Bear witness to the fitness of FX’s production team

In addition to The Ultimate Fighter going live and getting a new night, it sounds like there’s going to be an entirely new feel to the show. If you thought the seasons were getting pretty cookie cutter in how each episode was laid out, it’s time to get excited. The UFC will be handing over the production reins to the guys at FX:

BEN GROSSMAN: We all thought that they were going to be with HBO a bunch of years ago but HBO refused to give up production, Dana will not bend on that and it’s pretty impressive. So, what happens is he’s got this deal with Fox where for the fights themselves, that one hour window on those four Saturday nights on Fox, Dana gets to produce it. The stuff around it and The Ultimate Fighter, that’s the stuff that Fox gets to produce so that’s going to be the new look for the TV stuff.”

KENNY RICE: “So that was the compromise then, sort of, in the middle?”

BEN GROSSMAN: “I mean, he’s saying, look, Fox knows what they’re doing, they’ve worked with them before, and now it’s a chance for Fox who’s got a lot of great production values to bring some of that, especially to The Ultimate Fighter. The guys who run FX are really, really good. There’s a guy [named] John Landgraf who’s the President of FX, the guy really gets television. So, I’m pretty excited to see what he’s going to do with The Ultimate Fighter.”

One scary bit from the quote above: “that one hour window on those four Saturday nights on Fox.” Is Grossman saying that the four FOX events a year are all going to be one hour shows? November 12th has been billed as a special ‘extra’ show, and I think everyone just assumed that meant the one hour timeslot was for the 12th only. Man, it would blow donkey cock if that’s how they all were.

  • Letibleu

    I think it all depends on how the ratings go for the first show.

  • CAP

    BIG DONKEY COCK. Say it isn’t so.

  • kvelertak

    The UFC rio card was basically an hour and 20 min haha

  • glassjawsh

    if it is an hour show 4 times a year and the ufc got 100 mil a year, then everyone at fox sports is a complete ass monkey

  • Mixed Martial Adam

    Fox has to have time to show COPS and America’s Most Wanted – seriously. One hour from 7-8 or 10-11 is probably all they’re willing to grant on Saturday nights as those two shows have been running for 30 years and still get good ratings. COPS last week pulled in a 3.1 rating (for what they’re worth). The UFC can probably beat that, but not consistently – not yet.

    This sucks for the mega-deal they just signed with the UFC. Perhaps the shows will be longer than an hour, but probably not until they start pulling in viewers en mass.

    At least the shows on FX will be of a substantial length.

  • iamphoenix

    i thought fox cancelled amuricas most wanted. how do you cancel the police? WTF.

  • Letibleu

    It is cancelled and rumor has it Cops is being moved.

    Those that watch cops probably will enjoy UFC produced MMA.

  • Mixed Martial Adam

    And how will we catch the most wanted criminals of america without a tv show telling us who they are?

  • Mixed Martial Adam

    COPS is being moved? Crazy. It’s had that timeslot for ever. I clearly don’t know what I’m talking about…

  • Letibleu

    We have Jon Jones now…

  • Grappo

    if it is an hour show 4 times a year and the ufc got 100 mil a year, then everyone at fox sports is a complete ass monkey

     

    since FOX owns FX & Fuel, they’re also paying for 6 Fight Nights, 2 seasons of TUF per year, and all the prelims/countdowns /pre/post shows.

  • steve4192

    This has already been clarified by both FOX and Zuffa.

    The November show is NOT part of the new deal. It is a one-off exception that they are using to gauge ratings and set advertising rates. Once the new contract begins in 2012, the shows will be two hours.

  • CAP

    A two hour event sounds about perfect for free tv. They can set solid cards for that without exhausting their roster. The last few ppvs ended in about or under two hours. I just wonder if they are going to milk the advertisers like they do on Spike.

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  • Letibleu

    I was not sure what an Assaahyeeeewas so i googled it and this was the first thing to come up.

    This did not help me to understand what an Assaahyeeee is.

  • CAP

    I think it’s the latest rave of potent berrys or some shit. I didn’t know either which made the shilling that more annoying.

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