The New York Times is going Hollywood.
The cable channel FX announced on Wednesday that it would be making a new weekly documentary series centered on stories that appear in The Times and the journalists who report them. The show, which will be called “The Weekly,” is a spinoff of the popular podcast “The Daily,” which began last year and generally examines a story a day from the Times newsroom.
FX has given “The Weekly” a 30-week commitment. The show is expected to debut later this year, possibly in time in for the midterm elections. Hulu has the rights to stream the new series, giving the program a dedicated streaming platform the day after it premieres on cable.
Unlike “The Daily,” which is hosted by Michael Barbaro, the television version will not have a dedicated host, FX said. But similar to the podcast, “The Weekly” will follow a reporter or team of journalists as they work on a story.
For The Times, the FX show signals a turn toward the entertainment world. The company recently made a deal with Netflix to turn a feature from The New York Times Magazine into a documentary series called “The Diagnosis,” with Scott Rudin producing. Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures and Plan B, a production company co-founded by Brad Pitt, have gobbled up the rights to make a movie about how The Times broke the Harvey Weinstein story. Later this month, “The Fourth Estate,” a four-episode series from the documentary filmmaker Liz Garbus chronicling the Times newsroom during the first year of the Trump administration, will premiere on Showtime.
Times leaders have been sending signals that this would be the year it would be aggressive in entering the crowded television space.
“We think this could be a way both of directly generating revenue but also again of getting Times journalism in front of new audiences and further building the reputation and the influence of The New York Times,” the Times Company chief executive, Mark Thompson, said on a quarterly earnings call last week.
The Times receives most of its revenue from subscriptions, and has said in recent years that it is making a concerted effort to get its product in front as many potential subscribers as possible.
FX, like nearly every cable channel in the streaming and cord-cutting era, has had declining ratings in recent years, but is still available in 90 million homes. Hulu announced last week that it now has more than 20 million subscribers.
The new series also breaks ground for FX, a cable network known for critically acclaimed scripted shows like “The Americans” and “Atlanta”: It is the network’s first foray into unscripted content in some time. Rivals like Showtime, Netflix and HBO have been making documentary series for years.
Partnerships between publications and traditional cable players are nothing new. Buzzfeed has a dedicated studio division, and recently made a deal with Netflix to create a new series featuring its reporters following a story. Vice has a daily newscast on HBO, though that series has had trouble breaking through the din. And two cable channels built around print-based brands — Viceland and Esquire — have premiered in recent years but fizzled.
In a statement, Meredith Kopit Levien, the chief operating officer of the Times Company, said: “Our ambition with ‘The Weekly’ is to bring the authority and excellence of New York Times journalism to the largest possible television audience. Partnering with FX and Hulu together for distribution represents an entirely new and uniquely powerful way do just that.”