FOX UK Acquires Zach Galifianakis & Louis C.K.’s FX Clown Comedy Series ‘Baskets’

FOX UK is adding another FX comedy series to their line-up.

The channel has secured the exclusive UK rights to Zach Galifianakis and Louis C.K.’s clown comedy series Baskets after striking a deal with sister company Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, TVWise has learned.

Baskets 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 comedy series was co-created by Executive Producers Jonathan Krisel, Louis C.K. and Zach Galifianakis. Dave Becky, Marc Gurvitz, Andrea Pett-Joseph and Anna Dokoza also serve as executive producers. Baskets is produced by FX Productions and stars Zach Galifianakis, Louie Anderson and Martha Kelly.

Baskets is third FX Networks’ original comedy series to find a home on this side of the Atlantic on FOX UK. The channel also aired Louis C.K.’s comedy series Louie, which is presently on an indefinite hiatus; as well as the Donald Glover comedy Atlanta. Atlanta has scored a second season pick-up at FX, while the network also recently renewed Baskets for a ten episode third season.

FOX UK has been particularly aggressive in the U.S. acquisitions space in the past few months. In addition to acquiring the aforementioned Atlanta, the channel also recently outmaneuvered a number of more prominent UK broadcasters (such as Channel 5 and Sky) to secure the exclusive rights to both 24: Legacy and the upcoming Prison Break revival, also from Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution.

  • James

    On a related note, is Fox UK going to buy Better Things?

    • It doesn’t appear to be something they’re pursuing at the moment, no.