Daytime television is getting a slew of new headliners set to host programs in the upcoming year, including Katie Couric and Survivor’s Jeff Probst. Things have been a bit calmer in the world of late night television. However, that looks like it is about to change with the addition of an unlikely and outspoken candidate headed to FX’s late night realm.

Russell Brand has worked out a deal with FX to appear in six-episodes of an as-yet untitled late night unscripted series that will be taped in front of a live studio audience. According to Reuters, Brand will be able to opine about politics, other current events, and even pop culture for a half hour. If all goes well in the ratings, it seems likely Brand might earn a lengthier contract for the program.

Brand has also worked out a nice little deal with FX’s big brother network, Fox, that will allow him to get going on a presentation and a script for a new animated comedy program for the network. If the comedy goes to series, Brand will be on board as a co-creator as well as the lead voice. 20th Century Fox Television and Chernin Entertainmen will produce.

While the deal with FX seems slightly farther along than the deal with Fox, both are still in the early stages. TV Blend will keep you posted about changes in the future. Until then, I’m more firmly excited to see Brand attempt some late night. The actor and comedian is known for being a spitfire, and giving him free reign to say what he wants could either be brilliant or a disaster. Either way, I’m tuning in.

Are you more excited for the animated comedy or the late night show? Sound off in the comments, below.

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