FX Renews Zach Galifianakis Comedy ‘Baskets’ for Season 2

Baskets renewed
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FX has renewed “Baskets,” Zach Galifianakis’ comedy series, for a second season at FX, Variety has learned. Season two is set to premiere in early 2017.

The renewal, announced by presidents of original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, comes halfway through the comedy’s first season, reflecting the early promise of the freshman series.

The most-watched basic cable prime-time comedy of the season, “Baskets” has averaged 1.5 million total viewers and 944,000 adults 18-49 through its first three episodes, according to Nielsen’s Live+7 numbers.

In the series, co-created by Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel, Galifianakis plays two roles, starring as local rodeo clown Chip Baskets in Bakersfield, California, and also Chip’s twin brother, Dale Baskets.

“’Baskets’ is bold, brilliant and incredibly funny, and we could not be happier with the reception its 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.”

Krisel, C.K. and Galifianakis are exec producers on “Baskets” with M. Blair Breard, Dave Becky, Marc Gurvitz and Andrea Pett-Joseph. FX Productions is the studio.

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  1. This Thursday!!! WOO HOO!! Baskets, and more importantly Mrs. Baskets comes back 1/19/17

  2. Monica Drake says:

    My novel, Clown Girl, was optioned for film by Kristen Wiig for years. Kristen Wiig works with Galifianakas and with Krisel, on Portlandia. I met up with Wiig on the set of Portlandia when Krisel was there directing, and she told him we were going to go, step aside, and talk about Clown Girl. Clown Girl is the story of a woman who views clowning as a calling and a high art. She can’t help herself, she is a clown! The book calls on the work of the masters, and classical artists (many other than Renoir) and has many similarities to Baskets. There was a two month span in 20014 when Galifianakas had a show without a concept in place, Wiig was working with him, she earned a staring role with him in Masterminds and another with Krisel, she dropped Clown Girl and the announced Baskets. I’m an indie novelist, a working mother, broke, and those guys in Hollywood? They’re the highest paid men in comedy, as I understand it. Check out my work, see what you think. Read it, and imagine making Clown Girl into a guy, and swapping my Luxury FoodSmart for Costco, my Baloneytown for Bakersfield, my cop sidekick for an insurance adjustor sidekick.

  3. joe mommasan says:

    Do not cry Cips…you are not that type of clown

  4. Bob Barnett says:

    Louis Anderson for an EMMY. There isn’t even a close second. And I have Costco stock!

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