Because the community’s president, Peter Liguori had a imaginative and prescient for what FX could possibly be past the disposable “Son of the Seaside.” He did not imagine that premium channels ought to be the one province of edgy dramas like “The Protect.”
“Our technique was ‘Why ought to HBO and Showtime have a monopoly on premium, difficult content material?'” Liguori stated. “We wished to return out of the gate with one thing that introduced that FX was totally different.” In “The Protect,” Ligouri discovered a script the place “each web page was electrical,” although it had been buried “in a stack of different spec scripts” and virtually “by no means ought to have occurred.”
Shawn Ryan, who penned the pilot, added, “We had been having bother getting folks to think about us. There was loads of skepticism about unique programming on FX. There was an actual perception that that is going to be some low-cost cable factor. Frankly, I believe loads of it was pushed by brokers.”
Catherine Dent, who performed patrol officer Danny Sofer, the longer term mom of Vic Mackey’s little one, stated, “My brokers informed me to show it down. No one knew what FX was, the cash was not nice. However I would been pounding the pavement for years and it was a giant deal for me.”
“The Protect” instantly proved the skeptics flawed by incomes the best rankings for a scripted premiere within the historical past of primary cable. The Emmy win for Michael Chiklis was additionally a significant get, however that was simply the beginning. As A-listers like Glenn Shut and Forest Whitaker joined the solid of “The Protect” in subsequent seasons, it paved the best way for different community breakouts like “Sons of Anarchy” and “Justified,” serving to remodel the concept of cable status from a dicey prospect to the best way of the longer term.