Producer Murphy gives Netflix an edge
Seven months after Netflix nabbed mega-producer Shonda Rhimes, the streaming giant has lured the equally prolific Ryan Murphy from his longtime home at 20th Century Fox. It’s a big get for Netflix and a big payday for Murphy, but what does it mean for fans of such shows as American Crime Story? We answer your burning questions.
Are all of his shows moving to Netflix now?
No. His current series will continue airing as long as their networks renew them. Their current status:
❚ American Crime Story (currently midway through its second season on FX, about the killer of designer Gianni Versace). Murphy is at work on the third and fourth seasons, about Hurricane Katrina and the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, respectively.
❚ American Horror Story , the FX anthology series, has been renewed for two more seasons on FX.
❚ 9-1-1, Fox’s hit emergency rescue drama starring Connie Britton, Peter Krause and Angela Bassett.
❚ Feud, which follows its first story about Bette Davis and Joan Crawford with a second on FX about Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana.
❚ Pose, a new FX series about New York’s ballroom dancing and club scenes in the late 1980s.
Which shows will be on Netflix?
Murphy already had sold two shows to Netflix under his current pact at 20th Century Fox, which expires July 1: Ratched, an origin story about the infamous nurse from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; and The Politician, a comedy starring Tony winner Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen, Pitch Perfect).
What happens to the shows that are already on Netflix?
Netflix has licensing deals for American Crime Story, American Horror Story and Glee. But those shows are owned by Fox, and if the sale goes through, Disney could pull them once current licensing deals expire.
Disney has announced plans to remove content from Netflix in 2019, in anticipation of creating its own streaming service.
Why is Murphy leaving Fox?
Disney’s plan to acquire Fox likely played a role. During the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour
in January, Murphy expressed trepidation over what a Disney-owned Fox might mean for his edgy shows, including the upcoming Pose, which will feature TV’s largest transgender cast.
Murphy, 52, told reporters, “I got a call from (Fox owner Rupert) Murdoch
and I got a call from (Disney chief Bob) Iger, and I said point blank, ‘The stuff I do is not Disney. Am I going to have to put Mickey Mouse in American Horror Story ?’”
What does Murphy get out of this deal?
Even more freedom than he now has. Since Netflix is subscriber-funded, he won’t have to worry about network censors, alienating advertisers, or getting notes from Disney minders. His shows will be available worldwide on Netflix’s global streaming service.
And then there’s the money. The New York Times estimates his five-year deal at $300 million.
What does Netflix get?
By signing Murphy, who has been at Fox for more than a decade, and Grey’s Anatomy producer Shonda Rhimes, Netflix gains further legitimacy as a competitor to the broadcast and cable networks.
Fox keeps “9-1-1,” starring Oliver Stark, Peter Krause and Angela Bassett.
Darren Criss plays killer Andrew Cunanan in FX's “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”
Ryan Murphy will move to Netflix this summer.