FX Picks Up ‘Baskets,’ A New Comedy from Zach Galifianakis and Louis C.K.

By August 27, 2014
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Back in January, we heard that comedians Louis C.K. and Zach Galifianakis were teaming up for a new TV project, but almost nothing was known about the show at that point. But FX has just released a statement confirming that they’ve picked up the show for a ten episode first season, and production will begin in 2015 for a 2016 premiere.

The show is called “Baskets,” and follows Chip Baskets (Galifianakis), a Bakersfield man whose only dream is to become a respected clown. But after an unsuccessful enrollment at a prestigious Paris clowning school in Paris, he’s stuck working at the local rodeo.

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Galifianakis, C.K., and writer/director Jonathan Krisel created the series together and co-wrote the pilot, and Krisel will be the showrunner in addition to directing the first episode. Krisel has written and directed episodes of “Tim and Eric,” “Portlandia,” “Kroll Show,” and some digital shorts on “SNL,” and he’s also attached to the new FX series “Man Seeking Woman,” which stars Jay Baruchel. Eric Schrier, the president of original programming at FX, certainly seems excited about this new show:

Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel have created an absolutely brilliant show. 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 idea of The Hangover star Galifianakis playing a clown vying for respect sounds like a really strange concept, and with C.K. involved, I have a feeling this is going to be much darker than your average comedy. What do you think? Does “Baskets” sound like it’s right up your alley?

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