Send in the clowns: Zach Galifianakis‘ “Baskets” has been renewed at FX for a third season, which will premiere next year.
“This year ‘Baskets’ has solidified its standing as one of the best comedies on television, building on the momentum of its breakout first season that brought critical acclaim and awards,” Nick Grad, FX co-president of Original Programming, said in a statement Thursday. “Our thanks to Jonathan Krisel, Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis and the rest of the creative team, Louie Anderson, Martha Kelly and the full cast and crew for taking us on this journey with ‘Baskets.'”
In the show’s ongoing Season 2, the Baskets family is at its most fragile, per the cable channel’s official description. Losing his wife and his rodeo job, Chip (Galifianakis) jumps on a train to get the hell out of Bakersfield, but a gang of gutter punks, the police, and a sudden death drag him right back into the drama he tried to escape. Dale’s (also Galifianakis) marriage crumbles as his unrequited love affair with Martha (Martha Kelly) deepens, and Christine (Louie Anderson), who dedicated her life to her sons with little affection in return, takes her own happiness into consideration for once — and finds romance on the way.
“Baskets” continues tonight at 10 p.m. with the eighth episode of Season 2. Here’s what happens: Someone trying to punch Logan in the face accidentally punches Cody, and Chip attempts to sort it out. Titled “Funeral,” the episode is written by series co-creator Jonathan Krisel, as well as Rachele Lynn. Krisel directs.
Along with Krisel and Galifianakis, Louis CK is counted as a creator and executive producer. M. Blair Breard, Dave Becky, Marc Gurvitz, Andrea Pett-Joseph, and Anna Dokoza are also executive producers. The series is produced by FX Productions.
Anderson won both the 2016 Primetime Emmy and the Critics Choice Television Award for top Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on “Baskets” as matriarch Christine Baskets.