all well and good, The Simpsons taking up a huge number of primetime slots for FXX during the week seems to reiterate how little the channel has going for it at present. FX wanted it to be their comedy spin-off, but as of yet, their show page only has six shows on it, Always Sunny, The League, Ali G Resurrection, Man Seeking Woman and Wilfred. The last one is the Simpsons, and most of these shows don’t even air at the same time. How can you have a channel with only 2-4 original half-hour shows on per week? It reminds me of the G4/SpikeTV graveyard of COPS reruns, though I suppose The Simpsons are an upgrade to that. Still, it reminds us why we all hate paying for cable bundles when channels like this exist that are 90% filler.
I was never convinced FXX needed to exist, and I’m certainly not now that it’s essentially “The Simpsons Channel” for FX.
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