FX has renewed the Baskets TV series for a second season, which will premiere in early 2017. In the comedy, Zach Galifianakis’ Chip Baskets dreams of being a French clown, but real life keeps getting in the way. With a language barrier and no money, Baskets returns to the States, where he faces his past, works as a rodeo clown, and deals with his family. Louie Anderson and Martha Kelly also star.
Produced by FX Productions, Baskets was co-created by Executive Producers Jonathan Krisel, Louis C.K., and Zach Galifianakis. M. Blair Breard, Dave Becky, Marc Gurvitz, and Andrea Pett-Joseph also executive produce.
Here’s the FX press release:
BASKETS RIDES AGAIN
FX Renews “Baskets” for a Second Season to Debut in Early 2017
Comedy Starring Zach Galifianakis Off to a Strong Start With The Most-Watched Basic Cable Primetime Comedy Series Premiere Since 2014
LOS ANGELES, February 23, 2016 – FX has renewed the new comedy Baskets starring Zach Galifianakis for a second season, it was announced today by Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. Baskets, co-created by Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel, delivered the most-watched basic cable primetime comedy series premiere since 2014. The second season of Baskets will debut in early 2017.
“Baskets is bold, brilliant and incredibly funny and we could not be happier with the reception it’s received in its breakout first season,” Schrier said. “Baskets brings together three of the most innovative comedic minds working today – Zach, Louis and Jonathan – and we thank them, the rest of the creative team and the entire cast for everything they’ve done for the series.”
In Baskets, Chip Baskets (Galifianakis) wants to follow his dream of being a French clown – however, reality keeps interfering. Saddled with financial difficulties and facing an impenetrable language barrier, he moves back home to Bakersfield with high hopes. There, he is forced to confront his past while working as a rodeo clown and competing with his siblings for his mother’s (Louie Anderson) approval and affection. The series also stars Martha Kelly as Chip’s insurance claims adjuster.
Baskets was co-created by Executive Producers Jonathan Krisel (Emmy Award-nominated writer and director, Portlandia, Saturday Night Live, Man Seeking Woman), Louis C.K. (Emmy Award-winner, Louie) and Zach Galifianakis (Emmy Award-winner, Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis). M. Blair Breard, Dave Becky, Marc Gurvitz and Andrea Pett-Joseph are also Executive Producers. The series is produced by FX Productions.
Baskets topped every basic cable primetime comedy series premiere in 2015 and 2016-to-date among Adults 18-49 and Total Viewers. On a Live+7 basis, through its first three episodes, Baskets remains cable’s most-watched new scripted comedy series of 2016 in Adults 18-49 and Total Viewers, averaging 944,000 Adults 18-49 and 1.5 million Total Viewers.
Baskets returns with an all-new episode this Thursday, February 25 at 10 PM e/p on FX: “DJ Twins” – All the free bottled water in the world can’t soften the sting of rejection during an evening with the family. Written by Jonathan Krisel; Directed by Jonathan Krisel.
FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable channel of FX Networks, a business unit of 21ST Century Fox. FX Networks is comprised of FX, FXM and FXX. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 92 million homes. The diverse schedule features a growing roster of critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas series, including The Americans, The Strain, Tyrant and the upcoming Taboo; the critically-acclaimed limited series American Horror Story, Fargo and The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story; acclaimed hit comedy series including the award-winning Louie, Archer, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, Baskets and the upcoming Better Things and Atlanta. FX is the former home of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit drama series The Shield, Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me, Damages, Sons of Anarchy and Justified. The network’s library of acquired box-office hit movies is unmatched by any ad-supported television network. FX’s roster of acquired hit series includes Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother and Mike & Molly.
ABOUT FX PRODUCTIONS
FX Productions (FXP) produces FX’s acclaimed hit drama series The Strain; the comedy series Louie and the upcoming Baskets, Better Things and Atlanta, and the FXX comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Archer, You’re the Worst and Man Seeking Woman. FXP co-produces the drama series The Americans, Tyrant and the upcoming Taboo; the limited series Fargo, which scored 18 Emmy(R) Award nominations and won the Emmy award for Outstanding Mini-series; the upcoming limited series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story; and the comedy series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. In 2015, FXP shows combined to deliver 17 Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series (Louie) and Outstanding Animated Program (Archer).
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