11:15am PT by Jeremy Barr
FX's N.Y. Times Show 'The Weekly' Pushed Back to 2019
When it was announced in May, the New York Times-focused documentary series The Weekly, which is set to air linearly on FX and online on Hulu, was said to premiere "later this year" — but that's no longer the case.
"We are working towards a launch in the first half of 2019," a New York Times spokesperson said in an email. The Times rep said the launch date was never formally unveiled, despite the companies saying twice in the announcement that the show was "scheduled to premiere later this year."
A source with knowledge of the show tells The Hollywood Reporter that the series has been delayed by staffing, creative and production issues, but the spokesperson says that's not the case.
"We put together a large staff very quickly, and they are already in production on several stories," the spokesperson said. (The company is still hiring story editors, producers, video editors and cinematographers.)
A spokesperson for FX said the premiere date will likely be announced in December. "Everything is going well with the production process and we’re very excited about the show," the rep for the cabler said.
FX has committed to airing at least 30 episodes of the show, which network CEO John Landgraf said "will give viewers compelling stories about the courage and commitment New York Times journalists bring to seeking out and reporting the truth."
According to The Washington Post's reporting, one episode of The Weekly was held up by diplomatic issues after Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi was denied entry to Iraq.