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.
The pilot episode of Baskets was co-written by Executive Producers Galifianakis, Emmy Award-winner Louis C.K., and Emmy Award-nominated Writer and Director Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia, Saturday Night Live, Man Seeking Woman), who is the Showrunner on Baskets and also directed the pilot. Blair Breard, Dave Becky, Marc Gurvitz, and Andrea Pett-Joseph are Executive Producers.
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 Baskets' (Zach Galifianakis) pursuit of his dream, against all odds, to be a respected clown.
Here's what FX's Eric Schrier had to say about the show in a statement.
"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."
Baskets is the first production under FX Productions overall deal with Louis C.K. and his production company Pig Newton.
Zach Galifianakis is represented by Brillstein Entertainment Partners, CAA and attorney Jared Levine. Louis C.K. is represented by 3 Arts Entertainment. Jonathan Krisel is represented by CAA.
Baskets is the fifth comedy series ordered by FX Networks this year along with The Tracy Morgan Project (FXX), The Comedians (FX), Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll (FX), and Man Seeking Woman (FXX), boosting the FX Networks comedy roster to 11 series across FX and FXX.