FX has announced that they’re ordering new episodes of their late night shows BrandX with Russell Brand and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. The cable channel has ordered 13 more installments of each series and are expanding BrandX to an hour.
Here’s the press release from FX:
FX KEEPS LATE NIGHT LAUGHING
“BRANDX” AND “TOTALLY BIASED” RECEIVE 13 EPISODE PICK UPS
BrandX Expands to a Full-Hour
NEW YORK, November 27, 2012 – FX has ordered 13 additional episodes of both of its late night comedy series, BrandX with Russell Brand and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, announced Nick Grad, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, FX.
The final 2012 installment of BrandX with Russell Brand will air as a special one-hour episode on Thursday, November 29 at 11:30pm ET/PT and feature special guests: comedian Sarah Silverman and author and new age philosopher Daniel Pinchbeck. When BrandX returns on Thursday, February 7 at 11:30pm ET/PT, the show will expand to a full-hour format.
The final 2012 episode of Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell will air Thursday, November 29 at 11:00pm ET/PT, with Bell welcoming The Daily Show writer and correspondent John Oliver as his guest. Totally Biased will return with a new cycle of episodes Thursday, January 17 at 11:00pm ET/PT.
“We’re proud to have two of the most strikingly original and funny voices in late night as part of the FX comedy lineup,” said Grad. “Russell’s irrepressible energy and unique style have made BrandX a daring show where anything can happen. Kamau is one of the sharpest, smartest and funniest comedians in the business. The New York Times called him ‘the most promising talent in political comedy in many years,’ and we couldn’t agree more.”
BrandX aims Russell Brand’s unique, rollicking skillset at the traditional monologue, celebrity interviews, and audiences segments. The series is produced by FX Productions, in association with Branded Films and Dakota Films. Executive Producers are Brand, Troy Miller, Nik Linnen and John Noel.
Totally Biased, from Bell and Executive Producers Chris Rock, Chuck Sklar and Keri Smith Esguia, stars standup comedian W. Kamau Bell as he hilariously dissects politics, pop culture, race, religion, sex and the media from his own unique point of view. The show features live guests and taped segments. The show is produced by FX Productions.
About FX Productions
FX Productions co-produces the award-winning hit drama series Sons of Anarchy and Justified, and produces the critically acclaimed hit comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Louie, Archer, Wilfred, the upcoming comedy Legit, and the late night series BrandX with Russell Brand and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. FXP currently has production output deals in place with RCG Productions, the production company of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Executive Producer/Showrunners Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton, and Floyd County Productions, the production company of Archer Executive Producer/Showrunners Adam Reed and Matt Thompson. FXP recently announced a cable exclusive, first-look pact with Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and their Color Force production company, producers of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid feature franchise and The Hunger Games.
It was the first POD deal for FX Productions that was not established through a prior existing relationship with the studio.
FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable network from Fox. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 98 million homes. The diverse schedule features a growing roster of critically acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas series Sons of Anarchy and Justified; the mini-series American Horror Story: Asylum; the upcoming drama series The Americans (January 2013); the acclaimed hit comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Louie, Archer, Wilfred, BrandX with Russell Brand, and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell; and the upcoming comedy Legit (January 2013). The network’s library of acquired box-office hit movies is unmatched by any ad-supported television network. FX’s other offerings include the acquired hit series Two and a Half Men and How I Met Your Mother, and live sports with UFC and NCAA football.
What do you think? Are you a fan of these FX shows? Which do you find more entertaining?