FX greenlights Russell Brand series

New latenight skein to begin in spring

FX has signed a pact with Russell Brand for a new untitled six-episode latenight series.

Show, shot in front of a live audience, will debut in the spring and feature Brand’s unfiltered take on current events, politics and pop culture.

Brand will exec produce with Nik Linnen and Troy Miller, who will also serve as director. FX Prods. is producing with Branded Films and Dakota Films.

“I am so excited I’m on the point of climax. In fact, I will put the “o” into FX, which spells Fox, which is actually the channel’s real name,” said Brand. “That’s the only thing that worries me about all this to be honest. At least I’ll be able to have a Christmas drink with Bill O’Reilly.”

On the broadcast side, Fox has ordered a presentation of a new Brand animated program from writers Dan Fybel and Rich Rinaldi. Project comes from Chernin Entertainment.

While Brand appeared in a handful of TV shows and telepics in the U.K., his Stateside career has mainly focused on the bigscreen. Earlier this year he toplined the “Arthur” remake for Warner Bros. and will co-star in the Tom Cruise pic “Rock of Ages,” set for release in June.

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