Zach Galifianakis is heading to FX.
The network has given a 10-episode order to the comedy series “Baskets,” in which Galifianakis will star.
The series — which was co-created by Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel (“Portlandia”) — will see Galifianakis play the role of Chip Baskets, a Bakersfield, Calif., man who yearns to become a respected 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.
Production is scheduled to begin next year for a 2016 launch.
“Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel have created an absolutely brilliant show,” said Eric Schrier, president of original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. “To say Zach’s portrayal of the lead character Chip Baskets is hilarious/unique/riveting/fascinating would be an understatement. We can’t wait for the world to meet him.”
The series is the first production under FX Productions’ overall deal with Louis C.K. and his production company, Pig Newton.
Galifianakis is represented by Brillstein Entertainment Partners, CAA and attorney Jared Levine. Louis C.K. is represented by 3 Arts Entertainment. Krisel is represented by CAA, Mosaic, and attorney Alex Kohner of Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman.