FX Teams with Russell Brand on Unscripted Late Night Series

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FX announced today a (currently untitled) new late night television series that will hosted by Russell Brand. Debuting with six episodes in the spring of 2012, the show is said to feature, “Brand’s unvarnished, unfiltered take on current events, politics and pop culture.”

The six installments will be shot in front of a live audience and the format will draw heavily on interaction with that audience.

“We’re very excited to add Russell Brand’s bracingly funny, original, and honest voice to the FX comedy line-up,” said Nick Grad, FX’s Executive Vice President, Original Programming. “We look forward to supporting Russell and his partner Troy Miller’s ambition to strip down the hosted comedy format to its most fundamental elements and to create something daring and unfiltered for the FX audience.”

The series is produced by FX Productions in association with Branded Films and Dakota Films. This marks the first television deal for Branded Films. Executive Producers are Russell Brand, Troy Miller, and Nik Linnen. Miller also serves as Director of the series.

“I am so excited I’m on the point of climax, in fact I will put the ‘O’ into FX, which spells FOX, which is actually the channel’s real name,” said Brand. “That’s the only thing that worries me about all this to be honest. At least I’ll be able to have a Christmas drink with Bill O’Reilly.”

Brand appeared earlier this year in Hop and Arthur and can soon be seen in Rock of Ages, the trailer of which you can check out here.

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