FX to likely renew Dirt and The Riches
Speaking before a screening for their new Glen Close series, Damages, network president John Landgraf told the trade paper, "We're really happy with the performance of Dirt and The Riches, and I expect them to return." Apparently, the cumulative ratings garnered by multiple airings of each show's episodes put it on the same audience levels as the network's more established shows. Huh. Go figure.
So I wasn't completely wrong when, in my review of the last Riches episode, I mentioned that the ratings weren't very good. But between the three airings the show gets per week, it manages to scrounge up enough of an audience to make FX happy. Good. It's a good show with good performances, especially from Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver. It deserves another season.
Dirt, on the other hand... well, from what I've heard, the show was pretty inconsistent in its first season, especially the performance of its star and executive producer, Courteney Cox. It makes me wonder how lousy the ratings must have been for some other FX shows, like Lucky, that were dumped after their first seasons. They were much better than Dirt, but never got a chance to find an audience. Like I said before: Go figure.