At the TCA press tour, FX president John Landgraf touched on the recent announcement that Damages has been renewed by DirecTV for seasons four and five.
Based on Damage’s ratings, FX determined that they couldn’t fund production of new episodes themselves. The cable channel was open to sharing costs so the Sony studio actively looked for a partner. A deal was ultimately struck with DirecTV but the satellite TV provider wanted the show exclusively. As a result, the series is finished on FX.
Landgraf said, “DirecTV felt very strongly… they were willing to underwrite the show to a very substantial amount financially. They enabled it to move forward, that was a deal that Sony worked on very aggressively. But they wanted it exclusively so this was really the best and only way for Damages to move forward. So, we stepped aside as a network entity but we’re still involved as a production entity.”