11:20am PT by Lesley Goldberg
FX Orders Comedy Series 'Legit' From Jim Jefferies
FX is going Legit.
The male-skewing cable network said Wednesday that it has given a 13-episode series order to a scripted comedy starring Australian comic Jim Jefferies.
The show will star Jefferies as Jim and revolve around his misguided attempts to become legitimate in life. Co-created by Jefferies and Peter O'Fallon (The Riches), Dan Bakkedahl co-stars as Steve, Jim's best friend, with DJ Qualls set to play Steve's brother, Billy.
O'Fallon and Rick Cleveland (Nurse Jackie, Mad Men) will serve as executive producers alongside Lisa Blum of New Wave Entertainment; O'Fallon directed the pilot for the FX Productions series, which will debut in January.
“We really love the pilot that Peter and Jim shot,” FX exec vp original programming Nick Grad said in announcing the news. "This is going to be a breakout vehicle for Jim. 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."
Legit joins a roster of scripted comedies at FX including It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Archer, Louie and Wilfred as well as the upcoming Charlie Sheen vehicle, Anger Management.
"I couldn't be happier than getting to do this show," Jeffries said. "FX has set the bar so high with shows like Louie and Sunny, but I believe Peter and I have created something special. The cast is amazing, and FX has given us all the freedom we need. I can’t wait for people to see it."
The series comes as FX continues to expand its comedic roster with late-night series from Russell Brand and Chris Rock.