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FX goes ‘Legit’ with new comedy

Sitcom starring Jim Jeffries will debut in January

FX, whose new Charlie Sheen comedy is bowing later this month, is adding to its laffer slate with “Legit,” starring comedian Jim Jeffries.

Thesp, an Australian native, created the series with Peter O’Fallon. He’ll play a misguided comedian who tries to get life back on track. Skein, set to launch in January, co-stars Dan Bakkedahl, who play Jeffries’ best friend, and D.J. Qualls as his brother.

Exec producers are O’Fallon, who directed the pilot, Jeffries, Rick Cleveland and Lisa Blum of New Wave Entertainment. Inhouse shingle FX Prods. is producing.

“This is going to be a breakout vehicle for Jim,” said Nick Grad, the cabler’s exec VP of original programming. “He has such a unique voice, which is the common trait of any great comedian. It just happens to be spoken with an Australian accent.”

Net is set to launch new seasons of scripted comedies “Louie” and “Wilfred” on June 28, the same day that Sheen’s latest, “Anger Management,” has its debut.

FX is making a foray into latenight as well. New entry “Brand X” with Russell Brand will also premiere June 28, and “Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell” will likely hit the air later this year.

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