Big news in showbiz broke earlier this week with the announcement of the merger between Disney and 20th Century Fox. In a bold (and very pricy) move, Disney purchased huge chunks of 20th Century Fox for a whopping $52.4 billion. The deal will see control of Fox's movie and television studios shift to Disney, along with 22 regional sports channels and cable networks FX and National Geographic. Since Disney already owns one major broadcast network, it couldn't purchase a second, and so the Fox network itself was not part of the deal. Still, there are bound to be some very big changes in store for certain shows, for better or worse. Read on for five in particular that could be affected!

The Gifted

Fox got into the Marvel game in the 2017-2018 TV season with the series premiere of The Gifted, which follows a group of mutants in an alternate universe in which the X-Men left other mutants behind. The show has delivered the closest thing to a live-action X-Men series ever to hit primetime, but there haven't been any big names from Marvel's X-Men universe dropping in, and the ratings haven't been the highest. There was no guarantee that The Gifted would land a second season.

The Disney/Fox deal should be pretty great for The Gifted, as the merger means that the rights to the X-Men characters will all be held under one banner, and there's the potential for bigger X-Men names to pop up on the small screen. Disney also owns Marvel, which means that the company is highly motivated to keep The Gifted on the air. After all, Disney did reportedly step in to save Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from getting the axe after its last season. The Gifted could benefit immensely from the merger. In fact, the same can probably be said for FX's Legion now that Disney owns FX.

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