Zach Galifianakis Comedy Series Baskets Heads to FX
August 27, 2014
FX has ordered "Baskets," a half-hour, single camera comedy series starring Zach Galifianakis, and co-created by Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel, it was announced today by Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, the Presidents of Original Programing for FX Networks and FX Productions. FX has ordered 10 episodes of "Baskets" and production will begin next year with the series scheduled to launch in 2016.
In a world constrained by corporate interests and the homogenization of society, one man in Bakersfield, California dares to follow his dream of becoming a professional clown. But after an unsuccessful enrollment at a prestigious clowning school in Paris, the only job he can find is with the local rodeo. "Baskets" follows Chip Basketsí (Galifianakis) pursuit of his dream, against all odds, to be a respected clown.
The pilot episode of "Baskets" was co-written by Galifianakis, C.K., and Krisel. Krisel also serves as showrunner on "Baskets" and directed the pilot. Blair Breard, Dave Becky, Marc Gurvitz, and Andrea Pett-Joseph are Executive Producers.
"Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel have created an absolutely brilliant show," said Schrier. "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."
"Baskets" is the first production under FX Productions overall deal with C.K. and his production company, Pig Newton.