FX has been knocking it out of the park for a few years now with their original programming. They started off by taking a chance on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and haven’t looked back. With great new shows like Fargo, Tyrant, Married and You’re The Worst they continue seeking out quality programming.
Today we learned FX order to Baskets, a half-hour comedy starring Zach Galifianakis and recent Emmy winner Louis C.K. The days of quirky piano playing comedy bits from Galifianakis seem like ages ago since his breakout role in The Hangover. Seeing him team up with Louis C.K. is truly a power duo. I wonder Galifianakis will be the power bottom?
The comedy tells the story of Chip Baskets (Galifianakis), a man who dares to follow his dream of becoming a professional clown, but must join the local rodeo after failing to get into a prestigious clown school in Paris. Ridiculous character name? Check. Unorthodox premise? Check!
Baskets was co-written by executive producers Galifianakis, C.K., and director Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia), who will serve as showrunner.
“Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel have created an absolutely brilliant show,” said Eric Schrier, one of the presidents of original programming at FX. “To say Zach’s portrayal of the lead character Chip Baskets is hilarious/unique/riveting/fascinating would be an understatement. We can’t wait for the world to meet him.”
The 10-episode first season will begin production next year, with the series expected to premiere in 2016.