Following tonight’s finale, is there hope for a Fosse/Verdon season 2? Can you get a little more out of this epic production?
Well, we should note that this is not a case of a series being either renewed or canceled; instead, this is the more of a case of a series that was always destined to be over at about this time. This is a series that, from the get-go, was always devised to be a limited one. It has a specific beginning, middle, and end, and there is a fairly simple reason for that — this is based on a true story! All true stories do have some sort of natural ending.
Are there occasions where there are some limited series that become something more? Sure. Big Little Lies is a great example of that. Yet, here we don’t think Fosse/Verdon after had too many aspirations to become some sort of long-term plan for FX. For starters, we imagine keeping in-demand actors like Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell would be a little bit of a challenge. These are actors who probably want to jump from one project to the next.
Also, the ratings for Fosse/Verdon are okay at best — they aren’t screaming “enormous hit” on the surface. To date, this show is bringing a 0.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic to the table to go with just over 400,000 total viewers. We should note that FX is one of the few cable networks that relies on live+3 ratings more so than live+same-day, so these are only a small fraction of some of what they look for.
In general, you can argue that FX as a network is more interested in anthologies/limited series than almost shows with more traditional runs. While they do have Mayans MC, Pose, and Legion (which is currently entering its final season), they also have shows like Fargo, American Horror Story, and American Crime Story, which all change their stories and themes on a fairly regular basis.
What we think is more possible than a Fosse/Verdon season 2…
Think along the lines of FX working with Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell in the future. This is a collaborative network, and one that really allows some of its talent the ability to take on interesting challenges. We do think the network is eagerly searching for one of its next big mainstream hits, especially in the midst of this new, complicated era following the big Fox – Disney deal. The next year or so is going to prove to be very much important in determining what the future of this network is going to be when it comes to programming; we’ll be here to cover it every step of the way.
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