The New York Times, FX announce The Weekly premiere date


After being pushed back, The New York Times and FX have finally set a date for The Weekly, the show that will bring a new Times story to TV every week.

According to a Deadline report, a new weekly show from The New York Times is set to air on FX this summer. The new show, appropriately called The Weekly, will air its first 30-minute episode on June 2 on FX. Episodes will then be available on Hulu on Mondays.

The Weekly will choose one New York Times story every week to highlight.

It’s hard to tell from Deadline‘s report or the teaser for the show (below) whether the show’s focus will be more on the journalist’s process in reporting the story or on the story itself. Most likely, it will try to balance both in order to bring light to a story they find important in the news cycle while simultaneously combatting calls of “fake news” by providing a look at their reporters’ processes.

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This series has been in the works for a while, with the Times announcing the series in May of 2018 and then introducing initial team members that July. Back in that original announcement, the show was reported to have a 30-week commitment from FX. It was suspected that they were trying to roll it out for the midterm elections, but now it seems like a warmup for the 2020 elections.

The Times also said that, aside from not having a host, the series would follow the format of their podcast, “The Daily,” following journalists through a story on its way to publication.

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Per Deadline, the Times, annually, has 1,550 journalists reporting from 160 countries and they publish 250 stories per day.

Executive producers for the show are  Peabody and Emmy award winner Mat Skene, Jason Stallman, Sam Dolnick, Stephanie Preiss, Ken Druckerman, and Banks Tarver. Druckerman and Tarver are founders of Left/Right Productions, which is producing the series with the Times.