FX renews series 'Dirt,' 'Riches'

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FX has renewed freshman drama series "Dirt" and "The Riches." The series will return for a second season in 2008.

Additionally, FX's much anticipated legal drama "Damages," starring Glenn Close, is set to premiere July 24 and will run Tuesdays at 10 p.m. Firefighter drama "Rescue Me" will return for a fourth season June 13, moving to Wednesdays at 10 p.m.

"We're very proud to have managed, in the toughest possible competitive environment, to launch 'Dirt' and 'The Riches' -- two highly original series that have resonated with our audience as strongly as 'The Shield' and 'Rescue Me'," FX president and GM John Landgraf said. "FX now has six original dramas, more than any network in the history of cable television, cementing the network's status as a leader in quality original series."

In addition to "Dirt," "Riches," "Damages" and "Rescue Me," FX's original drama lineup includes veterans "The Shield" and "Nip/Tuck."

While they haven't fared as well as FX's older series in their first airings, the weekly cumulative ratings among adults 18-49 for "Dirt" (3.7 million) and "Riches" (3.9 million) are comparable to those of "Rescue Me" and "The Shield."

"Dirt," which stars Courteney Cox, hails from ABC Studios and FX Prods. It was created by Matthew Carnahan, who is executive producing with Cox, David Arquette and Joel Fields. It is produced by ABC Studios and FX Productions.

"Riches," starring Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver, is produced by Maverick TV, Fox TV Studios and FX Prods. Creator Dmitry Lipkin is executive producing with Dawn Prestwich, Nicole Yorkin, Peter O'Fallon, Eddie Izzard, Guy Oseary, Mark Morgan and Michael Rosenberg.
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