FX Orders Clown Comedy, Baskets, From Zach Galifianakis and Louie C.K.

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Clowns are coming to FX in 2016.

The cable channel has picked up Baskets, a new comedy that will star Zach Galifianakis and was co-created by the actor, along with Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel. The first season of Baskets will consist of 10 episodes. Production is expected begin sometime next year, and the series is slated to premiere on FX in 2016.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Baskets “follows Bakersfield man Chip Baskets (Galifianakis) as he pursues his dream, against all odds, to be a respected clown. But after an unsuccessful enrollment at a prestigious clowning school in Paris, the only job he can find is with the local rodeo.”

“To say Zach’s portrayal of the lead character Chip Baskets is hilarious/unique/riveting/fascinating would be an understatement,” said Eric Schrier, FX president of original programming. “We can’t wait for the world to meet him.”

The pilot of Baskets was c0-written by Galifianakis, C.K. and Krisel (Portlandia). Krisel, who also directed the pilot, will be the series’ showrunner, and Galifianakis and C.K., along with Blair Breard, Dave Becky, and Marc Gurvitz will also serve as executive producers on Baskets. 

The new series is the fifth comedy that FX has picked up this year. It will join a full slate of 10 other comedies, Louie, Archer, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, You’re the Worst, Married, The Comedians, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, The Tracy Morgan Project, and Man Seeking Woman, that both FX and FXX will be airing come 2016.

Galifianakis’s past TV credits include Bored to DeathTim and Eric Awesome ShowComedy Bang! Bang! and Kroll Show. C.K. just won another Emmy on Monday for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for his work on Louie.

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Chris is the Managing Editor of TVOvermind. A graduate of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he majored in English and Film, he has been writing for TVOvermind for over two years and has written about several different television shows, such as New Girl, Breaking Bad, Glee, and Homeland. Contact him through Twitter (@ckinger13) or email (chris@tvovermind.com).
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