Zach Galifianakis is bringing his comedic talent to scripted television and it's happening at FX. The network announced today that Baskets, a comedy series co-created by Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel, has been ordered to series. The half-hour comedy will star Galifianakis as the title character, Chip Baskets, a guy with aspirations of becoming a clown.
Picturing Galifianakis in a role like this is already funny. Here's the official description FX has released for Baskets:
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.
Jonathan Krisel is on board to serve as showrunner for the series, which follows a pilot written by Krisel, Galifianakis and Louis C.K. FX says they've given the single-camera comedy series a 10-episode order with production set to begin next year. But don't expect to see the series on the air anytime soon. Baskets' currently scheduled launch is 2016.
While he's likely better known for his feature roles, including the role of the wolf pack founder (or coiner anyway) Alan Garner in The Hangover, Zach Galifianakis has also made a name for himself with the Emmy Award Winning Funny or Die series Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, which has featured the comedic actor interviewing everyone from Natalie Portman to Tina Fey to President Obama.
Meanwhile, Louis C.K. already has a presence at FX, thanks to his excellent comedy series Louie. Jonathan Krisel's writing credits include Portlandia, Kroll Show Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and Saturday Night Live. Suffice to say, there's a lot of talent on this series already. Of course, where there's a lot of talent, there's limited availability, which might be the reason why we're going to have to wait so long to see Baskets. That's just speculation. Regardless, hopefully it'll be worth the wait. In the meantime, we have Louie Season 5 to look forward to (hopefully next Spring). And Zach Galifianakis has a couple of feature projects lined up, including the Jared Hess comedy which will have him co-starring with Kristen Wiig.