Earlier this year it was reported that Zach Galifianakis had teamed up with Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel to co-write and star in a new FX pilot, and today Variety reports that the project has now been given a series order. Titled Baskets, the series will follow Galifianakis as a man named Chip Baskets "who leaves his job in the corporate world to pursue his dreams of becoming a respected clown."
Baskets is part of C.K.'s multi-year development deal with FX to create and produce new shows. While this is awesome news, don't get too excited yet — production on the 10-episode debut season will begin [...]
While FX revealed some good news today about Louie's future, along with that came some bad news for the fate of the Charlie Kaufman comedy pilot they ordered back in January. According to THR, How and Why – Kaufman's single-cam pilot and potential return to television that stars Michael Cera and John Hawkes and also had Catherine Keener and Sally Hawkins attached to appear — has been officially passed on by FX. Producers are now searching for a new outlet for the show; Netflix reportedly passed on it as well, but IFC is now being seen as its "potential home."
Denis Leary is returning to FX for another comedy series since the end of Rescue Me in 2011. In a press release today, the network announced that they've ordered Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll to series for a ten-episode run to premiere sometime next year. Here's FX's full synopsis of the show, which Leary created and also stars in:
SDRR is centered on "Johnny Rock" (Leary), a middle-aged rock 'n roller who desperately wanted to be rich and famous. So far, he's 0 for 2. As the magnificently talented lead singer of New York's legendary early 90's band The Heathens, Johnny was on his way to the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. His [...]
Louis C.K.'s fourth season starts to wind down tonight a week ahead of its finale. It's been a season full of experimentation with multi-part stories and that continues with tonight's Louie, a special 90-minute, two-part episode entitled "In the Woods" that features guest stars Todd Barry and Jeremy Renner.
Elsewhere on TV this week, Dave Chappelle is doing Fallon and Letterman to promote his series of Radio City Music Hall shows, making these the first late night appearances he's done in a whopping six years. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are stopping by The Tonight Show tomorrow to debut the Dumb and Dumber To trailer, John Oliver's visiting Late Night with [...]
While it's true that Nielsen ratings are an inaccurate and outdated measure of today's television audiences, they still serve as a show's ultimate ticket to survival when — as we saw in the recent sitcom cancellation bloodbath – network brass decide which programs to axe off their lineup. Some of comedy's biggest fan favorites weren't exactly ratings blockbusters while on the air — see Arrested Development, Happy Endings, and Community – but went on to carve out niche audiences, and as television moves more and more into the internet age, online reviews, Twitter, and fan feedback can gauge a show's watchability faster than asking "Sure, but does it average a steady 5.0 season average Nielsen rating?"
With that in mind, we thought it'd [...]