FX has handed a ten episode series order to Baskets, Zach Galifianakis and Louis C.K.’s comedy project about a man following his dream to become a clown, TVWise has learned.
Baskets, which initially received a pilot order from FX back in January, follows 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. The show centers on Chip Baskets’ (Zach Galifianakis) pursuit of his dream, against all odds, to be a respected clown.
The comedy series was created by Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K. & Jonathan Krisel, all three of whom also executive produce alongside Blair Breard, Dave Becky, Marc Gurvitz, and Andrea Pett-Joseph. Jonathan Krisel is the showrunner. Baskets is being produced by FX Productions and is the first series to emanate from the company’s overall deal with Louis C.K.
“Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel have created an absolutely brilliant show,” said Eric Schrier, President of Original Programing for FX Networks and FX Productions. “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 latest comedy project to get a green-light at the network in recent months. FX has also recently handed series orders to The Tracy Morgan Project, The Comedians, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll and Man Seeking Woman; bringing the total number of comedy series’ on FX and FXX to 11.