Sky Atlantic has closed a deal with FX Productions to acquires the UK broadcast rights to Russell Brand’s new US unscripted talk show, Strangely Uplifting. The series is expected to premiere on the channel in the summer.
Strangely Uplifting was picked up to series by FX in December of last year with a six episode order. According to FX, the series will be filmed in front of a live audience and feature Brand’s unvarnished, unfiltered take on current events, politics and pop culture. The format will draw heavily on Brand’s interaction with his audience. The series is being produced by FX Productions in association with Branded Films and Dakota Films.
Speaking of the acquisition, Naomi Gibney, Acting Channel Director of Sky Atlantic HD, said “Our customers love Sky Atlantic’s distinctive take on the world and Strangely Uplifting gives an Englishman’s perspective on American culture; a perfect blend with our home grown commission Morgan Spurlock’s New Britannia, where an American tries to understand British eccentricities. Russell Brand is a great addition to the incredible line-up of comedy talent coming to Sky Atlantic HD on and off screen, including Kathy Burke, Julia Davis and Armando Iannucci. We are actively building our slate of both originated and acquired comedy and Strangely Uplifting is a key show that will further build the channel’s unique voice.”
While, Eric Schrier, Executive Vice President, FX Productions and Head of Series Development for FX, commented: “We’re very excited that Sky Atlantic has come on board to broadcast Strangely Uplifting in the UK. Fans of Russell in his native UK. are familiar with his bracingly funny and honest brand of humor, and we have no doubt that he and Executive Producer/Director Troy Miller will transform the traditional hosted comedy format to create something daring, smart and hilarious.”
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